A Daily Prayer based on Matthew 18:1-35

Lord Jesus, I pray that ______________________ and I will humble ourselves like little children so that we may become great in your kingdom. May no stumbling block enter the world through us; may we never cause anyone who believes in you to sin. I pray that we will not look down on anyone who believes in you, but instead share the heart of your Father, who is not willing that anyone should be lost. Lord, we grieve over the little children in our land who have been hurt, abused and deceived. We pray that you will remind this nation of the sober truth that it would be better to have a great millstone fastened around our neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea than to cause a little child to stumble. Stir in us a deep desire to enter life, so that we would choose rather to cut off our hand or foot, if it causes us to sin, than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire, or choose rather to gouge out our eye and throw it away, if our eye causes us to sin, than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell. I pray that we will learn to speak the truth in love if a brother sins against us, and to show him his fault, just between the two of us. Check us before we report our brother’s fault to others. As we seek to help our brother recognize and deal with his sin, I pray that you will declare under judgment in heaven whatever sins we bind on earth, and release in the heavenlies the convicting work of your Spirit whenever we release him to do his convicting work on earth. May we gain our brother through private rebuke. If our brother refuses to listen to us, and we find it necessary to go to him with one or two other witnesses, grant us the courage to go forward, knowing that where two of us agree on earth about anything we ask for, it will be done for us by your Father in heaven. Remind us that when two or three come together in your name, to help a sinning brother face his sin, you are there with us. If it is necessary to bring the wider church into the attempt to redeem a sinning brother, I pray that the members of your church will speak truth to him and withdraw fellowship from him if he refuses to repent. Restore to your church this day the lost art of church discipline, that the purity of your church may be protected. Prompt us to forgive our brother when he sins against us, not just seven times, but seventy times seven. May we not just forgive, but forgive from the heart, and have mercy on others just as you have had mercy on us. Remind us how great and massive is the debt you have forgiven us and how small in comparison is the debt that others owe us. Grant us all a sober appreciation of your warning about what will happen to us if we do not forgive from the heart. It is in your name that I ask these things. 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.

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