Prayer

Emotional abuse

Lord,
Emotional abuse
Creates no visible wounds,
And leaves no obvious scars.

Yet the hidden physical
And mental damage it creates
Can last a lifetime,

Even affecting
Our children’s children
In their turn –

If we don’t work
To heal ourselves,
So we don’t pass it on.

 

 

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Energy

“And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength” (Mark 12:30; NLT).

Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you (John 6:27; NLT).


Father,
I love you.

Whatever today may bring,
Please give me
The physical,
Mental,
Emotional,
And spiritual energy
I need,
So I can handle it all  –
With you.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Peace

Submit to God and be at peace with him (Job 22:21; NIV).

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

Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? (Job 2:10; NIV).

For affliction does not come from the dust, nor does trouble spring from the ground; yet man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward (Job 5:6-7; NKJV).

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation (James 1:12; NLT).


We cannot be at peace
With ourselves,
Or with God,
Until we embrace
Our physical and mental suffering
As part of life,
And part of who we are.

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Distress

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

“Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (Job 2:10; NIV).

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble, or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? […] No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love
(Romans 8:35-8; NLT).


Father God,
Please help us all
When we struggle
With every kind of distress –

Hunger or thirst,
Poverty or homelessness,
Physical or mental suffering,
Loneliness or grief,
Prejudice or persecution,
Oppression or violence.

Most of all,
Please help us
When life is so hard
That we lose our faith in you,
Though nothing
Can ever separate us
From your love,

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

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Ill-health

Ill-health

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

But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction (Job 36:15; NIV).

…he is not far from any one of us (Acts 17:27; NIV).

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth (Psalm 145:18; NIV).

Lord,
Please help us
To get to grips
With our own ill-health,
Both physical and mental.

Help us to learn from it,
And to change and grow
Through facing it courageously
With you.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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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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