Gracious Lord, you are the perfect example of caring for loved ones from a distance. Let me follow your lead and pray God’s will over those who are not with me. Those relatives that live miles and miles away, the friends I left behind in St. Louis and friends serving you in other countries are in my prayers this morning. I think of them often and pray for their daily routines, their travel to and from work, their health and most of all for their relationship with you, Lord. Thank you for never leaving them. Thank you for your continual prayers on their behalf. Thank you that your Holy Spirit prays the Father’s will over them as well. You take care of your flock, and you go out for the lost ones. I pray these things in the name above all names, Jesus, the Good Shepherd, according to the good and perfect will of the Father. Amen.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11 ESV)