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Prayers of compassion and comfort during tough times

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Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 4:24 pm, Mon Oct 29, 2012.

As increasing numbers of people desperately call or stop by churches, religious and social institutions looking for help, as we struggle to cope with the widening gap between people’s needs and our capacity to fill them, perhaps these prayers will be a vestige of compassion and comfort.

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Prayers for the current financial situation

Lord God, we live in disturbing days:

across the world,

prices rise,

debts increase,

banks collapse,

jobs are taken away,

and fragile security is under threat.

Loving God, meet us in our fear and hear our prayer:

be a tower of strength amidst the shifting sands,

and a light in the darkness;

help us receive your gift of peace,

and fix our hearts where true joys are to be found,

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


In a financial mess

Stand with me God of Wisdom,

in the mess of my finances:

in my fear of taking charge of the resources entrusted to my care;

in my preference for ignorance over honest acknowledgment of the ways

I use and fail to use my wealth;

in my anxiety over debt, and in all the pressures of my financial life.

Help me to take one step at a time toward

honoring you through my use of money and

honoring others from whom I buy and borrow.

Make me humble to seek counsel,

grateful for my abundance,

prudent with my limited means,

and patient with myself as I seek to be

a better steward of all you have given me.

From the book, Simple Prayers for Complicated Lives, by Jennifer Phillips


Prayer for those living with debt

Father, we pray for the many who are trapped by growing burdens of debt,

who see no way out, and who despair for their future:

give them courage to tackle the problems they face,

clarity in taking decisions which will turn their situation around,

and faith that, as they cry to you in their trouble,

you will deliver them from their distress;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Rev. Kerry C. Neuhardt is the priest in charge of St. James the Apostle Episcopal Church in Tempe. He has served congregations in Arizona since 1984. He lived in Australia working in a congregation on the Gold Coast. He takes delight in the music ministry at St. James and plays with his two granddaughters as much as possible. He has been an Episcopal priest for 25 years.

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