#188 - I Am a Victim of a Crime
Volume 1 - Prayers to Love God
Dear Father, I am a crime victim. I am devastated. The terror. The fear for my life. The nightmares that don't go away. The physical wounds. The monetary loss. The sense of insecurity that has exploded into my life. I live in paranoia, afraid of the shadow behind every bush. Before the crime, I felt invulnerable. I was strong. I managed my own life. I knew what I was doing. I knew where I was going. I relied upon my own strength, intelligence, skills, and resources. I felt secure. This crime has shaken me to the core. I realize how vulnerable I am. I realize I am not God. I don't know what's going on in the world around me. I can't protect myself from the actions of others. My sense of independence has been shattered. My confidence is damaged. I struggle with self-destructive thoughts and behaviors as I try to cope. Drugs. Alcohol. Denial. Depression and suicidal thinking. Escaping into obsessions. Avoiding relationships. Misdirecting anger at an innocent friend or loved one. Father, my world is shattered. I need You to come in and build me back up. Restore my sense of safety and security. Restore my confidence. Protect me from self-destructive behaviors. Father, help me to turn to You. Help me to confess my rebellion and to surrender my life to You. I know today how much I need the fruits of the Holy Spirit in my life. I need to find strength from the fact that I am in relationship with my God and Creator. Father, have mercy on the criminal who victimized me. I forgive them. May I now minister compassionately to other victims of crime. Amen.
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