Matthew, Paul, Trusting in God

Anger, Prayer and Fasting

Yesterday, I wrote a blog post ‘Let God Plead Your Case and Take Vengeance For You‘. Did I do that? No. I got angry.

This morning in our bible study group, we read through the book of Ephesians. One of the passages that spoke to me was about anger. The bible says to be angry. Someone commented that it is human to be angry. This was reassuring, because I always feel guilty about being angry.  The bible says, Be angry, and do not sin”. Do you take that anger and let it fester in your head, until you are furious? That is what I did. And then, I said things that I should not have said. Or, maybe I should have said them, when I was not angry. I should have prayed and waited to reply. But, I didn’t. I went to bed mad, and woke up mad. Thankfully, I had the bible study this morning, so I could reset my mind.

At the bible study, this verse stood out this morning:

“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.
–Ephesians 4:26-27 (NKJV)

It was human to get angry, but I should have prayed the anger away. I should not have replied. I should not have gone to bed angry.  The bible says “do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” When we go to bed angry, we give the devil a place to sneak in our heads and torment us. I gave Satan an opportunity to get into my head, and he took it. This morning, I felt awful. Luckily, the bible study helped. I thought that maybe I should pray and fast.

At the bible study, the leader said that she thought someone needed to hear this, so she summarized Matthew 17. Sometimes, you need to pray and fast. She said she decided to pray and fast about an issue in her life to get clarity.

“However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
–Matthew 17:21 (NKJV)

This was the third affirmation, that I needed to fast and pray. Last week, I read Matthew 17:21. I even wrote about it, but I didn’t do it. This morning, the thought flashed through my head, that I need to fast and pray. Then this morning, the bible study leader summarized the same passage and spoke about how she did it.

Sometimes, we need reminders. At least, I do.

God made us with so many emotions. It takes so much self-control and discipline to manage emotions. We are not alone. God can help us. God created us. God can show us what to do.

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