Day 29 - The World At Large


O Lord,

We pray for those in the world that we do not know personally, yet whom You have placed on our hearts - especially the poor, the abused, the persecuted and any unbelievers.  We ask You to be with them in each of their various trials and that You would help us to pray for their needs.  We pray that when we do not know exactly what to ask or what we ought to pray for, that Your Spirit Himself would intercede for us with groans that words cannot express.  (Romans 8:26-27)

We call on You, O Lord, to provide for the poor, from Your bounty.  (Psalm 68:10)  When the poor and needy search for water, may You make rivers flow upon barren heights, and springs within the valleys.  May You turn the desert into pools of water, so that people may see and know that the hand of the Lord has done this.  May we trust that You will answer their cries and will not forsake them.  (Isaiah 41:17-20)


For all those who are abused or persecuted, we pray that You would bless them and keep them, that You would make Your face shine upon them and be gracious to them.  May You turn Your face toward them and give them peace.  (Numbers 6:24)  Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.  (Psalm 82:4)   May those who are persecuted because of righteousness, receive the kingdom of heaven.  (Matthew 5:10-12)  Give them strength and courage to know that You too were persecuted and if they persecuted You, it is a possibility that others may be persecuted also.  (John 15:20)  

We pray for all those whose eyes have been blinded to the gospel.  May they have eyes to see and ears to hear.  We pray that Jesus would lose none of all that God has given Him, but that they would be raised up at the last day.  (John 6:39)  Help us to have faith in the mystery that You, Lord, are not slow in keeping Your promise, as some understand slowness.  You are patient with us, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  (2 Peter 3:9) 

We also lift up requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving - for leaders and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

© margaret young