There is a prayer request for a small child in the Ladies' Private Forum that is not suitable to relate here in mixed company. (Just pray for "baby boy age 3) In my praying for him and considering all the other people around the world who are abused and who cannot protect themselves.....the children, the weak, the elderly, the mentally retarded, etc.....I just get overwhelmed and depressed. Once in my Sunday School class (I teach the senior adult women) one of my members was upset because she suspected that her granddaughter was being neglected and didn't know what to do. I told her that the very least she could do is to pray every morning, "God, protect those who will suffer today." I did advise her some other things, but I digress.... From time to time, I do pray that God will protect those who are going to suffer today and I do make "blanket" requests such as "bless all of the missionaries today". But I found myself, in praying for this abused boy and thinking of all the horrid, horrid things that some people endure every single day, I found myself praying this morning to God that He would shield all of these people who cannot protect themselves from suffering. Then my burdened mind couldn't help but think that while we are in this horrible world, suffering is just part of the general consequences of sin and it's not that God can't take away the suffering or won't, but that this world is set on a course of self-destruction of our own making and God's timing is God's timing and He isn't going to take us away from here until He so chooses. I know that God is sickened by the suffering He sees and I know that He does protect people so MANY, MANY times. But He doesn't protect all of the people all of the time. So I found myself praying again, but this time, as my heart was torn up for this child and for all of the pitiful people ravaged by abuses untold, I found myself asking God that for those who were not to be spared from suffering today that He would somehow take their "spirits" or their "minds" somewhere else and that they wouldn't have to experience it mentally or emotionally. My question is......is that a valid prayer? What is the prayer of the mature Christian for all of the people across the world who are going to experience horrible abuses tomorrow, July 22, 2007?