PRAY: Prayer for Those Who Feel Betrayed
The wife whose husband confessed to an affair. The man whose company has never made good on its promises. The child of divorce who waits, week after week, for a daddy who never visits.
I have friends who fit each of these descriptions. And like you, I have many more friends who also feel betrayed. I can pray with understanding because, like many of you, I’ve had people turn against me. Let’s pray for those struggling with the pain of betrayal right now:
Lord, We don’t like the way betrayal feels. It is ugly. It is shameful. It never should have been. It never should be.
Perhaps the most difficult element of betrayal is that it often comes from those we know well. They didn’t tell us the truth. They promised one thing and delivered another. They gave someone else what we felt we deserved. They didn’t hold to the values we thought they had. They let us down. They sold us out.
Lord, give us strength to do what You did and look with compassion on those who betray us. Help us to forgive them, for they not what they do. They know not the depth of the pain they have caused, the power of their actions to result in grief. Give us Your grace, Your power to forgive and to keep on forgiving, to bless them with the many mercies You bestow upon us.
And Jesus, let us look to You. Let us look to You as the One in whom all promises are yes. Let us look to You as the One who holds us fast. Let us look to You as the One who is worthy of all praise, all glory, all honor. Let us look to You as the One who, when reviled, did not revile in return. Let us look to You as our Healer and Deliver, the One who thrusts light into darkness and pulls hope from despair. Let us look to You as we pray in Your holy name—AMEN.
Have you experienced a betrayal? Is someone you care about in this position of pain? Feel free to share in a comment or by emailing me through the contact link here. I do understand. And I’ll continue to pray.