Prayer to make me Invisible to evil and deliverance Prayer to God and Protection of the Angels in Heavens

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O Father in Heaven. The Almighty God. The Everlasting Father. Archangels and Holy Angels. Jehovah. Elohim the Highest name that Created all Universe and all Heavens and Angels and Cherubims and Protection angels and Seraphims.

You have given most Holy and Anointed Son of God by the Holy Holy Spirit by the Baptism of the John who walked this earth to the Jesus Christ. Prince of Peace. Everlasting Father. Elohim You have given Jesus from Holy Nazaret on the Cross for the Sacrifice of our sins to be forgiven. By His Holy Blood I am Protected and covered from any concequences of the evil. By the Holy Rock and Shield of Almighty God Hide me from and eye of the evil. You are my hiding place. I take shelter in the Secret Place of the Most high. Scatter the evil and make me invisible to demons and evil spirits, strongholds, powers of the enermy and scatter my enermies as they LEAVE in Seven ways, refuged by the Archangels and Powers of the Third Heaven and the Seventh Heaven. O God in Heaven Hear us.

We give Power and Might and Praise to the Lamb of God who has been killed and has RISEN From the Dead by the Power of the Elohim and by the Power of the Most Holy Spirit of God and the Seven Lamps that are Seven Spirits of God sent to the earth. The eye of God the Father solve and hide us Under His Holy Wings as we call on the Lord for deliverance from all evil spirits and Hiding and Invisibility to the evil Under the wings of the Holy Angels so the enermy shall not interfer our plans and sow confusion as we serve humanity by Your Will Father spreading the Evangelism and Prophetic Power and 9 gifts given by God. Anoint us from the Heaven, by the fresh Oil and Your Most Holy Spirit for Your Service.

We pray Invisibility to us to hide us by the Archangels and the Blood shed on the Calvary the Most Holy Son of God Jesus Christ shall be our hiding place. Release Consuming Fire of the Word of God sent to the earth by the Holy Prophets who have anointed by the Most Holy Spirit of God and the Word of God who IS Jesus Christ sent to this earth to Holyfy and Save us on from our Sins. We declare that Jesus Chist Has Risen from the dead, and our human Spirit is Risen with Jesus Christ and we overcome by this Prayer and the most Powerful Elshadai, Adonai and by His Spirit of Holyness and the Power of the Most high the any evil work against us and we rebuke the spirit of Jezebel.

Archangel Michael come and smash all the legions of satan, temptations, actions, plans, corruption and threats and evil minds by His most Holy SWORD and Rebuke them we humbly pray Almighty God and smash them in the pieces, letting the Most Holy Spirit and His Power of the Most Powerful Elshadai hide us from them and make us INVISIBLE to the Powers Under the first heaven as we believe that everything God Holy angels who He Created for our Protection is Given to us by the whispers of the Holy Spirit – The Knowledge and The Secrets of God. We shall not speak and if we speak and work we are protected and made INVISIBLE to principalities and powers of the enermy and evil mind and every form of sin and death and corruption and by the POWER of the GOD. POWER of the GOD defend us as we shelter Under the Shield of FAITH IN YOU. Holy and Invisible God come to our Protection and Help by the Power of the Most Holy Spirit.

Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God Almighty who Is and Is to Come as the Lion of Judah. Guide us by the Power of the Gabriel, Mother of God and separate us from our sins by the Blood of Jesus Christ and let your Presence fall on our family as a Powerful Blanket of INVISIBLE PEACE of GOD. May God Rebuke the Jezebel spirit and hold us in his Power and Might and make us Prophets and Servants of God as we humbly pray to the Father..

We send this Prayer to the Throne of the Most Holy Elshadai the Everlasting God with Praise and thankfulness and the answer shall come fast. The Peace, Invisibility, Finances and Protection from evil the enermy and temptations shall come to us fast with financial and spiritual PEACE we are NOW INVISIBLE TO ANY EVIL EYE MIND AND SPIRIT That is not a Spirit of God. AMEN.

Sheema Habba te Caare

Amen

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5 Prayers for Protection – Protection from Evil Bible – Powerful Prayers for Protection and Safety from the Bible

5 Prayers for Protection - Protection from Evil Bible - Prayers for Protection and Safety from the Bible

Our world is filled with events and situations that can cause great fear and anxiety. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and live imprisoned by fear.  We are promised in God’s Word that he is faithful and will protect us (2 Thessalonians 3:3).  God wants us to let go of fear and to live life to the fullest! (John 10:10) When you are overcome by worry, use these prayers for protection to remember who God is and the protection he has promised you.

1. Prayer for Personal Protection

Father, I come to You today, bowing in my heart, asking for protection from the evil one. Lord, we are assailed moment by moment with images on television, the internet, books and newspapers that leave us vulnerable to sin of every kind. Surround us with Your divine hedge of protection. Encompass us round about with Your strength and Your might. Let all who take refuge in You be glad, let them ever sing for joy. And may You shelter us, that those who love Your name may exult in You. For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O LORD, You surround him favor as with a shield. (Psalm 5:11-12)

Lord, I ask that You protect our minds. Father, the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:6) O God, set our minds on You. Let us not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds that we may prove what Your will is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2) Help us by the power of Your Spirit to think on whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, let our minds dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

Strengthen us in the power of Your might, O God. Dress us in Your armor so that we can stand firm against the schemes of the devil. We know that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.(Ephesians 6:10-12)

You are our keeper, O Lord, the shade on our right hand. Protect us from all evil and keep our soul. Guard our going out and our coming in. From this time and forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen. – by Lynn Cooke

2. Prayer for the Protection and Safety of Family

Lord, I pray Your emotional, physical, and spiritual protection over my kids (grandkids). Keep evil far from them, and help them to trust You as their refuge and strength. I pray You will guard their minds from harmful instruction, and grant them discernment to recognize truth. I pray You will make them strong and courageous in the presence of danger, recognizing that You have overcome and will set right all injustice and wrong one day. Help them to find rest in Your shadow, as they live in the spiritual shelter You provide for them. Let them know that the only safe place is in Jesus, and that their home on earth is only temporary.  – Ryan Duncan, Culture Editor at Crosswalk.com

3. Prayer for Children’s Security

Lord, I pray that my kids (grandkids) will develop an eternal perspective and purpose, not an earthly one.  Help them to see life–and every challenge–through Your eyes, eager and unafraid to share with others the good news of Jesus wherever they go. I pray that they will set their minds on things above, not just what’s going on here, and that they will be rooted and grounded in Your love. I pray they will come to understand the extent of Your own love for them–that it surpasses all the head knowledge they will acquire in school. I pray they will be filled up with You from morning ’til night. – Rebecca Barlow Jordan

4. “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” Protective Prayer:

Celtic monks used it to start their day.The hymn was several stanzas long, and the last two stanzas were especially memorable and moving:

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

5. “Priestly Blessings” Prayer from Scripture:

Numbers 6:22-27 is known as the “Priestly Blessing” or sometimes the “Aaronic Benediction.” There are seven requests made in this prayer.

The LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: “’The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”‘ “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”

  1. The Lord bless you…
    The word “bless” means to “provide favor or benefit.” Father, we pray that for our children. You are the Eternal God. Please place Your great kindness and advantage on those we love. May they be approved and favored by You.
  2. and keep you… 
    The Hebrew word “keep” means to “watch, guard, defend.” This is a prayer for protection. Father, my children are not perfect. They are going to make mistakes. But please watch over them and guard them again mistakes of youth that are unalterable. Please defend them against temptation. Protect them against Satan who desires to devour them.
  3. the LORD make his face shine upon you…
    This is a request for God’s presence.Father, as a parent I know that I can’t be with my children all the time, but You can. Just like they feel the warmth of the sun shining on them, please allow them to experience Your presence. Thank You for being with them wherever they go.
  4. and be gracious to you… 
    Grace is God’s undeserved favor. He gives us what we don’t deserve. Father, thank You for Your gift of grace. I pray that gift to be poured out on my children. Following that great gift of salvation, please show them your kindness and love in all the endeavors of their lives.
  5. the Lord turn his face toward you… 
    Here is a request for God’s fellowship.Father, thank You, that because of their trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit lives in my children. Please walk with them in a powerful way. Enable them to submit to the Spirit’s control day by day and moment by moment.
  6. and give you peace. 
    The Hebrew word for peace used here is “shalom.” It means “completeness, wholeness, and contentment.” Lord, please calm my children’s fears; soothe their anxious souls. Keep them complete and whole in their thinking, emotions, desires, and actions.
  7. So they will put my name on ___________ (the name of your child/children).
    This is a request of identification. Lord, please place Your holy mark on my children. Set them apart to be used by You. I love them but You love them more. You love them with an everlasting love. May they represent You well on their earthly journey. And when their journey is completed, welcome them home to live forever with You.
    (notes by Ron Moore, The Journey)

Prayers for Protection and Safety from the Bible

“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:3

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1 

“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” – John 17:15

‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” – Matthew 6:13

“Because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” – Psalm 16:10-11

Prayer for Protection

There is a long tradition in the Jewish faith of God being seen as a protector – the feast of passover celebrates this, and this theme permeates much of the Old Testament writing. In the Christian faith, not only does the Lord promise to be with his people always, but His presence is said to guard their inner beings. When Paul wrote to the Church in Philippi, he encouraged them with these words:-

“…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus”.

(Phil 4:7, WEB)

When we pray for God’s protection, we can remind ourselves that we live in this long tradition of faith in a God as guard and protector.

Lower down on this page is a modern Christian prayer for safety and protection, an ancient Celtic prayer and a good meditation on God’s guardianship from Youtube. There are also prayers for family protection and safety at night, and two short prayers for protection at work and protection against evil. Near the bottom of this page can be found bible verses about God’s care and safety.

 

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Praying With Power – Power of Prayer in Jesus Christ. Apostle Paul Prayer Power

Praying with Power Jesus Christ
 
So many people believe in God and yet,they feel powerless in this world. So, they pray to Him for power. That seems to make sense, right? But what if instead of praying for
power, He wants us to pray with power.One of the most exciting things that I know about God – and I’m grinning ear-to- ear with joy as I think about this – is that He delights in empowering
‘little people’,common, ordinary, garden-variety people like you and me. Some of us might imagine that the ones whom God empowers are the big names, or the big preachers, or the big leaders. I’m sureHe does do that; at least, with some of them.But it’s the‘little people’in the pews, whom He also delights in empowering.

Praying With Power

Now, that’s important because so often the little people feel as though God’s power is only for the ‘super Christians’ (whatever we think those people might look like). But actually,
God’s power is for anyone and everyone who puts their trust in Jesus Christ, His Son. The reason I know this, is because of one of the many letters written by the early Christian
leader Paul, he wrote one particular letter to the ‘little people’ in the pews of a church in a place called Ephesus in Greece. That’s right, he wrote this letter to the whole Church; not just to the
elders or to the preacher. And in this letter, Paul tells these people in the pews in Ephesus, about how he prays for them. This is what he wrote: I keep asking the God of our Lord, Jesus
Christ, the glorious Father, that He may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart would be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints and His incomparably great power for us who believe.
 
That power is like the working of His mighty strength which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him up from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the age to come. And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the Church,which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way.
 
(Ephesians 1:17-23)
 
I love the way that Paul starts off. He’s such a great guy – so direct and so ‘in our faces’. His prayer is that the ‘little people’ in the pews in Ephesus – and the rest of us, who believein Jesus – would get to know God better.He doesn’t pray here that we would sin less or that we would feel better about ourselves. Neither does he pray that God would use us more powerfully or that we would become mighty prayer warriors or ‘big’ people; or that we would be used by God to perform miracles … or anything else, for that matter. No, he doesn’t pray any of those things.Instead, Paul wants us to know God better. All of us in the pews. That includes you and me. He tells the good folk in Ephesus that he has been pleading with God that He would put His Spirit in them, so they would know Him better. Obviously, Paul knows that they need to know God better. But there’s another purpose behind this prayer. He also wants them to open up their eyes. In fact, he wants
God to open their eyes, and ours as well. I can hear him shouting, “Wake up!” (As only Paul could). “Wake up! Open your eyes! Have a look at this!” I pray also that the eyes of your heart might be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He’s called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.
 
(Ephesians 1:18-19)
 
There are three things Paul aches for his beloved friends in Ephesus to see with their eyes opened by God:
1. The certain hope of the future they have in Christ.
2. The riches of their inheritance in Christ;and … wait for it …
3. The incomparably great power for us who believe.
 
Now, I’m definitely no great scholar of Greek,the ancient language in which Paul originally wrote. Like most people, I have to rely on the linguistic work done by translators and scholars  so that I can read God’s Word in English. To understand the full force of what Paul is saying here, I rely on a great teacher and colleague of mine, Dr Barry Chant. Back when I was studying under him as a student at Bible College, Barry said something along these lines: “If I were to transliterate the Greek words that Paul uses here to describe the nature of the power that he wants us to wake up to, it would go something like this – ‘incomparably great power’ would sound more like ‘hyper ballistic, metaphonic, dynamic’ power.
 
Do you get the point?
 
Paul isn’t talking about some teensy weensy little bit of power. He’s not even talking about a moderate amount of power. He’s not even talking about a lot of power. He’s saying, “I’m praying for you, that you would get to know your God better.” Then you would know – finally wake up to the fact – that the power He has ready and waiting for you is ‘hyperballistic, megathonic dynamic’ power. And indeed, Paul is also letting us know that this power is for you and me. Because he goes on to explain in Ephesians 1:20 that it’s the very  same power that raised Jesus from the dead. That same power is the power that God has for you, if you believe in Him. Now, it’s kind of a contradiction, given that we access that power by bowing our lives down in complete submission to God through Jesus Christ. We humble ourselves at the foot of the cross and we cry out, “God, it’s not about me; it’s about You.”
 
Through doing that, it’s really easy to develop what I call a ‘worm theology’. Psalm 22:6 says:But I am a worm and not a human, scorned by others and despised by people.God’s people know that, in the scheme of things, we’re not at the top of everything. God is. There is an enormous gulf between the pure heights reserved for God and the low, low, low  state of affairs of sinful, imperfect humans.Recognising that fact should lead us to admitwhat is put simply in Psalm 22:6 – we are a‘ w o r m’,a bottom-feeder trying to survive in the dirt and grime of our existence.But the amazing point about realising this ‘worm theology’, when it comes to our low estate,is that God wants to restore us back into His image! That’s what he wants to do in our lives. He wants to adopt us back into His family, to give us hope, riches and power.
 
Not so we can misuse and abuse those things as we used to do for our own selfish gain. No! Not for that, but so that we can  be His children, His agents of peace on planet Earth, in this warring world.And we’re restored back into His image, we can be His light to shine out His glory into this dark and lost world. As we start to live out that sort of life – the sorts of life He always intended
for us to live – it truly does become all about Him. But at the same time, He fills us with His joy and a peace and a wonder through this laying down of our lives, which words simply cannot
describe.
 
Do you believe in Jesus? Are you one of these weak sinners on your knees before God? If so, then those three things that Paul prayed for in Ephesians Chapter 1 are for you. The hope, the
riches and the power are for you and me, here and now. So if you do believe in Jesus, it’s time for you to stop praying for power. It’s time to stop asking God for power because His word clearly tells us that this incomparably great power – this hyperballistic, megathonic dynamic power – is already ours. It’s time to take the little bit of faith that we’ve got in our hearts and start praying with power, here and now. Let’s give this a moment to sink in. What God wants us to do is let the Holy Spirit etch God’s Word onto our hearts. Instead of praying for power, it’s time to start praying with power, the hyperballistic, megathonic dynamic power that God has already given us.
 
The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is the power that God has already given you.
 
I keep asking the God of our Lord, Jesus
Christ, the glorious Father, that He may
give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation,
so that you may know Him better. I pray
also that the eyes of your heart would be
enlightened in order that you may know the
hope to which He has called you, the riches of
His glorious inheritance in the saints and His
incomparably great power for us who believe.
That power is like the working of His mighty
strength which He exerted in Christ when He
raised Him up from the dead and seated Him
at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far
above all rule and authority and power and
dominion and every title that can be given,
not only in the present age but also in the
age to come. And God placed all things under
His feet and appointed Him to be head over
everything for the Church, which is His body,
the fullness of Him who fills everything in
every way.
(Ephesians 1:17-23)
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Prayers – The Lord’s Prayer – Jesus Teaching on Prayer – The High Priestly Prayer – Jesus Prays for All Believers

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The Lord’s Prayer

This, then, is how you should pray:“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

—Matthew 6:9-13

When you pray, say: “Father hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.”
—Luke 11:2-4

Jesus Teaching on Prayer

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

—Matthew 6:5-8

Prayer of Praise
At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.”

—Matthew 11:25-26

Prayers During the Raising of Lazarus

So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing
here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

—John 11:41-42

Prayer in Gethsemane

“Abba, Father,” Jesus said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

—Mark 14:36

Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

—Matthew 26:39, 42

The High Priestly Prayer

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”

—John 17:1-5

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you.”

—John 17:6-11

“Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.”

—John 17:11-12

“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.”

—John 17:13-19

Jesus Prays for All Believers

“My prayer is not for them alone. I prayalso for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

—John 17:20-21

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

—John 17:22-23

“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”

—John 17:24

“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and
will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

—John 17:25-26

Prayers from the Cross
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they aredoing.”

—Luke 23:34

About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?”(which means “My God, my God, why have you for saken me?”).

—Matthew 27:46

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
—Luke 23:46

The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

—James 5:16

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The Prayers of Jesus Companion resource for Wonderstruck Awaken to the Nearness of God book and Bible study

The Prayers of Jesus Companion resource for Wonderstruck Awaken to the Nearness of God book and Bible study

The Prayers of Jesus Companion resource for Wonderstruck Awaken to the Nearness of God book and Bible study

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Dear Friends,

Not only does God give us a voice, but He invites us to use our voices with Him anytime, anywhere. Through prayer we are given access to approach the One who holds all things together—a breathtaking invitation, indeed.God eagerly awaits every request, heart cry, desire, and expression of gratitude. No syllable, consonant, or vowel offered up in prayer escapes God’s notice. Yet despite the opportunity to bend the ear of God, many of us struggle with how we should pray, what we should say, and what a vibrant prayer life really looks and feels like. When asked how to pray, Jesus provided a specific prayer as a model known as The Lord’s Prayer. But as I’ve plied the Gospels to better under

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stand prayer, I’ve been taken back by the prayer life of Christ. The prayers of Jesus are marked by simplicity, brevity, and profundity. Only a handful of Jesus’ prayers are recorded, and Jesus’ teachings on prayer are limited, making every word all the more worth studying and savoring. Whether your prayer life is vibrant and active or struggling and inactive,
I’d like to challenge you to prayerfully consider and reflect on the following passages that reveal the prayers of Jesus. I’m still in the beginning stages of understanding prayer, plying its depths,
and laying hold of God. But my hope and prayer is that these passages will challenge and inspire you to go deeper in your prayer life than you’ve ever been before.

• As you read, circle or star any verses that pop off the page to you. Place a question mark next to those that beckon you dive deeper into God’s Word.
• Return to the question marked verses and dive deeper into the passages they come from to better understand the surrounding story.
• Reword these passages as a launching pad for your prayers and conversation with God.
• Ask God to increase your desire to pray each day.
• Ask God to take reveal anything He wants to add to your prayer life or remove in order to develop a stronger prayer life.
• Prepare to be astonished by the work God is doing in and all around you.

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7 Prayers for Strength – Prayers for Strength and Guidance

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Prayers for Strength and Guidance

A Prayer for Strength is often needed during difficult times. God is always here for us, to give us strength and lift our hearts when all seems hopeless.

“I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me.”
 

Most of us realize that our own strength is not always enough to get through some of the situations that this life brings.

At those difficult times, it is wise to call on God for extra strength and for His strength to help sustain you when your own strength fails. (Psalms 28:8 and Isaiah 40:29)

7 Prayers for Strength

Below we have 7 prayers for strength submitted by pastors and clergy.

Give Me Strength, Lord

Lord, you are Holy above all others, and all of the strength that I need is in your hands.

I am not asking, Lord, that you take this trial away. Instead, I simply ask that Your will be done in my life. Whatever that means, that is what I want.

But I admit that it’s hard, Lord.

Sometimes I feel like I can’t go on. The pain and the fear are too much for me, and I know that I don’t have the strength on my own to get through this.

I know that I can come to you, Jesus, and that you will hear my prayer. I know that it is not your intent to bring me to this point just to leave me in the wilderness alone.

Please, Lord, give me the strength that I need to face today. don’t have to worry about tomorrow.

If you just give me the strength that I need today that is all I need.

Keep me from sinning during this trial. Instead, help me to keep my eyes on you. You are the Holy Lord, and all of my hope rests in you.

Thank you for hearing my prayer.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

For Strength and Wisdom

Thank you, Lord, for being there for me and allowing me to cry out to you in my times of need.

It is amazing to me that the Lord of the Universe would take time to listen to me and to care about what I say.

God, there are things happening around me right now that I do not understand. Some of these things make me feel weak, helpless and afraid.

Even in the midst of this, I know that you are the Lord.

I know that the situation is in Your hand, and I trust You.

I beseech you for strength and for wisdom that I would be able to endure this situation and be able to handle it in a way that would bring glory to Your name.

In Jesus name. Amen.

Don’t ever be ashamed at feeling weak. Remember what the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 12:10:

“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

Prayer for Overcoming Life’s Hardships

O Lord, we call upon You in our time of sorrow, That You give us the strength and will to bear our heavy burdens, until we can again feel the warmth and love of Your divine compassion. Be mindful of us and have mercy on us while we struggle to comprehend life’s hardships.

Keep us ever in Your watch, til we can walk again with light hearts and renewed spirits.

Strength for a Friend

Lord, I come before you today knowing that all power is in Your hand. I know that you are the Lord and that you care for your people. Right now, my friend is struggling with a difficult trial. I can see her strength is faltering, Lord, and know that you have all of the strength that she needs.

I pray that you will reach down and touch her right now wherever she is at this moment. Let your presence fill the room where she is and let her feel an extra portion of your strength that can help her to get through this day.

She needs you now, Lord, and I thank you in advance for meeting her where she is and shoring up her strength during this difficult time.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayers for Strength and Courage

Say these prayers when you’re in need of strength and courage. Day to day troubles are no match for the power of the Lord.

To be Grateful

Lord God, may we be grateful for our lot, and compassionate toward all those who are suffering every kind of distress at this difficult time.

May we hold back nothing, and hasten to be the ministers of prayer and mercy, like the disciples of Him who went about doing good in times of need. Amen

Prayer for Guidance and Help

Dear Lord, I am calling upon you today for your divine guidance and help. I am in crisis and need a supporting hand to keep me on the right and just path.

My heart is troubled but I will strive to keep it set on you, as your infinite wisdom will show me the right way to a just and right resolution. Thank you for hearing my prayer and for staying by my side.

Amen!

For Unfailing Strength

Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.

Be at peace, then. Put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually: “The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart has trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me but in me, and I in Him.

Scripture For Strength and Courage

Lets go straight to the source, and read bible verses about strength in trying times.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

[Isaiah 41:10]

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11 Inspirational Quotes About Prayer – 22 Motivating Quotes about Prayer

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It is easy to find excuses not to pray. The busyness of life, a short attention span, or a lack of desire might keep you off your knees and cause you to be dependent on yourself instead of dependent on God.

It is our hope and prayer that the following inspirational quotes on prayer will counter those excuses and fuel your desire for a strong and effective prayer life.

11 Inspirational Quotes on Prayer:

“To pray rightly, you must make God your hope, stay, and all. Right prayer sees nothing substantial or worth being concerned about except God.” John Bunyan

“Heavenly citizenship and heavenly homesickness are in prayer. Prayer is an appeal from the lowness, from the emptiness, from the need of earth, to the highness, the fullness and to the all-sufficiency of heaven.”–E.M. Bounds

“While we are looking at God we do not see ourselves—blessed riddance.” A.W. Tozer

“Prayer is the forerunner of mercy. Turn to sacred history, and you will find that scarely ever did a great mercy come to this world unheralded by supplication.” Charles Spurgeon

“The Master says (and the experience of His people has confirmed) that men of strong faith are men of much prayer.” Andrew Murray

“All our problems are theological ones, William Temple said. All of them have to do with our relationship to God and his to us, and this is precisely why it makes sense to come to God with them.” Elizabeth Elliot

“Prayer is the supreme instance of the hidden character of the Christian life.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“We think of prayer as a preparation for work, or a calm after having done work, whereas prayer is the essential work.” Oswald Chambers

“God has not changed; and His ear is just as quick to hear the voice of real prayer, and His hand is just as long and strong to save; as it ever was.” R.A. Torrey

“No duty is more earnestly impressed upon us in Scripture than the duty of continual communion with Him.” –David McIntyre

“The world was made partly that there may be prayer; partly that our prayers might be answered.” –C.S. Lewis

22 Motivating Quotes about Prayer

  1. 22 Time spent in prayer is never wasted.

 
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    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

 
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    Fervent prayers produce phenomenal results.

 
 
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    Prayer delights God’s ear; it melts His heart; and opens His hand. God cannot deny a praying soul.

 
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    Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.

 
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    And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

 
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    Prayer is not a hard requirement – it is the natural duty of a creature to its creator, the simplest homage that human need can pay to divine liberality.

 
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    To have God speak to the heart is a majestic experience, an experience that people may miss if they monopolize the conversation and never pause to hear God’s responses.

 
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    Prayer is the nearest approach to God and the highest enjoyment of Him that we are capable of in this life.

 
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    The right way to pray is to stretch out our hands and ask of One who we know has the heart of a Father.

 
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    Prayer is the link that connects us with God.

