A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals: Day 3 – for Our Absent Friends

Day 3, page 15, 16 – third prayer

Prayer Our Absent Friends

O [Lord] Who [is] present in every place, and from whose love space and distance can never separate us, grant us to know that those who are absent from each other, are still with [You]; and, though separated, we may realize our Communion with one another in the fellowship of [Your] service, here and always.[May Your Will, at all times and in all places, be done, through Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in unity with the Holy Spirit. Amen. ]

Suggested Old and New Testament verses: 

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13 ESV

For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!
Ecclesiastes 4:10 ESV

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24 ESV

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Proverbs 17:17 ESV

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Proverbs 13:20 ESV

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV

You are my friends if you do what I command you.
John 15:14 ESV

No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
John 15:15 ESV

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17 ESV

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV

Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul.
1 Samuel 18:3 ESV

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.
Romans 1:8 ESV

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.
Ecclesiastes 4:9 ESV

And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 ESV

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Colossians 3:12-14 ESV

As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
1 Samuel 18:1 ESV

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
Romans 12:15 ESV

You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another. “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. …
John 15:14-25 ESV

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.
Proverbs 3:3 ESV

And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.
James 2:23 ESV

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;
1 Timothy 2:8 ESV

Psalms:

Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
Psalm 41:9 ESV

For it is not an enemy who taunts me— then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me— then I could hide from him. But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend. We used to take sweet counsel together; within God’s house we walked in the throng.
Psalm 55:12-14 ESV

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
Psalm 1:1 ESV

You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me; my companions have become darkness.
Psalm 88:18 ESV

Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
Psalm 73:25 ESV


In the blog posts under this title we will revisit a collection of prayers published by the BBC* in the 1950’s for use in hospitals, [] denote changes. These prayers included Psalms suggested reading within the text and here we add some Old and New Testament scripture that could also be associated with the prayers.

* ” A Collection of Prayers for use in Hopitals,” Durry and Sons Limited, Hounds Gate, Nottingham, 1951.

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