Betrayal

“If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.” Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good. – Romans 12:20-21 NLT
 
Jesus, I have been betrayed by a friend. Oh, how I want to retaliate. I want vengeance! Only through your power can I respond with love instead. Even you, Jesus, were betrayed. Your response was to forgive your betrayers. Everything in me resists that! Please transform me so that I’m able to forgive, because that’s the only healing for betrayal. I am a forgiven person who must become a forgiving person. Only then will your power be revealed in me. I am here, Lord, open to your transforming power. Help me to forgive. Amen.
 
[from 365 Pocket Prayers by Ronald A. Beers]

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My Calling

For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. – Romans 11:29 NIV
 
 Dear God, what is my calling? Have you made me for a special purpose? I sense that you have something special in store for my life. Please bless me with the knowledge of what you want me to do and where you want me to go. Help me develop my abilities so that I can use them for you. Please don’t let me miss your calling because I wasn’t ready or I didn’t recognize it. Instead, when your calling comes, let it fill my thoughts and consume my energies so that I long to pursue it wholeheartedly. Amen.
 
[from 365 Pocket Prayers by Ronald A. Beers]

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Busyness

Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. – Psalm 90:12 NLT
 
Dear God, I try to balance my schedule, but I fear I have overcommitted myself once again. I have fallen into the trap of busyness. Help me to overcome this tendency to be overly busy. It really is an empty way of life and it keeps me from being fully productive for you. Give me a clear sense of your calling and the wisdom to know which things are worth doing and which things I should pass up. Empower me to make the most of the time you’ve given me. Amen.
 
[from 365 Pocket Prayers by Ronald A. Beers]

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Grief

I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. – Lamentations 3:20-23 NLT
 
 Dear Jesus, I am grieving a huge loss in my life. This process is not swift, nor is it a steady progression. Even after a good week, a good laugh, a theological insight, or a renewal of hope, I start to weep again. Lord Jesus, please remind me that healing is taking place and that I need to allow myself time to grieve. Some days are so difficult, and I wonder if I’ll ever fully heal. When the dark days come, remind me that you are by my side and that you care about my pain. When I am full of despair, please carry me. Lord, comfort me in my grief and heal my heart. I am trusting in you to see me through this difficult time. Amen.
 
[from 365 Pocket Prayers by Ronald A. Beers]

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Conversation with God

Come and listen to my counsel. I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise. – Proverbs 1:23 NLT
 
Dear God, I would love to be like your servant Nehemiah, who lived with a constant sense of your presence. Your Word shows that his life was a moment-by-moment conversation with you, even as he pursued his ambitious agenda to rebuild the protective walls of Jerusalem. How can I grow more aware of you speaking in my life? Perhaps I could put a Post-it note on my computer to remind me to breathe a quick prayer whenever I sit down to work. Or I could set my cell phone alarm to sound every sixty minutes and then take  thirty seconds to review how you have been with me the last hour and ask you to help me in the hour ahead. The point is, I need to take time to listen to you so our relationship can grow. My spiritual maturity is often hindered by my inattention. I show up, but I come with an agenda and a list of demands. I’m sorry, God. I’m tired of m own voice and I want to hear yours. Please speak to me. I’m ready to listen. Amen.
 
[from 365 Pocket Prayers by Ronald A. Beers]

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Conflict

You have heard the law that says, “Love your neighbor” and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:43-45 NLT
 
  O Lord, I need help resolving a conflict. Neither side wants to budge, but I know that someone must make the first move. Let it be me. Teach me humility, that I might prefer peace over personal victory. Give me the discernment to know where to compromise, to locate common ground that is greater than our differences, and to give up ground for no reason other than love. Lord, you are the great peacemaker. Please lead us to peace. And like you, may I be willing to let go of my pride to gain the right to be called a peacemaker. Amen.
 
[from 365 Pocket Prayers by Ronald A. Beers]

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Storms

Call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory. – Psalm 50:15 NLT
 
Dear Jesus, the disciples were your devoted followers, yet they seemed so surprised when  dangerous storm on the Sea of Galilee threatened their lives. Perhaps they thought that being your followers excluded them from facing life’s trials. I sometimes have this same expectation. Yet in the midst of a crisis, the disciples still knew where to turn for help. Their story is proof that even the most spiritually hardy still face crises that shake them to the core. Just as the disciples called out to you for rescue, I know I can call out to you when I face my own life storms. When I call out to you, your presence breaks through my fears and calms my heart, even as the storms of life continue to rage around me. Thank you for calming the storm. Amen.
 
[from 365 Pocket Prayers by Ronald A. Beers]
 

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My Accomplishments

We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. – Ephesians 2:10 NLT
 
Heavenly Father, sometimes I assume that accomplishing great things is the way to become spiritually great. If I am honest, I am often driven to impress others or to gain their respect, applause, or approval. Striving for these things can easily transfer to my relationship with you, God, leaving me thinking that I have to earn your love and forgiveness too. But your Word tells me that I am accepted because of your grace, not because of what I do. It’s true that I have been created, called, and equipped to accomplish certain things for you. But my achievements are always to be understood as the result of your grace in me, not of my own efforts. The greatest success is allowing you to carry out your plans through me. Help me to let go of my need to be accepted because of my performance. Instead, may I accomplish those things that will highlight your power at work in me. Amen.
 
[from 365 Pocket Prayers by Ronald A. Beers]

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The Holy Spirit

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. – John 14:16-17 NLT
 
Dear God, thank you for your Holy Spirit, who is your presence living within me, helping me discover the wonders of your character and teaching me deep truths about who you are. It is your Spirit in me that helps me distinguish between right and wrong, good and bad, your way and the way of the world. Thank you, God, that you care enough about me to give me one-on-one instructions for how to live a life that pleases you. Come, Holy Spirit! Amen.
 
[from 365 Pocket Prayers by Ronald A. Beers]

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Reconciliation

If you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God. – Matthew 5:23-24 NLT
 
Dear Jesus, reconciliation is the heart of what it means to follow you. You suffered the agony of the cross to redeem sinful human beings and reconcile us to God. My reconciliation with you is a picture of how I am to be reconciled with others. Your Word tells me that harmony in human relationships is important to you—so important that you command me to first come clean with the people in my life with whom I have conflict and then to worship. In other words, to live with an unresolved conflict actually hinders my relationship with you. Jesus, is there anyone in my life with whom you want me to pursue reconciliation? I pray that you would show me how to restore that relationship so I can be at peace with you. Amen.
 
[from 365 Pocket Prayers by Ronald A. Beers]

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