Prayers for suffering

Almighty God, Father of goodness and love,

have mercy on the poor suffering souls, and grant Thine

aid:

To my dear parents and ancestors;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To my brothers and sisters and other near relatives;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To my benefactors, spiritual and temporal;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To my former friends and subjects;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To all for whom love or duty bids me pray;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To those who have suffered disadvantage or harm through me;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To those who have offended me;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To all those who are especially beloved by Thee;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To those whose release is at hand;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To those who desire most to be united with Thee;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To those who endure the greatest suffering;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To those whose release is most remote;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To those who are least remembered;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To those who are most deserving

on account of their services to the Church;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To the rich, who now are the most destitute;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To the mighty, who now are as lowly servants;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To the blind, who now see their folly;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To the frivolous, who spent their time in idleness;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To the poor, who did not seek the treasures of Heaven;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To the tepid,

who devoted little

time

to prayer;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To the indolent,

who were negligent in performing

good

works;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To those of little faith,

who neglected the frequent reception of the Sacraments;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To the habitual sinners,

who owe their

salvation

to a

miracle

of grace;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To parents who failed to watch over their children;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To superiors who were not solicitous

for the

salvation

of those entrusted to them;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To the souls of those who strove

for hardly anything but riches and pleasures;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To the worldly-minded,

who failed to use their wealth

and talents in the service of God;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To those who witnessed the death of others,

but would not think of their own;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To those who did not provide for the great journey beyond,

and the days of tribulation;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To those whose judgment is so severe

because of the great things entrusted to them;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To the popes, rulers, kings and princes;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To the bishops and their counselors;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To my teachers and spiritual advisors;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To the deceased priests of this diocese;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To all the priests and religious of the whole Catholic

Church;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To the defenders of the Holy Faith;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To those who died on the battlefield;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To those who are buried in the sea;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To those who died of stroke or heart attack;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To those who died without the last rites of the Church;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To those who shall die within the next twenty-four hours;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

To my own poor soul when I shall have to appear

before Thy judgment seat;

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! My Jesus, mercy.

V. O Lord, grant eternal rest to all the souls of the

faithful departed,

R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.

V. May they rest in peace.

R. Amen.

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It is not uncommon for a person to experience at least one traumatic or stressful event in his or her lifetime. But because each person is unique

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Prayer

–has his or her own past experiences and own way of coping with stress– it is possible that out of twenty individuals who undergo the same traumatic event, only one would develop Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a psychological disorder that is developed through intensive and lengthy exposure to trauma, early childhood trauma or stressful life changes, mental trauma, couple with the absence of support from family and friends.

The most commonly known triggers are experiences like violence or combat exposure like those who’ve fought in wars or served in the military, sexual or physical abuse or assault, a serious accident, or a natural disaster.

If you are ever wondering what to pray for people who have family members in the military, this is one very important aspect that you should know about and also pray for them ahead of time so that it is easier when men or women return from serving in the war.

PTSD Symptoms

PTSD is diagnosed by a doctor or psychiatrist. But some of the observable symptoms include:

(1)   Flashbacks or nightmares of the traumatic experience. This can come so vividly and unexpectedly in the middle a busy day, usually triggered by sounds or sights that remind them of the event.

(2)   Avoidance of anything that reminds the victim of the experience. This may manifest as a phobia or irrational fear.

(3)   Unusual numbness and difficulty in experiencing emotions like sympathy, love, joy or concern. The person may lose interest in people and activities that he or she used to enjoy a lot.

(4)   Hyper-arousal or increased irritability. A loud noise may easily startle the person or bumping into someone may cause him or her to fly into a rage.

PTSD Treatment

Treatment can be a combination of psychotherapy or counseling, and medication. But the best treatment would be counseling, which usually aims towards a better understanding of and dealing with the patient’s thoughts and feelings. For example, guilt feelings over not having prevented the death of a friend can be addressed through self-forgiveness.

Commonly felt emotions by individuals with PTSD are fear or anxiety, sadness or depression, guilt and shame, and anger and irritability. The symptoms mentioned above usually manifest because of these unsettled thoughts and emotions.

Now post traumatic stress disorder is experienced by many people but those who know the Lord and have a relationship with Him have at their fingertips God’s help!

But God is a God who is able to reach deep down into our soul – our emotions and thoughts and will – and bring healing and freedom! One can pray for a person suffering from PTSD by asking the Holy Spirit to bring transformation or renewal to his mind and healing of the heart and soul. This can help speed up progress in counseling, or even bring an instant miracle! The Holy Spirit is the best Counselor and Comforter (John 14:26). He is also our Healer.

This, however, does not mean that counseling should be forgone and be replaced by prayer alone. Because traumatic experience may have caused lies and fear to enter into the person’s heart and the painful incident, wounded the person’s soul, we could pray for healing or the soul and renewal of the mind.  Finding a Christian PTSD treatment counselor is best but if perhaps there is a government funded program that does not have a Christian counselor on hand, then reading the scriptures and having someone pray will go a long way to helping with recovery.

There are so many passages in the Bible, especially in Psalms, that we can pray over a person with PTSD. He or she may even read them and declare them over his or her mind, heart, will, spirit and body. Having said that, here are but some Scripture-based prayers that can help. Search out the Bible for more if you wish. But for now, you can use this prayer by simply filling in the blanks with the name of the person you are praying for.:

Father, make Your presence known to ______ each and every single day, as the God who is near to the brokenhearted and who saves the crushed in spirit.

(Psalm 34:18) For indeed You are.

In Your name I speak healing and restoration upon each and every wound that was inflicted upon _____’s life. Thank You for healing and binding my friend’s wounds! (Psalm 147:3)

Holy Spirit, expose the lies of the enemy that have entered my friend’s life because of his/her trauma. Jesus, bring _____ to an encounter with Your Word. Reveal Your truth to my friend and let every lie be broken and let every mindset come into alignment with Your Word. God, wash _____ with Your Word. (Romans 12:2)

I declare that ____ will stand in agreement with Your word that says only goodness and mercy shall follow him/her all the days of his/her life. (Psalm 23, Jermeiah 29:11)

Abba, I release a revelation of the spirit of sonship upon my friend right now. You have not given ____ a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but he/she has received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom he/she can cry “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15) Reveal Your unfailing and everlasting love that conquers all fear!

Casts out fear from ____’s heart. (1 John 4:18a) Let Your love rain down upon him/her, bringing healing to his/her mind, emotions, will and spirit, even his/her body. Overwhelm ______ with Your healing power. Overwhelm him/her with Your loving presence.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is Your steadfast love toward ______; as far as the east is from the west, so far You remove ______’s transgressions from him/her. (Psalm 103:11-12) You have purchased my friend for a price and that is through the blood of Your Son Jesus. I declare freedom from every burden of fear, anxiety, depression, guilt, shame and anger, by the power of the blood of Christ! And I speak love, peace, freedom, wholeness, joy and thanksgiving. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Here is some additional information on Understanding PTSD and also here are some other prayers.  If you know other scriptures that would be helpful to this group, please share them in the comments below.

Here are some bible verses about healing

Here is a prayer for strength

Here is a prayer for peace

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There has been a national Royal Commision of inquiry into the tragedy of child sexual abuse and institutional responses, announced by Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard (her press release here).

As Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, has said,

“The Diocese of Sydney expresses its unqualified abhorrence of child abuse, wherever it occurs. While the terms of reference (of the Royal Commission) have yet to be decided, we will work and pray for an outcome which will result in a safer society for the most vulnerable.”

A colleague reminded me that apart from complete cooperation with the inquiry from the churches, one thing we ought to be doing as Australian Christians is praying for those who continue to be hurt by the impact of sexual abuse.

So here is a prayer prepared by Mark Charleston, and circulated by Phillip Jensen from St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney, for use in parishes during National Child Protection week, back in 2010.

A Prayer for Victims of Abuse

Micah 6:8 8…

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Almighty God & Everlasting Lord,

You are the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. We pray this week for those who have been abused within our churches and the wider communities across our nation.

Have compassion upon all who have suffered the injustice, humiliation and pain of abuse – sexual, physical, emotional, spiritual and all other forms of sinful conduct.

In the midst of their distressing circumstances, give them courage to speak. May your perfect love drive out fear and anxiety. In your mercy, create opportunities for these men, women and children to share their pain, reveal their struggles and expose the hurtful actions of others.

Give grace, sensitivity and wisdom to all who will minister to the victims and survivors of abuse. Strengthen those who have been abused and their carers with the certainty of your love for them. In all things, we ask that your name be glorified and that we – your people – do justice, love kindness and walk humbly before you.

We humbly plead these things in the name of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, who died and rose and now sits at your right hand in glory.

Amen.

And here is a prayer I adapted and developed from a couple in A Prayer Book for Australia  (not a prayer book I can recommend unreservedly, but one that contains some useful resources).

A prayer for victims and those who abuse

God our redeemer and sustainer, we pray for the survivors of violence, abuse and neglect. Be with them in confusion and pain. Give your power to the powerless, your fullness to the empty of spirit. Heal their wounds, free them from fear and restore them to true health. Strengthen them to face the future with faith in you. We ask this through Jesus your Son, who was himself a victim of abuse and yet in his resurrection, triumphed over the oppression.

Likewise, God of justice, judge of all the earth, we bring before you those who abuse and mistreat others. Turn the hearts of the exploiters from the way of evil. Open their eyes to the truth of their conduct and full them with hatred for the damage they do. And so by your Spirit bring them to true repentance and amendment of their lives.

And now, may your Spirit draw us together, both in our church family, and in the community. May we face our mistakes with complete honesty. But preserve us from unhelpful speculation and gossip. Help us reach out, care for the hurting, and support each other. Strengthen us with the gospel of your grace, for Jesus’ Christ’s sake.  Amen.

And lastly, for those who have attended Anglican Churches in the Diocese of Sydney (where I serve), here is its Safe Ministry website, which expresses ZERO TOLERANCE for misconduct and abuse in its churches and provides information about how to report abuse and receive support.

No doubt churches in other places and from other denominations have their own approaches. I pray our Christian institutions will continue to repent of past failures in how we have handled such situations, and improve our processes for the future.

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Almost exactly two years ago I was told by the oncologist that I had glioblastoma, grade 4 terminal brain cancer. Within a few short days Bonita and I began getting texts from the ladies at Living Proof Ministry (Beth Moore). Each day we welcomed a scripture, prayer, blessing, insight, and words of encouragement on our phones. The result of these brought tears, added prayer, soul-searching on our part. We were, and continue to be, overwhelmed by these prayers. In fact, Beth and these prayer warriors bound these in a hardback book just for us. Obviously the continuing theme was to bless us in our time of suffering.

SO HERE’S THE DEAL:

Every Monday, I will post an edited prayer taken from those prayers, scriptures, and blessings and place them in this blog. You can find them under the title, “Prayers for the Suffering.” I pray they will bless you deeply.

AND …

You are welcome to use these, pass them on to others, and personally help guide your own ministry. When you use them, you can paraphrase or copy them for a specific use. Better yet, let them lift your own spirit. We all suffer at one time or another, and it seems we are overwhelmed by it in our world these days.

Let us know if these bless you. We would love to have the feedback and stories of how God blesses through prayer!

Click HERE to go to this week’s powerful prayer!

Refer to this list for the prayer that is right for your situation and/or need:

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