Day 12: Praying Brave with a Yes Heart

Differences.
Differences in who we are or in or opinions.
Differences is what we see, feel, and hope for.
Differences can be hard to overcome.
Praying when there are differences can seem impossible.
Brave prayers with a yes heart are especially needed when we have differences.

““You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” Matthew 5:43-44

Jesus was the ultimate example. He overcame differences. He saw past them. He responded in love despite them.
Jesus dined with tax collectors, touched lepers, offered the same love to all races and religions, and prayed for those who persecuted Him.

“When they came to the place called The Skull, they crucified Him there, along with the criminals, one on His right and the other on His left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”” Luke 22:33-24

We are different. We have differences.
But we share one thing in common if nothing else…Jesus came for everyone of us.

Brave prayers see past our differences.
Brave prayers join together to overcome differences.
Brave prayers ask for help to overcome differences that divide.
Brave prayers love those that have hurt us.

Brave prayers request that God be the one to handle the hard while we love one another. Even the most difficult.

Differences may be the very thing that prompts our brave prayers.
My husband’s uncle was hit by a drunk driver years ago. His life was forever changed as he battled a head injury that almost took his life. He was left disabled. He had to give up the business he built and loved. His personality was altered tremendously. I remember my mother in law wanting to let go of her unforgiveness toward the driver. It seemed so unfair. He wasn’t hurt. He spent some time in prison while awaiting trail and then he was released for time served. She prayed brave, through pain, lack of understanding, and anger. She prayed to have forgiveness in her heart for this person. Why?

Because she knew it was what Jesus would do.
Because unforgiveness hurts us.

When differences stand in our way, let Jesus be our example and our strength to pray past them, despite them.
Trust that brave prayers can overcome differences.~ Jodie

Today as you study our scriptures and pray ask God if there is anyone that you need to pray for. As I type this I am remembering someone that hurt me long ago. I am praying for them today. ~ Jodie Barrett
Lord,
You are good and your mercy endures forever. Oh how your heart must grieve when you see your children at odds. Help us overcome our differences, our hurts, our hate with prayer. We lift ourselves to you with willing hearts. Hearts willing to love. Help us to love all.
Amen

Scriptures for today: John 3:16-17; Luke 22:11-29, Romans 12:14