I want to share this with you from my prayer life. I've written it as if Jesus spoke to me, and it reflects how I hear him when I pray. Before doing this, I first looked at the words that Jesus actually spoke, which are recorded in the Bible. I've included references to Jesus' actual words in the underlined links below. I invite you to read Jesus words and then listen to what Jesus might say to you in prayer...
Be At Peace,.
I am here. I am your friend. I want to hear what is troubling you. Come to me and tell me how you feel. I will listen to you.
Troubled Relationships: My compassion for you
Believe it or not, I do understand how you feel about the troubled relationship you are in. Compassion is one of my strongest characteristics. Did you know that I can truly empathize with you? As a human on earth, there were times I felt lonely and betrayed by those closest to me. There were times I had to turn the other cheek in the face of my enemy and had to pray for those who mistreated me. But I did not lose heart; nor should you. My desire is for wholeness to be restored. If it is abuse you are experiencing, there are others who can help you get out of the situation you are in.
Troubled Relationships: You are not alone
Every day I talk to other friends struggling in their relationships: A young woman, newly married, who does not feel accepted or good enough in her mother-in-law's eyes; The father of two young children who is considering leaving his wife for a woman who makes him feel wanted and valued; The college student struggling to deal with a roommate who takes advantage of her and does not respect her privacy; A young teen that is verbally and at times physically abused by his stepfather and does not know who to turn to. The point is you are not alone. They all cry out to me and what do I want them to hear?
Troubled Relationships: Stand up with dignity and value
First and foremost, I want you to stand up with dignity. I love and value you, so embrace your value. The big lie is that I allow all the pain and brokeness in the world. No! I want human relationships to be a place of love and wholeness. My commandment is to love one another, as I love you. You are of infinite value to me. You are my treasure! My love for you never changes. Keep in mind that if you are my follower, you are also a precious child of God. Similarly, your greatest treasure includes God, and the people in your life.
Troubled Relationships: I am on your side
I want you to believe that you and I are on the same side, working together. I want you to ask, in faith, for my help. I want you to believe that things will eventually work out for the good, although perhaps not in the way that you expect.
Yes, I have full power to solve your problem, but to be honest, I do not promise to solve your problems now. So what good am I? I want you to know that as your friend, my deepest desire is to walk with you through this. I will be here to listen to you, to support you, to affirm you, to help you persevere.
In case you want to blame me, I did not intend things to be this way. My enemy and your enemy has broken this world and wants to destroy you. It was never my plan to have you living in broken and troubled relationships. Hatred and abuse among people is the world's own plan. A relationship lacking love works against my desire for your freedom.
In case you feel guilty for something you did, I do not judge you. My role is to defend you from judgment. Keep in mind that if you ask me for forgiveness, it is yours. Any remaining guilt does not come from me, and is most likely from the enemy.
Troubled Relationships: My advice is to enjoy today
Finally, if you want my advice, then focus on living your life just for today. Do not be anxious about tomorrow. Use this time to appreciate what you do have. Yes, be thankful. Focus also on loving others.
Recognize that you are NOT in control of the situation so relax. I am in control. Rest in my love; just be diligent to do your part.
I will try to lead you to people and resources who will help you. Be on the watch for my hand in your life.
Remember always, I love you and am with you!
Your truest friend,