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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

My Prayer

Dear Father,

I don’t think I lived before I knew you. I can remember not loving you, and the pain is too much. The thought that I once rejected you– that my actions and my cold heart continually drove nails into your hands–brings such anguish. Thank you for forgiving me for those years. I praise you for wiping my slate clean, and that you remember my sins no more. Don’t ever let me forget from where you have brought me, but don’t ever let the memory of that time pull me down. The emotional baggage is gone, in Jesus name. The spiritual and physical separation is gone, in Jesus name. In Your precious name, I have found healing, and I’ve found your wholeness.

Lord, Jesus, help me always to seek your wholeness of body, mind and spirit–your perfect wholeness found in your majesty of Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. Teach me your precepts so that I might walk in your perfect way–following the steps that you carefully lay before me.  Open my eyes to the reason that I walk in them. Open my mind to understand the depth of my commitment. Open my ears to hear your still soft voice. I long for my eyes, ears, and mind to be blessed by your grace. I yearn for the humility of heart and soul that brings you pleasure. I am starved for your presence, and knowing you in the beauty of your sanctuary. Hold me safely in the safety of your abiding presence.

Heal all relationships in my life that need healing. Teach me that the healing in a relationship starts within a person that can be molded by the Holy Spirit. That should be me, Lord!  I can’t change another’s heart, but I can forgive the one who is angry with me, Lord. I can pray for words to say that brings healing to a broken and hurting life. You can show me that one thing that will pull down the strongholds in a life–that one thing that can start your healing. Reveal to me my own strongholds so that I may not judge another for theirs.

Some are so hurt by those they love. They have been injured by painful actions or unnecessary words. Lord, Jesus, it is how I react to how injuries that will bring healing or more division. It is how I pray–it is how I listen to your direction–it is about my will being open to your precious leading–that speaks life instead of death. How I respond to injury and pain caused by others, speaks what I really have inside my heart.  

Lord Jesus, for all who suffer from pain caused by someone that they haven’t hurt, I ask for your eyes, ears, and understanding to see what they are meant to be. Give them your love. For those who have hurt others, and asked forgiveness, and have not been able to mend those relationships, I ask for your love to be greater that the pain of their rejection.  Lord, there is healing IN YOU and IN YOU alone. 

I pray restoration in all our relationships, and that we would always offer the kind of fast you call for in Isaiah 58. It is then and only then, we can be the restorer of broken walls.  It is only when we come in true sacrificial fasting of heart, and actions that speak your love, that we can be used to bring healing.

Lord, I am on your altar this morning asking to me made over… giving you the pain caused by anyone who has injured…giving you any bitterness that has taken root… giving you the rejection that pushes me away… giving you the wall I have erected to hold that relationship at bay. These things are all gone. I am open! I am free to walk in your spirit. I am free to be all you have called me to be. Where you spirit is, there is freedom!

Then I see healing!  Then I see victory! Then I know and really understand the power of your sacrifice and in your resurrection. Only in you is life, and that life is the light of men. I wish the power of your word and your love to create light within my heart… a light that draws those wounded to you.  Today, I commit my heart to loving those who have held my heart in bondage.  Today, I claim freedom for not only me, but also for them. Today, I will see miracles… if I trust you to do the work through me.  But I must make the decision, and I must be the catalyst.

Praise you, Jesus, for your power and love that gives me life today. Lead me through this day and use me to bring life to someone else. Lay out surely and clearly the road I must travel. And help to realize although it isn’t always easy, that Lord, he’s my brother.

Loving you Lord,

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