A prayer written for someone going through a prolonged period of suffering, suffering which is not due to his own sin. Lord God, I desire to argue my case with you and speak to you as the Almighty One. My complaint to you is that you have hidden your face from me, and seem to count me as your enemy. You seem to have written bitter things against me and caused me to inherit the sins of my youth. I feel as though you have put my feet in the stocks and watch all my paths, that you have hemmed me in and set a limit for the soles of my feet. As waters wear away the stones, so you have destroyed my hope. My life seems few of days and full of trouble. It is as if I have come out like a flower that quickly withers or a shadow that appears for a moment then vanishes. I know that my days are determined by you, even the number of months my life will last, and that you have established limits for me that I cannot pass. I pray in Jesus' name that you will grant me two things, that you will withdraw your heavy hand from me and that you will not let my dread of you terrify me. Then I will not hide myself from your face. If you call, I will answer you. I pray that you will let me speak, and reply to me. If I am being punished for my sin, I plead with you to make me know my transgression and my sin, that I may confess them and make things right before you. I pray that you will not keep watch over my sin, but that instead you would seal up my transgression as in a bag and cover over my iniquity. I pray that you will conceal me and protect me until the time your wrath passes over me, and that you will appoint a set time to remember me and restore me. I will continue to serve you all my days as I wait for that time, as I wait for the day of my relief and my renewal. My only hope for salvation is that I continue to come before you and seek help from you, to talk with you face to face. My trust is in you, Lord. Even though you slay me, yet will I hope in you. Amen.