Prayer for compassion for others

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“Unnamable God, I feel you with me at every moment.”

In our stillness, we are informed. This is our connection to our innate spiritual nature. We seek to find meaning and purpose through spiritual traditions that can be a source of compassionate understanding and inspiration, especially in the most challenging of times.

However, the hectic pace and practical concerns of modern life often preclude a focus on spirituality; we routinely miss the moments of silence and contemplation that provide the vehicle for deeper understanding of one’s sacred story and
a deeper relationship with God.

The Prayer For Compassion Agency guides individuals and groups in the telling of their sacred stories through the process of Spiritual Direction. A deeply personal, contemplative practice, Spiritual Direction honors all spiritual and religious traditions. Our retreats, initiatives, and corporate trainings provide individuals with a vehicle for realizing a personal mission that is more peaceful, compassionate, and fulfilling.

The Gospel compels us to carry out what many consider to be Jesus’ impractical principles: Love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us, forgive others as God forgives us, do not judge, love your neighbor as yourself and so forth. These Christian principles provide a road map for how we ought to live, love and pray for others.

By reading the Gospel stories, we discover a compassionate Jesus who took great interest and concern in the needs of others. He extended justice, kindness and love to all He encountered. He reached out to the despised tax collectors, healed lepers, forgave a woman caught in adultery and healed the servant of the Roman Centurion—extending His mercy to Gentiles as well. He repeatedly demonstrated His compassion to all.

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How do these acts teach us to pray compassionately for others? They remind us that people and their needs matter to God. It means that we, too, need to embody that spirit in our prayers.

When we pray with compassion for others, we seek to feel their pain…understand their struggles…place ourselves in their shoes. We empathize with those whom we lift up to God, connecting ourselves with them. They are part of us, and we are part of them.

When praying for others, I like to learn as much about what they are going through as possible. This allows me to put myself in their situation. When this isn’t possible, I spend time reflecting on how they may feel, or I recall my own moment of need. Praying with compassion requires us to remove judgment and be merciful.

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Let us remember that we pray to a compassionate God whose heart is open to our very own needs, a God who weeps with us and is merciful when our actions miss the mark. This same God who hears our prayers also hears the pleas of others.

What has helped you to pray for others with compassion? Please share.

Lord, teach me to be compassionate in all my ways; help me to pray for others with empathy knowing that You care for all Your children.

Jehovah Shalom, shower Your grace and tender mercies upon our loving hearts and upon our difficult lives today. Vanquish our iniquities, clear our thoughts so we can hear the sound of Your great voice as we stand firm and still, awaiting Your instruction.

Psalm 51:1 – Be gracious to me, O God, according to Thy loving kindness; according to the greatness of Thy compassion blot out my transgressions.

Ephesians 4:32  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted,  forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Give us Compassion and Humility

Give us compassion and humility in our hearts. Let us be kind, gentle, generous, loving, giving and forgiving wherever we may go.

Allow pride to never get the best of us as You fulfill our dreams. Help us not to have a boastful tongue against our brothers. Let humility invade our souls.

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy,  brotherly love,  a tender heart, and  a humble mind.

Psalm 111:4- He has made His wonders to be remembered; The LORD is gracious and compassionate.

May we be a blessing to others

Allow us to be as compassionate as the air we breathe. Give us the strength to help our brother, especially if he falls by the wayside.

Allow us to be a blessing to others as we travel through life’s journey. Aid us in leaving an impact on the people that surrounds us. Change our hearts today, Oh Father, let hatred vanish in Your Holy presence.

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons  of God.

We declare and decree that we will follow the example Jesus has set before us, in his Mighty name we pray! Amen and Amen!

Galatians 6:2  Bear one another’s burdens, and  so fulfill  the law of Christ.

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