When you are wrongly accused, pray this psalm to God, expressing honestly your deepest feelings.
Listen while I build my case, God,
the most honest prayer you'll ever hear.
Show the world I'm innocent --
in your heart you know I am.
Go ahead, examine me from the inside out,
surprise me in the middle of the night --
You'll find I'm just what I say I am.
My words don't run loose.
Psalm 17, THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language. Copyright © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. Used with permission.
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"Often we pray expecting God to take away our problems. Prayer usually doesn't change our circumstances, but it can change our reaction to them. If we can relinquish control and give everything to God, we may find greater clarity. Whatever we are going through, God is with us. And God is bigger than any problem we might face."
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