I hope you don’t mind, but I was once again burdened to pray for you, the reader. Today, I thought it would be good to share my weekly prayer for you. One thing I learned in Sunday School was prayer is very important. When we don’t know what else to do, we can pray. With so much happening in our world today at such a rapid pace, prayer is the one thing that can keep us grounded and help strengthen our faith.
Allow me to start with a Bible verse from the book of Matthew, chapter 5, verses 3 through 12, better known as The Beatitudes.
Blessed – the words of Jesus
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[a] of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Father, I come before you today, thanking you for today. You gave me breath once again to arise and walk. My Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Lord, you are worthy to be praised and glorified in all the earth.
Thank you, Lord, for my daily bread today, clean water, a safe place to work, and a roof over my head. Father, when I think back 25 years ago, I was so ungrateful. I never acknowledged your goodness and mercy in my life. I realize, Lord, how much I missed out on then, and I never want to live that way without acknowledging you daily in my life.
Lord, we face some tough roads ahead, and I believe you already know what’s coming. Lord, if the last five years have taught me anything, it’s that I am now seeing what you have seen all along. The lid has been removed. You have seen the evil. You know where it lives and what it is up to every second of every day. Father, I couldn’t see it as clearly as I see it now, and I must admit, it is frightful.
My hope Lord in a rapidly failing world is you. When I watch the news here and abroad, I see what you see – I see pain, fear, helplessness, worry, rage, anger, deception, greed, division, murder, hatred, and pure evil. I believe the enemy knows his time is getting shorter. Lord, evil no longer hides in the shadows. It is now on full display, operating at full throttle more and more around the whole world. If I didn’t know you, Lord, and seek you daily, the world events would bury me.
Father, your word says this is what will happen, birth pains will increase, but I can’t believe I am actually living to see it, in this time, in this place. You made us for such a time as this, in this generation, at this stage, in this age. Lord, what do we do? How much longer will you allow evil to reign and gain more ground? How much longer before Jesus returns and takes the church home and defeats the enemy?
Oh Lord, I thank you for all those who pray for my family and me. I thank you for all those who are faithfully sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Lord, I praise you for their faithfulness. I pray for the persecuted.
Father, one more thing – would you please comfort those who are hurting today? Grieving the loss of loved ones? Struggling emotionally, mentally, and physically? Lord, will you bring comfort to those marriages that are failing and remind them of the love they used to feel for each other? Will you please help distraught children?
Oh Lord, would you be with all the older adults who have raised their children and are now raising their grandchildren, nieces, and nephews? Lord, I know first hand, now raising a 2-year-old grand-nephew at my age, well Father, I’m just going to be honest, it’s not as easy as raising a child when I was in my 30’s. Oh Lord, give me strength and endurance. Would you please give me the ability to love him as if he were my own? I believe he is here by your hand.
Praise be to God, the Father, holy and mighty, who reigns forever and ever. There is no one greater than you, Lord. No one will defeat you or take your place. To the one who is all and above all, praise you, Lord! Glory to God and peace to his people on earth. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.
I hope this weekly prayer was a blessing to you. The creator of the world loves you. Don’t ever forget that.
The Teaching Lady