HOW TO PRAY THE WORD OF GOD TO RESTORE YOUR EMPATHY

Father God, you’re a good, good father.

You hear the cry of your people.

You heard Abel’s blood cry from the ground,
the children of Israel’s cry because of their bondage,
the cry of David unjustly hunted,
the cries of children sacrificed in false worship,
and the cry of the righteous, the humble, and the afflicted.

And You answer.

You answer compelled by love, because You are love. And your nature is the foundation of everything You do.

You gave us your Son, the only High Priest able to empathize with our weaknesses, tested as we are, but without sin.

Jesus entered our world, looking like us, seeking to understand our plight before saving us from the penalty of sin and its perpetual suffering.

Always listening for how He can speak life into our dead situations.

But we’ve gone deaf to the cries of those around us, Father. Blind to the suffering of people You called us to serve.

Though made in your image, we struggle to walk in your likeness, indifferent to the anxieties, pains, and struggles of those outside of our religious cliques.

Forgive us, Abba.

Jesus, we repent of making light of your Word.

You said to mourn with those who mourn. But instead we give a well-rehearsed doctrine.

Through the Apostle James You said be quick to listen and slow to speak, but we rush to prove we have the corner on Truth.

So quick to condemn without empathy for the plight of the hearer.

And it grieves You—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Forgive us, Lord.

Holy Spirit, give us ears to hear like You hear.
Give us hearts touched with what touches your heart.

And may the words of our mouths and the mediations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our strength and our Redeemer.

It’s in Jesus’ name we pray and believe it done. Amen.

Inspired by Hebrews 4:15


Here at Vine Life Faith, we pray God’s Word to experience God’s will because His words are the only ones He’s obligated to keep. While we pray inspired by a particular verse, the prayer references multiple verses as the Lord leads. You’re welcome to share this prayer and if it blesses you or someone you know—say so in the comments below. God bless you!


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