Lord,

There’s so much pain. Crushing pain. Heartbreaking pain. Joy-zapping pain. And we know it breaks Your heart, just as it breaks ours.

So we pray from the depth of our souls. For children dying from starvation. Addicts seeking sobriety one day at a time. Spouses devastated by unfaithfulness. Loved ones living in the fog of depression. Friends dying from incurable diseases. Families smothered by relentless poverty. Citizens living in fear of their own governments. And for all journeying through life apart from Your love.

Shower them with the fullness of Your love that touches them exactly the way they need. Give them Your healing and new life. Fill them with Your hope. And may we embrace the privilege of serving as Your heart, words and hands to share Your love with them.

We pray this in Jesus’ precious name – Amen.