Lord, Please Hear Our Prayers

Lord, please take away the sadness. We are hurting. We are weary.
There are days we cannot remember what joy felt like.
Our hearts have been broken. We sometimes wonder if you really care ...
and if you are really there. We are not sure how much we can bear.
So, in our sadness we pray,
"Father, restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me."

Lord, please take away the fear. There's so much happening that we don't understand.
We struggle with the uncertainty. We struggle to find confidence.
We are looking for reasons for hope. So, in our times of fear we pray,
"Father, walk with us and hold us in Your strong hands."

Lord, please take away the anger. We are not by nature angry people.
But, there are times when the anger waits just beneath the surface to erupt at just the wrong moment.
We don't want that anger to take root in our hearts. We want to let go of it and harbor no resentment.
We want to forgive. So, in our anger we prayer,
"Father, forgive us as we forgive those who have sinned against us."

Lord, please take away the hurt. The hurts ... well, they hurt.
The hurt seems to never end. Pain is all around us.
Not just us, but people all around us are crying for relief.
So in our times of hurting we pray for Your healing hand to rest upon us,
and to feel Your comforting Spirit within us, and that someday we might understand.

Lord, take away the loneliness. There are times when loneliness almost completely overwhelms us.
We long for love. We know You are always with us. We know your love is real.
So, in our loneliness we pray, "Fill us, Lord, with Your presence."

Lord, thank you for meeting us in prayer until we come home to you and meet you face to face.
We surrender everything to you, Father... In Jesus' name, we pray.

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