Mark, this is another great write from you. I really admire that you write about these topics.
We generally pray for our own needs and situations. Most of the time people barely even pray at all. Remembering others and praying for their needs the way we pray for our own is a noble thing. That compassion is something we can have through God's grace.
Very touching write Mark, Jesus was and is close to the poor and helpless, he said the poor we would always have and the opportunity to help them. Em is right that the world is going to pot, so many lives destroyed by the use of drugs and alcohol. I know a City man who was approached by a homeless person who asked for money to buy something to eat but this man instinctively knew that the beggar would just buy more alcohol which was slowly killing him. So he said let us go for breakfast which they did. A good work that would cause Jesus to smile. Thanks Mark!