This portion of Jane’s prayer is a prayer of intercession. In it, Jane prays on behalf of “all” who are suffering or are “in any circumstance of danger or distress.” Her words reflect her confidence in God’s ability to strengthen us during times of pain and trial, comfort us in our seasons of deepest need, provide us with his tangible help and presence in life’s hardest moments, and give us “patience under every affliction.”
In Mansfield Park, Fanny experiences distress on a daily basis. She has no voice, her opinions are misunderstood, and her wishes are disregarded. Her little attic room and her conversations with Edmund are her only refuge. She exists in a kind of middle-world between servant and family member, “carrying messages, and fetching” what others want. She suffers from various causes of loneliness and heartache throughout much of the novel.
Have Mercy Oh Gracious Father! upon all that are now suffering from whatsoever cause, that are in any circumstance of danger or distress. Give them patience under every affliction, strengthen, comfort & relieve them.
Have you felt like Joseph – alone, enslaved or forgotten?