Against Scams and Cons

God, I pray against all the scams and cons
that are employed against trusting souls,
especially those that target
and prey on senior citizens.
Stop them, Lord.
Frustrate them.
May their efforts fail
and may they repay a hundredfold
what they have stolen and wheedled
out of their victims.
And Lord, please turn to those victims,
and restore their resources
until like Job their latter state
is better than ever, in Jesus' name, amen.

For All I Need

I come
to this day, Lord,
and lift
my empty cup
to the overflowing fountain
of your strength
and sufficiency.
You are
more than enough
for all I need
this day. Amen.

Give Me the Lowest Place

Give me the lowest place: not that I dare
Ask for that lowest place, but Thou hast died
That I might live and share
Thy glory by Thy side.

Give me the lowest place: or if for me
That lowest place too high, make one more low
Where I may sit and see
My God and love Thee so.

(a prayer by Christina Rossetti)

You Give Me Rest

Lord, your promise is true.
You give me rest.
You lift my burdens,
and carry me through.

In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety (Psalm 4:8, NIV).

In hope I will rise up again,
for you alone lift my head in hope.

In strength will I walk through this day,
for you alone are my shield and my buckler,
in Jesus' name, amen.

A Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Heavenly Father,
We pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering for Your Name's sake -
for those who have lost homes and possessions, family and friends simply because they profess faith in your Son, Jesus.

We pray for those who have been arrested, beaten, imprisoned, tortured beyond what we can even imagine, for the sake of Christ and the Gospel,
for the multitude of Christians who are in prison even now as we gather in the comfort of our church sanctuary.

Grant these Your grace that they may endure,
grant them courage that their faith would not waver;
may they remain true to the One who suffered and died for them.

Give them the assurance that the sufferings of this present time
are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Give them love for their enemies that they might bless and not curse them,
that, in their suffering, they might testify of the love of Jesus for sinners.

May they rejoice that they are considered worthy to suffer for His name.
Give them joy in spite of their suffering,
and peace in spite of their pain,
knowing that a great reward awaits them.

We pray for their families,
that You would meet all their needs,
that they would not lose hope,
that their faith in You would remain strong.

We do pray for the release of these, Your children,
but until that day, may Your grace prevail and the
name of Jesus be glorified.

We ask this in the name of Your Son Jesus,
Who suffered and died for us. Amen.

(a prayer by monkatheart; photo by chidsey via everystockphoto.com)

Visibly or Invisibly

Father, you know us in secret, and you know all our secret places. What we do to benefit your kingdom will not be lost if it is not seen by others, for you see and you reward according to your grace and mercy. Strengthen us to do good works, visibly or invisibly, always in your name.

(a prayer of G. K. Chesterton).

A Prayer in Sickness

Gracious Jesus, strong and wild,
Look on me, your poor, sick child;
Restore my health and energy
And close this day in victory.

Amen.