Prayers for the desperate 

Lord,

I feel as though I am losing my grip and can barely hang on a moment longer. God, hold onto me because I do not have the strength to hold onto You.  In desperation I reach my hand to you, God.

 

Grab me! Pull me out of this mess! Hear my earnest prayer! I give my life to you today, every bit of it. I’m yours.

 

Help me. Be my God. No longer will I build my life on shifting sand. You are my rock, and with your help I will establish my life on your firm foundation.

 

Deliver me from this pit, and I will praise you. I will tell of your great wonders. I will make known your wonderful ways, steadfast love, and unending power.

 

Thank you! I know you hear me and that you save the humble and contrite of heart. Forgive me for my decisions, actions, and attitudes that got me to this place.

 

I receive your forgiveness and power to change. And as I am forgiven, I forgive each person that has contributed to my temporary defeat, for my victory is at hand.

 

You are here.

 

Amen

"Lord, please hold onto me! 

I don't have the strength to hold onto You."

"I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble,

and he answered me.

I called to you from the land of the dead,

and Lord, you heard me!

I sank beneath the waves,

and the waters closed over me.

Seaweed wrapped itself around my head.

 

I sank down to the very roots of the mountains.

 

I was imprisoned in the earth,

whose gates lock shut forever.

But you, O Lord my God,

snatched me from the jaws of death!

 

As my life was slipping away,

I remembered the Lord.

 

And my earnest prayer went out to you

in your holy Temple."

(Jonah 2:2,5-7)