Have you ever felt let down by people you trust and love? Perhaps you have been betrayed by family, friends or colleagues at work. Jesus was also betrayed by those He loved, cared for and served with. Praise God that He empathises with our personal pain. Let’s lift up our hurts, dismay and disappointments to Him in prayer.
Hebrews 4:15 ESV For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
A prayer over betrayal
“Dear Heavenly Father,
You know everything even before I say a thing. You know the hurt I feel as a result of betrayal and broken trust. Thank you that I can cry out to You in the midst of my pain and You are quick to give me Your ear and comfort. I can praise You that even if those closest to me forsake me, You will never leave me.
Psalm 27:10 ESV For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me in.
Right now, the pain and anger I feel are overwhelming! Please give me strength as I choose to give it up to Jesus Christ, who is my Healer.
Father, I leave judgment and righteousness to You alone. I know I have my own sins and am not perfect myself. How many times I have also betrayed Your love by turning my back on You and choosing to do things my own way.
I do not want to let any root of bitterness from this betrayal to take hold in my heart and poison my thinking and views of others. Help me to forgive those who have offended me, as You have forgiven me too.
Hebrew 12:15 ESV See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;
I confess areas in my life that I have allowed Satan to gain a foothold in, that will distract me from Your goodness. I ask for your forgiveness. Please forgive me for …(fill in the blank) My flesh is weak but my spirit is willing to follow You.
I choose to spend my energy and time in worship and praise instead. I lift up Your most Holy Name. Only You can redeem my pain, hurts and sins, and restore my heart.
Holy Spirit, please come and sanctify me. Thank you for being my Helper and my Friend.
I will continue to praise God and refuse to give in to Satan’s temptation to let my emotions run unchecked. I choose not to live by my feelings, but by the Spirit of God.
Thank you, God, that You will work things out for my good. Even now, I am learning what true forgiveness really means and about the greatness of Your grace.
Romans 8:28 ESV And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
May my life be a living sacrifice for You. I submit to Your higher ways even though I don’t understand why bad things happen sometimes.
Mould me and make me more like You each day.
In Jesus’ name, amen.“