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She entered the prayer room with no great expectations – just to spend a few minutes praying in the quiet of the Jerusalem Prayer Center’s Interactive Prayer Room. But God had other plans. When she walked through the door of the room, God immediately brought her to her knees, faced with her unforgiveness. For years this European woman had carried a burden of hatred for the man who had killed her sister – and who would expect otherwise? God expected otherwise. As this realization struck her, our sister in the Lord let go of her hatred, weeping and weeping until she felt completely cleansed and emptied of the feeling that had become such a part of her life. This day was a new beginning for her.
Returning the next day, released from her burden, the same woman again just expected a few quiet moments in prayer with the Lord. But again, as she crossed the threshold her legs crumbled beneath her and again, she was brought to her knees in tears. After forgiving the man who had hated for so long, she realized the need to seek God’s forgiveness for herself.
Matthew 6:12-15, Colossians 3:13, Mark 11:25 are a few scriptures that show a direct relationship between forgiving the sins of others and being forgiven ourselves, opening the lines of communication with God.
- Please remember those who have suffered at the hands of others. Pray they have the ability to lay down the burden of bitterness and unforgiveness.
- Especially remember the woman who experienced God’s cleansing. The release of a massive burden like that is not a simple event and the bitterness will try to creep back into her life from time to time
- As you pray, consider where forgiveness could give you a new beginning, also.
Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet,
so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:12-14 (ESV)
Another Example Prayer Update:
“Why should I be praying for India? What do you know?” These were the questions posed by a South African visitor to the Jerusalem Prayer Center, after she had spent time in the Interactive Prayer Room. “When I was in the intercession area, looking at the map, I smelled Indian spices”.
A smell called a visitor to pray for the people of India.
Often we hear that people get stopped at the large world map in the prayer room. It becomes a focal point while they pray for the people in various parts of the world. Though everyone looks at the same large picture of the world’s land masses, each person is drawn to a different segment. A smell drew this visitor to pray for India – though she didn’t know why it was important to do so; a memory draws another to pray for South America; for someone else, somehow their eyes seem glued to China and they lift their prayers for the sake of the Chinese people. Visitor after visitor, God instills a desire to pray for a particular people or place, and the smoke of the incense of their prayers rises as a sweet-smelling offering to the Lord.
And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2
- Ask that we would allow the Father to use our senses to call us to prayer. As you live your life allow the sounds, sights, and smells around you to cause you to pray for the people involved.