Day 18 - A Prayer for the Broken
Lyn is a wife, mother and yes, a former beauty queen. But don't let the title fool you, she's just a country girl at heart. And that heart is for women to get into the Bible! Lyn has a zeal for God's Word that is contagious. She has written and taught Bible Studies for over 10 years. Lyn is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She writes at www.confessionsofaformerbeautyqueen.com.
- 2014 Oct 18
I know this one by heart. I've been here more times than I can count. And every single time it seemed that I would not recover. I felt like I would just bleed out from the pain. From the crushing.
There's just so much in this world. Everyday there is this crushing. And it seems that the whole earth is crying out.
We are a world in need of the heart of a Father who understands the depth and magnitude of our hurt. And He is there. Waiting for us to cry to Him.
He is not a God who is far off. He is near.
Father, You are near to the brokenhearted. (Psalm 34:18) And You heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3) I lift up all those who are hurting to You today. Lord, hold them close. Embrace them in Your tremendous grace.
For those who are grieving the loss of loved one, for the sick, for those feeling unloved, unwanted, uncared for, for the lonely, for those who have lost their job or their house or their marriage, for those who are afraid, depressed, anxious, for those who are contemplating suicide, for those who have lost hope for their children, for those who don't think they can last another day, Lord, I lift them up to You. You who count the number of stars and give names to them all. You are great, O Lord, abundant in strength and infinite in understanding. You support the afflicted and bring down the wicked. You, O Lord, cover the heavens with clouds, provide rain for the earth and make the grass to grow on the mountains. (Psalm 147:4-8) There is nothing beyond Your reach.
Have mercy, O Lord, remind all those who are crushed in spirit that You are near. Remind them that You are the strength of their heart and their portion forever.(Psalm 73:26) O God, You are the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by You. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) Comfort us today, I pray.
Father, You are great and greatly to be praised. I thank You that You hear us and that You are near. In the precious and holy name of Jesus, Amen.
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