O Lord, hear my prayer for all who are in trouble this day.
Comfort those who are:
facing the loss of a loved one. After the wrenching grief, let their lonely hours be filled with fond memories of days gone by;
passing their days without work. During this time of financial stress, give them energy to make their employment the job of finding new work.
Encourage those who are:
finding it difficult to believe in the future. Let your hope fill their hearts as they recall all your past faithfulness;
doubting the truth of your existence or the validity of your promises. Bring wise friends into their lives who have long known the reality of your love;
struggling to make ends meet. Let them be assured that you can take care of every need, no matter how large or small.
Heal those who are:
suffering pain and illness. Let them find rest and calm as they seek to make the idle moments pass more quickly;
racked in mind and stressed out emotionally.
Cradle their minds in your love and soothe every irrational thought that seeks to run out of control.
Uphold those who are:
being tempted in any way today. Especially those who may want to end their lives. Show them that while there is life there is hope, that change is the only constant, and that change for the better is so likely;
looking at all the negative aspects of life and finding it depressing. May they find joy in just one moment at a time. And may that be enough for now.
In all these ways I ask your blessing upon those in trouble. And please include me in that blessing, too!
Thankyou Lord Jesus for hearing our prayers and answering them all. Amen.