A Prayer for the Lonely

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Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well and enjoying the heatwave.

What does the Bible say about loneliness?

When it comes to loneliness, the Bible has many verses that can offer solace in a time of need. One of these is Matthew 11: 28, where Jesus Christ states that he will “give you rest” if you are “lowly in heart.” You can also see Isaiah 43:2, where even when you “pass through the waters”, you will not be alone.

If You feel lonely You are not alone in feeling lonely; many deal with this feeling of isolation. For those who trust God, there is help in His Word.

Don’t fill Your loneliness with empty and meaningless things that play on Your soul and intensify Your isolation. Even things that are not necessarily evil can actually harm You by the reactions they cause in You. Seek for heavenly fulfilment, instead of looking for it in earthly things. Look to the reward – even if You continue to “feel” lonely, You know that your time on earth is temporary, God will see You through it, and in the end You will be with Your Saviour eternally, and will have fellowship with Him and the saints.

2 Corinthians 4:17
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

Psalm 17:15
“As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.”

Colossians 3:1-4
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”

Have wonderful week ahead and a relaxing and peaceful Sunday. Look out for those who are lonely. God bless You all.

Gracious and loving God, thank you for staying close to us in all that we have experienced in recent times. As your holy people, we ask you to strengthen us with wisdom and understanding as we look forward to the new opportunities you will share with us. Encourage us to offer rich hospitality: to recognise the individual, welcome the stranger and offer a community of love to all. Amen.