Loving Father, many today are experiencing the dark times of physical illnesses, and some with a foreboding prognosis. Others are shrouded in mental darkness maybe drug-induced or believing the worldly lies that cause psychoses of dissatisfaction with the way you created them that can lead to sexual perversions or permanent damage to their bodies.
In addition to physical, spiritual, and cultural darkness, there’s a deep dark hole many describe when they’re suffering from mental illness or depression. Some have even said they feel separated from you, God, and that’s why their world goes dark. This substantiates the scriptures that without God in our life, or the sense of your presence, the light goes out. Hope evades us. Communion with you stops until your light shines into the darkness again. The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Matthew 4:16
Isaiah 58:10 tells us to pray for those hungry for the truth and burdened by secular culture or victims of evil. “And if you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.”
Sometimes, Lord, we’re so busy with our own lives, that we don’t want to acknowledge the darkness and heartache we see in others because then we might have to do something about it. Getting involved takes our energy, time, finances, and emotions. We’ve got enough on our plate already.
If we stay preoccupied with our own problems, maybe we won’t have to get involved with the world’s horrors of abortion, human trafficking, drug epidemic, the rising rate of suicides, divorce, homelessness, gender confusion, and on and on. Let someone else help; it’s just too dark.
But God you want us to get involved even when it’s inconvenient, messy, hard, and everything in us screams not this time Lord! God we hear you saying that you need us to be your light to someone today. Even when we don’t know what to say or pray for the sick and distraught person, you assure us, “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” (Isaiah 42:16)
Praise you, Lord, for your promise to give us just the right words to say and actions to take. You will not forsake us. We pray now for every hurting body and soul to be soothed by knowing you love him or her and want to free each one from the bondage of pain or delusion and help them to live a peaceful joy-filled life for the rest of their days.
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