By Annette Comiskey
Desert Stream Ministries started forty years ago when Andy shared his testimony one hot August Sunday at the Westside Vineyard in Los Angeles; a small group started shortly after and the rest, they say, is history!
Blessings and difficulties abound in this ministry. The Lord has given me tools to rely on, including the truth of Scripture and psychological truth that helps me understand how trauma impacts self-giving.
But one thing I lean on more than ever is prayer. I might know something of the Bible and how our minds work, but that doesn’t ease the burden of witnessing the destruction of sexual brokenness on a person’s life and family. What does lessen the weight is prayer. The prayer most helpful to me is the simplest of prayers, Kyrie Eleison (Lord have Mercy).
Too often the burdens feel overwhelming. Whether watching the news, hearing about another’s bad choices, or facing a range of hardships within our family and community, my prayers seem ineffective. But I trust God knows the needs of my heart and all for whom I pray. I have more trust in the transforming power of God’s mercy and care than anything else. I need a simple prayer: Kyrie Eleison.
For ones trying to find meaning and peace in unhealthy relationships and addictions…Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy. Open the eyes of their hearts and let the light of Your truth flood in.
For men and women leaving their marriages, their children, and the truth of their faith for same-sex relationships…Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy. Return O Israel, to the Lord your God.
For young men and women who reject being created male or female and strive to live as the other sex… Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy. Give them Your peace Lord, not as the world gives.
For those who have been abused…Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy. Lord, heal their broken hearts, bind their wounds.
For parents, whose children have walked away from the Lord… Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy. May teary, watchful eyes see loved ones coming home, their sons from distant lands, their daughters being carried.
For those who struggle to have hope amid great loss… Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy. You alone are our Rock and Salvation; perplexed but not in despair, our hope is in You.
I am amazed at the power of this simple prayer to strengthen and encourage me. May it help you too.
Kyrie Eleison: You reign over all, You alone can save. Kyrie Eleison, Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy.