Prayer for Today

December 4, 2019

Lord, forgive me for putting my desires ahead of your request and requirements for my life. Forgive me for thinking more of myself than I think of others, even You. You have given me everything I need, and still, too often, I make decisions based only on what I want.

Gracious God, forgive me for taking Your grace and mercy for granted. Forgive me for knowing what the correct thing to do, which would put me in obedience to You, and still, I do the opposite.

Forgive me for being hard-headed and stiff-necked when I see someone in need, and I refuse to help them because they don’t look like me, have my lifestyle or I don’t like them, so I’m willing to see them suffer out of my own hardness of heart, rather than treat them the way I’d want to be treated. What a wretched person I am!

After all You’ve done for me, forgiven every mess-up, providing for me when I didn’t know how I was going to make things work and always being there to help me pick up the pieces of my life when things had gone bad, I have the nerve to treat other people badly, as if they are less than me. Forgive me, Jesus!

Help me to show other people the kind of grace, mercy and love You show me every day. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Scripture reference:

Lamentation 3:22 – 23

Matthew 5:7

Luke 6:31, 36

Ephesians 4:29

Colossians 4:6

James 2:13

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