 
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    The best and sweetest flowers of paradise God gives to His people when they are upon their knees. Prayer is the gate of heaven.

 
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    O, let the place of secret prayer become to me the most beloved spot on earth.

 
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    When the devil sees a man or woman who really believes in prayer, who knows how to pray, and who really does pray, and, above all, when he sees a whole church on its face before God in prayer, he trembles as much as he ever did, for he knows that his day in that church or community is at an end.

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    When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don’t, they don’t.

 
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    God waits for you to communicate with Him. You have instant, direct access to God. God loves mankind so much, and in a very special sense His children, that He has made Himself available to you at all times.

  2. 6

    There is nothing that makes us love a man so much as praying for him.

 
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    The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.

 
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    I would have no desire other than to accomplish thy will. Teach me to pray; pray thyself in me.

 
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    Do not work so hard for Christ that you have no strength to pray, for prayer requires strength.

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    Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?

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    The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

 
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Inspirational Prayers – Prayers From the Dead Sea Scrolls

Prayers From the Dead Sea Scrolls

Prayers From the Dead Sea Scrolls

I Have Reached The Inner Vision

I have reached the inner vision and through Thy spirit in me I have heard Thy wondrous secret. Through Thy mystic insight Thou hast caused a spring of knowledge to well up within me, a fountain of power, pouring forth living waters, a flood of love and of all-embracing wisdom like the splendor of eternal Light.

In Thy Mercy

Father, God, in Thy mercy, in Thy love, Be Thou with us now. For we know and we speak of Thy love. And help us then to put away, for the hour, The cares of this life; that we may know in truth That the spirit and the lamb say, “Come.” Let them that hear also say, “Come.” Let all that will, come and drink of the water of life.

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Prayers for Protection and Safety – Be with Me Christ

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Prayers for Protection and Safety

May the lord look over us all, and guide us towards safe harbors.

Our collection of prayers for protection include general prayers asking the Lord to look over us, as well as prayers for protection in specific circumstances:

The Light of God

The light of God surrounds us, The love of God enfolds us, The power of God protects us, The presence of God watches over us, Wherever we are, God is, And where God is, all is well.

St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, St. John, Like unto the prophet Jonas, as a type of Christ, Who was guarded for three days and Three nights in the belly of a whale, Thus shall the Almighty God, As a Father, guard and protect me from all evil.

Grant me Protection

Grant, O Lord, Thy protection And in protection, strength And in strength, understanding And in understanding, knowledge And in knowledge, the knowledge of justice And in the knowledge of justice, the love of it And in the love of it, the love of all existences And in that love, the love of spirit and all creation.

For Safe Travel

God’s Angels guard and keep you All the way that you must travel Till earth’s days are past When blossoms fade and Time is fleeting fast In times of purest joy Or pain and fear God’s Angels guard And keep you safe.

Guard Over Me

Jesus, I will arise; Jesus do thou accompany me; Jesus, do thou lock my heart into thine, And let my body and my soul Be commended unto thee.

The Lord is crucified. May God guard and protect my senses So that misfortunes may not overcome me. In the name of God the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen!

Learn about the Hedge of Protection Prayer.

Protection from Wrongdoing

You thieves, I implore you to be obedient like Jesus Christ, Who obeyed his heavenly Father unto the cross, And to stand without moving out of my sight, In the name of the Trinity. I command you by the power of God And the incarnation of Jesus Christ Not to move out of my sight, like Jesus Christ Stood on Jordan’s stormy banks to be baptized by John.

And furthermore, I implore you, horse and rider, To stand still and not to move out of my sight, Like Jesus Christ did stand when he was about To be nailed to the cross to release the Fathers of the church from the bonds of hell.

Thieves, I bind you with the same bonds with which Jesus Our Lord has bound hell; and thus ye shall be bound; And the same Words that bind you shall also release you.

Protection from Thieves

God be with you, brethren; stop, ye thieves, Robbers, murderers, horsemen and soldiers, In all humility, for we have tasted The rosy blood of Jesus. Your rifles and guns will be stopped up with the Holy blood of Jesus; and all swords and arms are made harmless By the five holy wounds of Jesus.

There are three roses upon the heart of God; The first is beneficent, The other is omnipotent, The third is his holy will.

You thieves must therefore stand under it, Standing still as long as I will. In the name of God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, You are commanded and made to stop!

Guard Me

Like unto the cup and the wine, and the holy supper, which our dear Lord Jesus Christ gave unto his dear disciples on Maunday Thursday, may the Lord Jesus guard me in daytime, and at night, that: No dog may bite me, No wild beast tear me to pieces, No tree fall upon me, No water rise against me, No firearms injure me, No weapons, no steel, no iron cut me, No fire burn me, No false sentence fall upon me, No false tongue injure me, No rogue enrage me, and that no fiends, no witchcraft Or enchantment can harm me. Amen.

Protect my Day

Blessed be my protection when I go out during day or night, That thou mayest not let any of my enemies, or thieves, approach me, If they do not intend to bring me what was intended from your Holy Altar. Because God the Lord Jesus Christ is ascended into Heaven in his living Body, And so shall my body and wellbeing be protected on this journey. O Lord, bless me and watch over me day and night. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Protect my Journey

In the name of God I go on this journey. May God the Father be with me, God the Son protect me, and God the Holy Ghost be by my side. Whoever is stronger than these three persons May approach my body and my life; yet Whoso is not stronger than these three Would much better let me be!

Let No Evil Befall Us

O God, You are the preserver of men, and the keeper of our lives. We commit ourselves to Your perfect care on the journey that awaits us. We pray for a safe and auspicious journey.

Give Your angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways. Let no evil befall us, nor any harm come to our dwelling that we leave behind. Although we are uncertain of what the days may bring, may we be prepared for any event or delay, and greet such with patience and understanding.

Bless us O Lord, that we may complete our journey safely and successfully under Your ever watchful care.

Be with Me Christ

The cross of Christ be with me; The cross of Christ overcomes all water and every fire; The cross of Christ overcomes all weapons; The cross of Christ is a perfect sign and blessing to my soul.

May Christ be with me and my body during all my life At day and at night. Now I pray, I [name], pray God the Father For the soul’s sake, and I pray God the Son for the Father’s sake, And I pray God the Holy Ghost for the Father’s and Son’s sake, And I pray God the Holy Ghost for the for the Father’s and the Son’s sake, That the holy corpse of God may bless me against all evil things, words and works.

The Cross of Christ

The cross of Christ open unto me future bliss; The cross of Christ be with me, above me, before me, Behind me, beneath me, aside of me and Everywhere, and before all my enemies, Visible and invisible; these all flee from me As soon as they but know or hear.

