Daily Devotional – Forgive and Pray

By on September 24, 2021
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Our scripture for the Daily Devotional today is taken from James 5:13-20. When others hurt us and cause us pain, our initial reflex reaction is to retaliate and get them back. We justify that we have the right to level the playing field. 

“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”

Vengeance is the Lord’s!

James encourages us to pray no matter the situation we find ourselves in. We can call out to God when we are in trouble, unhappy, or sick. We should pray not only because God hears our prayers, but because the prayers of righteous people are powerful and answered.

So no matter how anyone treats us or takes advantage of us, God calls us to pray for them. We should be praying earnestly for their eyes to the pain that their sin has caused. We can not reason with those that have not had their eyes opened. 

The choice is ours to hold on to the chains and bitterness that freely flows from our sinful hearts, or we could choose to forgive. There will always be consequences for the transgressor, but forgiveness and grace will release you and may just open the eyes of those that we forgive.

Let’s Pray

Dear Father, 

Thank You for first loving and forgiving me. Your love and grace have opened my eyes to You and the truth. I have come to see my sin and its impact on the world around me. Give me Your love and wisdom for anyone in every situation today.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

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Daily Devotional – Forgive and Pray