Father, some days I do well and feel ok, and I worship you and love you, but on other days, the anger deep inside of me boils to the surface. I hate the ministry some days. I hate your people even more on some days. And, as you well know, Lord, there have been days when I have screemed my lungs out at you in rage and discouragement.
Thank you, my Lord, for being so patient with me. It hurts when your children attack me and treat me this way. I have learned over the years that religious people are the meanest people on this earth. You, Lord Jesus, certainly found that out. I praise you for all the strength you have given me over the past several weeks. Thank you for your love and kindness despite my desire, like David, to have all my enemies destroyed. Thank you for your forgiveness toward me, and your patient work with me to help me see my errors in this situation.
Lord Jesus, I give you my anger and rage and feelings of murder, and I ask for your peace. I ask you for your joy as I surrender to rest in your spirit, and forgive all my enemies. Help me with forgiveness and to pray prayers of blessing upon my enemies. Thank you so much for understanding, Jesus. You are so great. I love you, Lord.
Praying the Scriptures . . .
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? (Matt. 5:44-46 NIV)
Who can discern his errors?
Forgive my hidden faults. (Psa. 19:12 NIV)
In your anger do not sin;
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent.
Offer right sacrifices
and trust in the LORD. (Psa. 4:4-5 NIV)
For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may remain for a night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning. (Psa. 30:5 NIV)
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret it leads only to evil.
For evil men will be cut off,
but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land. (Psa. 37:8-9 NIV)