Dear Lord, I pray that I may love others with a Christ-like love and that I may show compassion on those who live in my neighbourhood. Father I know that I need Your love and Your patience in this area as I have some quite difficult neighbours who are causing some problems here… Lord change my heart to a heart that loves as You loved. Change my attitude to look with compassion on my neighbours, rather than with irritation of distain. Help me to view them as You do.. dead in their trespasses and sins, estranged from God and in need of a Saviour.
Lord help me to take each negative thought that I have about them captive the moment that it arises in my heart.. I know that this is pleasing to You and I know that this is what You desire of all Your children. Create in me a heart of gentle love and kind compassion and show me how I may witness of Your love – both with my actions as well as my words. Keep me from a self-righteousness attitude towards them for I know that I too was once estranged from You and in Your grace and mercy You picked me up and saved me.
Father I pray that each one may come to a saving faith in You and that You would change me to be the neighbour that You would have me be. I ask this in Jesus name,