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Thank you for friendships

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Dear Lord, Thank you for friends . Thank you for the blessing of community and connection, for designing us to respond to one another's pain and joy. I'm so grateful. I don't know how I would be able to survive  if I couldn't process, vent, and pray with friends. Mold me into a loving and patient friend. Help me to see what you see in everyone, but particularly in those close to me. Particularly when they hurt me or misunderstand me. Help me to be a real friend , not a social friend. I want to be responsible for my friendships. Bless them and use them. May they follow you whole-heartedly. May our friendship accurately represent the kingdom of God. I want to be sacrificial, patient, kind, resilient, forgiving, gracious, enthusiastic. I want to carry the Holy Spirit into every encounter . I love you. Thank you for befriending me and for surrounding me with people who love you. In Jesus' name, Amen. "My command is this: Lo

Forgive me for feeling sorry for myself

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Lord Jesus, Please forgive me for feeling sorry for myself. You are great. You are powerful. You are enough. Thank you for your grace and mercy towards me. And help me to love difficult people and remember that I am also one of them. In Jesus' name,  Amen. "And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” ( Mark 11:25 )

It's not fair

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Okay, Lord, It's not fair. I've helped,  loved,  sacrificed, strived, planned, performed, adjusted, given mercy, reached out, supported, affirmed, lovingly confronted, dreamed, achieved-- and what do I receive? Criticism, slander, misunderstanding, rejection, misrepresentation, betrayal, indifference, ignorance, bigotry, judgment, discrimination, correction, unfriendliness. It's not fair. No, it's not. Is this what suffering is? Is this what you warned me about-- what you said it would happen? I just didn't expect it from Christians. From church people. From friends. From people who smile at me and shake my hand and whisper about me when I'm not around. Yes, it happened to Job. It happened to Moses. It happened to David. It happened to you. Okay, I see why it happens to me. Friends and family will turn against someone  who stands for justice, mercy, purpose, and righteousness. Someone who gives grace wil

Fall on my city to bring peace and justice

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God Jehovah, Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ, Fall on my city and my country. Cover our capital like a heavy blanket with your presence, with an aura of peace and brotherhood. Whisper into hallways and alleys that peace, love, mercy, and diversity reflect who you are and who you made each of us to be. Convict the haters that they live in opposition to you, regardless of their political and religious attachments. They do not represent you, and they tarnish the cause of Christ and the essence of the gospel. Remind Christ-followers everywhere that they are responsible to be the light-- not a political light, but a spiritual light. You do not need politicians or policies to advance your kingdom. You need believers full of love and mercy. Your kingdom is not of this world. You are about releasing people from spiritual darkness and physical affliction and emotional enslavement. You came to bandage the brokenhearted, give release for prisoners, give sight to the blin