Enoch and Elias, the two prophets, were never Imprisoned, nor bound, nor beaten and came Never out of their power; thus no one of my enemies Must be able to injure or attack me in my body Or my life, in the name of God the Father, the Son, And the Holy Ghost. Amen!

Protection from Heaven

The blessing which came from heaven, From God the Father, when the true living Son was born, Be with me at all times; The blessing which God spoke over the whole human race, Be with me always.

The holy cross of God, as long and as broad As the one upon which God suffered His blessed, bitter tortures, bless me today and forever. The three holy nails which were driven through The holy hands and feet of Jesus Christ Shall bless me today and forever.

The bitter crown of thorns which was forced upon The holy head of Christ, shall bless me today and forever. The spear by which the holy side of Jesus was opened, Shall bless me today and forever.

The rosy blood protect me from all my enemies, And from everything which night be injurious to my body Or soul, or my worldly goods. Bless me, oh ye five holy wounds, in order that all my enemies May be driven away and bound, While God has encompassed all Christendom.

In this shall assist me God the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Amen. Thus must I, [name], be blessed as well and as valid As the cup and the wine, and the true, living bread which Jesus gave his disciples on the evening of Maunday Thursday.

All those that hate you must be silent before me; Their hearts are dead in regard to me; and their tongues are Mute, so that they are not at all able to inflict the least injury Upon me, or my house, or my premises: And likewise, all those who intend attacking and wounding me With their arms and weapons shall be defenseless, Weak and conquered before me.

In this shall assist me the holy power of God, which can make all arms or weapons of no avail. All this in the name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The Watchful Eye of The Lord

A watchful eye is caring for me. I am protected, safe, and free.

He is here watching, I am happy to be, He is here watching, watching over me.

I’ve been a lost lamb, just caring for me. I thought I had no one caring for me.

I was so lonely, tired and worn, but I looked around and this thought was born.

He is here watching, watching over me. Look little lamb, look around and see.

Look little lamb, He said , I am watching over thee. Drink from the water so pure and so clean.

Taste of the water, and then you will see. Open your eyes now, you are all clean.

See little lamb, you are white and all new. See little lamb, I will watch over you.

How kind dear sir, to watch over me. I am all white and clean and all new. You are so kind sir, to help me dear sir.

Thank you for watching, watching over me. I feel protected, safe, and free.

For the Lord He is watching, He is watching over me. I stayed near his feet, I was helpless and small, but he watched over me, that I should not fall.

Come little lamb, follow me to the water. You can drink from it there. I will help you not falter.

He knew that my knees were all tired and sore, from falling and falling, again on the floor.

Come little lamb, you can try it again. I know that you’re weak, but I’ll help you to stand.

You speak so kindly, I said to the man. You speak so kindly, You’ll help me to stand.

I took a little drink, where he showed me the water, and I started to cry, my tears rolled down in the water.

Why are you crying, He said to me then? I have been crying, again, and again.

Oh Master can you help me? I have lost a hold, of my children over yonder, who are a part of my fold.

Can you call them dear Master. To see if they’ll come To your water dear Master, Please see if they’ll come.

You hold me in safety, with comfort and care. You speak to me gently, I have nothing to fear.

You are so kind dear Master. I am happy with thee. Even though I falter, You are still with me.

I am a little lamb, all torn and weak, But I will be happy to sit at your feet.

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How To Be Sure God Listens To Your Prayers – Does God Really Answer Prayer? Yes, in Four Ways

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Do you believe God really answers prayer? Really and truly… that God hears your personal prayers and cares enough to respond? 

Your answer to those questions probably dictates if, when, where, and how you pray.

You know, prayer can serve many purposes, but generally speaking, it’s an intimate conversation with God. Prayer involves Him stirring our hearts, us communicating with Him, and then listening for how God may respond to us.

Now, when it comes to prayer, there are a lot of folks who have the idea that God doesn’t want us to ask Him questions. But that’s not true! God delights in His children asking Him questions. In fact, God was asked questions… big and small… all the way through the Bible.

One of the people who literally put God “on trial” was a man from the Old Testament named Habakkuk. Habakkuk was a prophet in Judah, and he felt the full weight of the problems, pressures, sins, and difficulties of his family and of his nation.

SEE ALSO: What Does God Promise You?

 

And although Habakkuk lived a long time ago, his story is extremely relevant…especially when you look at modern history and all that we’re dealing with in America and around the world.

In Habakkuk 1:2, Habbakuk asked the following of the Lord:

“How long, O LORD, will I call for help, and You will not hear?”

This was one of those big, deep, tough, “life” questions that Habakkuk was asking God. In the midst of all the chaos surrounding his life, he was basically asking, “God, where were you when I needed you the most?”

SEE ALSO: How to Find God When He’s Silent

Habakkuk was grappling with something each of us deals with as believers: unanswered prayer. He was complaining about the silence of God… and in his heart he desperately wanted to know why God wasn’t answering his prayers.

I’m sure you’ve probably felt this way before. Anyone who’s been walking with the Lord for any amount of time has. We want answers when we pray! And it’s frustrating when it seems like God is silent.

If you’ve ever felt this way, or even feel this way today, I have a word of encouragement for you. God does answer prayer. But He does it in four different ways.

“I can’t hear you.” Sometimes the Lord can’t hear us when we pray. And it’s not because we need to talk louder or speak more clearly. Sometimes God can’t hear us when we pray because according to Psalm 66 and Isaiah 5, there is sin in our life.   

“No.” Sometimes the Lord says “No” when we pray. And while this can be a very difficult answer to receive, it’s still an answer…regardless if we understand His decision at the moment or not. God is able to reveal His strength in you and me when we are broken and weak. So there is a purpose when God says “No.”

“Yes.” There is true power in prayer. And when we pray in Jesus’ name, He may also say “Yes.” “Yes, I’ll forgive. Yes, I’ll heal. Yes, I’ll step in to help.”

“Wait.” Sometimes the toughest answer to receive from God is “Wait.” When this happens, we need to remind ourselves that God is in control and can certainly handle our situation. We need to allow Him to continue working in whatever way He sees fit. And we can’t try to take back the situation, but must truly be patient and wait on God’s timing!

And this is exactly what God said to Habakkuk. He told him, “Even though you don’t think I’m listening, Habakkuk, I am working on a plan that is so much larger than you.”

The truth is, even though Habakkuk couldn’t see it, God was working the whole time! And the same is true in your life as a follower of Christ. If you’re in a holding pattern, trust that God is working, and that He is sovereign over all the details in your life.

