August 12 Prayer
‘Go to your friend and make amends, listen to each other with open hearts and receive correction when you have hurt the other. Then you will clear up any misunderstandings and hear the real story and your relationship will be restored.’ Matt18 (My paraphrase)
It’s so easy to misunderstand a friend and then make up stories in our heads about what we think we heard or what we think was done to hurt us.
It is easy to be quick to judge another’s motives.
It is much harder to go to the person to speak out humbly our perspectives and try to make amends.
When two agree with one another, Jesus promises to be there among them.
That’s where the power of prayer is accomplished. When we commune together, listen and reconcile, there Jesus comes, he hears our prayers and they are loosed on earth.
Pause here to listen to the holy spirit as to where you may need to be reconciled with another.
What hurt or misunderstanding is keeping you bound?
Will you let it go, and seek God’s direction?
‘ Jesus, we desire your presence here with us. We confess that so many times we hear things incorrectly and quickly make assumptions. Lord, help us we pray to be curious without judgment when we feel hurt.
May we know who we are loved by who you are so we can love one another.
Lord we want to bring your heaven here on earth. Fill us again with the power of your presence to be the church you created.
Let it start with me that I may go to my brother and to my sister and humbly ask a question that will open up their hearts to listen. Make my heart to listen too.
May we be tighter together as one to ask in prayer for your unity and justice here.
May we know the love that will lose the bonds and set all free and see you, Jesus, in us.
Let us live in your love again today.
Thank you, O Beautiful One!