Prayer of mercy

Are you in need of God’s mercy and favour over your life, over your family, over a situation? Here are some prayer points for mercy and favour that you can use to pray.

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Favour is defined as a liking, an approval, an act of kindness, a support for someone beyond what is usual or what the person deserves. It is a very bad thing to lack mercy and favour in life. This is because, there are times when some situations are beyond our control or limit, and only God’s mercy and favour can help. This kind of situations or problems can result to a life of struggles and frustration. To overcome these difficult situations in our lives, we need God’s mercy and favour.

Things you should note and do to be able to enjoy God’s mercy and favour

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These are some of the things you should take note and practice so that your prayer for mercy and favour can be answered:

  1. Stay connected to God.
  2. Repent of any sin and from secret unholy dealings that might be a hindrance.
  3. Decide to live in obedience to God’s word and trust God to help you with the decision
  4. Walk in love daily.
  5. Be a person of prayer and trust God for the grace to always pray.

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Prayers for mercy and favour

Mercy and favour go hand in hand most of the time. That is why I have decided not to write the prayers for mercy separate and for favour separately. Here are twenty prayer points on mercy and favour that are powerful.

1. Lord, I thank you because my joy is multiplying as I receive unlimited favour of God in Jesus Name.

2. Lord, in whatever way that I have sinned against you and disobeyed your word and instructions, please show me mercy according to your loving kindness and forgive my sins according to your mercy that endures forever in Jesus name.

3. Lord, I seek your mercy and favour in my life, in my studies, in my business and so on (mention those areas where you want God’s mercy and favour), in Jesus name.

4. Father, by your mercy, listen to my cry and give me testimonies in Jesus name.

5. Psalms 102 verse 13 says: “You will arise and have mercy on Zion; for the time to favour her, Yes, the set time, has come. Oh Lord, arise and show me mercy, for it is time for me to experience your favour in name of Jesus.”

6. Oh Lord, I do not put my hope and trust in my strength, I put my hope and trust in your favour to bring me things in my life in Jesus name. Read Psalms 44 verse 3.

7. Lord, let your favour be evident in my life everywhere I go so that I can expand your Kingdom everywhere I step my foot on testifying to your goodness in the name of Jesus.

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8. Father, please let me experience your favour wherever I go and wherever I turn in Jesus Name.

9. Oh Lord, let your mercy and favour make me stand out among my peers in the name of Jesus.

10. Father, let your favour make me be at the right place at the right time in the name of Jesus.

11. Let the favour of God upon my life, always attract the right people into my life, into my path in the name of Jesus.

12. Almighty God, by your mercy, I decree that the hand and plans of the enemy shall not prevail over my life, in the name of Jesus.

13. Oh Lord, by your mercy, let the devil not triumph over me in the name of Jesus.

14. Oh Lord, by your mercy, where others have failed, let me succeed in the name of Jesus.

15. Father, wherever the enemy has knocked me down, let your mercy lift me up and restore me, in the name of Jesus.

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16. Every struggle in my life, by the mercy and favour of God, has come to an end in Jesus name.

17. Father, let the anointing of supernatural and uncommon favour rest upon my life from today in the name of Jesus.

18. I command doors of supernatural favour to open unto me from today (mention any specific area that you needs the door of favour to open unto you) in the name of Jesus.

19. Father, I pray that the lack of favour in my life comes to an end today in Jesus name.

20. Almighty God, let your favour speedily connect me with men that will help my destiny and my cause in Jesus name.

Keep these prayer points and keep praying with them daily. Pray without ceasing. May the Lord hear your prayers for mercy and favour in Jesus name.

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In 1998, the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas produced Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy, basing text on the English translation of the psalms and canticles taken from the Liturgical Psalter: Text for Study and Comment, 1994, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc.

At a leadership development program of Sisters of Mercy in Panama City, Panama, in November 2011, the sisters expressed a desire for an electronic version of their prayer book. Recognizing that many hands make light work, they decided to work collaboratively over several months to accomplish the task of digitizing their daily prayer book. The web site is not meant to replace the Morning and Evening Prayer book; rather, it is a supplement for use during travel or at times when a sister or associate cannot access her own book.

This is a private site open for use by Sisters of Mercy, Associates of Mercy and anyone who wishes to say morning and evening prayer.

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What if the mercy prayer, “Lord, have mercy,” was not only the most prayed prayer in the Bible but in your life as well? Many Christians through the ages believed that this should be the case.

We have so much to learn from Christians who are different than us.

I grew up as a Southern Baptist. Then I spent eight wonderful years in a Presbyterian church. Today, I’m the pastor of an independent, interdenominational church. We aren’t officially associated with any particular denomination not because we believe the denominations are bad; rather, we desire to look back over the last two thousand years and see what we have to learn from all the different groups of people that have followed Christ. The different labels – Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Episcopal, Catholic, and the list goes on – simply represent the variety of ways and approaches others have taken in following Jesus.

One denomination has majored on the mercy of God: the Eastern Orthodox church. For almost two thousand years this segment of Christianity has made the mercy of God central to their understanding of the meaning of following Jesus – especially when it comes to prayer. They recognize that Daniel was right when he prayed,

We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. – Daniel 9:18

The Eastern Orthodox church is rather unknown to most Western Christians. These followers of Jesus are mostly located in Russia, Greece, the Middle East, and Africa. When it comes to understanding the most prayed prayer, we would do well to learn from them.

The Mercy Prayer in the Psalms

Their theologians first recognized our tendency to pray for God’s mercy. They were the ones to remark on how common it was for the people of God to cry out to Him for mercy in the Psalms:

Answer me when I call to You,

O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer. – Psalm 4:1

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint;

O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony. – Psalm 6:2

O Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!

Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death. – Psalm 9:13

Hear my cry for mercy

as I call to You for help, as I lift up my hands toward Your Most Holy Place. – Psalm 28:2

To You, O Lord, I called;

to the Lord I cried for mercy. – Psalm 30:8

It was also the Orthodox that noticed that the one sentence spoken to Jesus more than any other was, “Kyrie eleison.” This branch of Christianity pointed out that all of us are in a line leading to God’s courtroom, and we all have one hope in that setting: that God is merciful.

They even began to ask, could it be that the closer you get to God the more you pray the mercy prayer? What if our closeness to Christ actually increases the frequency of our requests for His mercy?

We normally think the opposite – something like this: I was living a really bad life and was in need of mercy. But once I embraced Jesus and asked Him into my heart, He took the burden of sin off of me. Now I can leave behind the consequences of my sin, move on, and grow closer to God.

Our Mercy Prayer Intensifies the Closer We Get to God

Eastern Orthodox believers say the opposite is true. Our recognition of our need for mercy only intensifies the closer we get to God. It’s as if the cross awakens our appetite for His compassion. We actually desire God’s mercy more the closer we get to Him, not only because we see our shortcomings in light of His perfection but also because knowing God is knowing that He is merciful.

This is a lesson we can see illustrated in the tabernacle found in the Old Testament.

The architecture of this ancient worship space communicated the spiritual life in tangible reality. As worshippers walked into the tabernacle, they saw a large courtyard with a number of furnishings signifying different aspects of knowing God. The large basin of water represented cleansing. Burning incense signified the prayers of God’s people. Furthest away from the entrance, deepest within the tabernacle, was the Holy of Holies. To enter that space was to enter the presence of God. The closer one was to this most holy place, the closer one was to God’s glory. Very few people were actually allowed to enter this sacred room. But if you were to go in beyond the veil and enter, you would see the ark of the covenant – the throne of God. What was the name given to the throne? The mercy seat!

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Excerpted from The Mercy Prayer: The One Prayer Jesus Always Answers by Robert Gelinas, copyright Thomas Nelson, 2013.

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Sometimes we have dark periods in our life, when we feel totally lost. We feel that we are sinners and even can’t dream about asking God for His mercy. But our God is merciful and loving and one of the biggest sins is to hesitate and deny His mercy. We can’t hesitate in Divine mercy even in situations when we have committed a mortal sin. God mercy is boundless. We need to say divine mercy prayer with the deep faith in our hearts and ask “Lord, have forgiveness and mercy on me!” And we will receive His mercy and forgiveness answer, also peace to our hearts.

Divine Mercy Prayer

Oh God of all mercy, I pray you today for mercy over my life, family, ministry, career. I walk with you, let your sure mercy surround me. Do not leave me to myself, Lord let your mercy frees me out of every tight situation. Lord, have mercy on me a sinner. In Jesus name, Amen.

Bible says in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him”. So we don’t need to hesitate on God’s intentions regarding us. He gave to us  the biggest gift – His Son to save us from death and to give us eternal life. We need to recognize that we are only weak people, who can’t stay on the right way without the help and support of God. We never deserve God’s mercy as our nature is sinful, but we must never stop believing and praying divine mercy prayer.

Why we Need to Pray “Lord, have Forgiveness and Mercy on Me”?

Divine mercy prayer is a prayer that every believer should pray since we are not perfect beings and need for God’s support and mercy in any situation.

“Oh satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days” (Psalm 90: 14).

God mercy is crucial to our salvation as Ephesians 2:4-6 say  “But God who is rich in mercy, for his great love, wherewith he loved us….”.  So the divine mercy and forgiveness are an essential part of our walk with God, we can’t rely only on ourselves and our efforts.

Believing in God’s mercy and asking for it is the only way to reach the eternal life. We must to live according God’s will. Jude 1:21 says, “Keep yourself in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ into eternal life”. You’d love to daily pray for mercy as a believer.

There are a number of circumstances where  we need the divine mercy prayer

One of such occasions is when we sin against God. Bible says, if we cover our sins, we shall not prosper.  By confessing our sins  and saying prayer for mercy forgiveness comes. As much as sin is not a lifestyle for the believer, but the Bible says “if” we sin, there is a place for mercy, (not because we deserve forgiveness, but because He is all merciful and that we may fear Him). Psalm 130:4 says, “But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared”.

David in Psalms 51:1 prayed (after committing the sin of adultery and murder) “Have mercy upon me, o God according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions”.

Also, we say the divine mercy prayer  during challenging times. At such times when even our good works cannot save us, we cry for mercy. “The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses” (Psalms 25:17).

David prayed for God’s mercy several times when he was afflicted and troubled by king Saul, and the above psalm was one of such times, and in all of these hard times, the Lord God showed him mercy and bailed him out.

Daily prayer points for mercy and forgiveness

  • Prayer to God for forgiveness of sins
  • Pray for forgiving others
  • Prayer to forgive for yourself

Noteworthy is the fact that the prayer of divine mercy is a prayer for the “weak” and not the “strong”.  We know fully well that outside of God, we are just nothing, there are no strong people, His strength is perfect in our weakness. For folks who are not ‘all-powerful’, (nobody is all-powerful but God) we have learned how to draw strength from God always. “Have mercy upon me O LORD, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are vexed” (Psalms 6:2).

So ask God for mercy daily, knowing well that each day you live is just gift  by His mercy. Lamentations 3:22 says, ”It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed…” There are no achievers in the kingdom, we are all receivers. A cry for mercy God will not deny.

Also read: GOD HELP ME! Dealing with Hopeless Situations

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