 

God indeed does answer prayer…and, yes, your prayers!

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Prayers to Pray – Bible study – Bible Prayers – Pray These Powerful Decrees Over Your Unsaved Loved Ones

Pray These Powerful Decrees Over Your Unsaved Loved Ones

One of the most profound truths presented in Scripture is that Jesus Christ is a groom. His bride is the church. This is very good news as it suggests that the degree of intimacy, dedication, care and commitment Jesus offers His followers is that of a faithful husband to His beloved wife.

Although some passages display this marital imagery explicitly, like Ephesians 5:31-32 and Revelation 21:2-3, in other verses it often goes unnoticed. Here are six such examples:

  • “[The Magi] saw the young Child with Mary, His mother … they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matt. 2:11).
  • “I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom” (Matt. 26:29).
  • “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, you may be also” (John 14:3).
  • “Concerning that day and hour no one knows … but My Father only” (Matt. 24:36).
  • “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water” (John 4:10).
  • “Fill the water pots with water … Now draw some out, and take it to the master of the feast” (John 2:7-8).

Betrothal During Biblical Times

To see how these verses might relate to marriage, we have to understand how couples got betrothed during biblical times.

As I outline in my book In Love: The Larger Story of Sex and Marriage, a young Jewish man would propose betrothal by offering a young woman a cup of wine. He would say, “This cup represents a covenant in blood,” and she would accept the offer by taking a sip. They would not drink from that same cup again until their wedding night. At this point, the groom would typically give the bride a betrothal gift, perhaps in the form of a ring.

The two would then depart and not see each other for up to a year. He would return to his father’s homestead and build a room, or huppah, that would become the residence for the new couple. The father had to approve the completion of the huppah before the wedding took place. Thus, during this time, whenever he was asked about his exact wedding day, the young man would respond, “Only my father knows.”

When the room was ready, the groom and his family and friends would travel to the young woman’s house to claim her as his bride. The groom typically would dress in the same manner as a priest, wearing a seamless tunic that was sprinkled with frankincense and myrrh and, if he could afford it, a gold crown upon his head.

Once back at the groom’s father’s house, the couple would once again sip from that same cup of wine, and they would consummate the marriage. Wedding guests, if dressed appropriately, were invited to take part in a seven-day celebration, culminating in a grand feast. The groom was responsible for providing his guests with food and wine during this time.

Several New Testament passages refer explicitly to this betrothal tradition. For example, the parable of the 10 virgins describes the bridesmaids who watch for the arrival of the groom as he comes to claim his bride (Matt. 25:1-13) and Matthew 22:11-12 mentions the necessity of wedding guests to wear the appropriate clothes.

Reading in a New Light

With this Jewish betrothal tradition in mind, we can perhaps also read the six verses mentioned above in a new light.

  • Upon Jesus’ birth, wise men bring Him gold, frankincense and myrrh, which are items that would have been worn by a Jewish groom on his wedding day.
  • During the Last Supper, Jesus offers his disciples a cup of wine, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood” (1 Cor. 11:25b). He tells them He will not drink again from that same cup until He does so with them in His Father’s kingdom (Matt. 26:29).
  • Jesus then declares that He is about to depart from them; He is returning to His Father’s house, which has “many dwelling places,” where He will “prepare a place for you” (John 14:2-3).
  • When His disciples ask Jesus when his second coming will take place, he responds, “No one knows … but my Father only” (Matt. 24:36b). This is the response a groom would give when asked about the timing of his wedding day.
  • Also like a new groom, Jesus gives His bride a betrothal gift, although His gift comes in the form of living water. He approaches a woman at Jacob’s well—which, in ancient Israel, was a common setting for finding a bride as Jacob himself did with Rachel—and talks to her about husbands. He then offers this Samaritan woman “living water” as “the gift of God,” indicating that God wants to betroth not only Jews but also Gentiles (John 4:6-26).
  • At the wedding in Cana, when Jesus tells a servant to take water He’d turned into wine to the master of the feast, He exercises the role of a groom, who was responsible for providing the guests wine (John 2:1-11).

Each of these verses can bear multiple layers of meaning. Noting their connection with the Jewish betrothal tradition helps illumine the intimate, covenantal relationship Jesus has formed with His people. By understanding this ancient process of entering marriage, we can see with fresh eyes the kind of commitment and care that Christ offers to us. In short, the larger story of Scripture can be read as a love story with marital form.

“Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Rev 19:9b).

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Spiritutual Warfare – Why Jeremiah 18 Is the Key to Overcoming the Spirit of Double-Mindedness

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I have often heard pastors and teachers, teach on the subject of double-mindedness, but what if I told you it was much deeper than what we think?

The Bible says, “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:8). There are two words to consider in this passage: the first is “double-minded,” which comes from the Greek word dipsychos, which means “wavering or divided interest.” The root of this word literally means to have two psychologies or dual consciousness. The double-minded person literally has two agendas operating inside them. Another translation is “two souls.”

Often, the double-minded person is unaware that they are working against their own vision or assignment because of a division in their soul. This division is usually a result of trauma. This trauma can range from molestation, abandonment, rejection, divorce, betrayal or church hurt. A woman praying for a husband while sabotaging relationships. A man praying to be in a position of authority while actively dishonoring leadership. Or a person saying they are looking for a good church but failing to commit when they find one. These are all examples of double-mindedness.

The other word to consider is the word “unstable.” This word comes from the Greek word akatastatos, which means unable to stand or unable to be set. The friction between the two personalities of the double-minded person creates an atmosphere of spiritual and emotional instability. They are never “settled” in their purpose, and ultimately, they never fulfill their destiny in God.

This is more than a deliverance issue. The double-minded person needs to be healed and made whole from the self-inflicted damage they have undergone. They must kill the other ungodly (false) personality that has been given influence over their thinking. Then and only then will they experience real stability and lasting change.

It is like a clay pot that is broken into pieces; the fragments are dispersed in different directions. That vessel is no longer capable of holding any water. God spoke to the children of Israel through the Prophet Jeremiah say, “For my people have committed two evils; They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water: (Jer. 2:13).

Many people in the church are like those broken cisterns. They are incapable of containing the living water. They go from conference to conference, from church to church, looking for a move from God, and they are unaware that until they allow the Holy Spirit to mend their broken pieces; nothing God does in their life will be sustainable.

The good news is found in Jeremiah 18:3-6:

Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was making something on the wheel. Yet the vessel that he made of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:  O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter? says the Lord. As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.

The God that we serve is in the business of restoration. He (and He alone) is more than capable of bringing us to the place called wholeness. As the psalmist wrote, “He restores my soul” (Ps. 23:3a). It is time for the body of Christ to allow the Holy Spirit to produce in us the single-mindedness necessary to release revival to this generation.

