Prayer for the Afflicted

Vietnam MemorialBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father,

All praise and honor be to you for you hear our cries for mercy and have compassion on those who suffer affliction.

Forgive us for we seldom do either being wrapped up in our own worries and often turn a deaf ear to the suffering of others.

We thank you for the hedge of protection that you offer us through faith and the love you show to sinners who do not know you.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, stay your hand in punishing those that sin repeatedly and do not attend to your commandments. Lift them gently from the recompense of their sin and show them another path. May sin not destroy their lives, their hopes, and the their opportunities, but may their pain turns their eyes to you that they might find a saving faith.

In the precious name of Jesus, your son and our savior. Amen.

Prayer for the Afflicted

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Assurance Prayer

Grass

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Heavenly Father, Good Shepherd, Holy Spirit,

All honor and glory are yours because you love us and value our lives more than anyone else.

We confess that we do not deserve this attention and love.

Thank you for the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant us a faith that will persist longer than any stress in this life.

In the previous name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Assurance Prayer

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Prayer for the Sleep Deprived

Art by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty and Loving Father, Lord of the Sabbath, Blessed Spirit,

All praise and honor be to you for you taught us how to rest even though you yourself never grow tired of work or of us. For you know that tired people cannot love you or their neighbors.

Forgive us for forgetting your good example and caring law. Remind us gently of our oversights and failures, but keep our families and friends safe from our neglect while we tarry.

Thank you for your patience. Teach us to honor you and your law rightly. May we grow to be good examples of a balanced life to those around us.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, guard our careers and our self-esteem as we dial back on our work, our activities, and our frantic use of time to practice Sabbath. May our work obsession and stress addiction no longer rule our lives.

In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

Prayer for the Sleep Deprived

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Prayer for Undivided Life

Pencils by Stephen W. Hiemstra
Art by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Loving father,

We praise you for making it possible to live an undivided life where our private and public lives are in sync and we can share your love with those that we meet and live with.

We confess that too often we hide ourselves in private lives, ignoring many of those that we run into everyday treating them more like furniture than like people for whom your son suffered and died.

We thank you for the freedoms that we enjoy, for supporting family, and for resources to live without fear. Oh that we would become the people that we enjoy and are thankful for more each day.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, renew our commitment to build up your church and to engage those outside it with grace and dignity. May we be the ones who bring your kingdom here on earth a little more each day.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer for Undivided Life

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Sensitivity Prayer

Roses
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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Holy Father,

All of our homage belongs to you for while we were yet sinners you sent Jesus Christ to minister and die for us on the cross. Even now you continue to speak to us tenderly.

We confess that we do not treat each other with the tenderness that Christ modeled for us. Instead, we are silent when we should speak and we speak harshly when we should be silent.

But thankfully, you are patient with us and continue to forgive our sins, iniquity, and trespasses.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, give us ears that hear and eyes that see. Teach us to translate your word into tender words and prudent actions. May no one fail away from faith on account of us.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Sensitivity Prayer

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Tailwind Prayer

Albrecht Dürer, Ship of Fools, 1494

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Sustaining Spirit,

Blessings and all homage are yours because you guide and protect us when everyone else fails and runs away. We praise you for the tailwinds that ease the strain of life and break up the recurring doldrums that suck the joy out of life.

We confess that we do not always  follow your example lifting the burdens from those around us who depend on our support.

Thank you for your sustaining and empowering presence when our strength fails and demons nip at our heals.

Grant us the strength to face each and every day with joy and the confidence that you are with us. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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Praying for Courage

Stephen W. Hiemstra, Photograph of Boxing GlovesBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty father,

Blessed be your name oh God of the universe, because you display the courage to create and sustain this world. You are not afraid to be the first or the only one to love and participate in this dangerous world.

I confess that I do not often display such courage and have not followed your example in Jesus Christ.

I give thanks for your patience with me and for the many times that you have forgiven my weakness and rebellion.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant me the strength to follow your example and become the courageous person that you created me to be. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

Praying for Courage

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Prayer for Perspective

Fence
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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty father,

All praise and honor are yours for you listen to us, guide us, and treat us equally as sons and daughters in Christ.

We confess that we do not always listen to your Holy Spirit or treat each other as brothers and sisters in the faith.

Thank you for your fatherly patience with and care for us. You are the God of second and third chances even as we are abrupt and impatient and unworthy of your devotion to us.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant us eyes that see and ears that listen that we might grow closer to you each passing day. Remember those that suffer among us. Save us from destructive divisions and from ethic and class pride. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Thanks for Listening Prayer

Red Roses

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Ever Present Father,

All praise and honor be to you for you listen to my prayers, comfort me with your words, and are ever-present in my life.

I confess that I have not always properly understood and valued your friendship and love.

Thank you for giving me the perfect example of love in your son, Jesus Christ, who lived for others, died for our sins, and rose again from the dead to give us the hope of everlasting life.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant me the strength to face each new day, the grace to follow your example, and the peace that passes all understanding. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Thanks for Listening Prayer

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Purple Prayer

Iris

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful and loving father,

All praise and honor be to you because you forgive our sins and heal us of every disease and plague that afflicts our bodies, minds, and souls.

We confess to you that we do not confess our every sin, but frequently cling to sins that besets us and prove too painful to admit even to ourselves.

We thank you for the gift of your son, Jesus Christ, who suffered and died for our sins so that we don’t have to and who remains our role model in season and out.

We ask you now for healing. In the power of your Holy Spirit, turn our broken lives into lives that honor you and give us the strength to live into the model that you have provided. Give us a hope and prayer that our besetting sins would afflict us no more. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Purple Prayer

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