Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Prayer for Widows

We have started a new and lovely thing with FNF and that is praying for each of the widows on their given day for whichever month we happen to be in.  It is a wonderful and uplifting thing to do. I am working on getting pictures of each lady to print us all out on a page, so that each month we can ‘see’ who we are praying for, as it’s nice to put a face with a name.  I am still learning who is who and I’m sure there are others out there who would love to ‘see’ who we are praying for.
Prayer works miracles, it encourages, it uplifts.
Since becoming a widow nine months ago, I’ve done a lot of reading of the Bible, searching online and reading there, bits and pieces for widows, I’ve found blogs for widows, and read quite a few books too.
One blog I found has been a source of comfort to me and Ferree Hardy the author of that blog  wrote this prayer below for widows.
May you be blessed as you read it and may you all continue to feel God’s love and tender mercies surrounding and flowing through you each and every day.
A Prayer for All Widows by Ferree Hardy
Dear God,
When I bring widows to you in prayer, I know that you hold them close to your heart and are intimately acquainted with all their ways. Would you please help them to know and experience that truth, too? Help each widow to know that you have numbered her days. Death comes as no surprise to you. You knew she would be widowed---and you also know this is not the end of her story. Help her to see that too.
Fill her with hope and help her look forward to the day when she will once again see the good work you began in her. Help her believe that you will faithfully complete her and the work you are doing in her life. It's not over yet.
I pray that her love will rise from the ashes of loss and begin to abound more and more in knowledge, spiritual depth and insight. That she'll be able to discern what is best. In the midst of this sad and confusing time keep her pure and blameless. Fill her with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ her Lord and Savior. May she grow in you to the glory and praise of God. May she truly live with passion and purpose, showing the world that to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Show her your kindness and rest, Lord. Open fields of opportunity for her. Surprise her with your joy, peace, mercy, generous provision and lavish grace.
May she stand on tiptoe to watch for your work in her life and eagerly look forward to the day of your return. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
In Your name, for Your sake, and by Your Word,
Be careful for nothing;
but in every thing
by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God.

Dear Jesus,
Bless our sisterhood of widows here in FNF.
May they each feel your love, peace, and strength in each new day that they are blessed with.
Meet their needs whatever they are.
Bless their hearts.
In your name Jesus,