prayer

A Little Girl’s Letter to Jesus

I have transcribed this letter from a video with Russ Dizdar and David Heavener. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=detGrYXpFas

“I can’t imagine how you must feel, Jesus. I can’t imagine the pain and anguish you experience as you see the many, many little girls and boys being sexually victimised in the most horrible ways.

I can’t imagine how it angers you when the people that do these things are those who look good on the outside and claim to be your children. I can’t imagine how you must feel when people who claim your name turn their backs on such sin and crime; and refuse to bring such sin to light.

Jesus, sometimes I wonder, how can you let it go on? How long, oh Lord?

But then I remember that you are merciful to all. You desperately want those perpetrators to come to the end of themselves and fall at your feet in true repentance for their sin.

I forget sometimes that you are sovereign; that you are merciful; that you are in control of it all; and that someday, it will be made right.

Oh Father, I pray for the victims. The innumerable little girls and boys, the teenagers who are being sold for sex. May you send the right people to guide them to you. May they know your love; may they realise how much you care about them. May they find healing and rest in you. May they find protection from the enemy of their souls; may they make that hard decision to take responsibility for the response to the abuse. May they forgive and not become bitter.

I pray that you would raise them up and someday their pain would be used to help other little boys and girls. I pray for the parents and church leaders of the victims. I pray that you would raise up people that would realise the implications of abuse and how it destroys a person.

I pray that you would give them wisdom in relating to these broken children and you. I pray that if they have been abused themselves, and have sought help, that they would be willing to work through their own pain I pray that you would break the chains of generational abuse in my hometown and the surrounding communities.

I pray that there could be freedom and healing and that it would come only from you.

And, lastly, Jesus, I pray for the perpetrators.

I pray that they would come to the end of themselves. I pray that it would happen in this life, and not in the next. I pray for their souls. I pray that you would have mercy on them. I pray that their evil deeds would be exposed now and not at judgement day.

Oh, Jesus, have mercy please.

They need you just as I need you.

Oh, God, please send the right people their way to take them by the hand, and to lead them to you. I pray for repentance and restorations for them. I pray for a Godly sorrow that would lead to repentance.

I know you care, Jesus. And I thank you so much that you are working behind the scenes.

Thank you, Father.

Amen”

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Getting into prayer

Just wanted to share a collage I put together with information from a talk by Pastor Rick Warren from Saddleback Ministries (Link to 40 days of prayer) that I thought was helpful.  Sometimes we get to the end of the day and we realise we haven’t spent a moment in prayer. Doh!  This simple link is making the association with things we know well – The Lord’s Prayer and relevant times of day. Also the cute memes might help to jog your memory too 🙂

Our father who is in heaven…..
1. Get up with gratitude – thanksgiving

Hallowed be your name
2. Bless god’s name at breakfast – praise

May your kingdom come, thy will be done
3. Take a prayer break during the morning about what matters most – dedication. I align myself with God’s plan for life and myself

Give us this day my daily bread
4. Lunch – list my needs – petition. Anything. Ask for what others need too – intersession.

And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us
5. Mid-afternoon – ask for forgiveness (taking out the garbage). Admit your sins and forgive others.

And lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil
6. End of day. Ask god to help you make wise decisions.

For yours is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever and ever.
7. Bedtime – I end my day with an encouraging truth – Benediction.

Amen.

Good night Lord, I’ll see you in the morning.

 

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