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Ferguson, Missouri

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Dear Father,

Prayers are being lifted up in the St. Louis region and across the nation for the situation in Ferguson, MO.

We ask you tonight to comfort those who grieve and mourn the loss of a friend or loved one. The young man had so much future ahead of him, so many opportunities. We also ask your mercy and compassion to those who are living in fear and remorse tonight because of their involvement with the shooting. We ask your mercy and grace on them regardless of their innocence or guilt.

Lord, wisdom and justice is claimed by voices on both sides of the turmoil. However, you alone know the truth and you will satisfy your own requirements for justice. We pray that the innocent will be exonerated and the guilty will be afforded the grace of forgiveness just like we all need.

May those who are thoughtless, who respond out of pure emotion and hate, be quieted by the voices of those who have your wisdom and the maturity and mindfulness to process the situation with calm reason. May lessons be learned by many in this situation about the need for our society to have good laws, to have citizens devoted to respect those good laws, and for authorities to enforce those good laws with compassion, integrity, and humility.

We ask tonight for special wisdom for the pastors whose churches are located in the heart of the turmoil. May they be instruments of peace, reason, unification, comfort, and wisdom in the community. May this tragedy create new relationships between pastors and those who previously had no interest in church. May the pastors, even those of various faiths and denominations, restore peace to the community. We also ask for your protection of them as their voices may unintentionally incite detractors to bitterness.

Lord, save a youth and a police officer tonight somewhere in the US from a dangerous encounter by protecting them from emotion-driven escalation.

Amen


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Rebellious Children

Dear Father,

There are pastors across America today who are dealing with members of their congregation who are having trouble with rebellious children. Perhaps friends or family of the members are having such trouble and the pain of their loved one weighs heavy upon them. The pastors are asked to come to the rescue, to soothe anxious hearts and to provide answers and solutions.

We pray this morning for every pastor in America who, dedicated to you, is struggling with a rebellious child. There is no doubt that such a pastor is, in the very least, distracted from their responsibilities by their children. Such pastors are most likely wrestling with feelings of insecurity, anxiety, fear, shame, or guilt because their home life and the behavior of their children are not setting the preferred example for other members in the church. We ask Lord for your intervention in these conflicts, that you will bring relief and resolution so that the pastors will not be distracted from their service to You and to others. For those pastors who must continue to deal with rebellious children, we ask for you to bestow upon them comfort, perseverance, faith, courage, love, and peace. May they model how to live even as their world is not what they so want it to be.

We ask for you to give those pastors who are ministering to broken families, or their loved ones, special grace and wisdom. Help them to know what to do and what not to do. Help them know what to say and what not to say. Give them great spiritual insights to share and divine appointments to share them at that can breakthrough stubborn conflicts. May the pastors experience miracles as families are restored and lives are rescued from rebellion and all the heartache associated with it.

Amen


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Grandparents Raising Children

Dear Father,

We understand that the family was designed by You to give children a moral and ethical foundation, emotional stability and security, and a setting to learn how to relate with others.

However, our society has turned from your ways.  There are millions of children growing up in broken or dysfunctional homes.  Many of these children enter their adult life lacking moral guides, insecure, emotionally unstable, and unable to relate with others.  I know – my children had to navigate their teen years dealing with the divorce of their parents, a fact that still breaks my heart.

In many of these broken homes, both of the birth parents are not around.  They may be incarcerated, institutionalized, deceased, or they may simply have abandoned their children.  Grandparents have been asked to raise their grandchildren, becoming parents once more.  When they expected to be enjoying their retirement years or when their vigor and health are diminishing, they are now asked to parent children through elementary school, middle school, and high school all over again.

There are no doubt many grandparents who have embraced their calling with joy and pleasure.  However, there are probably many other grandparents who resent this responsibility and are impatient or bitter with their grandchildren.  There may be estrangement with their own child who they consider forced upon them this difficult season of their life.

Once more, pastors around the US are asked to step in and make a difference.  They are expected to address and resolve the heartaches and spiritual issues of these grandparents.  They are expected to have answers for out-of-control grandchildren.  They are expected to have amazing skills to restore estranged relationships.

What a huge task!  Is it any wonder that pastors, mortal men and women that they are, can be overwhelmed and feel ill-equipped for the job?

We ask tonight that you give pastors across America special blessings tonight.  Empower them.  Give them insight and understanding.  Create for them divine appointments.  Orchestrate interventions and opportunities.  We ask that there is one set of grandparents, raising their grandchildren, who this very day will be transformed thanks to the compassion and wisdom of a pastor.

Amen


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