Thursday, February 5, 2015

A Prayer for Bringing Hurting Friends to the Throne of Grace

Jan 27, 2015 | Scotty Smith

         Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  Heb. 4:15-16 (NIV)

     Dear Lord Jesus, with joy and confidence we run to the occupied throne of grace today on behalf of many friends. No one understands and empathizes with our weaknesses like you; and no one has the ability to dispense copious amounts of mercy and grace, like you. You are, indeed, a most wonderful, merciful Savior. Hear our cry for our friends.

     We pray for parents nearing the end of their strength, resources, and hope. Few stories have the power to exhaust our emotions and multiply our heartaches than when our kids choose to live without boundaries or a conscience. Jesus, grant great mercy and sufficient grace to moms and dads who are living the nightmare of watching their children self-destruct. And Lord of resurrection power, reveal yourself, to our kids who seem allergic to your grace and love.

     We pray for friends who feel helplessly, and frustratingly, distant from you, Jesus—those who still affirm the gospel with their lips, but whose hearts are disconnected from the wonders of your love. Whatever the genesis of the weariness and weakness, come close Jesus. Renew, restore, and refresh our friends, we pray; and show us how to stay present in their lives as a source of patient encouragement and kindness.

     Lastly, Jesus, we pray for ourselves. You know where we struggle the most and trust you the least; you know our most difficult relationships, persistent fears, and nagging weaknesses. Grant us the mercy and grace we need today, for healing and freedom. So very Amen we pray, in your loving and strong name. 


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