“Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.” –Psalm 119:140
God’s Word is his bond. If he calls us to obey his Word, then he will certainly help us when we ask, sincerely and persistently. Sincerely means I’m willing to do my part. Restoring hardened hearts requires us to pray and obey persistently, because they rarely get that way overnight.
Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry. –Psalm 88:1
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. –Hebrews 4:16
Here are three verses from God’s Word to pray and obey, sincerely and persistently, for a calloused relationship:
1. “I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” – Ezekiel 36:26
Pray that God will give you a heart of flesh and begin looking for ways to act on it. God can turn your stone-cold heart into a warm-soft heart, if you sincerely repent and turn humbly to God.
Search and destroy your pride. In a hardened relationship, pride is present.
“Where there is strife, there is pride.” – Proverbs 13:10
“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” – Proverbs 16:5
2. “If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” –Matthew 6:14
Pray that God will help you forgive. Forgiving others is not an option for the child of God. Jesus told a chilling story about how God views our unwillingness to forgive others, considering what he has forgiven us (Matthew 18:21-35). God is for forgiving others. You can boldly ask him for it.
3. “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other.” –1 Thessalonians 3:12
Pray that God will make your love increase and overflow for the one you’ve hardened against. God is love, and anyone who knows God loves. (1 John 4:7-8). God will help you love sincerely if you ask him sincerely and begin to act upon it.
Whenever we ask God to do something in our lives, we need to be prepared to act in obedience. Don’t expect to pray a couple times to heal a relationship that has been hardened by weeks, months, or years of pride and bitterness. Pray and obey, sincerely and persistently.