The LORD is near the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit.
[For the choir director. A song of the sons of Korah. According to Alamoth.] God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.
God is within her; she will not be toppled. God will help her when the morning dawns.
For what great nation is there that has a god near to it as the LORD our God is [to us] whenever we call to Him?
At noon Elijah mocked them. He said, "Shout loudly, for he's a god! Maybe he's thinking it over; maybe he has wandered away; or maybe he's on the road. Perhaps he's sleeping and will wake up!"
They shouted loudly, and cut themselves with knives and spears, according to their custom, until blood gushed out on them.
At that time, when you call, the LORD will answer; when you cry out, He will say: Here I am. If you get rid of the yoke from those around you, the finger-pointing and malicious speaking,
Jesus answered, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, double-minded people!
[A Davidic prayer.] LORD, hear a just cause; pay attention to my cry; listen to my prayer-- from lips free of deceit.
Happy are those who keep His decrees and seek Him with all their heart.
The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.
When you lift up your hands [in prayer], I will refuse to look at you; even if you offer countless prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.
"Wash yourselves. Cleanse yourselves. Remove your evil deeds from My sight. Stop doing evil.
You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
They do not cry to Me from their hearts; rather, they wail on their beds. They slash themselves for grain and wine; they turn away from Me.
"Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people. I assure you: They've got their reward!
But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
When you pray, don't babble like the idolaters, since they imagine they'll be heard for their many words.
Don't be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask Him.
[["Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You devour widows' houses and make long prayers just for show. This is why you will receive a harsher punishment.]]
God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
because if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts and knows all things.
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn [us] we have confidence before God,
and can receive whatever we ask from Him because we keep His commands and do what is pleasing in His sight.