Day 15: Compassion

God is full of compassion. (Psalm 116:5) God’s mercy is His compassion towards us even when we deserve punishment. He is committed to restore us.

Lamentations 3:22-23 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Psalm 78:38-39 “Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; he restrained his anger often and did not stir up all his wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and comes not again.”
Matthew 9:36 “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

Compassion was an outstanding characteristic in the life of Jesus. He is spoken of several times as being “moved with compassion"(Matthew 9:36). He is our perfect example of compassion. People and their needs matter to God. So we too need to embody that attitude in our prayers.

  • Praise God for his unfailing compassion toward you!
  • Take some time to ask that God would give us a heart of compassion for the lost. Pray that God’s love would be loosed in our hearts and that we would be moved with compassion – just as Jesus was – for sinners in need of a Saviour.
  • Ask God where he would like to move your heart to demonstrate compassion in your circle of influence today.  Ask God to remove barriers of fear or a hardness of heart and help you see through Christ’s eyes the needs of others right around you. Be Jesus to someone today in a tangible way offering mercy and compassion.
  • Pray for Compassion Canada who is one of the world’s leading child development organizations. Compassion partners with the local church in 26 countries to end poverty in the lives of children and their families. Pray for them as they advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.

Julianne August, Prayer Catalyst