Lord Jesus, I give You praise and glory for everything that You are to me. You have been a Friend, a Comforter, a Guide, and my Savior. You have also been the non-judgmental standard that understands my weaknesses.
I thank You, Lord, for the gift of Your Salvation and the Joy that comes from knowing You. I thank You for the Holy Spirit that has been to me a Calming Presence in the midst of doubt, worry, and grief.
I thank You, Lord, for everything that I have been through; thank You for all the harrowing situations that I’ve had to face. I know that I’m never alone, and in them all, You’re writing a beautiful piece out of my life.
Thank You, Lord, for the people you’ve brought my way; thank You for all the lessons and experiences they brought with them.
Thank You for the hurt, shame, and pain that I experienced with some of these people. I thank You because, from my pain, I’m sure that You will bring healing and I will experience growth.
Dear Lord, I admit that I am human and imperfect, and so sometimes, I feel like letting loose and taking the path of vengeance.
Sometimes, my heart becomes heavy with distressing thoughts as my mind replays past hurts and pains.
Lord, I swim and wallow in these weighty thoughts, and self-righteous feelings threaten to overwhelm me.
And so Lord, I come to You; I’m tired and I am worn, and I just want to experience the cleansing that Your Love brings.
I toss all my hurt, anxiety, and bitterness on You and ask that You give me the rest that You promised.
I’m Your child, and I’m sure beyond all doubt that You love me and will always be there. Lord Jesus, I open up all the dark bits of my heart to You, and I ask that You make me whole.
I am tired and weary from carrying these hurts and pains that never seem to go away. I am tired of looking at people and the things that have hurt me in the past with bitterness and rage.
Lord, I want to truly experience Your Love, with nothing holding me back.
And so, today, I ask that You take it all away. I want Your love to genuinely flow from me to others. And while it may be hard to love those that really hurt me, I place my hands in Yours and ask that You help me trust You to take me through this journey.
Lord, Your Word teaches me that You are Love. It tells me that nothing can separate me from Your Love, and now, I realize that You gave Your Love to me without conditions.
I did not ask for it; I didn’t even know that I needed You to die on the cross, but You did anyway! And so, I lay all my arguments at the foot of the cross and pray that You heal all the hurt.
Help me to love even the unlovable just like You do. Help me live a life void of bitterness, rage, and anger.
Ultimately, I pray that You live through me. Amen.