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Though Scripture contains many written prayers, like those found in the book of Psalms, and many teachings on how to pray, like the parables and sermons in Jesus’s ministry, this reading plan focuses on the prayers offered to God in the narratives of Scripture. Each day we’ll read a narrative that includes a prayer from an individual or group. Their prayers vary in length, type, posture, purpose, and God’s response. The secondary passages explore how the rest of Scripture speaks to the themes demonstrated in the main reading.
While each account is different, every prayer recorded in Scripture teaches us about the unchanging God who invites us to speak to and hear from Him. These prayers model for us what it can look like to be in conversation with God. As you read, notice the posture and emotions present each day.
Reading Scripture together is the centerpiece of what we do at He Reads Truth. As we spend time as a community reading Prayers in Scripture together, we encourage you to start by reading the daily Scripture on your own. Then join us here to engage and encourage one another as we respond to what we’ve read in the comments.
This Monday, we’ll start the week thanking God for His forgiveness. Share with others in the global community why you’re thankful for a God who forgives.
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God is a good, good Father. When we forgive others, He forgives us and stand ready to give us all that we ask for, according to the words of Jesus in Mark 11:
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Mark 11:24-25 NIV
I got to see God’s goodness in action when he healed a malignant tumor in our family’s dog a few months ago. He led me to pray according to these verses, and He showed me the unforgiveness in my heart that needed to be dealt with before healing could happen. If He would heal someone’s dog according to His mercy and forgiveness, How much more does he want to heal us His children!
Forgiveness and love go hand in hand. Because God loves us he sent his son Jesus for us. John 3:16 I am so grateful God made a way for us, sinners needing help, to experience redemption and all the goodness Jesus provides. Thank you lord Jesus for helping me everyday. Let me always seek your direction for my life. Please give me the ability to forgive, just as you forgave us.
Two things block our ability to hear from God: unforgiveness and unrepented hidden sin. Forgiveness is a two sided coin. When we forgive, we receive forgiveness. But we cannot have one without the other. Forgiveness isn’t for them. It’s for us. They don’t have to accept our forgiveness. But it releases us and gives us freedom.
Lord I am so thankful that you sent your son Jesus for me. Thank you for forgiving my sins, I am so thankful for your grace.
Help me to be the man of God you want me to be. Please allow healing in my life over stress and anxiety.
Some of our most difficult challenges and perhaps the hardest times to forgive are related to the “pharisees within”. I think of those who genuinely try to do “good” but have lost a sense of perspective and (likely) the love which drew them to Jesus.
“Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to suffer”
Like Jesus and His disciple Stephen – we must try to emulate this example and not “drink the poison” of unforgiveness. Easy to say…difficult to achieve…but not impossible in God’s strength all things are possible.
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