Prayer Practice 7: Show me Lies I have believed !

40 days of prayer

Show me Truth

John 8:32

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free

I was bitter- nasty snake bitter, after my divorce from Mark.

I couldn’t believe He destroyed our marriage and then expected me to forgive him after our divorce.

NO WAY!

He ruined everything and there was no turning back from the damage that was done!!!

I began to attend a Bible study and discover that many of my thoughts were based on lies instead of truth. You may be wondering what I am talking about now. As women we have many thoughts and feelings.

Heres a key issue:

Not every thought we have is based on the truth of Gods word

Prayer is a critical time to ask God to reveal truth to us and to keep our spiritual eyes and ears open. As we discover truth we become to free to serve God’s purposes and the thoughts about our plans that have failed. I was challenged by a woman in my group to start praying, God show me the truth and show me the lies!  I took her up on the challenge and really asked God to check my thoughts:

So let’s review what I was thinking and saying at this time-

Were my thoughts truth or lies??????:

HE ruined everything!!!! ( lie)

Truth: God says that no human has the power to ruin our lives! It’s is the work of Jesus Christ that preserves us in the hard times and no man can take that away from us.

There is no turning back from the damage that was done!!!! ( lie)

Truth: The heart of the gospel is that God gives us second changes and third and fourth ones!!! There is always time for change and Jesus came to ensure that the most important changes could happen inside of us.

In light of this prayer, I learned to challenge my thoughts and really discover the truth of Jesus. He does have the power to change my thinking! My ability to forgive Mark was based on this process of prayer.

Thankfully- God did reveal the truth of forgiveness and grace that can be found in Him even in the pain of a failed marriage –

I was set free to forgive !!!!

We were re-married to each other in Christ. Our remarriage has been one of the greatest gifts of my life.

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prayer intention: Truth

Dear God-

I am asking you about a specific situation of _______________________________.

Will you please reveal to me the truth or the lies of what I am thinking about this in my mind? Will you show me through your word and confirm this to me in many ways throughout my day? I know Jesus, you are the truth and you will set me free from any thinking that gets in the way of the purposed you have for me.

I thank you in advance!

In Jesus name-amen

Prayer Practice 8: Renew

40 days of prayerPsalms 51:10

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

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Renewal is replacing or restoring something that is worn out-

“If you are renewed by grace, and were to meet your old self, I am sure you would be very anxious to get out of his company.” 
― Charles H. Spurgeon

I’ve been in a dry season of life. Everything seems ordinary and routine.

Same old, same old-

When these seasons of life happen, I know I need a renewal of my spirit.

Usually there is an area of my heart that is in need of change.

Change of attitude, change of direction, change of perspective.

Are you looking for a change in your life too? 

Lent is a great time of renewal. It’s a time set aside to seek God and focus on what Christ did for each one of us on the cross.

Jesus made change in our lives and renewal possible.

He died not only to make our hearts clean but to help us live revived with His spirit.

Only through Him can be become the change the world needs to see.

prayer intention: Renewal

Dear Lord-

I pray for you to cleanse my heart and give me a new spirit. I pray that the power of your spirit would

make a change within me. I am asking for you to reveal areas of my life that are not working anymore, things that are in need of a refreshing.

Show me your grace as I begin the process of changing my attitudes that don’t bring me peace. Give me a new direction in life and the big picture perspective of eternity.

In Jesus Name-Amen

Prayer Practice 9: Father Forgive them

Luke 23:34

 Jesus said,  “Father Forgive them for they know not what they do-“

 

People don’t realize they hurt our feelings and wound our soul.

I was struggling to survive, after my mother and nephew died. People expected me to be normal the day after the funeral. Unless you have suffered grief yourself, you don’t understand the long-term process of healing and  compassion needed.

Weeks after the funeral, a friend got mad at me for not picking up his child at our youth group. I felt attacked in my grief and inability to coordinate much of anything. I couldn’t even speak the words to defend myself and  just cried myself to sleep that night. Although I thought of hateful words in my heart, I realized :

No one understands grief until they have lost someone.

No one understands the pain I was experiencing unless I tell them.

Most of all, No one understands hurt better than Jesus.

Jesus too, suffered pain in relationships. He was wounded both physically and emotionally by the people he loved.

Unlike us, he did not sin with aggressive retaliation or frozen passivity in response to another person. He chose forgiveness.

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Whatever the injury, I try to use the words of Jesus to begin to pray forgiveness into a situation.

 

 

Prayer intention: Forgive

 

Dear Lord,

I am struggling today with a relationship with someone who doesn’t even realize that I am hurting. They don’t realize the emotional pain I experience as a result of their actions. I pray the words of Jesus, that you would forgive ____________________, because they have no idea of the pain they have caused me. Give me the strength to release this hurt into your hands and gentle ability to confront this person in love in the future.

 

I ask in Jesus Name-Amen