The Lord’s Prayer: Week 6 – Wednesday

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Week 6 – Wednesday

SCRIPTURE
Psalm 55:22 NIV “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.”

REFLECT
It’s easy to forgive those who don’t wound us deeply – but to offer forgiveness to those who we feel are undeserving is extremely tough.  Remember when we forgive, we are not necessarily condoning another persons behavior.  Additionally, when we offer forgiveness we are not required to be in a relationship with the person who has harmed us.  Forgiveness is for you. Period.  It’s letting go of the hurt.  It’s taking a step through the pain that you’re experiencing to find freedom.  Share your raw feelings, thoughts, and emotions with God surrounding those you want to be willing to forgive, or past situations that have caused you pain that you need to let go of.  Peel back the layers, what’s the biggest stumbling block that keeps you hanging on and chained to that which you dislike?

We invite you to share your insights and thoughts by leaving a comment below or by replying to another comment.

If you would like, you can unpack the verse S.O.A.P style:
S = Scripture; what is it that I’m reflecting upon.
O = Observation; what does this mean to me, what do I notice?  What got my attention? Can I rephrase this in my own words?
A = Application; how can I apply this into my life?  What action can I take as a result of what I just learned
P = Prayer; based on what I’ve learned and my application/action, pray – talk to God about your insight, ask for help, offer thanksgiving.

 

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  1. Teri says:

    S: Psalm 55:22 NIV “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.”

    O: He is always ready to lift us up. We need to cast ALL our cares upon him — share with him the good, the bad, and the ugly. He can handle everything that we are feeling and He will not let us fall.

    A: Do I really do this? I think I do, I say I do, BUT do I really TRUST that He will sustain me? If so, why do I fear, why do I worry, why do I fret? I want to transfer ALL my burdens, my heaviness, my cares upon Him and let them GO — I really DO, BUT I think my humanness has a difficult time FULLY believing that He will sustain me. Each day I surrender, often many times throughout the day — I am on a journey to truly accept this into my heart.

    P: Father, thank You for your provision, protection, and shelter. As we unpack forgiveness, You are showing me things that I thought I had forgiven and let go of that I have not. I GIVE this ALL to YOU AGAIN!! Take it from me. I want to trust you Lord, I desire to trust you — I know that in my head — yet the wounds go so deep. The triggers happen so frequently, I have so many questions and do not understand…WHY? I choose to trust you to TAKE this all from me — heal my wounds Father — only YOU can do this!! I need You. Forgive me for carrying around these little pieces of resentment and bitterness — I lay them at your feet again this morning. Renew my mind. I want to love how You would love — show compassion how you show compassion — I want to be who YOU want me to be and I know these things need to leave me. Thank You for the healing you’ve done in my life and what you continue to do, I believe this will be a forever journey, it will not always be easy — it is not now, but I am so very grateful that I am closely connected to you — the vine. Prune me Father so I can bear fruit and be a light to those in my world. I love YOU! t

  2. Rebekah says:

    S: Psalm 55:22 NIV “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.”
    O: He is ever present ready to catch us when we trip — we are promised He will never let the “righteous” fall. If we are seeking Him and doing His will, then we are the righteous! That means we won’t fall! We are to cast all the bad experiences, all the offenses, all the wrong done to us on HIM. HE desires to take those darts for us. We are not equipped to take them on our own.
    A: For me this is so so SO much easier said than done. I continue to receive wrong done to me whether it be big or small and take it into my heart and soul and allow it to control me in some way. This is NOT what He meant for me. He never means for me to keep these pressures. I can’t do it. I must let go, I must step aside, I must run to Him. I can TRUST that He is bearing me up, and He will NEVER let me fall.
    P: My Father, I’m overwhelmed with thankfulness for Your grace and Your promises. Thank you that You promise to fight my battles for me. Thank You that I don’t have to allow circumstances that happen around me and to me to control me. Help me to let go. Help me to step aside, and Help me to realize how much I have been forgiven. I need Your strength to empower me to forgive, to empower me to move on. I want to be a clean LIGHT for You, not marred or darkened by dirt from un-forgiven offenses. I love You, I trust YOU, and I thank You…

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