About Bryan Fischer:

Bryan Fischer, the author of these prayers, is a graduate of Stanford University and Dallas Theological Seminary. Before joining the AFA family in 2009, he pastored in Boise, Idaho for 25 years and served for one session as the chaplain of the Idaho state senate.

A Daily Prayer based on II Samuel 13:38-14:33

Note concerning today's passage and prayer: The estrangement between David and Absalom was initially David's fault. In his weakness, he did not punish Amnon for his crime of rape, which he had a moral responsibility to do as the king. Absalom then sinned by taking justice into his own hands by killing Amnon, a crime once again that David does not punish. David never confesses his sins of injustice, nor does Absalom confess his sin of revenge. Thus their reconciliation was shallow and ultimately short-lived. Sovereign Lord, I thank you, that as the woman in this story says, you are a God who does not take away life. I thank you that in Christ you have devised a way so that we, who have been banished from your presence by our sin, may not remain estranged from you. I thank you that you have completely reconciled us to you. We bow before you in honor and worship. I pray for myself and for ______________________ , that we will act in every situation with integrity and courage and righteousness. May we have the strength to confront sin, even when it involves someone close to us. We see here that our weakness in the face of sin can create a vacuum that generates temptations for others. I pray for any of us who are estranged from someone we love and care about. I pray that you would cause our spirit to long for reconciliation, as David longed to go to Absalom. If we bear some responsibility for the estrangement, I pray that you will show that to us. We choose to take responsibility for our part and to seek to make things right. I pray also that you will protect us from reconciliations that are shallow and ultimately meaningless. Give us wisdom to recognize when repentance on our part or on the part of others must precede any genuine reconciliation. May we act in integrity and honesty and settle for nothing less than true peace. We pray that you will restrain the spirit of vengeance in our land, and that you will quicken our system of justice so that violent sexual sin is punished to the full so that we will not be inclined to take justice into our own hands. Lord, I do pray that you will release a spirit of reconciliation among us and release that same spirit into our community and nation. There is far too much estrangement and distance and separation in relationships in your body and in our culture. May we lead the way for our city and nation in providing examples of authentic reconciliation. In the name of Jesus, who is our peace, we pray. Amen.

"There is no better way to pray according to the will of God than by praying his own word back to him. These daily prayers are crafted, as much as possible, to incorporate the very words of the Scripture."

About Bryan Fischer:

Bryan Fischer, the author of these prayers, is a graduate of Stanford University and Dallas Theological Seminary. Before joining the AFA family in 2009, he pastored in Boise, Idaho for 25 years and served for one session as the chaplain of the Idaho state senate.

Welcome

Never before in the history of our country has America faced a moral crisis like the one before us today. The foundations of our government are crumbling right before our eyes. Our churches are abandoning God, our families are in shambles. There is only one hope for restoration - the Lord Jesus Christ.

Read More