Prayers that pierce the wall of hurt, disappointment and bitterness

 Lately, I have become burdened with praying for the lost, the suffering and the missing. 

As part of my new prayer practice, I have been praying His Word instead of my words and this has been a great source of comfort.  I am hoping that you will join me this Sunday in our underground church and pray for those who God has placed in our lives who don’t know Christ. 

As an aid for this experience, we have built our own “wailing wall” where we tie on the names of those for whom we are praying.  We believe that our prayers pierce the wall of hurts and defenses that separate our loved ones from a relationship with Christ. 

I encourage everyone to use the prayer that I have been praying for the past couple of weeks.  I believe that this simple scripture prayer will bring hope for those who feel separated from the love of Christ.

Lord, thank you for placing ___________________ in my life.  Father, give me patience and endurance so that I will not cease praying for ___________________ until s/he has accepted Jesus Christ into his/her heart.  Lord, help me to remember to “continually ask [you] to fill ___________________ with the knowledge of [your] will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that s/he may live a life [you will find] worthy and please [you] in every way: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of  [you]….Lord, rescue ____________________ from the dominion of darkness and bring ___________________into the kingdom of the Son [you] love, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.   (Colossians 1: 3-14)

© [The Center for Prayer & Spiritual Growth; a ministry of First Presbyterian Church in Norfolk,Virginia] and [], [2012]

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