Day #17 & 18
(Find Day #16 here.)
Scripture Reading: “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.” Luke 6:27-28
I’m really gonna have to pray for my washer today, I think that machine had it out for me today. As I was standing up, I bonked my head pretty hard against it. I’m not sure what I ever did to deserve such treatment from it…. Haha.
No…. but on a much more serious note, these are some very important verses. Jesus commanded us to love our enemies. And that is truly not something to joke about. Think about it, could you really pray for someone who you know hates you. Especially if the only reason was because you believed in Christ? Sometimes there is nothing we can do to change someones feelings about us. So we need to do as Jesus tells us, pray for them with a pure loving heart free of resentment. This is soo hard for us sinful humans to do. It really hurts when we cannot seem to do any right by someone. When they just hate us for simply being who our Lord created us to be…….So we have to ask Jesus for help. There are no excuses, no way around it. It doesn’t matter what they have done to us, we do not have a right to return the hatred. Our Lord commands us to love and pray for them.
I had someone recently comment on how much they hated someone because they were deliberately vandalizing property of the Lord. It was a seething ugly kind of hate. It was a complete oxymoron though. I understand how much it hurts to see someone destroy and dishonor the Lord’s property but we are no better when we choose to hate. It is only by love that we can change the cycle of sin. Yes, our sinful nature will automatically trigger the hate within us but we need to take that powerful tool that Jesus gave us and pray for them! More good will come out of this than any resentment or hateful thoughts.
Let’s make a habit of kneeling to pray the moment someone hurts or offends us. So much more unity and peace would be created in this world if all Christians learned to do this instead of returning evil for evil.
“Lord, help me to release all resentment and hatred over any enemies I may have. Help to love them with a pure love that can only come from You. Give me compassion instead of anger for those who dishonor your name. Revenge is Yours, not mine. Give me the power and strength to overcome evil and bow to you when others persecute me or offend me. Lord, there is so much division in the world right now, it hurts to see. I pray that more of your children could learn to love and pray for each other instead of sending these mean and spiteful words around. But I understand that in the end, things will not be peaceful or pretty and each one of us will be revealed by our actions. I just pray Lord, that I may do right by You and stand fast and true in love. May the glory be always to You and may I be a shining light of Your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen”
Scripture Reading: “My voice you shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.” Psalm 5:3
I’m going to be completely open with you. This verse does not describe me. Not at all. I am ashamed to say that my voice lifting up towards heaven is far from the true reality of what I actually do. First I check my phone, my Facebook, all my social media etc. and then I rush about the house and do my morning chores. How backwards I have been.
Throughout these 18 days, the Holy Spirit has been nudging me about this, but I’ve been just ignoring it and trying to push it aside. But today, the Lord choose to call me out on this. And I am thankful.
What should the very first thing be on my list when I wake in the morning?
Lifting my voice to the Lord! It makes total and complete sense. How else are we supposed to do the Lord’s will for the day or even have the grace and strength to overcome what may come our way?! I have been very wrong about this. I have not been prioritizing. The Lord comes first. The puzzle pieces in the picture of a strong prayer life will never be complete without this very important piece. THIS is a corner piece. It connects everything. I need to learn to start the day off in conversation with our Holy Father. The only One who can give us the strength for the day.
My challenge to myself, tomorrow and from then on forth, is to pray the moment I open my eyes. To take all my plans, thoughts, hopes, and desires to the Lord. If you have been struggling with this as well, please join me in the challenge. We can overcome by the power of His blood!
“Lord, forgive me, for placing worldly things above you. Help me to stand fast in my challenge to myself and i pray you may help me to fulfill it. Thank you for calling me out on this Lord, I see now how wrong I was. Forgive me for ignoring the Holy Spirits prompts. I long to be able to say “My voice You shall hear in the morning.” Lord I make it one of my goals for the end of this scripture challenge. I ask that you may bless it. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen”