Daily Prayer for January 8

A New Heart

Life was difficult. Nothing worked out the way I had planned, and no one seemed to care. I couldn’t find my way out from under the heavy, dark cloud that was always over my head.  After years of struggling with depression, resentment turned to bitterness, and I determined that no one would ever hurt me again.  No more tears, no more heartache. Over time my heart was just like a stone, and I lived in darkness!

But God!  As I sat in my kitchen on that dismal, January morning a great Light came into my kitchen. Radiant beams focused on the very spot where I sat, and the yellow walls vibrated with life!  I sat there mesmerized, wondering what was happening when suddenly my kitchen disappeared, and a field of hardened, brown, crusty ground stretched out across a brilliant, endless space.  In the distance a man appeared and began plowing the field.  Beneath the stiff, dry ground was moist, fertile soil. A dam broke within me, and I began to sob almost violently as furrow after furrow was plowed.  My pain was erased, and my heart was made new!

PRAYER:

Father, I will never stop praising you for plowing the fallow ground of my heart.  Now I hear, receive, accept and welcome your word.  It’s so good to be free to be liberated from the authority of darkness and translated into the Kingdom of your dear Son. I am free; I am free indeed!  Sarcasm no longer drips from my lips, but words of wisdom that bring healing to others.  I will ever praise you for giving me a new heart and a new spirit.  Your Spirit is within me and you will cause me to walk in your statutes and give heed to your ordinances.  Bitterness has been uprooted and a river of love has been poured out in my heart.  I am a doer of your word in the name of Jesus! Amen.

Scripture References: Jeremiah 4:3; Mark 4:20; Colossians 1:13; John 8:36;  Ezekiel 36:25-27, Romans 5:5
Meditation: Proverbs 12:17-19

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