Lent Day 24 – A Prayer For Compassion
“But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.” Psalm 78:38
“And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.” Matthew 14:14
“Father, thank You for this day and for bringing
us to this 24th day of Lent. As we, the Church, the body of believers observe this time of reflection, repentance and benevolence extended to the poor, the needed, and the stranger, this time of self-sacrifice and submission to the Holy Spirit to hear from You, we are reminded of Your great love which expresses itself in sacrifice and blessings to friends and enemies alike.
Now we know that not everyone is naturally given to hospitality and compassion. Many of us have to learn compassion by life experience, by teaching in Your Word and by the prompting of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. Please make and keep us sensitive to hear the cry of the suffering, the hurting, the weak and the vulnerable among us, to lift them up and share the bounty of our blessings with them without thought of selfish gain or man’s rewards. Help us to do our deeds and acts of love with quiet compassion and good cheer not for the praise of men, but for Your good pleasure.
Father, I looked up today and saw a glorious array of clouds across the vast expanse of a bright blue sky and in a moment I realized how awesome it was, and yet, what I could see was just a barely measurable portion of the vastness of time and space encompassing galaxies and stars too numerous to comprehend. Then I thought, “My Daddy, God of All Creation, made this and gave it all to me to enjoy.” WOW!
O Lord, You have given us so much, how can we withhold from others our most extravagant expressions of love that could never measure up to what You have given to us. We are so marvelously and amazingly blessed in our Lord Jesus Christ and in the fullness of all that You have created for Your Glory, that we together with our Lord Jesus may share in it with You.
Thank You, Father for Your unspeakable gift.
We love You, Lord. In the Holy, Blessed and Awesome name of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth we pray. AMEN”