Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


A prayer for people who have suffered abuse

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.  He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression to violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight” (Psalm 72:12-14).

 

God shows preferential treatment.  But the ones God prefers surprise me.  Instead of being impressed with wealth and beauty and intelligence and humor and charm and achievement and power and cleverness and creativity and a winsome heart, as I would be, God instead shows favor and preference to the poor and broken and abused.  If I want to be on God’s side, should I not share his values and side with the broken?  Should I not pray for justice delivered by God to those who need it most?  And if I suffer injustice or abuse myself, shouldn’t I expect God’s special attention?  I should. I will.

 

Here is a prayer for those who have suffered person abuse.

 

“God, you care deeply for broken-hearted people. Those wounded remain close to your heart.  I want to know the pain and the anger you feel about this. I want to share your sorrow.  But empathy is not enough for me. On behalf of those who have suffered abuse, I ask for justice.  I ask you to restore what has been taken from them.  Give them back what has slipped from their hands, their innocence, their hope and their joy. For children who’ve been physically and emotionally abused by those stronger and more powerful – Lord, have mercy and heal them. For women who have suffered under sexual exploitation: Lord, have mercy and heal them. For those who have lost their own power to choose the direction of their lives: Lord, set them free.  For those locked behind bars of oppression: God, give them strength and courage to find a path to liberty. Strengthen liberators who fight for justice. Grow indignation in me and in all your people against these offensive abuses. This is not your will; but you can use any tragedy to bring about your will.  I pray that you will, and ask all these things in the name of Jesus.”



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment petunia waka shuma

    prayer

Previous Posts

A Prayer for our Children in School
"I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding." Philippians 1:9 Paul prayed this for his beloved spiritual children. Let us join him in praying for the children in our lives as they embark on a new school year. Our Father,

posted 10:34:40am Aug. 28, 2014 | read full post »

Learning How to Live in the Moment
"Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving."   ~Colossians 4:2 "Mom and Dad," said our son one day last year when we were visiting him in Santa Barbara where he was attending college, "I think you guys are great, but it seems like you're always talking about the futu

posted 8:43:16am Aug. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Search Me. Giving Your Heart a Fresh Start Daily
Search me, Oh God and know my heart. Test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there be any offensive way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. ~King David, Psalm 139 Something was smelly in our fridge the past week, and try as I may, I couldn't find it. Hiding on a shelf in the door

posted 8:19:25am Aug. 20, 2014 | read full post »

A Prayer For Anyone Getting Engaged
Thirty-two years ago today Mark took me to a small lake near my home in Minnesota where he bent on one knee and pulled out a ring and put it on my finger. We were so young and so happy. For many years we experienced much joy in our relationship. Then we hit some bumps and jolting potholes in the

posted 11:59:54am Aug. 12, 2014 | read full post »

The Path of Peace - Taking Steps Toward Intimacy with God
Psalm 95 Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods. He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the might

posted 12:06:16pm Aug. 11, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.