21 Days of Prayer January 23, 2019

Day Seventeen

Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the person who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. “Where do you come from?” he asked.  “From the land of Canaan,” they replied, “to buy food.”  Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him. Genesis 42:6-8

This is a fallen world we live in, and we are victims of the fall. As a result, many of us lives broken lives: we live with a broken past, we experience broken dreams, and we endure broken relationships. It may be that way for you now, but it doesn’t have to remain that way. God has made us an offer of restoration. This is what He does: He takes things that are broken and puts them back together again.  Virtually each of us carries emotional baggage. A neighbor abused me, a boss fired me, a teacher failed me, a friend lied about a me, a spouse was unfaithful to me, or may have even divorced me. Many of us suffer from an unforgiving spirit rooted in bitterness toward another person who may even be deceased. Your refusal to forgive may not be hurting anyone else, but its physiological, psychological, and emotional harm will send you to an early grave or may cause some illness. So important are human relationships as an expression of our right relationship with God that even if we have done no wrong but another has wronged us, we are still to initiate the process of restoration. Bitterness, hatred, and unforgiveness must not be dragged into the future. The late Archibald Hart writes, “Bitterness is what can happen when we choose to dwell on our wounds. Forgiveness is surrendering my right to hurt you for hurting me.

God surrendered his right by sending His only Son, Jesus to die on a cross for your sins and mine. There is no one who cannot return to God, because He can do everything we cannot. God forgives. God heals. God restores. Pray this morning for God to restore the broken things in your heart. Pray for healing. Pray for restoration. Pray for God to heal the brokenness of our lives. I’m praying for you to experience the healing restoration of God’s love all day today.