Praying for your hurts
Have you put together your prayer strategy for your pressures? I hope so! This week we are moving on to Prayer Strategy number nine, your hurts! If you’re just joining us, come on in! We’re working through the book, Fervent by Priscilla Shirer. If you want to purchase the book you can do so through this affiliate link by clicking here.
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Have you been hurt
Nevertheless, I always like to look to the dictionary to really wrap my mind around a word and all it entails. So what is the definition of hurt? It means to cause emotional pain or anguish, to suffer pain or grief, or to cause damage or distress. Feeling hurt is a complex emotion though. Don’t you think? Is there a specific person or an event that comes to mind when you think of a past hurt?
“If I were your enemy, I’d use every opportunity to bring old wounds to mind, as well as the people, events, and circumstances that caused them. I’d try to ensure that your heart was hardened with anger and bitterness. Shackled through unforgiveness. ”— Fervent By Priscilla Shirer
Healing from past hurts
Letting go of past hurts is something I have to surrender to God daily. It has taken a lot of prayer and reflection to move on from the job that I left back in December. I spent 8 years working with someone who in the end didn’t want to believe that my resignation was the best choice. Many hurtful things were said and our friendship suffered. This situation is one that I have to consistently turn over to God.
In the book Priscilla says, “Unforgiveness is a “strategic design” craftily implemented by your enemy to “outwit” you, to cripple your effectiveness in prayer and your power to stand against him victoriously. Which is why, if I were your enemy, I would do everything possible to keep you from forgiving anyone and everyone who’s done you any wrong.”
“When galvanized with the living truth of God’s Word, fervent prayer is the bucket that can dip down into the reserves of God’s strength and pull up all the resolve you need for releasing other people from what they owe you. ”— Fervent By Priscilla Shirer
Does someone owe you?
Did you catch that last part in the quote above…. “what they owe you.” Do you feel like someone owes you for how they treated you or what they said to you? I have absolutely thought that! Maybe receiving an apology would help, but God is the only one who can heal my wounded heart. Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” It’s certainly important to remember this especially since we might not always get the apology we’re looking for.
Forgiveness is hard
God commands us to forgive, but that can be really hard to do sometimes. When that’s the case, just keep asking God to help you fully forgive. I know that when I need to have the heart to forgive someone, that God is the only one who can make it happen. Ezekiel 36:26 says “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” I’m praying that God will give me a heart to forgive and forget, and that He will protect my thoughts and emotions from the enemy.
The lies of the enemy
Sometimes it seems that the harder I press in to God, the harder the enemy presses in with thoughts and feelings of hurt, betrayal, and resentment. Satan wants our hearts burdened, and our lives shackled to past hurts. But when our hearts are full of hate and bitterness, it’s our relationship with God that really suffers. Galatians 5:1 (MSG) says, “Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.” Let’s refuse to allow past hurts or events to shackle our hearts and hinder our intimacy with God.
Create a prayer for your hurts
Consider adding the following scriptures to your prayer. If you’re following along in the book you can find these scriptures, plus more, on pages 164-167.
- When ever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. Mark 11:25
- Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Eph. 4:31-32
- Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Rom. 12:19-21
- As those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forviging each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Col. 3:12-13
Go ahead and grab your Heartfelt Prayers Journal and craft your prayer strategy for your HURTS. Remember, if you don’t have a journal, you can download this Prayer Journal that I created specifically for this study and use it throughout the series!
My personal prayer
I’m sharing my prayers with as inspiration for writing your own. Here is the prayer strategy I wrote in my war binder, for my hurts.
I’m praying for you as you work to craft a prayer for your hurts. See you next week as we dive into the final prayer strategy, number ten, on relationships.
Rooted in the love of Jesus,