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June 8: A Prayer for People Who are Lonely

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Gracious Father, we thank You for the gift of life. Thank You for never leaving or abandoning us. Thank You for giving us true consolation and comfort through the Holy Spirit. Our hearts are confident in You, O God. It’s no wonder we sing Your praises with all our hearts! We will wake the dawn with our song. We will thank You among all people, and sing your praises to the nations. Your unfailing love is higher than the heavens. May your glory shine over all the earth. You have purposed that the nations should seek after You and find you; though You are not far away from any one of us. We are blessed to be Your offspring.

Heavenly Father, we declare that we have overcome loneliness because the Spirit who lives in us is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. We confess that Your plans for the lonely are  for good and not for disaster, to give us all a future and a hope. We decree that we will not throw away this confident trust we have in You, Lord. But we will remember the great reward that it brings. We decree that we, the Body of Christ, have come to know real love through Jesus, who gave up His life for us. We will not merely say that we love each other, but we will show the truth by our actions. We will defeat loneliness with genuine love and care. We declare that those who have been plagued with loneliness will find joy in your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever. We decree victory for the lonely. You will give them a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, and festive praise instead of despair. We declare that they will no longer be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is their strength!

Holy Spirit, comfort the lonely and remind them that the Father is for them. Fill them with the encouragement that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow; not even the powers of hell can separate them from the Father’s love. Help them to release any offenses from the past that may be preventing them from connecting with the love of the Father through others. Teach them how to love again the right way; with the love of the Lord. Enlarge the capacity of their hearts to receive love and to trust again. Open the eyes of those around them to see their pain and to respond with agape love. For those who may be in a season where they must walk alone, guard them from loneliness by helping them to be joyful, to grow in maturity, to encourage and be encouraged, and to live in harmony and peace with others. Then the love and peace of the Father will certainly be with them.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how you can personally minister to someone who is lonely today:

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Magnificent Father, you are so good and so ready to forgive. Forgive our sins. Forgive us, the Body of Christ, for sometimes overlooking and neglecting people. Forgive us for being too preoccupied with trivial, non-essential things. Forgive us for missing opportunities to include others in our family gatherings and activities. Forgive us for neglecting the widows and orphans who feel all alone in the world. Forgive us for failing to give a kind word or a smile to someone who may have desperately needed it. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that You have committed). Holy Spirit, remind us of those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show You names or faces of people that You may need to forgive. As He shows You, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in Your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

Holy Spirit, help us not to yield to temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.

Almighty God, we give glory and honor to Your Name. You are great and most worthy of praise! No one can measure Your greatness. You are King! Let the nations tremble! You sit on Your throne between the cherubim. Let the whole earth quake! You sit in majesty in Jerusalem, exalted above all nations. We will praise Your great and awesome name. Your name is holy! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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