Friday, June 22, 2012

Easy to Pray For

Todays 6/22 devotional from Love is a Verb was written by me. Here is my unedited version:

Easy to Pray For

Do you have those on your prayer list that you would say are easy to pray for? You love these people so much and the prayers just flow from your mouth to God’s ears with ease. You pray for their health, spirit, family, needs and everything that concerns them and it never occurred to you, that these people are easy to pray for. Maybe because you love them so deeply words come easily.

Then there are others that you start praying for and you struggle. It is hard. Maybe they are people that have hurt someone you love. Maybe they are rude and unkind, perhaps even abusive. The prayer doesn’t come easily. It feels like it is stuck in your throat. The tears fall; you finally get the words out. Bless this one and may Your Spirit guide and change them. Thy will be done in their life. Do what's best— as above, so below.

You find you didn’t really want to pray for them but pray you must. Why? Because prayer is the only offering you have for this situation. Pray, pray and pray some more! Then leave the results to God.

Prayer: Lord, help us to truly love those that are hard to pray for. We know that You are in charge of their lives and can turn them into people who are easy to pray for.

Thought for the Day: Those who are hardest to pray for need our prayers more than those easy to pray for.

Prayer Focus: Loving and praying for the unlovable.

   Our Father in heaven,
   Reveal who you are.
   Set the world right;
   Do what's best— as above, so below.
   Keep us alive with three square meals.
   Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
   Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
   You're in charge!
   You can do anything you want!
   You're ablaze in beauty!
    Yes. Yes. Yes.
Matthew 6:9-13
 The Message  (MSG)

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