Prayer

Children

Children

But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children” (Matthew 19:14; NLT).

“But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone hung around your neck” (Mark 9:42; NLT).


Father,
I pray for children everywhere
Who are abused,
Neglected,
Bullied,
Exploited,
And victimised.

Please heal the hearts
Of all who
Dominate and despoil
Young lives.

Protect these children’s 
Minds and bodies,
So they will have a better future,
Despite the damaging long-term effects
Of all they experience.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Prayer

Love

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

…the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God (John 16:2-3; NLT).

“ ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’  And, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ ” (Luke 10:27; NLT).


Father,
Those who love others
Are on the path to you,
No matter what faith they follow,
Or none,
For you are love.

But those who say they love you
Whilst judging and condemning others,
Hating, exploiting,
Abusing, oppressing,
Or even killing them,
Couldn’t be more wrong:

Because their actions show
They don’t love you at all.

Lord,
Please help us to love you
With all our heart, soul,
Mind and strength,
And our neighbour as ourself –
Just as you command.

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Love

Love 

“Is this not the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” (Isaiah 58: 6; NIV).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NIV).

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another
(John 13:34; NIV).

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).

Father,
We pray for everyone
Who has been
Kidnapped,
Deceived,
Groomed,
Forced,
Or trafficked
Into every kind of abuse,
Exploitation,
And slavery.

We are ashamed
That we humans
Are capable of conceiving,
And carrying out,
Such dreadful crimes
Against our fellows.

Have mercy on us,
Heal those we have harmed,
Forgive us,
And bring us back
To your path of love.

We ask this in Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

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Justice, mercy and compassion

I’ve never written anything overtly ‘political’ before, but I am deeply ashamed of the way the British Government is exploiting and crushing the poor, the sick, those who are disabled, the homeless and those who cannot afford justice. So yesterday, I just had to write the following prayer:

Justice, mercy and compassion

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NIV).

‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Luke 10:27; NIV).

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26; NIV).

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others (1 Peter 4:10; NIV).

This is what the LORD Almighty said, ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another’ (Zechariah 7:9; NIV).

Father,
I’m ashamed
To be British.

Unemployed people
Are now being forced into
Zero hours contracts,
Losing their benefits
If they refuse.

Lord,
Please help those with power
To understand
That justice, mercy
And compassion
Are essential
In all their dealings
With those who have
No power at all.

I ask this in the name of Christ,
Amen.

 

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