By Stephen W. Hiemstra
Eternal and Compassionate God,
We thank you, Lord, for visiting us when we are afflicted and suffer unjustly.
For you are a God who cares, who understands our grief, our wounds, our sorrows, our diseases.
We lay our afflictions before you for we cannot bear them alone.
Heal our wounds, comfort us in our griefs, and purge us of disease.
Restore us; redeem us; save us; in doing so teach us to bear the wounds, griefs, and diseases of those around us and to point them to you.
Teach us to intercede for the people around us in action and in prayer.
For you are our God and we are your people.
You are with us; you are for us; and you have given your name to us.
In the power of your Holy Spirit, let our security reside only in you, now and always.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer for the Persecuted
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