In light of the current health situation, I’ve put together a schedule of prayers and readings from Jane Austen’s prayers that are comforting during distressing times. I definitely need that right now, don’t you?
If you own a copy of Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen, you can follow along in your book and read the corresponding devotional entries. If you don’t, I’ll be writing short reflections on each line of Jane’s beautiful prayers here on my blog for you to enjoy!
Jane’s beautiful prayers are filled with tender intercession. They can provide much comfort and peace and give voice to our deepest needs. If you don’t know what to pray, start by reciting her prayers. Then, add your own specific needs.
The prayers for each day are based on Jane Austen’s longer prayers. We will focus our time on the prayers that are particularly timely, such as:
Excerpts from Jane Austen’s Prayers
- Day 1 Reflection: “Thou [Almighty Father] art every where present.”
- Day 2 Reflection: “May the sick and afflicted, be now, & ever thy care…”
- Day 3 Reflection: “Almighty God! Look down with Mercy on thy Servants here assembled & accept the petitions now offered up unto thee.”
- Day 4 Reflection: “Have Mercy Oh Gracious Father! upon all that are now suffering from whatsoever cause, that are in any circumstance of danger or distress. Give them patience under every affliction, strengthen, comfort & relieve them.”
- Day 5 Reflection: “To Thy Goodness we commend ourselves this night beseeching thy protection of us through its darkness & dangers.”
- Day 6 Reflection: “We are helpless and dependent; Graciously preserve us. For all whom we love & value, for every Friend and Connection, we equally pray…”
- “Look with compassion upon the afflicted of every condition, assuage the pangs of disease, comfort the broken in spirit.”
It’s important to care for our minds, our bodies, and our souls when we’re experiencing turmoil. If it feels as though the ground is rocking under your feet, if your circumstances are very difficult, if you’re struggling with loneliness, worry, or financial strain, you’re not alone.
May these lines of prayer bring you comfort and help you draw close to the heart of God in a time of personal prayer! This is just a taste of what’s to come. I’ll share further reflections for each prayer prompt in the coming days.
Verse for Today
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)
I like to start my time of prayer with a worship song. (See bottom of this post for a current favorite.) It prepares my heart and helps me settle down. Then, I like to sit with my journal and write out my prayers. (I guess Jane and I have that in common!) Here’s one I love:
Won’t you join me in praying for our loved ones, our neighbors, our country, and our world? If God has you at home more than usual right now, use that time to read your Bible, pray, and reach out to others with a phone call, email, or text.
I am praying that people all over the world will draw close to Jesus, some for the first time, in their time of distress . . . and find God’s comfort and presence in a powerful, personal way.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me in the comments or via email if you are in need of some human comfort and society as well! I would love to chat!
Grace and peace,
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