DAILY PRAYER AND SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY.
When we pray, God hears and answers! Engaging in Daily Prayer and Scriptures is our unfailing platform for bringing to God all that pertains to us, while we watch restfully as he steps into situations to bring out beauty and colour in our lives. Today, as you commune with God, we urge you to know that God has settled all that concerns you, Just believe and pray with faith in your heart. Remain blessed in Jesus name, Amen.
Today’s Prayer is written by: Kristine Brown
Prayer Focus For Today 10th August 2022: A Prayer for Those Who Are Hurting
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NLT)
We stood in the foyer of our church that Sunday morning— chatting over unbelievable events of the past week. One friend brought up the fact that a church just across town grieved over the unexpected death of their young pastor. He left a wife and two children behind.
“How could something like this happen to such a good family?” one person asked. As our group took turns sharing their thoughts and committing to pray for the grieving family, I couldn’t help but linger with her question a while. Many people in our community were hurting, and I didn’t know what to do.
Every day I come across someone else who’s hurting. The needs around us can feel overwhelming if we don’t know where to turn to find comfort. The apostle Paul reminded the church at Corinth that God is not only merciful. He is also our source of comfort. God’s presence is the one place we can find supernatural comfort that will soothe the deepest wounds. But God’s promise to comfort us in our troubles doesn’t stop there. He gives generously so that we can comfort others in their difficult times, too.
God’s Word says, “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” (2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT)
Paul told the church about the troubles he personally endured. He described himself as “crushed and overwhelmed,” and used his testimony to encourage believers. (2 Cor. 1:8) Because of the trials he faced, he learned to rely on God more than ever. What an awesome promise from the Lord! He can use our deepest hurts for our good and his glory.
God knew we would have times in life when we’d need our brothers and sisters of faith to surround us with love and tenderness. But I often hesitate because of fear of saying the wrong thing or not knowing what to do. Thankfully, God equips us with his love, guides us by his Spirit, and empowers us to reach out to a hurting world. God will allow us to be the answer to someone’s prayer— offering compassion to a hurting heart.
So, let’s seek God’s presence as we ask ourselves, “Who do I know facing trials right now? Who can I pray for today?” Let’s begin with this prayer for those who are hurting and trust our merciful God to point us toward people in our lives who need his comfort.
PRAYER FOR TODAY.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Everywhere around me, I see people who are hurting. They’re dealing with things like grief, disappointment, and discouragement, and they need your comfort. Be present with your children right now, Lord. Help them feel your Holy Spirit wrapping them in the warmth of your lovingkindness as I pray.
Your Word tells me, “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4) Thank you for your promise of comfort, no matter what difficulties we go through.
People in my community, in my church, and even among my family and friends are facing trials. I want to help them, but I don’t know what I can do. Thank you for reminding me that Jesus was my example for showing compassion to those who are hurting. Help me follow Jesus’ example and reach out to hurting hearts. Help me listen to your guidance and find ways I can offer comfort. And above all, let me remember to always start with prayer.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
This Is the Assurance of Answers to Your Prayers – Matthew 7:7-11
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN GIVE GOOD THINGS TO THOSE WHO ASK HIM!
Please pray with faith in your heart and remember to lead someone to pray with these prayer points!