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Pray for Those in Conflict

Today’s Reflection

WE DON’T ALWAYS think of praying for those locked in a dispute. When we hear that [someone] is divorcing or two friends aren’t speaking, we may get caught up in taking sides. Instead we can lift them up to God, sending each one love and strength in the Spirit. Such prayers might go something like this:

May the wisdom of the Spirit be with each of you.
May your hearts be open to the grace of healing.
O God, our refuge, protect and guide them.
God of love, show them the way to love.

Prayer addresses the helplessness we feel when relationships seem to be unraveling. Each time we hear more of the pain and impasse, we can take the matter to prayer once again.

– Kathleen Fischer
Forgiveness: Perspectives on Making Peace with Your Past

From “It Often Happens by Inches” by Kathleen Fischer, page 67 in Forgiveness: Perspectives on Making Peace with Your Past, compiled and introduced by Amy Lyles Wilson. Copyright © 2008 by Fresh Air Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

If are in conflict with someone, pray for that person today. If not, pray for others whom you know are in conflict.

Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

But when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.
Hebrews 9:11-12, NRSV

This Week: pray for those seeking employment. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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  • Jill November 2, 2012, 2:38 am

    When I began reading that prayer – I immediately began reading for myself and another person. The distance has become vast – and I claim the responsibility. I have let it grow.

    Father – I do desire to be open to the grace of healing. I long to trust You fully – Your plan, Your wisdom.

  • heidi November 2, 2012, 6:00 am

    A tremendous prayer. For me, it led me to recognize not where thee us overt conflict, but a space where healing is happening but has stalled out a bit. It reminded me that relationships, personal and corporate, take work and attention. They don’t just ‘happen.’

  • robert moeller November 2, 2012, 7:26 am

    I pray especially for my son and daughter who don’t understand each other. Their views of each others upbringing clash, their abilities clash, one is in the shadow of the other, one seemingly has everything going right all the time, and the other struggles. I’m sure there are many other similar situations in the world. May all of these situations be addressed, aided, resolved through you Lord, the peace that passes all understanding. In your name I pray, Amen.

    Thankfully unemployment numbers are dropping, the economy is slowly improving. Still, I pray especially for those who have been out of work for a long time, for those whose age makes finding a new job tougher, and for those who need a full time job. May the unemployed trust in you, for from you all good things come. Guide the unemployed in their job search, with your wisdom the right job will come along. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

  • Sharona November 2, 2012, 12:14 pm

    I live in NJ and am one of the lucky ones in that I had only minor damage and had all my utilities restored by Tuesday night. I pray today for the people left homeless, and financially and emotionally strained by Sandy, especially those without jobs and resources. I pray also today for our elected officials, that they may help the people without regard to politics. Please guide them to do what is best. Finally, I pray over the conflict that divides our country, and that after next Tuesday’s election we will be able to move forward as a country. Amen.

  • Buzz November 2, 2012, 12:41 pm

    The hardest prayer I ever prayed was for the well-being of one whom I felt to be my mortal enemy. However, it was also the best prayer I ever offered. I don’t know if my prayer effected him. But, it effected me greatly. It allowed me to get out from under the burden I was carrying. Letting go my hatred allowed me to be able to meet my former enemy face-to-face without any ire.

    “Pray for your enemies. It’ll confuse the he** out of ’em.” 😀

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