This is a Father’ Day prayer for those in the world of the missing.
Father’s Day Prayer 4 Missing
Those Directly Affected
Dear God, This is a Father’s Day prayer for those in the world of the missing.
For families of the missing: Any time of the year is painful for them. Special days like Father’s Day only intensify their pain and anguish. Every day of the year, but especially during this time, reach out to them. Draw them to Your side. May they find their comfort and hope in You, not in other things. Give them strength to take every day one day at a time. Grant them peace of heart. Protect them from scams and those who would prey on their desperation. Urge them not to go to psychics or others for their answers. Instead, may they wait on You. Let them get answers as to what happened. When their loved ones are found safe, may they praise You. Grant them and their loved ones healing and restoration. If their loved ones are found deceased, comfort them. Let them be able to honor their loved ones.
For families who have lost loved ones to murder or suicide: Console the families of those who have killed themselves. Their grief is unimaginable. May they use their deep pain and loss for the help of others. I thank You for those who are doing just that. Give them the deep-down peace that You feel their pain. You know what it is like to lose a child. Let these families channel their loss into honoring their loved ones. If/when the murders of loved ones are unsolved, may they eventually find answers and peace.
For missing or unidentified persons themselves: Protect them. Yes, I know that what has happened to many of them has already happened. No amount of prayer can change that. But as we can’t know what has happened, that You help them. May those who have run away, return home. If they have run from abusive situations, may they be given courage to go to police for help. Help them see the risks to themselves if they remain on the run. But if they are running just to avoid authority or responsibility, bring them to repentance.
Protect those who have been abducted. Bring their abductors to repentance. Let these victims be released, and returned to their families. May all who are murder victims, be brought home. And may those who are unidentified get back their names. Let us all keep our eyes open and observe what is going on around us. And give us guidance and courage to report it when things don’t seem right.
Father’s Day Prayer 4 Missing
Those Affected By Choice
For law enforcement and investigating agencies: Thank You for their service and commitment to society. I praise You for those who give their lives in their service. Comfort their families especially during this time. And may there be healing and peace between them and the communities they serve. Bring healing and restoration to the African-American community who have a history of hostile interactions with police. May police be held accountable for behavior that oversteps their authority. Especially if it results in wrongful deaths! May there be improved training in dealing with those with disabilities and minorities.
Guide law enforcement and investigating agencies in cases. May they be given guidance in all they do. This includes locating the missing, identifying the unidentified, or capturing suspects. Let us, the public, keep our eyes and ears open. And give us courage and guidance to notify them if we see anything that isn’t right. And may solve a case. Locate a missing person. Give an unidentified person her name back. Or get a suspect in custody.
For organizations for the missing and/or unidentified: I thank You for all they do. Helping locate the missing. Giving names to the unidentified. And getting criminals off the streets. Protect them from harm. Give them guidance in all they do. May they be given the resources they need to do their jobs effectively and efficiently. May they be given a spirit of unity amongst one another. Guard them from a spirit of competition.
Let them see that they are all on the same team. May there be a spirit of unity and cooperation within nonprofits and between them. May they be able to keep their services free to families of the missing. Inspire us in the community to support them.
For individual advocates: Thank You for all of them, whether they are trained or laypeople. Protect them from all harm. Give them guidance in assisting in locating missing persons. Giving names to those are unidentified. Bringing at large criminals to justice. Give them strength to carry on. Provide resources for them to continue their work. Guard them from a spirit of competition. May they realize that they are all on the same team. WEed out those who should not be in the world of the missing. Or in advocacy, period. May they find other ways to resolve their issues.
Father’s Day Prayer 4 Missing
Those Affected by Default
For those with information: They may not realize it. But they are the ones who have information. Critical information. They possess information that can bring a criminal to justice. And their information can protect the public. Bring a missing person home. Solve a murder. End a family’s nightmare. Help these individuals realize what a difference they can make. If they are clamming up because of fear, free them from this paralyzing fear. Release them. Give them wisdom and courage to go to authorities with what they know. Even if it implicates them.
For suspects/perpetrators: I know that we talk of justice and punishment in relation to them. And I know that sin and evil always have consequences. If not in this life, in the life to come. May perpetrators experience what is called Your “severe mercy.” Bring them to repentance and faith. May those suspects who are not guilty, see their names cleared. Let those who are guilty, be held accountable for what they have done. May they experience true contrition. Give them opportunities to express it. And, when possible, may they truly apologize to victims and families they have harmed.
I thank You for hearing all these needs and into Your hands I commend all these needs. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.