A Prayer for Today

It’s a long list today, God.

Of people to lift up to you. 

I know you already know, 

That people are hurting 

And I know that I can’t possibly name them all here

For my world and my awareness are so very small

But …

So that You know that I know that the world needs You

So that You know that I know that You listen when we call

So that others might know that they are being held in prayer

So that I can believe in something larger than whatever small change I can affect

I pray…

For caregivers of children, parents, spouses and friends with health issues and special needs

For parents who are scrambling for childcare

For those who have no idea how they’re going to pay rent

For those whose food benefits are about to run out 

For those stuck at the border on the edge of something better 

For families separated

For relationships in ruin

For those who cannot see beyond their own self-interest

For those who have been bamboozled by fear mongering 

For those who are sick and tired of being sick and tired 

For those who are grieving

For those whose grief manifests itself in anger 

For those whose anger moves them to do harm 

For the worn out justice warriors and the helpers who are feeling helpless. 

All of these and more I lift up to you

Asking that you guide me to be your hands and feet and heart

Whenever and wherever I can. 

In the name of Jesus Christ, who knows what it is to be a hurting human, 

I pray.


Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently based in New York City. Doubting Believer provides tools and encouragement for the rollercoaster ride of your faith journey. Follow me on Facebook , Instagram and YouTube. You can also follow on TikTok. Get emails to keep up with all that is happening.

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