Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Bittersweet Father's Day

While I celebrate today to honor the amazing father of my five beautiful children, my heart aches for my own father. So I pray.......

Lord, Your ways are higher than mine. How do You see this person? Show me the good things You see that I'm not seeing right now. Help me keep sight of Your heavenly and eternal perspective instead of my own earthly, limited ones.

God, give me insight into Your purposes so I can better cooperate with You in what You're doing in this relationship. Give me Your Spirit of wisdom and revelation so I can know You better through this and can relate to the situation from Your perspective.

Give me the confidence, God, that You work all things together for good for those who love You.  Help me to trust that You will bring good things out of this situation and restoration to the relationship.

Search my heart, Holy Spirit, and expose my sinful reactions to this hurt.  I repent of damaging attitudes such as bitterness and anger.

Father, let Your life-giving Spirit flow through me and wash away my anger and pain, replacing them with Your selfless love.  I remember the richness of Your kindness to me, Lord, as I am still a sinner.  Now help me to extend that same quality of mercy and kindness to another.

Father, I trust you to deal with this broken relationship.  I resist the desire to control, manipulate, or fix this situation. Instead, I choose to entrust it to You.  With Your help, I won't allow anger to remain in my heart, God.  I resist all efforts of the enemy to gain a foothold in my life through it.  Fill me with the fruit of Your Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness. 

God, if it is Your Will, please break down these dividing walls and build bridges of reconciliation. In Your Son's precious name I pray. Amen.                                                    

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