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A Prayer for Loneliness
Heavenly, Most Loving, Gracious Father, we come before you to humbly ask that you comfort us in our moments of loneliness, that you be our shelter in the midst of the storm, that you walk beside us every step of the way.
Lord, at times we feel so alone, crying out for attention, in desperation, looking for some sort of acknowledgement from a single soul. Remind us that you are always there, right at our side, whenever we call.
No matter the time, the hour, the situation, Oh Lord, you have promised to never leave us nor forsake us.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Forsaken by loved ones
Lord, there are times we think we can turn to loved ones and friends in our time of need, but they forsake us.
Oh Lord, you alone know what we are going through. Sometimes we vocalize our thoughts but no one understands.
There are many times we cry out to people to listen, when we need a friend, but they hardly ever take the time to show compassion.
Strength to carry on
Give us strength, dear God, to carry on when we are down and out and have no one to turn to. Let us always remember that You are our friend and our companion in our time of need.
God, let us feel the Holy Spirit as He comforts us. Help us to realize that You are the only one we need, especially in times of trials.
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
What a friend we have!
What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.
Touch the hearts of the people who feel lonely today, Oh Father. The ones who are broken-hearted. Those who are bullied. The ones who have everything and everyone around them but they still feel alone.
People who have lost loved ones, and have no families, the single parent. Dear God, reach out to all of them.
Father, guide us as we pray for strength to fight against the feeling of loneliness and depression, help them all to experience peace, love and joy in these difficult times, in the mighty name of Jesus we pray… AMEN!
Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
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Valentine’s Day is coming up in less than a month and for many it is a sad, lonely day. For the widowed and divorced, it brings feelings of sadness and longing for the love that is lost. For the single and unmarried, it can be hard as they are painfully aware of their unrealized hopes and dreams. The lonely on this day range from teenagers, to the aged in a convalescent home. Feeling unloved, can apply to kids in the foster care system, or someone who is home bound because of disability. Feeling sad on Valentine’s Day is not just a female thing. I’ve heard from teen boys, as well as grown men. The need to feel loved and cared for is universal to us all. Valentine’s Day does not just have to be about romantic love.
The first few years after I was divorced, I really felt the stab of being alone on Valentine’s Day. What I chose to do instead of dwelling on my sadness and feelings of rejection, was to reach out and let others know that they were loved. I had always done this, even when I was married, but it became more of a mission after I was divorced. I tried to take the focus from myself and all the sad feelings I had, and tried to let others know that they were loved. I won’t say that it totally took the sting away, but it did give me something else to focus on besides the pain of the day.
Because of my ministry to the broken-hearted, I know there are many that are already dreading this day. The reminders are all around in the media, in the stores, etc. The Lord has really impressed on my heart an idea that I would love to see spread like wild-fire around the world.
The best way to help yourself is to help others and that’s what I would like to see people do for this Valentine’s Day. Instead of staying home and feeling miserable on the 14th, do something for someone else. You can start planning now. I think this idea is great for the those who will be alone on Valentine’s Day, but this is something that churches, youth groups, Bible studies, life groups,groups on school campuses and other organizations can pick up on as well.
For an individual, there is distraction and comfort in planning and executing, what you will do leading up to Valentine’s Day. For groups, you have time to put something together by starting now. What I propose is this…there are kids in foster care that need to know that they are loved and that they matter to someone. There are lonely people in nursing homes and V.A. hospitals, who do not think they matter to anyone. There are single parents and the widowed who feel the loss of what they used to have. There are people who are home bound due to illness, injury or disability who never receive visitors or words of care or affection. There are teens who are bullied or possibly neglected at home… they just need to know that they matter in this world and that someone thinks they are beautiful.
This can be a day to share the love of God with so many that are lonely. Until you’ve walked in those shoes, you cannot imagine the impact a card, a meal, a visit, meeting a need, taking care of a project around their home, receiving a gift or flowers can make on someone who never receives those things. So, I want to challenge you for this Valentine’s Day, look beyond yourself. If you are lonely, you know the feelings all to well. So, reach out and help someone else to feel loved. For groups, couples, families, churches…reach out and share love anywhere you can! Take on multiple people or groups or projects. Send cards, do visitations, prepare a meal or a gathering, bring gifts. Let people know that they matter and that they are not alone!! I have come to know first hand, there are millions of people around the world who are dealing with broken hearts, loneliness, feeling unloved and unwanted. You won’t have to go searching for people to reach out to…they are all around you. So here are some ideas for people you can reach out to… let your creative juices start flowing and let’s start a tsunami of love that covers the world this Valentine’s Day! Please share this and pass it on.
Foster care facilities, youth facilities, orphanages
Nursing homes, Rehab facilities
Residential care facilities for those with special needs
Homeless on the streets
Military spouses whose significant others are away
Loneliness is a feeling that can overwhelm us whether we live in a remote area or in a crowded city. Sadly, loneliness can exist in relationships with two people living under the same roof. There can be a gulf of hurt, anger and resentment so wide that feelings of loneliness and isolation fill that gulf.
If you are feeling alone, know that you are not alone. God created us to have a relationship with us.
The disciples felt alone as Jesus told them that he had to leave them. To assure them that they weren’t alone, he said, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” John 14:18
Jesus went on to say, in John 16:32 and 33, “I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Here is a prayer to help you feel God’s presence, right here, right now.
A Prayer for Loneliness
Dear Gracious and Loving God,
Help me to feel your presence.
My heart aches and I feel so alone.
I miss a human touch, someone to take my hand or give me a hug.
I long for someone to tell me everything will be alright.
Please send your Comforter to me and take this loneliness away.
Help me instead of feeling empty, to feel full of the love you have for me.
Help me to know in my heart and remember that according to your Word; I am never alone because you are with me.
Your love and peace is with me, right now, in this moment. I feel it and I am not alone.
Loneliness can be a spiritual invitation to find peace in the solitude of the heart.
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