121 Days of Prayer
The purposes of this prayer are: Holiness/Righteousness, Lovingkindness, Forgiveness and Reconciliation.
God of Salvation, Paul wrote to the Colossians about what behaviors they should avoid and what behaviors they should embrace, writing, “You must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:8–14 (NIV). Gracious Lord, so important is it to Jesus that we do not harbor anger against one another but forgive one another completely and immediately that he told his listeners during the Sermon on the Mount that, “if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23–24 (NIV). Father, give us the ability to forgive, immediately and completely. Do not let anger or resentment reside in us, we pray. Amen.