Prayers for those who need Comfort
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
In His Word, God specifically calls Himself “the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trouble.” Why does God call Himself the God “of all comfort”? Because He knows His people will suffer in this world, and so He knows we will need His comforting presence. And that is precisely the role He gives Himself in these verses; He is our chief comforter for “all our trouble”; nothing’s too big and nothing’s too small.
We can experience His comfort now if we rest in His presence and His Word. And there is also true, lasting and unrivalled comfort to come, when God Himself will “wipe every tear from [our] eyes”. Revelation 21:4 gives us that very personal image of God’s care and attention when we finally see Him face to face on that great and glorious day. It shows His understanding of exactly what kind of trials we have been through and pain we have carried. He wants to be the one to greet us in heaven, wipe our tears away and reassure us that sickness, sadness, uncertainty and death are all behind us. He’s not going to draft in an angel for that greeting; or even a family member we may be looking forward to seeing again past heaven’s doors. He wants to be the One to receive us to give us His eternal comfort.
In this uncomfortable world, we know the One who is our comfort. He has overcome, He is victorious and His kingdom cannot be shaken, even when this one is left reeling from global pandemics. That is our strength and hope. In the world where suffering surrounds us, we look ahead to the world where “‘there will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4)
Lord Jesus, our God of all comfort who comforts me in all my trouble, bless me today with the peace of Your presence. I thank You that You truly know my every pain and the ache of my heart in these difficult days. You experienced poverty, hardship, suffering, rejection and death. You are my compassionate High Priest who feels real sympathy for my weakness; who will never leave or forsake me. Good Shepherd, carry me, Your wearied lamb, through the darkness of this valley. Comfort me with the steady beat of Your good heart and settle me with whispers of Your eternal love. Amen.
Compassionate Father, our shield and fortress, may Your presence be felt by those full of hurt and loss. These days have been full of trials and pain for so many. You, Lord, go before us; You hedge us in before and behind that we cannot stray from Your loving Spirit within us. Fill the downcast with Your comfort and strength. Give the grieving hope that this world is not our destiny. Bring healing to the hurting. You know the aches and groans of Your people; thank You for being with us and being all our thirsty souls need. Amen.
Heavenly Father, You know my struggles and weaknesses, even better than I do. I ask for Your steady hand to guide me, Your loving Spirit to shape me, and Your good presence to comfort me. Strengthen me for these days and may Your love allow me to endure, knowing You are with me and will always speak the words I need to hear so that I will find my rest and peace in You alone. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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