Dear Lord Jesus,
I don’t think I really
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 everyday
and that my life continually drove the nails into your hands brings
such anguish to my heart. Thank you for forgiving me for those years.
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.
Lord, Jesus, 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
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 person's heart, but I can forgive the one who hates 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 respond to those
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. You wish life for
all! Not just for me! You wish salvation and healing for all your
creation. 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, hear, and know what you wish to reveal.
Give them your forgiveness and 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 am on your altar this morning asking to me made over―giving you any
pain caused by the one 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 resurrection. I wish the
power of your word and your love to illuminate your heart within me. I
pray it be one that draws those wounded to you. Today, I commit my heart
to loving those whose hearts have been held in bondage. Today, I claim
freedom for not only me, but also for them. Today, I will see
miracles―if I will allow you to do the work you wish in me.
pray that my life would always offer the kind of fast you call for in
Isaiah 58....one of continual sacrifice. It is then and only then, that
you can use me to be the restorer of broken lives. It is only when I
come in true sacrificial fasting of heart and action which speak your
love, that I can be used to bring healing.
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 my
road I must travel. Help me realize that although the road isn’t always
easy, it is your life which brings freedom.
In Your Name,