Lord, I pray today for the United Nations Organization, asking that you enable its peace-keeping role in the world to flourish and prevent wars. Let its delegates have vision for the world beyond their own nations. Let it debate events and issues that keep people in mind and always promote prosperity. I ask it in Jesus Christ’s name – AMEN.
I pray today Lord, for the leader of my country. Give him great physical strength to maintain the pressure under which he constantly lives. Grant him wisdom in everything in which he has to make decisions and tolerant of those with opposing viewpoints. Keep him safe from all physical dangers. I ask it in Christ’s name – AMEN
I pray today Lord for politicians who are in situations of danger. I pray that you will protect them and enable them to move around their communities without fear. Make them diligent in serving those communities and give them a great sense of responsibility. Help them to realize the privilege that is theirs. I ask it in Christ – AMEN.
“My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations. But you have made it ‘a den of robbers’”.“And when you stand and pray, forgive anything you may have against anyone, so that your Father in heaven will forgive the wrongs you have done”.
Mk 11:25 GNB
One of our biggest problems concerns the grievances we nurse against people whom we regard as having done us some wrong. Sometimes we nurse these grievances for years. Some people never shed them. They take them with them to the grave. But they poison our souls. They can warp our thinking, not only about the issue in question but in a wide general sense. The phrase “bitter and twisted” expresses perfectly what hurts that we nurture can do to our inner peace of mind and harmony with God. They make us “bitter and twisted”.
Jesus says that is no way in which to go to God in prayer. He says, “Sort yourself out with God in the inner depths of your soul before you approach God in prayer. Before you make petitions and requests cast the bitterness out of your heart. Go to the person concerned. Tell them that what they did or said hurt you and that you have resented them deeply, but that now God wants you to forgive them. Ask them if they are able to accept your forgiveness. Relationships that have gone wrong are one of the most damaging and difficult causes of inner turmoil that we can have. They will distort our thinking, jigger up our emotions, and make us difficult to live with. They will make us irritable, bad-tempered and prejudiced, biased and miserable. Resentments are one of the major causes of depression. They make us less than mature, adult people. They bring out the worst in us and destroy our creativity. Healing comes through forgiveness.
Lord, help me to forgive those who have wronged me.
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