Aleteia

Want to draw closer to God, but don’t know where to turn? Pray this prayer for clarity

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A prayer for the seeker who is looking for God.

There can be times in our lives when we have doubts about our religious upbringing and are searching for the truth. We want to draw closer to God, but we don’t know who God is or what religion is right.

To make matters worse, with so many voices in our modern world it can be difficult to hear the voice of God and follow it to the true font of life and love.

If you find yourself in such a situation, seeking God, but not sure where to go, pray this prayer. It is Psalm 42 and perfectly expresses a heart in anguish, searching for God in the midst of suffering. Make this prayer your own and cry out to God, asking him to enter into your life, leading you to “streams of water” that will quench your spiritual thirst.

As the deer longs for streams of water,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, the living God.
When can I enter and see the face of God?
My tears have been my bread day and night,
as they ask me every day, “Where is your God?”
Those times I recall
as I pour out my soul,
When I would cross over to the shrine of the Mighty One,
to the house of God,
Amid loud cries of thanksgiving,
with the multitude keeping festival.
Why are you downcast, my soul;
why do you groan within me?
Wait for God, for I shall again praise him,
my savior and my God.

My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I remember you
From the land of the Jordan and Hermon,
from Mount Mizar,
Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your torrents,
and all your waves and breakers
sweep over me.
By day may the Lord send his mercy,
and by night may his righteousness be with me!
I will pray to the God of my life,
I will say to God, my rock:
“Why do you forget me?
Why must I go about mourning
with the enemy oppressing me?”
It shatters my bones, when my adversaries reproach me,
when they say to me every day: “Where is your God?”
Why are you downcast, my soul,
why do you groan within me?
Wait for God, for I shall again praise him,
my savior and my God.