Prayer Week: March 21, 2016

Bro. Tim Gamble is sharing a great weekly prayer.  Tim puts out some great preparedness content and I am grateful that he has allowed me to share his weekly prayer here.  You can find Tim’s preparedness articles by clicking here.

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“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. — Ephesians 4:26-27

There are two types of anger – Righteous Anger, which is not a sin, and Wrath, which is considered one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Righteous Anger is a way of expressing strong disagreement with the sinful, unjust words and deeds around us. Jesus expressed Righteous Anger when he confronted the money-changers at the Temple (see John 2:13-16), when He made a whip and used it against the them, overturning tables, scattering money, and driving them from the Temple. Righteous Anger motivates us to accomplish good, by confronting Evil.

Wrath, on the other hand, is uncontrolled anger, rage. It is marked by a lack of self-control, impairs our reason, is without discernment, and is often misdirected. Wrath usually draws us deeper into sin. It often encourages us to act in petty and spiteful ways, rather than out of love. Wrath can lead us to lash out in violence, well beyond what is needed for self-defense or to address an unjust situation. Wrath tempts us to seek revenge or vengeance, both forbidden to us (see Romans 12:19).

In America today, there is lots of anger. Some of it is Righteous Anger. Much of it is Wrath. Let us be motivated by Righteous Anger to confront injustice and Evil, for there is much to confront. But let us avoid sinful Wrath, and the Evil that comes with it.

Prayer To Forsake Wrath

Heavenly Father, there is much cause for Righteous Anger in America today. Our Government is trying to limit our inalienable rights that You have granted to us, and is stealing our property through taxes and regulations. We are treated as little more than slaves to the State. Our politicians lie to us. They scheme behind our backs, out of their own arrogance and power-lust. We have just cause for our Righteous Anger, but not for Wrath. Never Wrath.

Help to to confront Evil with Righteous Anger, and to forsake Wrath. Let the words that Paul wrote to the Ephesians guide our prayer: Let us be angry, but not sin. Let us not lose self-control in our Wrath. Let no corrupt words proceed out of our mouths. Instead, help us speak only what is good for necessary edification and correction of Evil, that our words may impart grace to the hearers. Let all malice, bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from us. Help us to confront Evil, but to temper our anger with love and mercy.

In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.

ts

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