Prayer Challenge Sept. 10 – Division & Strife

Day 10 – Division & Strife
Prayer Time Goal: 10 Minutes

Division and strife leave relationships fragmented, raw, and destructed. This goes beyond a disagreement or differing opinions. The stains of division and strife run deep, discoloring the fabric of the heart. Intentions become harmful, as the focus erupts into revenge, slander, and chaos.

For those who may be in the throws of division and strife, remember that the only person you can change is you. You can add fuel or water to the fire.

After repenting, search your heart for areas that need to be surrendered to the Lord (including the persons involved). Ask Him to show you how to respond (or withdraw), and how to be a peacemaker. The focus of our walk is to bring God glory through our obedience and conduct – this trumps everything, even us being “right”.

It’s tough behaving “godly” in the heat of strife, hence the Bible telling us to be quick to hear and slow to speak and become angry. There is a pressure to react instantly. Rather than give in to this pressure, challenge yourself to hold still until you’ve heard from the Lord first – not your strongest emotions. We can’t afford to miss God’s cues in these moments.

Also, there will be instances where division is a result of you taking a stand for truth, and thus peace or a common ground may not be possible. Again, choose God’s glory above any form of compromise or animosity.

You’re a peacemaker and child of God!

Matthew 5:9 – Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Proverbs 20:3 Avoiding strife brings a man honor, but every fool is quarrelsome.

1 John 4:20 – If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

James 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

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