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Prayer of Agreement Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 18:19) ________________________________ A Prayer for Emotional Healing Father, in the name of Jesus, I come to You with a feeling of shame and emotional hurt. I confess my transgressions to You. You are faithful and just to forgive me and to cleanse me of all unrighteousness. You surround me with songs and shouts of deliverance. You gave me beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that I might be called a tree of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that You might be glorified. Father, You anointed Jesus and sent Him to bind up and heal my broken heart and liberate me from the shame of my youth. In His name, I choose to forgive all those who have wronged me in any way. You will not leave me without support as I complete the forgiveness process. My spirit is Your candle, Lord, searching all the inmost parts of my being, and the Holy Spirit leads me into all truth. When reality exposes shame and emotional pain, I remember that the sufferings of this present life are not worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to me and in me and for me and conferred on me! The chastisement my peace and well-being was upon Jesus, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him, I was healed and made whole. As Your child, Father, I have a joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation. This hope will never disappoint, delude, or shame me, for Your love has been poured out in my heart through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to me. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
How does God restore the years that the locusts have eaten (Joel 2:25)? Israel’s crops had been destroyed by a locust invasion (Joel 1:4), and the impact lasted more than one year. When locusts destroyed a crop, they wiped out the seed saved from the previous year, the harvest of the current year, and the seed that would be used the next year. Locust devastation of grape vines and fruit trees would take years to redevelop (Joel 1:12). Joel had used the locust invasion as an illustration of God’s judgment. In His promise to “restore” the years lost to the locust, God is pledging to restore His repentant people to a place of blessing after judgment. The context describes many other positive things that would take place during this restoration: -Green pasture for livestock: “the pastures of the wilderness are green” (Joel 2:22). -Trees and vines that bear fruit: “the tree bears its fruit; the fig tree and vine give their full yield” (Joel 2:22). -The spring and summer rains would come as needed for a good crop: “he has given the early rain” (Joel 2:23). The results of this restoration would be both physical and spiritual. Physically, “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied.” Spiritually, they would “praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you” (Joel 2:26). The conclusion of this section of Joel summarizes God’s intention for the restoration: “And my people shall never again be put to shame. You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God and there is none else. And my people shall never again be put to shame” (Joel 2:26-27). God must deal with sin, but when His people repent, they find abundant blessing that more than compensates for what was lost in the judgment. His grace abounds.