We all have a purpose to fulfill in this world in the days given to us. Moses recognizing this prayed, “teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” Psalms 90:12. When Moses died and Joshua succeeded him in leadership, Yahweh approached Joshua and instructed him on what to do if he was to find success in his calling.
Yahweh asked him to meditate on His word “day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” Joshua 1:8. Meditating on the word helps us understand what is right and what is wrong in Yahweh’s sight. But with understanding comes the responsibility of doing that which the word calls right.
The prayers addressed here are aimed at dealing with certain elements in our lives which scripture shows are contrary to Yahweh’s will for our lives. If we do not deal with these elements we will find ourselves going round and round in circles without progress and wonder why.
Everything we do must always start with our relationship with Yahweh and this is why it is important to meditate on His word. The greatest commandment is to love Yahweh first with all our being and the second is to love others as we love ourselves, (Mathew 22: 37-39).
1) Removing blame: When we blame others for the happenings of our lives, it is because we feel betrayed and have allowed anger to take captive of us. We must remind ourselves that scripture teaches that all things work together for good for those who love Yahweh and are called according to His purpose, (Romans 8:28). We therefore need to forgive according to Yahweh’s command and Let Him be the arbiter of the situation. If you find yourself in a blaming frame of mind, ask Yahweh to help you forgive and remove the blame in your heart and restore the love that He has called us to operate on.
2) Removing Depression: Depression is caused by many reasons and is manifested in the loss of joy. Scripture teaches that the joy of the Lord is our strength. When we lose this joy it shows that there is a disconnect with Yahweh and we need to act to reconnect. The Psalmist writes “my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope” Psalm 16: 9. Recognize that true joy is far deeper than happiness. We can feel joy in spite of our deepest troubles because we have learnt to be content in whatever state we are in. Instead of allowing yourself to fall into depression, pray that Yahweh will show you who to reach out to and express the love of Yahweh in you because it is in giving that we recieve.
3) Removing anxiety: Anxiety is caused by a lack of faith when we are disconnected from Yahweh the author and the perfector of our faith. Scripture teaches that “without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to Yahweh must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” Hebrews 11: 6. When you have this kind of faith you will not be anxious for anything because you will know that Yahweh is control of the situation. We are told not to be anxious about anything “but in everything by prayers and supplications with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to Yahweh; and the peace of Yahweh which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Yahshua” Philippians 4: 6-7. Instead of feeling anxious, let your request be made known to Yahweh in prayer and supplications with thanksgiving and relax and Let Yahweh be Yahweh.
4) Removing indifference: Indifference is caused by lack of compassion and empathy on our part when we are disconnected from the love of Yahweh. It could also be a feeling of powerlessness but this again can only happen if we are disconnected from Yahweh. Paul assures us that we can “do all things through Christ who strengthens me (us)” Philippians 4:13. Real Love is not indifferent but will produce selfless giving. Just like Christ lay down his life for us, “we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods and sees his brother in need and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of Yahweh abide in Him?” 1 John 3:16-17. So, instead of feeling indifferent pray that Yahweh will make you compassionate and awaken love for others in your heart and act accordingly.
5) Removing Judgment: We judge others because it makes us feel good about ourselves by Making others look bad. This is a sign of a disconnection from Yahweh because by assuming we are better than others we are putting ourselves at the level of Yahweh. We all struggle with different challenges and fall into temptation and sin because we are still humans. Only Christ “ was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” Hebrews 4:15. Judgment here does not mean that we should not correct someone who is obviously sinning. It is our responsibility to correct each other when we see something wrong. The kind of judgment that Yahweh is against is that which is used by those who think they are better than others and go about making others feel like they have no hope. Instead of doing this Christ asks us to “first remove the plank from your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” Mathew 7: 1-5. Instead of being judgmental, pray that Yahweh will show you areas in your life that you need to work on and to show you how instead of judging others, you can love them.
6) Removing Resentment: We are resentful when we feel deprived of something and are jealous of another even though we might not admit it to ourselves. All we are or will become is dependent on Yahweh and us and resenting others shows a disconnect from Yahweh. When we feel our efforts are not recognized or we are made to do more than others we can become resentful. But instead of being resentful we should turn to Christ who asks us to, “come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”, Mathew 11:28-29.The rest that Christ promises is love, healing and peace with Yahweh. Instead of feeling of resentment pray that Yahweh will give you rest and peace and to turn your resentment and weariness into spiritual productivity with a purpose.
7) Removing self pity: We feel self pity when we feel neglected and left out. We may start feeling victimized because we are disconnected from Yahweh who has promised to never leave us nor forsake us, Hebrews 13:5. When we learn to be thankful and to count our blessings we can avoid this block. Paul writes “ whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things” Philippians 4: 8. So, instead of allowing yourself to feel self pity, pray that Yahweh will remind you of all that is true in your life and of those that you love that you may exercise Yahweh’s love.
8) Removing Guilt: We feel guilt when we are condemned by the actions of our past. Sometimes we feel guilty because we cannot give our loved ones what we think they deserve in terms of material things or even our love. This is a sign of a disconnect with Yahweh because Yahweh is not the author of confusion. Once we have repented of our sins, “there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1. Yahweh has already bloated those sins from our lives and what we need to do is to forgive ourselves. Every time we feel the guilt we should verbalize Romans 8: 1 and declare it is finished. As to the other manner of guilt, love is not about things but presence and ability. James declares that “you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures” James 4: 2-3. This reminds us to pray instead of wallowing in guilt but as we pray we should also seek to find Yahweh’s will in what we ask. So instead of feeling guilt, pray that Yahweh will heal your heart and show you His will for your life.