Praying for Broken People

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. [Hebrews 4:12-16]

Holy Spirit I pray today for the broken in our midst. I pray for the ones who have been physically, verbally or mentally hurt by others or life. I pray for those who suffer with depression, grief, mental illness, pain, addiction, and those who have been violated in the worst of ways. I pray for those who have been assaulted and for those who have been beaten. I pray for their healing, for them to have power and for them to find hope in You. I pray before Your throne with many of my brothers and sisters who, like me know what it is to be broken but we have the hope of Your salvation in our hearts and now we must stand in the gap for these I have petitioned for. I know that the fervent prayer of many avails much and that where two or three of us are gathered You are there with us. So, I call upon Your mercy and power to heal these individuals and bring them into the fold so that we can lift them up and protect them in prayer.

We know that through the path to the cross, You suffered as much if not more than anyone else could bear, yet now You set at the right hand of the Father. I pray that the Spirit of truth and comfort that You sent to walk with us will touch the hearts of these very broken people and that you will give us wisdom, discernment, and compassion to love on them, support them, protect them and keep them drenched in prayer.

For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21