Marriage Prayer – To Forgive When it’s Hard to Forget
Dear Heavenly Father,
We can’t always forget, but by Your strength, we can learn to forgive.
Forgiving doesn’t mean that we condone their behaviour. It doesn’t mean that we open a door for them to hurt us again. We might have painful memories, we may need some healing, and we might have to put up some boundaries, but it’s time to let go of the hold their sin has on our lives, and release it into Your hands.
Teach us how to forgive, Lord. Help us to let go, when we want to hang on.
Our job is to bring our burdens to You and to leave them with you, trusting in Your judgement, and justice, and grace.
You’re mighty and righteous and fair. We see the hurt, but You see the heart, and You fight for the ones that You love.
In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you. – 2 Chronicles 20:15–17, KJV
He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. 17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’” – 2 Chronicles 20:15–17, NIV
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