I want to share my heart with you as well as the Lord today. I hope it gives you hope, and something to ponder and pray about.
Genesis 1:27: “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Proverbs 3:3-7: “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.”
John 17:11: “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name–the name you gave me–so that they will be one as we are one.”
My heart is heavy by the deceit that Satan has filled the church with: not my local church, but God’s church. Jesus prayed for our unity…and we are not unified. We do not stand united, which may mean torture and the end are near, may mean that reform is about to break out, may mean that America is going to grow stone-cold spiritually like Europe.
Father, you have made all in your image…you love all. Help me to love all, even in the midst of such fear, hatred and strife, may I reflect you and your love. May I be a beacon of hope and life in a world spinning out of control with chaos.
Father, your word tells me if I and my brothers and sisters in Christ will humble ourselves and pray, you will bring healing. Please call others to join me in my humble pursuit of prayer and reconciliation. Search my heart, oh Lord, and show me any wicked way in me.
Father, your word also tells us to bind love around our necks, to not trust our own understanding, but to lean on (and learn from) you.
You are truth. You see the entire picture.
I am confused, you are not. I get deceived, you do not. You have the answers, I do not.
I’m going to wait on you.
Father, Jesus prayed for unity among believers, so the world will know we are yours, so they will be drawn to you. I’m afraid we aren’t unified, in fact, I would say we’re a divided mess.
Help us, please, to put you first. To sit at your feet and learn from you before we open our mouths.
Please help us to shine your love and truth into a world so desperate for hope and love. You have placed us here at this time to be part of the solution, not to add to the problem.
Thank you for loving us. Help me to love you and others in a way that reflects your love. Help me to be an instrument of peace and hope. Help my brothers and sisters in Christ to do the same.
Change us, Lord, to be more like you. Change me, please, to be more like you.