Prayer for Reconciliation

June 20, 2013

Today’s Reflection

RECONCILING GOD, I don’t like to believe that I actually have enemies, but I acknowledge that I am not in the best of relations with all my friends and acquaintances. I’m thinking today of ( ). Today I accept Jesus’ command to “love your enemies” as applying to this person. Forgive me where I have failed to be a neighbor. Guide me into wys of living that will make our relationship more like what you want it to be.

As I do this close to home, I turn my heart to the nations of the world, asking that even though I live in a world where I’m told I have “friends” and “enemies,” that I will reject such an evaluation in favor of realizing that, in Christ, I only have “brothers” and “sisters.” I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

- Steve Harper
A Pocket Guide to Prayer

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Today’s Scripture

O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.

Psalms 43:3, NRSV

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rosslyne June 20, 2013 at 1:33 am

Today I feel so cramped up with hatred anger n frustrattion..why me..why my little girl..as a parent I would like to have the answers! N I feel so helpless n blame myself for what happened..today is too much Lord..please release the awfull thoughts and emoptions..I’m just so tired..today I’m weak..exhausted!! Please Jesus I pray this in your name Amen!

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Gary June 20, 2013 at 8:44 am

Such a deeply wounded spirit! I’ve put your name in my Prayer Journal for the next 30 days. GOD bless.

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robert moeller June 20, 2013 at 2:25 am

Lord knows I don’t want to have enemies and don’t try to make any, yet there is still more that God wants me to do. May I understand and do it.

Lord, help me help those who feel overwhelmed today and everyday. Thank You for an unexpected but very helpful blessing yesterday. Anneliese and I have a lot to do over the next few days, help her with her pain. Guide me as I help Erich find a place to live that is closer to us. Be with Mom that she may enjoy each day. Thank You for always being present, in Your name I pray. Amen

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Jill June 20, 2013 at 6:18 am

Father – fractured relationships are so painful. Thank You for showing me that proper friendships are a fruit of a proper relationship with You, first and foremost. Now that I have that correct, continue to grow in me an unselfish attitude and genuine love for others. You amaze me and I love You.

Be with others as they try to mend relationships. May they seek You first.

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Gary June 20, 2013 at 8:51 am

Loving & Almighty GOD,
Help me keep my “eyes on the prize” which is Your love.
In the most holy & precious name of our Savior Jesus. Amen.

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Jeanette Kuhns June 20, 2013 at 8:54 am

According to one reckoning, no one on the planet is any further relation than 55th cousin. When we say brother and sister, we are talking in a metaphorical way, but we say cousin, we speak the truth. There is no “them”, there is only “us”.

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling June 22, 2013 at 9:52 am

Recently, with the haze over here in Singapore, it has reached PSI (pollutant standards index) 401 which is hazardous for us to breathe in the air. We had difficulty breathing and I was feeling resentful towards the farmers in Indonesia who were clearing their land by burning without thinking about the consequences it will affect the neighboring countries. I prayed that God would remove the resentment in me, forgive them though I do not know them personally and reconcile us so that should I see an Indonesian on the street, I do not resent him/her.

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