Prayer

Suffering

“Is any suffering like my suffering that was inflicted on me?” (Lamentations 1:12; NIV).

“Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us” (Luke 11:4; NIV).

“But I say, love your enemies!” (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

“Pray for those who hurt you” (Luke 6:28; NLT).


Lord,
Please help and heal
Everyone,
Everywhere,
Who suffers
At the hands of others,
In body or mind,
In heart, or soul.

And please help and heal
Everyone,
Everywhere,
Who inflicts suffering
On others,
In body or mind,
In heart, or soul.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Prayer

Torture

Torture 

He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman Soldiers to be crucified (Mark 15:15; NLT).

They spit on him and took the staff and struck him on the head with it again and again (Matthew 27:30; NLT).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs; an evil gang closes in on me. They have pierced my hands and feet (Psalm 22:16; NLT).

Everyone who sees me mocks me. They sneer and shake their heads, saying, “Is this the one who relies on the LORD? Then let the LORD save him!” (Psalm 22:7-8; NLT).

Look! The LORD is coming from far away, burning with anger, surrounded by thick, rising smoke. His lips are filled with fury; his words consume like fire (Isaiah 30:27; NLT).


Almighty God,
We, your people,
Are beneath contempt
When we inflict pain,
Fear,
And degradation
On those in our power.

May our souls
Be overwhelmed
By shame,
Until we fall to our knees,
Begging for your forgiveness –
And for theirs.

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Abuse

Hello to every reader. I wonder how many of you have been abused, either in childhood, or as an adult? Did you suffer physical, emotional or sexual abuse, or were you neglected? Maybe different types of abuse were combined… I was emotionally abused throughout my childhood and well into adulthood, so I know from long experience that living with the consequences is painful, difficult and challenging. It can take a lifetime to come to terms with abuse, to learn to pray for yourself, and even for your abuser. It can also take a lifetime to forgive. Meanwhile, misuse continues all around the world, as those with power and authority continue to abuse those weaker than themselves – parents, bullies, partners, bosses, priests, jailers, teachers, politicians – the list is endless. These people need prayer too, if they are ever to change.

Abuse
* But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:27-8; NIV).

Father,
Please help and heal
All who suffer physical abuse –
And have to live with the consequences.

Please help and heal
All who suffer emotional abuse –
And have to live with the consequences.

Please help and heal
All who suffer sexual abuse –
And have to live with the consequences.

Please help and heal
All who suffer neglect –
And have to live with the consequences.

Lord,
Please help and heal
All who inflict abuse on others –
For they, too, have to live with the consequences.

I ask this in Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

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