A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals: Day 7 – For Absent Friends and Missionaries 

Day 7, page 39, Second Prayer

For Absent Friends and Missionaries

O Loving Father, we remember before [You] all those who travel, or whose work calls them to the distant places of the earth, especially those who preach and teach the Gospel; in danger may they be given courage and endurance; in loneliest may they be helped by the knowledge that others are remembering them; in time of temptation may they have strength to hold fast to that which they know to be right; and may the sense of [Your Abiding] Presence, and the knowledge of [Your] Fatherly love, ever be with them. [Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit at all times and in all places. Amen. ]

Suggested Old and New Testament Verses 

Joshua 1:9 ESV

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

1 Corinthians 16:13 ESV

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

Psalm 27:14 ESV

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Proverbs 28:1 ESV

The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

John 16:33 ESV

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

1 Chronicles 28:20 ESV

Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.

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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 Hospitals,” Durry and Sons Limited, Hounds Gate, Nottingham, 1951.

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