This week the Daily Mail ran an article about how many of us don’t get on with our neighbours. In response to this, the Neighbourhood Prayer Network have released a prayer Guide you can use for the neighbours we don’t always get on with…
Below is an excerpt of their email which includes the prayer guide – but please visit their website, view their resources and sign up for their updates!
Love Your Neighbour as yourself
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
*Lord help me to love all my neighbours as myself.
*Lord, Help me to bless those who curse me and do good to those who are less than pleasant towards me.
*Lord help me to be a good neighbour, even if I receive nothing in return.
No condemnation, dealing with guilt.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
*Lord, forgive me if I have contributed in any way to a problem with my neighbour(s).
*Lord,help me to believe that I do not stand condemned before You, but that I can stand before You in confidence as Your child.
*Lord help me to reject thoughts of guilt or condemnation, and to move forward.
Pray a blessing over the home
5 But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you.
*Lord, I pray a blessing over the home of my neighbour. Please let peace reside in their home.
*Help me, when I see my neighbour to speak only words of peace and love
*Lord, if anger or resentment has come into my heart, please heal me of this and let me see my neighbour, the way You do!
Do not judge
7 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
6 “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.
*Lord, forgive me for the times that I have judged my neighbour.
*Lord, reveal my own failings as a neighbour and help me to overcome them.
*Lord, give me opportunities, only as You lead, to show love and not judgement to my neighbour.
Faith Triumphs in Trouble
5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not onlyt hat, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
*Lord, help me to persevere in praying for my neighbours, wanting only what is best for them, acknowledging that I don’t know what problems they are facing.
*Lord, as I go through this difficult period, please use it to mould my character to be more like You.
*Lord, help me, not to become disheartened with the situation I find myself in. Please give me wisdom to deal with the current problems I am facing.
34 And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.
*Lord, help me to love my neighbour, without reservation and to have the same compassion that You have for people.
*Lord help me to love others more
*Lord, show my neighbour, how much You love them and help them in all aspects of their life. Help them to come into a transforming relationship with You.