Monday, January 14, 2013

A prayer for the Divorced: Letting Go of Bitterness

You never imagined that as a Christian, you would end up in a divorce. You had plans to live happily ever after.  And every time you remember the wedding day and your marriage vows, the bitterness wells up in you.

You think about the injustice meted out to you and your heart aches with pain. According to Germaine Copeland in the book, Prayers that avail much, "Often the injustice of the situation in which these people find themselves creates deep hurts, wounds in the spirit, and and anger that is so near the surface the individuals involved risk sinking into the trap of bitterness and revenge. Their thoughts may turn inward as they consider the unfairness of the situation and dwell on how badly they have been treated."

Please first note the following:

  1. God still loves you despite the divorce. Focus on His love. Talk through 
  2. Love yourself despite all that has happened. 
  3. Do not wallow in depression. The world may tell you that you have a right to be bitter about the whole experience. Do not give in to this kind of doctrine. Dust yourself and get on
  4. Forgive the other party even if it means that there is no chance of coming back together again. Do not carry any grudge against the other party. You may think I do not understand what you are going through. But I tell you it is not worth it.
  5. Believe that you would love again. You may think that you have been hurt so bad that you will not love again. And that you would not be gullible to love again. I say to you that you have a right to love again. 
  6. There is healing available. There is a way of escape for all who will turn to the Healer, obeying Him and trusting Him

To help you to let go of bitterness, I would like to share this prayer with you. Pray this through and you will see the change.

The Prayer is also from Germaine Copeland's book, Prayers that avail much.

Father, life seems so unjust, so unfair. The pain of rejection is almost more than I can bear. My past relationships have ended in strife, anger, rejection, and separation.

Lord, help me to let go of all bitterness and indignation, wrath and resentment.

You are the One who binds up and heals the broken-hearted. I receive Your anointing that destroys every yoke of bondage. I receive emotional healing by faith, and I thank you for giving me the grace to stand firm.

Thank You for wise counsellors. I acknowledge the Holy Spirit as my wonderful Consellor. Thank You for helping me work out my salvation in fear and trembling, for it is you, Father, who work in me to will and to act according to your good purpose.

In the name of Jesus, I choose to forgive those who have wronged me. I purpose to live a life of forgiveness because You have forgiven me. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. I desire to be kind and compassionate to others, forgiving them, just as in Christ You forgave me.

With the help of the Holy Spirit, I make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy, for I know that without holiness no one will see you, Lord. I purpose to see to it that I do not miss your grace and that no bitter root grows up within me to cause trouble and defile me.

I will watch and pray that I enter not into temptation or cause others to stumble.

Thank you, Father, that You watch over your word to perform it and that whom the Son has set free is free indeed. I declare that I have overcome resentment and bitterness by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of my testimony.

In Jesus' name, Amen

Remember Let Go and Let GOD

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