The quickest way to change a relationship from bad to good is to start thanking God in prayer for people.
Praying for them will do two things — change your attitude and change them. Positive praying is much more powerful than positive thinking. People may resist our help, spurn our appeals, and reject our suggestions, but they are powerless against our prayers.
When you say to somebody, “I’ll pray for you” what do you say? What do you pray? The more specific you are in prayer the more specifically you get an answer.
In Philippians 1:9-11, Paul spells out exactly what he’s praying for people. “And this is my prayer, that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight so that you may be able to discern what is best and be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.” (NIV)
These verses give you four things you can pray for people today –
“Abound in love ” Pray that they will grow in love.
“Discern what is best ” Pray that they make wise choices.
“Be pure and blameless ” Pray that they will do the right thing.
“Filled with the fruit of righteousness ” Pray that they will live for God’s glory.
I AM CREATING something new in you: a bubbling spring of Joy that spills over into others’ lives. Do not mistake this Joy for your own or try to take credit for it in any way. Instead, watch in delight as My Spirit flows through you to bless others. Let yourself become a reservoir of the Spirit’s fruit. Your part is to live close to Me, open to all that I am doing in you. Don’t try to control the streaming of My Spirit through you. Just keep focusing on Me as we walk through this day together. Enjoy My Presence, which permeates you with Love, Joy, and Peace.
“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
JOHN 3 : 8
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.
GALATIANS 5 : 22
== Jesus Calling ==
You Don’t Have to Live with Guilt
A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance” (Proverbs 28:13 TLB).
God doesn’t want you living with a heavy guilt trip about all the irresponsibility in your life. Guilt destroys your confidence, damages your relationships, keeps you stuck in the past, and even hurts your health. I read a report a few years back that said 70 percent of people in the hospital could leave if they knew how to resolve their guilt.
God wants far better for your life than that. You don’t want to live with guilt. And here’s an important truth to always hang on to: You don’t have to.
God wants you to live with a sense of promise and hope. God can even bring good out of the stupid decisions that you’ve made in your life if you’ll give those failures to him.
How do you do that?
Admit to God you’ve made a mistake. It doesn’t surprise him. And it won’t change his perception of you. I hope you’ll take this step today. When you do, here’s what you can expect from God:
- God forgives instantly. The very moment you admit your sin to God, he forgives you.
- God forgives freely. You don’t need to earn it, and you’ll never deserve it.
- God forgives completely. He wipes your sin absolutely clean.
If you’re mired in guilt and shame, you’ll likely perpetuate whatever problem you have. You’ll tell yourself that you blew it, so you’re bad. Since you’re bad, you believe you’ll blow it again. It’s a nasty cycle from which we often can’t seem to escape — at least not on our own.
You need a power beyond yourself. You need a Savior. You need Jesus.