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Prayers for Troubled Hearts

Posted by Rock Travnikar, OFM on 8/26/20 7:00 AM

Prayer is Powerful | CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis ReviewIn Times of Misfortune or Hardship

Opening Prayer
You know us, Lord, so we turn to you at this time of testing, praying in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Scripture
So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16–18)

Petitions
Response: Be with us, Lord.
We ask you to help us in this time of need, especially __________, we pray…
Help us to walk by faith, knowing that you will bring good out of every difficulty, we pray…
We thank you for the many gifts you have given to us through this difficult time, and we pray…
Add your own petitions.

Collect
Lord Jesus, as you lived on this earth you showed us how to deal with trials and hardships. Be with us now. Teach us how to trust in you.

Sharing of the Blessing Cup
Pray together the Our Father or sing an appropriate song, such as “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”


In Times of Trouble

Opening Prayer
Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Have faith in God and faith in me.…” And so we begin in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Scripture
If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? (Romans 8:31–32)

Petitions
Response: We trust you, Lord. Show us your mercy and love, we pray…
Help us in these difficult times, we pray…
Stay with us in these troubled times, we pray…
Add your own petitions.

Collect
Our hearts are restless, O Lord, until they rest in you.

Sharing of the Blessing Cup
Pray together the Our Father or sing an appropriate song, such as “Be With Us, Lord.”


When Someone Is Ill

Opening Prayer
In faith we pray for ___________, who shares in the suffering of Christ, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Scripture
Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up. (James 5:13–15a)

Petitions
Response: Your will be done, O Lord.
Bless __________, who is in need of your healing power, we pray…
For doctors, nurses, and first responders who share in the healing ministry of Christ, we pray…
For all the sick and suffering, we pray…
Add your own petitions.

Collect
O God, send your healing power upon those for whom we pray. We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.

Sharing of the Blessing Cup
Pray together the Our Father or sing an appropriate song.


For Caregivers

Opening Prayer
We join together in mutual prayer and encouragement for those who minister to our loved ones who are sick. We begin in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Scripture
Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends, even though they are strangers to you; they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on in the manner worthy of God; for they began their journey for the sake of Christ. (3 John 5–7a)

Petitions
Response: Divine Healer, be with us. On this day we welcome _________ as a minister to the sick, and we pray…
Guide your people in service and ministry to the infirm, we pray…
Help us to see the suffering Christ in all who are afflicted, we pray…
Add your own petitions.

Collect
Join us together in steadfast service and gentle support for your people. We pray in the name of Jesus, our Lord.

Sharing of the Blessing Cup
Pray together the Our Father or sing an appropriate song, such as “Lay Your Hands.”


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