Prayer Reflecting on the Shooting in Las Vegas, October 1

Guard us, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
preserve us from violent men.
Psalm 140

O Lord, you know the minds of all,
and your plans are often hidden from us.
But you have given us this promise:
“For those who love God all things work together for good,
for those who are called according to his purpose.”
(Romans 8:28)
We cry out to you,
calm the rage of all who plan evil.
Heal the wounded.
Comfort those who mourn.
Strengthen those who serve.
Draw us closer to you.
Move our hearts to love and mercy,
and our actions to compassion and service.
Remind us all that
“the present form of this world is passing away,” (1 Corinthians 7:31)
and that around your throne,
Good Shepherd,
you will wipe every tear from our eyes. (Revelation 7:17)

© 2017 Paul C. Stratman
on A Collection of Prayers

Stay with Me in My Distress

wilhelm_loeheLord Jesus Christ,
you have come to comfort and save all troubled souls.
Come also to me and stay with me in my distress.
Fill my troubled heart with the Word of your promise,
“I am with you always.”
Fill my home with your blessing,
and my whole life with Christian humility.

Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914  (#241)

“Fill my troubled heart with the Word of your promise, ‘I am with you always.'” in the original is “Fill my miserable heart with the beauties of Thy comforting presence…”



A Prayer for Comfort

Almighty God,
Father of all mercies and giver of all comfort:
deal graciously, we pray, with those who mourn,
that, casting all their care on you,
they may know the consolation of your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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