If you are just joining us here, we have embarked on a book study of Fervent by Priscilla Shirer. If you haven’t read it yet, get your copy HERE. (affiliate link) I also encourage you to go watch the movie War Room if you haven’t yet as it is a great encouragement to be serious about your prayer life. You can also join our Facebook group where we are taking the discussion on this study further throughout the week. If you would like to receive these weekly blog posts in your inbox, sign-up at the end of the post.
If you missed the previous posts, you can check them out here:
- Getting Serious About Prayer
- Praying For Your Passion
- Praying For Your Focus
- Praying For Your Identity
- Praying For Your Family
- Praying About Your Past
- Praying About Your Fears
- Praying About Your Purity
- Praying About Your Pressures
Today we are looking at the ninth prayer strategy that is covered in the book:
Praying About Your Hurts:
Turning Bitterness to Forgiveness
As I’ve done in previous posts, I will start with the opening paragraph from the chapter:
If I were your enemy, I’d use every opportunity to bring old wounds to mind, as well as the people, events, and circumstances that caused them. I’d try to ensure that your heart was hardened with anger and bitterness. Shackled through unforgiveness.
Being hurt is hard, but holding on to hurts…hurts us more!
Is there anyone in your life who has hurt you that you struggle with forgiving?
Here are some verses to ponder:
Ephesians 4:26-27 “Do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.”
Ephesians 4:31-32 “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”
Another quote from the chapter:
You’re enemy wants you long-term angry. And he can use even the lightest offense to do it. He wants you to be a bitter woman behind that beautiful face. He wants your heart coated with the calluses of resentment, crippled by offenses from your past. Unforgiveness is his design to “outwit” you – to keep you not only bruised and bleeding but unable to experience any power in your prayers or intimacy with your Father.
The chapter points us to the fact that it sometimes takes courage to forgive, but with forgiveness comes freedom.
If you are tired of carrying around hurt, bitterness or resentment, and you long for freedom from it, you can have that freedom. If you struggle with letting go of it, God can help you. Pray for help to let go. Pray for freedom from the pain and resentment. Pray to experience God’s love toward those who have hurt you. Pray for healing and wholeness from your experiences.
Sometimes bitterness and resentment can creep up on us over the smallest of things. Pray that God would make you aware of these thoughts and feelings before they settle in too deeply. Don’t let your hurts keep you from experiencing freedom.
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