A Prayer for the Suffering Church

God of all compassion, visit Your suffering people.

In the time of their troubles, let them not be dismayed.

In their oppression, let them not be destroyed.

In their anxiety, let them not lose hope.

In their alienation and wandering, be their identity and home.

O God, the Father of all mercies, look upon them with Your favour.

Set Your seal upon their foreheads.

Let Your right hand uphold them, Your presence engulf them, Your protection cover them.

In their fragility and brokenness, be their strength and treasure.

Let Your light shine upon them and reveal the glory of Your eternal Son,

In Whose name we pray.

(Patrick Sookdeo 2015) Barnabasfund