We need to ask ourselves the following questions . . .
Has the pain of broken family relationships taken its toll on us? Are our hearts clenched, holding onto anger, grudges, grief, guilt, shame and unforgiveness? If so, Jesus invites us to cast our pain upon the cross.
Lord Jesus, You are our path to healing. You draw near us when we are brokenhearted and save us when we are crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18).
You invite us to be still and know You are God (Psalm 46:10). The word “still” means more than silent. It means to cease striving, to abate, to let go.
Today, at this moment, we relinquish the rubbish cluttering our hearts and stealing our joy. We cease feeding upon negative emotions, such as anger, grief, grudges, guilt, shame and unforgiveness. Instead, we place our pain at the foot of your cross, and we walk away.
We ask you to flood the newly emptied places of our hearts with the love and joy of your Holy Spirit, so we are able to bless those who persecute us, live in harmony with others and do what is honorable in the sight of all (Romans 12:14-17).
We pray this prayer in Your precious, powerful and holy Name.