Friday, August 29, 2014

Lord, help us

10/9/2013

Our nation is greatly divided. Many of us have strong opinions on one side or the other. Often our opinions are not as bad as how we chose to handle our opinions.

The following are some scriptures and meditations that would be good for us all to remember, and that will help us do the right things in this division. These scriptures are not only helpful for our national divisions, but also are helpful in all divisive relationships.

Our nation is greatly divided. Many of us have strong opinions on one side or the other. Often our opinions are not as bad as how we chose to handle our opinions.

The following are some scriptures and meditations that would be good for us all to remember, and that will help us do the right things in this division. These scriptures are not only helpful for our national divisions, but also are helpful in all divisive relationships.

• 1 Samuel 12:23 — As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. (Lord, help us not to be only critical of one side or the other and sin by not praying for both sides.)

• Psalms 32:6 — Therefore let everyone who is godly pray. (Lord, forgive us for having a lot to say but forgetting to pray. Help us to pray more about it then we talk about it.)

• Matthew 5:44 — But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. (Lord, when we get upset about those who attack us and are against us, help us to remember to first pray for them before we do anything else.)

• Luke 6:28 — Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (Lord, help us to first bless and pray, instead of saying negative things about those who curse and mistreat us.)

• Luke 18:1 — Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. (Lord, give us faith to continue to constantly pray no matter how discouraging and hopeless it may look to us.)

• James 5:16 — Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. (Lord help us not to focus on the sins of others while we ignoring our own sins. Healing happens best when we both humble ourselves and confess to each other our shortcomings. Lord, may both sides come to a humble spirit so our nation can be healed.)   

 

— John Comstock,

Ottawa

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