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Praying without Condemnation


“For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things” (1 John 3:20).

We know that there is no condemnation to us who are in Christ Jesus. Why do we often feel condemned and judged and worry about approaching Christ for forgiveness? We can also extend our inward condemnation to others, due to the guilt that we experience, because of our failures.

The Bible exhorts us to pray constantly for each other as believers (Ephesians 6:18). As we pray, we resist the desire to condemn and criticise. Oftentimes we use the excuse of being honest and having the need to vent. Our reminder should be about the power in our words and the life and death that exists in our tongue (Proverbs 18:21).

Since we are convinced of the life giving power within our mouths, let us use our words to speak life, and call those things which be not as though they were” (Romans 4:17). This principle is not living in denial and ignoring that challenges exists. Sometimes we do have to speak the truth in love in order to correct and edify. But we must always bear in mind, the motivation behind our words and use our words to speak life.

A parent with a wayward child can complain about their child’s behaviour, or confess the promises of God over them. Wives and husbands should look for the good in their spouses and speak what God promises concerning them. If we truly recognise how much power is stored in our words, we would not use them loosely. We pray about each other’s weaknesses and trust God to complete the work in us and in others.

A.P.-Y.

Published by Anneta Pinto-Young

I am a trained Social Worker who currently provides professional leadership on a programme to support Social Work students and Newly Qualified Social Workers entering the Social Work Profession.

Born and raised in Jamaica in a Christian family where my father is an ordained Pastor and Deacon who has served for over 50 years in the ministry. My father is also a trained musician and our family can be described as a musical family. I grew up in a small farming community in St. Peter’s, St. Andrew and my parents also have a small farm.

I credit my gift of writing to my father who I watched and listened to over the years as he wrote sermons, poems and other recitals in his capacity in ministry. English has always been an easy subject for me and over the years I have developed an increased interest in writing.

I am a Trainer, I sing and have a passion for worship, the spoken word and the free flow of the prophetic anointing. I am married to my best friend Andrew Christopher Young who is an advanced Musician and whose music you can find on YouTube and Facebook. I am a trained Coach and Mentor and I love experimenting with food so I love cooking. I enjoy trying cultural dishes from across the world and I view food as an entry into cultures and languages.
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Published
August 2, 2022

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Republished on Crossmap with permission from Anneta Pinto.

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