I pray for all who suffer

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1. I pray for all who suffer,
For the dying,
And the dead;

2. For those who have to live
With what they did,
And what they said;

3. For all they loved,
And all they hurt,
And all those who hurt them:

4. Forgive us, Lord,
And heal us all; have mercy –
Don’t condemn.

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References

1. Moses prayed for the people (Numbers 21:7; NLT).

2. Bless those who curse you, pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:28; NLT).

3. Love your enemies (Luke 6:27; NLT).

4. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us (Matthew 6:12; NLT).

Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but now he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds (Hosea 6:1; NIV).

Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy (Psalm 123:3; NLT).

Who then will condemn us? No one – for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honour at God’s right hand, pleading for us (Romans 8:34; NLT).

Darkness (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

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If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light,
trust in the Lord and rely on your God
(Isaiah 50:10; NLT).


1. I seek you in my body,
But find darkness.

2. I seek you in my mind,
But faith has fled.

3. I seek you in my heart,
But love lies broken.

4. I seek you in my soul,
But hope seems dead.


The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it
(John 1:5; NLT).


References

1. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

2. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? (Psalm 22:1; NLT).

3. My heart is broken (Lamentations 1:20; NLT).

4.  All hope is gone (Ezekiel 37:11; NLT).

I pray for all

Pray continually 
(1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

1. Lord,
I pray for all the sick,
For those who tend and care;
For all the dying, all the dead,
And those left 
In despair.

2. Lord,
I pray for all who search
For your beloved Son;
And those who don’t believe in you,
Though you love everyone.


References

1. Pray for one another (James 5:16; NLT).

My grief is beyond healing; my heart is broken (Jeremiah 8:18; NLT).

2. Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

Suffering and loss

Pray for all people. Ask God to help them;
intercede on their behalf
(1 Timothy 2:1; NLT).

1. Lord,
I pray for all of us
Who suffer:

2. Those yearning for a home,
A job,
A child;

3. Those thirsting for freedom
From fear, abuse,
Or exploitation;

4. Those longing for better health
For others,
Or themselves;

5. And those who ache
For the presence
Of the dead.

6. Please strengthen us
To face each loss;
Console us when we mourn.

7. Help us to find
New hope in you,
And to rebuild our lives

8. By following your much-loved Son,
Who gave up all he had
For us.

Through his dear name,
Amen.

References

1. Pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf (1 Timothy 2:1; NLT).

2. Forget not your servant but give her a son (1 Samuel 1:11; NIV).

3. The oppressed will be set free (Luke 4:18; NLT).

4. He will heal us (Hosea 6:1; NLT).

5. You have taken away my companions and my loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

6. Even when I walk in the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

7. “I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11; NLT).

Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me!” (Matthew 4:19; NLT).

8. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being (Philippians 2:6-7; NLT).

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us (1 John 3:16; NLT).

Dead leaves

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Lord,

1. Sheltered by last year’s dead leaves,
Can I spring up anew?

2. Shielded by last year’s sparse crop,
Can I bear fruit, like you?

3. Nourished by last year’s parched growth,
Can I accept your will?

4. Strengthened by last year’s dry stems,
Can I, Lord, serve you, still?


References

1. Some [seed] fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root (Matthew 13:5-6; NIV).

2. It has been planted, but will it thrive? Will it not wither completely when the east wind strikes it? (Ezekiel 17:10; NIV).

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

3. He nourished them with honey from the rock and olive oil from the stony ground (Deuteronomy 32:13; NLT).

May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

4. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only (Luke 4:8; NIV).