A PRAYER FOR FORGIVING A DIFFICULT CHILD

Lord God, You called the Israelites Your stubborn and rebellious children. I am just as stubborn and rebellious as they were. And now, I see from Your perspective how hurtful it can be. Forgive me, Lord, for the times I have disregarded Your will for my life and followed my own sinful desires.

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Lord, I need Your help as I care for my child. Give me the patience You have for me. Enable me to speak Your truth in love. It can be difficult to show my child the Law of what we should do and the Gospel of what You have done for us.

Give me wisdom so that my words are true and clear and patient and loving. Uplift me when I am exhausted with this difficult task, and comfort me with Your forgiveness and love. Amen.


HOW TO FORGIVE OTHERS IN THREE PRACTICAL STEPS

  1. Start by praying for that person. Pray for their good. Ask God to help you love them as He loves them. It’s hard to be quite as angry with someone who you are praying for on a consistent basis.
  2. Ask God to help you. Come to a place where you desire to forgive the person who hurt you, then ask God to give you the strength to do so.
  3. Try, try, and try again. You may not feel very forgiving the first time you pray for them, or you may find that your thoughts drift back to anger or hurt. However, don’t be discouraged. This is completely natural and can be part of the process. Think of it as building your “forgiveness muscle” – it takes time. Keep at it and, eventually, God will help you truly forgive those who have hurt you.

INSPIRING PRAYER OF FORGIVENESS FOR STRANGERS OR ENEMIES

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” — Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV)

Sometimes, the person who hurts us is a stranger, or perhaps someone we simply dislike. This, too, presents its own unique challenges, especially when it comes to looking past something that a person we don’t like has said or done.

In “Switched,” Cassandra’s only prayer as a junior in high school is that the resident “mean-girl” understands what a day in the life is like for her. When her prayer is unexpectedly answered, both Cassandra and Katie will learn what it’s really like on the other side of the social spectrum. The only thing is, will that be enough to translate into forgiving each other for their shortcomings?

The Bible makes it clear, though, that forgiveness isn’t just something that is granted to someone we like or love; individuals are also implored to offer healing prayers for forgiveness to enemies. Below, find a prayer that can help you navigate this difficult process:

Lord, please help me to remember the power of forgiveness, and please help me to extend this to [insert name(s)]. I know what it means to forgive, and I know all of the things you have forgiven me for. Despite my feelings about [insert], please help me to remember that, like me, You love this person and care about his/her well-being. Please help me to find love in my heart as well and to move past what was said and done. Please help me to forgive [insert name(s)] and to move past this. In the name of Your son Jesus, I pray, amen.


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