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Day of Prayer

February 11

Readings: Psalm 119:105-112 & 2 Corinthians 4:1-12

The scriptures that guide our meditation today describe the feeling of being “severely afflicted” and targeted by enemies. We see that especially in Psalm 119. The New Testament reading echoes that, but adds, “we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…“.

These passages describe some of the real hurt we experience in the world. But they also describe real hope. Namely, that as we have the right to name the pain of the world (and we should, because it’s there), we can also dare to name our hope–that pain and suffering will not have the final word. Our hope is that one day restoration will come for all. We are invited to believe that… and if we do, then we must dare to live into that promise and make it so.

Today, let’s draw on our scripture readings to guide our prayers:

As you think of how people are suffering (globally, nationally, regionally, locally, or personally), bring that to the front of your mind and pray that those who suffer affliction would not be crushed; that those who feel struck down would not also feel destroyed.

As you think of how people are suffering, pray for intervention and insight: that God would work to overcome the suffering of the world, but also, that you would have the insight to discern how you might bring healing to difficult situations.

Turn your prayers also:

For peace in the world…

For God’s wisdom to inhabit the decision of leaders…

For divisions to be healed…

For those who feel lost or rejected, that they would find a home (of friends, community, and love)…

For your own requests…




February 11


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