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Prayer Sunday | Week 2

Clyde Thomas

Jan 10th 2021 · Day 10

Each Sunday we take a break from our usual rhythm and we take some time to pray. We want to prepare our hearts for our respective gatherings with church family all over the world. We also want to focus our hearts on some specific things to pray into as His children.

Today we turn our attention to those who are suffering from mental and emotional health problems at this time. Reports suggest that mental health services and support is not only stretched, but is actually no longer able to meet the needs in our nation. This problem is repeated around the world as well.

Suicides, depression, anxiety and addiction issues have increased dramatically during the last months and churches all around the country are stepping into this gap to offer help and hope, through Christ, to those who are at risk.

So lets pray...

- Quieten your heart and ask the Holy Spirit to show you the gravity of this issue and ask Him to show you how you can be a vessel of hope. It could be through committed prayer, reaching out and being a listening ear or some other means.

- Pray that more and more churches will become aware of the unique challenges facing those who struggle in these ways.

- Pray for the work of the following ministries, or other ministries that minister in this area that are on your heart:

Kintsugi Hope https://www.kintsugihope.com

Hope Centre Ministries www.hopecm.co.uk

Teen Challenge http://www.teenchallenge.org.uk

Walk Ministries https://walkministries.org.uk

CAP - Christians Against Poverty https://capuk.org

Care For The Family https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk

Phase 3 Supported Housing (A ministry of Victory Church)

A prayer for compassion

(Credit: https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/prayers-for-mental-health-and-those-struggling-with-illness.html)

Lord, thank you for being a God of compassion. When I feel hungry or beat down by the heat of this world, you offer refreshment. With you there is nourishment for dry and hurting places. May I see where you provide for me, because sometimes I don’t notice it. Sometimes I reject it. But Lord, I admit that I need your refilling often.

When I feel shaken, you are not. You never cease to offer love and compassion for those who are weary. When I can’t figure out what to do and it feels like everything I do is wrong, your arms remain open to receive me. I can’t understand your acceptance and love, but you offer it. Help me accept it. 

Have compassion for my doubts, fears, actions, thoughts, and the wrestling that happens in me. Show me new ways, Lord. Help me see your care and kindness, especially when I feel empty and alone.

Lord, I need compassion from others. I need compassion for myself too. Help me notice and embrace compassion offered to me. Help me extend compassion to myself and others, especially when it’s hard to do. Amen.

Written By

Clyde Thomas

Clyde is a passionate follower of Jesus who serves as the lead pastor of Victory Church and the UK director for Hope Center Ministries. He is married to Rebekah and together they are sold out for the cause of Christ in their generation. He started Bible in a Year to help people grow in their devotional lives. Follow him on Twitter: @MrClydeT

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