Posted by: ritagone | February 22, 2017

Another Great Peter Marshall Prayer

I have fallen in love with the prayers of Peter Marshall, which you can probably guess by the number of them I am sharing with you lately. I can’t resist, because they are lovely, in a time when “lovely” is so rare and extremely necessary.

Here’s one I read the other day that really touched me, as I know it will touch you. Read it and let it sink into your soul. I guarantee you that it will.

 

For Release From Resentment

 

Lord Jesus, Thou knowest me altogether. Thou knowest that I have steadily refused to forgive this one who has wronged me, yet have had the audacity often to seek Thy forgiveness for my own wrongdoing.

The acids of bitterness and a vengeful spirit have threatened to eat away my peace. Yet I have stubbornly rationalized every unlovely motive. I have said, “I am clearly in the right. It is only human to dislike a few people. This one deserves no forgiveness.” How well I know that neither have I ever deserved the forgiveness which Thou hast always freely granted me.

So, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee now for the grace to forgive this hurt. Even now, I am divided about it, only partially willing to release it.

But Thou canst manage even my reluctance, my loitering feet. Take now my divided will and make it of one piece, wholly Thy will. 

And Lord, I give to Thee this emotion of resentment which clings as if glued to my heart. Wrest it from me. Cleanse every petty thought. Make me sweet again.

I dare to ask that Thou wilt not only forgive me to the extent that I have forgiven ______, but that Thou wilt bless ______ to the degree that Thou hast blessed me. For these great mercies I thank Thee, in Thy name, who gave me the supreme example in forgiving even those who slew Thee. Amen.

 

 

 

It was Boris Pasternak (“Dr. Zhivago”) who wrote “An unshared happiness is not happiness.” I agree. This prayer makes me smile; it makes me happy to read over and over again. I hope it does the same for you as I share it with you.

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  1. Rita, I’m going to miss getting to connect with you at Summit this year. May God bless you abundantly with grace and peace.

    Jonathan

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  2. This book and “A Man Called Peter” were among my parents’ books from the time I was very little. I think I had the titles in their small bookcase memorized. Catherine’s book, “The Helper” gave me my first clear understanding of the Holy Spirit’s work in my life when I read it in my late 20’s. It opened up a whole new world for me in my relationship with God. The other book they had that I’d like to read is “Borden of Yale” about Wm. Borden who helped birth revival on the campus of Yale and other universities shortly after the turn of the century and who went on to be a missionary to Muslims.


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