A Simple Prayer for the Lonely and Forgotten

The room was full of heads bowed.

Heads bowed over cell phones and tablets, browsing email and surfing Facebook. Social media had won and left too many feeling forgotten.

We live in the age of the forgotten. So much of life shoves for our attention, and to be honest, we’re allowing loneliness to win.

I’m allowing it. You’re allowing it.

And it’s killing our relationships, friendships, marriages, and community.

When we choose to pay attention – when we really take the time to listen and understand – we may just realize that there are a whole lot of forgotten feelings floating around.

Our world is full of lonely & forgotten people. Too often, media & selfishness win. We don't choose to ignore, but it happens anyway. And the result? Hurt. Loneliness. Feelings of being forgotten. We're combatting this today with a prayer for the lonely and forgotten. Join the revival!

There are a whole lot of lonely, tired, and hurting people wanting authentic community and real friendship.

Not friendship where a phone stands between. Not community organized around a 72″ television. Not living in a world full of confusing messages about importance and meaning.

You know what that phone barrier displays? A whole lot of lack of importance.

And that TV screen from which you can’t look away? A big serving of little meaning.

We need to be a people who embrace the forgotten and choose to erase those lies. But sometimes, we’re the ones who feel forgotten. We’re the ones who sit across from a phone-absorbed friend and wonder if they truly hear our aching heart. We’re the ones who want to choose board-games over television & a barbecue over texting.

Sometimes the only thing we can do is cry out to a God who sees our loneliness and chooses to step in. We serve a God who does that – who watches as we ache for community. And He promises to hear our cries and comfort our lonely hearts.

So, friends, here is a prayer. Pray it in bold belief.

A Prayer for the Lonely and Forgotten

“Heavenly Father,

This world is full of loneliness and feelings of being forgotten. This world screams that computers are more important than tears & sports games have value beyond words. That the amount of Facebook likes matters & Instagram pictures are the ideal. And in the midst of it all, this world cries out for your promises of redemption and glory. We long for the promises you speak in Philippians 3 about our citizenship being in heaven. We eagerly await walking & talking & fellowshipping with you. But God, in the meantime, will you start a revival in this earthly place? Will you stir souls and speak to hearts and transform lives so that the lonely don’t feel so forgotten? We long for true fellowship. We know that it will not be perfect this side of heaven – because where would the longing be then? But would you start our training a little early? Mold us to be about one another first. To care for the lonely first. To hug the forgotten first.

We pray this in Jesus’ name,

Amen.”

Would you join me in praying for this revival that we would all be about others first? Prayer is the real answer to fewer forgotten & lonely people.

Our world is full of lonely & forgotten people. Too often, media & selfishness win. We don't choose to ignore, but it happens anyway. And the result? Hurt. Loneliness. Feelings of being forgotten. We're combatting this today with a prayer for the lonely and forgotten. Join the revival!

How do we practically start living for the forgotten?

  • Choose real friends over the all-too-familiar Facebook.
  • Be about others before you try to be like others.
  • Sure, check your email. First, call your friend.
  • Take the first step rather than choosing isolation.
  • Smile for real – don’t replace it with an emoji.
  • Notice the lonely, and do something about it.
  • Hug the forgotten. Live life with the hurting.
  • Allow God to mold you into someone who lives for the other first.

Lastly, I want to leave you with some strong fuel for this revival fire. It’s all over Scripture.

Philippians 3:20 “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Leviticus 26:12 “I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be my people.”

Isaiah 49:16 “See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.”

Psalm 143:1 “Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications! In your faithfulness answer me, and in your righteousness.”

Psalm 31:24 “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”

When we believe in these promises & fight the reality of loneliness, something amazing happens. There becomes fewer forgotten people and a whole lot more deep friendship.

Those bowed heads? They all become about one another.

A simple prayer for the lonely & forgotten - because we have a God who hears, comforts, and redeems brokenness. Cry out to Him with your feelings of loneliness!


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19 thoughts on “A Simple Prayer for the Lonely and Forgotten

  1. Connecting with real people. Praying for others. Reading verses about praying for others. Love this post, Alison!
    And, I’m so excited to be partnering with you for the Friendship Challenge. I’ve already started to pray that God will use our efforts to bless, encourage, inspire, and move many toward more genuine relationships!

    1. I am praying that too, Melanie! I feel God at work as He leads people our way. It’s such an honor to partner with you, friend. Thanks for being such a blessing!

  2. This prayer is so beautiful, sister!! A wonderful reminder to be in community and keep an open heart and mind for ministering to those who might be feeling lonely and forgotten. <3

  3. I can see that God is speaking to us both about similar themes … and probably not just us … You know … “I HAVE” to be on my device … I need to reply to comments … Oh yeah, I wanted to check on the weather … and we’re leaving our loved ones a-lone. A good word, Alison.

    1. Thank you, Dianne, for taking the time to comment. It really is sad to look around at families in a restaurant, out-and-about, and find half of the family on their phones! It makes my heart sad. Loneliness is real, and I’m ready to fight against it! 🙂

  4. This seems to be a theme lately – and it has been a long time coming! LOVE this… (I mean, I don’t love the issue and the sad truth in it… but love that you are drawing our attention to a better way –a more, in fact, connected way!)

    1. Definitely don’t love the issue, but I think it’s becoming a theme too! People are aware, now we just need to be action-takers. 🙂

  5. “Prayer is the real answer to fewer forgotten & lonely people.” Oh, this is so true. And we do need to connect with the people around us rather than let technology take over. But I do have real friends on facebook – some I’ve met in person and some I’ve not, but they are very real. We pray for each other and encourage each other and it is genuine.

    But I agree that it’s so sad to see people using their phones when they get together rather than really listening to one another. I’ve been guilty of it, but I’m learning to put it aside when with others to give them undivided attention.

    It is hard when you’re with others who are burying their faces in their phones rather than actually listening to you and having a conversation with you. So I pray right along with you for God to change hearts and start a revival.

    May we long for Him and for beautiful fellowship with our friends not only in happy times but also lamenting with them when it is needed.

    Thank you for reminding us of what is really important. I’m your neighbor at #FreshMarketFriday.

    1. Gayl, thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I also have many close friends on Facebook, and you are right, there is such a sweet connection with some of my Facebook/blogging friends that I have never even met in person. 🙂 I just think it’s so important that we don’t come to rely on those friends alone, because in-person friendships and community is so essential as well.
      I just recently found the #FreshMarketFriday linkup and I’m loving the bloggers who link up there!

  6. I love today’s technology because it gives us so many opportunities, and I can connect so easily with my friends and family thousands of miles away, but there’s still nothing like sitting down face to face with someone to understand where they’re really at. I’ve had that opportunity with two friends over the last couple of days and our conversation has been priceless. Thanks, Alison

  7. Be about others before being like others…yes! God has a special place for each of us, and more times than not it involves being a resonating part of someone else’s life. It’s so easy to get distracted, but our true calling must involve deeper, authentic friendships where we can make a huge difference. Loved this and share in your prayer!

    1. You are so right. Thanks for joining me in praying for this type of authentic, deep relationship to reach everyone! Prayer is the answer to loneliness.

  8. The prayer was so for me and others that I know. Being lonely and feeling forgotten has been apart of my daily existence. I don’t choose that but it’s real. I’m tired of it all and ready to make a change and new friends. Is this wrong of me to want a better change? I pray not! I pray for new beginnings for my life and the life of others.

    1. It is definitely not wrong! We were not created for loneliness and feelings of being forgotten. We were created for community – for being known by others and still loved by others. Keep praying for community!

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