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Praycation 2013 – Forgiveness and MLK Call to Prayer

Word for the day: Forgiveness
Verse for the day: For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

The topic of forgiveness is a challenging one, even for the Body of Christ. There are some offenses that are so hurtful that the thought of forgiving the offender is inconceivable. However, today’s verse makes it very clear what God’s expectations are of us when it comes to forgiveness. We must for those who sin against us so that our sins can be forgiven by the Father.

Let me pause here for a moment and talk about the act of forgiveness, what it is and what it is not. Forgiveness does not mean that you condone or agree with the actions of the offender. Nor does it mean that the offense is simply overlooked and dismissed. Forgiveness means that your release your right to vengeance towards the offender and you place vengeance in the hands of God. It means that before you can proceed with interaction, the parties must discuss what transpired and offer a solution for moving forward that both agree is in the best interest of all parties involved. The discussion is not to prove one’s case, it should be solution focused. Our trust in God allows us to rest, knowing that if there is any vengeance to be served, He will see to it that it is served.

Forgiveness frees you from negative emotions that will eat away at our health and quality of life. Like a festering sore, unforgiveness will poison our ability to love freely and to trust others. It does not harm the offender, but can destroy the offended and as this verse states, adversely impact our relationship with God. We must learn to release offenses for our sake.

Are you holding on to unforgiveness? If so, I beg of you to take the matter before God, today. He will hear and answer you. He will give you comfort that no one else can supply. Walk away from your encounter with him knowing your can forgive the person who offended you and allow God to handle the matter. In return, your sins are forgiven and you are healed to wholeness. Sounds like a very good trade off to me.

Let us Pray:  Dear God, I confess I do not want to forgive. The offense was too great and I cannot bear the thought! I do, however, want to obey you so I ask that you help me to forgive. Help me to receive your comfort through this painful process, knowing that forgiveness works for my own good. In Jesus name, AMEN

Tracey Bowen Bell (TBB)
www.twitter.com/HopeCoach_TBB
Inspiring Others to Expect the Impossible!

A CALL

TO PRAYER

Beloved, in just a few days we will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington and the iconic “I Have A Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thousands of Americans will convene in Washington D. C. for a series of events as well as to march again and pray. In preparation a prayer guide has been written by Dr. Barbara Williams Skinner, Reverend Dr. Kendrick E. Curry, Pastor Gloria G. Hilliard, Bishop Michael V. Kelsey  and Reverend Robert H. Thompson to prepare and position our country to realize the dream. It was done on behalf of the National African American Clergy Network.

We will include the prayers in our 2013 Praycation. There is no better time to do this especially when so many people are many decisions about our civil rights and  voting rights that make it necessary that we fight for our voting freedom all over again. Thank you Dr. Skinner for allowing us to share these prayers.

Where you there 50 years ago? Were you there? What does the dream mean to you? Let us know in the comment section on this site or on Facebook and Twitter. Keep up at www.twitter.com/vashtimckenzie.

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie (VMM)

INTRODUCTION 

Fifty years ago on August 28, 1963, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, proclaiming and calling for Jobs, Justice and Freedom, and advocating racial harmony. It was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in the United State calling for civil and economic rights for African Americans.

Now fifty years later (half a century), we fight for the same “Dream.” Fifty years later, we still fight for Jobs, Justice and Freedom while seeking racial harmony.  “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) So now is the time for a clarion call to prayer so that our nation will collectively realize the “Dream.” It is TIME to PRAY to seek the face of the Lord Our God for: Clear Vision, Godly Wisdom, Kingdom Knowledge, Divine Direction, Bold Faith, Uncommon Favor, Relevance, Government Officials, and the Glory of God in the midst of all the planning to achieve the Dream for Jobs, Justice and Freedom as we prepare to embrace the 50th Anniversary March on Washington. God knows the plans for us and works all things in accordance with His purpose and time.

The Lord has declared, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.” (2 Chronicles 7:14–15)

DAY 1

PRAYER FOCUS: PRAYER OF REPENTANCE, RECONCILIATION AND RESTORATION

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9

“…and let men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in his hands. Who knows, God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we shall not perish.” Jonah 3:8-9

“…For he is our peace, in the flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us…that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace.” Ephesians 2:14-15

PRAYER

O God, we repent from our sins against You and the human family. Reconcile us to You and each other, and restore every broken relationship until we are one in You.

*Photo CORE Congress of Racial Equality



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  1. Qwit says:

    I had quite a few incidents happen to me over the past few months.. I had someone close to me betray me.. I haven’t talked to them in weeks after I confronted them. Even though they truly hurt me, I want to be able to forgive. I say that I forgive them, but I truly don’t know if I do.. However, I did need this particular message today.

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