Thoughts of a Thankful Heart...
When I found Zari Bank’s book, O Lord, Forgive Them, I needed it, and God always sends me what I need, when I need it. I always thought that just saying “I forgive” was enough to solidify forgiveness, but then one of the things God allowed me to learn while I was praying through O Lord, Forgive Them is that we can say we forgive someone with our mouths, but we have yet to forgive in our hearts.
Just before I began reading O Lord, Forgive Them, I received a phone call from my mother letting me know that someone from my past - someone who stole something very valuable from me - died. I remember telling my mother, “good, I’m glad he’s dead.” Now, you and I both know that was not God’s love speaking, it was hurt, anger, and pain talking. I really did not want to forgive this person, but I knew that if I wanted God to move for me, I needed to forgive him and a few others as well.
When I purposed to begin praying through, O Lord, Forgive Them, I created a list of people that I needed to forgive including everyone I could think of at the time. The first few days it was really hard for me to pray for these people, but I knew that I needed to forgive so I pressed through. Around day 7, God began dealing with me and the hurt that I felt when I began the book was starting to dissipate and now I was beginning to feel weights being lifted. I was beginning to feel change taking place in my heart, in my mind, and in my life. I pressed through and continued on through to the end and when I was done, I was different. Each prayer, each day took away more of the pain and as the pain was removed God healed me, delivered me and changed me. By day 30, I could talk to those who'd hurt me without issue. By day 30, I no longer held onto the pain, grief, and unforgiveness that I held on day one. I was transformed and it was because I prayed for my enemies.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:44 to love our enemies, to bless them that curse us, to do good to those that hate us, and to pray for those who despitefully use us and persecute us. Jesus wanted us to pray for our enemies and treat them better than they treat us and Zari Banks’ book, O Lord, Forgive Them, will help you do that. It can be difficult to think of what to pray when it comes to those who have hurt you, but Zari takes the guess work out of this process. Zari has written out clear, anointed prayers that you can pray for your enemies that will help you to do as Jesus commanded us. These prayers will also change you in the process. If you have people in your life (alive or dead) that you need to forgive, get a copy of Zari’s book today and get started on your own forgiveness journey.
To purchase O Lord, Forgive Them, visit Zari's website www.zaribanks.co or www.supernaturalyoubooks.info
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