Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 12.21.11

After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.” 

John 13:21 

Pray
Father thank You for wisdom, discernment, and an ability to forgive those who betray me and cause me harm. Father keep my heart warm, never allowing it to grow cold and hard. Keep me focused on living more like Jesus, realizing and accepting my journey’s purpose, and not being overly focused on the human elements that oftentimes distracts me. Father touch me in a way that I will always walk away from unhealthy situations with my dignity in tact, and with a level of grace that shows that I’m a survivor and never a victim. 

Father I pray today not only for myself but for my loved ones and associates who have been harmed and betrayed by people they trusted. Father free them, betrayed and betrayer, from these shackles and help them to heal and grow.
In honor of all You have ever done and will do, in Your son’s name I pray to you today. Amen.

Reflection
Jesus was never blind to what was going on around him. God kept him spiritually connected to His Mind and wisdom, to see and feel when things were not right; and to discern good from bad, friend from foe, follower from betrayer. Imagine knowing in advance that one of the people closest to you is about to betray you. Imagine how Jesus felt knowing that the time, attention and care that he invested in this disciple, would soon be leveraged against him for monetary gain and to avoid persecution. 

How would things have been different if that disciple had spoken up, confessed, and made right with our savior? 

 A true friend never betrays you, never betrays your trust, and never sells you out. A true friend is there for you in the worst of times, not just the best of times. A true friend gives you their last morsel of food, the last sip of their drink, shelter when you need it, and the shirt off of their back. A friend never kicks you when you’re down, instead they help to pick you up and brush you off. They never remind you of what you promised, what you haven’t done, or what you still need to do–for a friend understands that we all have rough times, and if you were honorable before hard times you will be honorable to the end.

Pray for those people who selfishly choose to betray or harm you because they are more concerned with their needs, their survival, their issues, and how something will affect them. Pray for their hearts, minds, bodies, souls, and spirits. Pray that they see God’s light and choose to follow it to righteousness than place blinders over their eyes and continue walking in darkness.

Pray that God reveals the truth about every person you are involved with and encounter. Pray that He shows you the real them so that you know what you are facing. Pray that He protects you even when you ignore His warnings. Pray that He always shows you the way out of life’s mazes that you actively take part in creating in your disobedience.

Have an amazing Wednesday family!

Love,

Natasha 

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