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Relief for the marginalized

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Lord Jesus, Bring relief to the marginalized people in this country. Comfort the grieving families of this recent attack in Georgia. Bring awareness, empathy, and compassion to all of us-- but particularly your children-- so that we reach out to those who wander, suffer with those who hurt,  and offer belonging to everyone. I pray your special blessing on Asian-Americans, on immigrant children separated from their parents, on single parent-families living in poverty, on inner-city kids without the resources to reach their dreams. Fill each with the assurance of your love and a desire to know you. Comfort and protect them. And God, change us into your image before them! Stir our hearts to break down stereotypes, partisanship, and elitism and embrace the diverse world you created. You love us all. You offer salvation freely to everyone. You call us to reach the world. Now convict us to reach the world you've brought to us, to think of safety for all instead of safety for ourselves. H

Give us sight for life

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Dear Lord Jesus, You are always and exclusively a God of Life! You give life to us each day and you even gave your own life so we could live eternally the way you meant for us to live. You are too great to fathom! Give us sight to see life as you see it: to see the unborn in the womb, perfectly designed by you, to see the immigrant struggling to safeguard her family, to see a prisoner , desperate for a second chance at life, to see the abused who believes her life is meaningless, to see an addict who's given up on living, to see the elderly, longing for better days or more days,  to see the marginalized , devastated by history, to see the poor , without hope or means to sustain existence, to see those enslaved to pimps, drug lords, owners, abusers,  and yes-- to see those who believe they're free and yet are shackled by their own passions, pursuits, arrogance, and ambitions. Help us see everyone you lived and died for the way you see them. Life is a gift-- it's your gif

Bring down this enemy

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Dear God, I'm going to access a little David here and ask you to bring down an enemy, an enemy of someone who follows you. Someone I care about. When someone opposes truth and justice, inflicts pain on one of your children, and brings shame to the gospel-- how do you decide when enough time is enough? After he has had opportunity to repent and he still refuses, what will you do? Sometimes you choose to take that person out. Perhaps this is one of those times. (I feel a little guilty hoping for this.) I'm not asking for this person's actual death, just for a reckoning, a humbling. On behalf of everyone harmed by evil people, I pray for your Spirit to humble, chastise, and even destroy the enemies of Christ. I've prayed for people's repentance-- and I know it's never too late for anyone to turn from wrong and turn back to you-- but when it seems repentance will never happen, I wonder if you could just remove this enemy from any influ