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Prayer for Finances. Holy Blessing. Lord is my Sheperd. Blood of Jesus Prayer. Financial curse breaking prayer.

Jeremiah 29.11

Heavenly Father,

I come before your throne in the name of Jesus Christ. Son of the Livign God. Eternal Father. Elohim. Adonail. Prince of Peace. Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Son of Man. Alpha and Omega Holy Name. Forgive my sins and the sins of the forfathers. I break and loose myself from any lack and poverty and take dominion over these curses and I command these related demons to GO in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ. I ask for the angels to protect me. I ask that the Angel of the Lord camps around me. I ask for your Holy angels to protect and surround me and my home and family. I release the finances. I release the Blessing of Abraham. I am blessed seed. No weapon against me shall prosper for my strenght is from the Lord. I establish my life on the Word of the Living God and on the Jesus Chist. I am wise servant.

Bless me indeed and enlarge my territory let thou hand be with me and save me from the evil. And God is sending what I pray. I take dominion over all creation, over evil spirits over sickness and desease and financial curse and command them to Go in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ. I now renounce, break and loose myself from any illegality that is in my family line even back to 10 generations. I break and untie myself from any financial curse, secret societies, false teachings, bonds of the devil and no wepon shall prosper, because I am blessed seed. Lord bless me, for what you have belessed you do not take back.

I pray for the filling of the Holy Spirit and that i have plenty of oil. Lord is my sheperd. I shall not lack of anything. I bless all my enermies, who are condemned me with the Word deed or thoughts. I loose confusion into the enermy areas.

I pray that my cup runs over. I pray for the treasure in heaven and wisdom collecting it. I have paid my tithe and offering and I have through it Blessed and broken free from any financial curse. 90% of my posession is sanctified to the Lord. I take the Sword of the Spirit and cut free all ungodly soulties, that I have had with my  mother, my father, my antsisters, or any ohter person, living or dead who has ever dominated or controlled me, in any way, that is contrary to the Will of God, and God’s Word. I also repent. I ask You to forgive me. If I have ever dominated or controlled any ohter person in the wrong way. I take the rod of iron and break all ungodly money. I renounce the love of the money and ask for the Lord to equip me and bless me with everything I need and takes me from the wide path to the narrow path. I pray that everything i put my hand to is blessed and prospers. I pray for the divine guidance for my work and for the ministry I serve. I pray for the Holy Spirit councleing in any move I make with the finances. I am Blessed and Wise servant. I shall not lack of anything. I Pray that the 10.000 Gallons of Oil is in my storehouse, by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit when the Master Jesus Christ comes again.

I have redeemed from the sickness and my health is in perfect form through the blood of Jesus and Blood shed on the Calvary. The health problems have no place or power over me. My flesh is a tempel for the Holy Spirit. Redeemed. Sanctified. Clensed. Made Holy. Made rightgeous through the Blood of Jesus. Therefore satan has no more place in me. No more power over me. Because of the blood of Jeesus

In the Name of Jesus Christ and in the Power of the Everlasting Blood,

I Pray

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A family member faces a deadly disease. Your neighbor desperately needs Jesus, but turns away every time you try to share Christ. A nation begins to crumble because its people follow their own evil ways. But what can you do?

Often, the problems we face seem too big for us. No matter how much we try, we cannot solve them on our own. It’s times like these when we need to turn to the Lord in intercessory prayer.

WHAT IS INTERCESSION?

Intercession is prayer that pleads with God for your needs and the needs of others. But it is also much more than that. Intercession involves taking hold of God’s will and refusing to let go until His will comes to pass.

Intercession is warfare — the key to God’s battle plan for our lives. But the battleground is not of this earth. The Bible says, “We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and spiritual powers in the heavens above” (Eph. 6:12).

Intercessory prayer takes place in this spiritual world where the battles for our own lives, our families, our friends and our nation are won or lost.

A PLAN FOR BATTLE

If you are born again, you are God’s son or daughter (John 1:12). As His child, you have a direct “hotline” to God. At any time, you can boldly come into His presence (Heb. 4:16)

This incredible access to God is the basis for intercession. Once you are in God’s presence, you can now discover His battle plan for the situation you are facing. Because prayer alone is not enough — you need a target for your prayers!

To discover God’s plan, all you have to do is ask. The Bible says that “if any of you need wisdom, you should ask God, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5). When we ask God for wisdom, His desires will become the focus of our prayers. “Let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to Him” (Romans 12:2).

ARMED FOR BATTLE

Intercessory prayer is a serious matter. And just like soldiers who are preparing for battle, we cannot take on the enemy if we leave our weapons behind. That’s why we must go into “battle” armed for spiritual conflict (see 2 Cor. 10:3,4).

First, recognize that Jesus is in control of the situation. Jesus “rules over forces, authorities, powers, and rulers … over all beings in this world and will rule in the future world as well” (Eph. 1:21). He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Then, put on “all the armor God gives” (see Eph. 6) so that you will be ready to fight with God’s weapons. These are the “weapons of our warfare” that can pull down strongholds in the spirit world (see 2 Cor. 10:3,4). They will also protect you from the attacks that are sure to come once you begin the spiritual battle.

Next, bind the work of Satan, knowing that Jesus has given you authority “to defeat the power of your enemy” (Luke 10:19). If God shows you the identity of specific spiritual strongholds that are at work, take authority over these strongholds in the name of Jesus. And always remember that “God’s Spirit is in you and is more powerful that the one that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

Finally, as you begin the spiritual battle, take comfort knowing that you are not alone: Jesus also is interceding on your behalf! The Bible says that Jesus “is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:25, NASB; see also Romans 8:26,27,34).

PERSISTING IN BATTLE

Intercessory prayer is also prayer that doesn’t give up. It’s the kind of prayer that endures all setbacks and overcomes every obstacle. It’s prayer that “presses on” until we “apprehend” God’s will in whatever situation we are facing (see Phil. 3:12, KJV).

This kind of prayer is the key to seeing breakthroughs in your life and in the lives of those around you. Jesus gave a great model for intercession in the story of the persistent friend. Here we see a friend who knocks on his neighbor’s door at midnight to ask for three loaves of bread. The neighbor does not want to get up, but Jesus said, “because of his friend’s persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs” (Luke 11:8, NASB).

Then Jesus said, “Everyone who asks will receive, everyone who searches will find, and the door will be opened for everyone who knocks” (Luke 11:10). Those words mean keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking. In God’s time, your persistence in intercessory prayer will reap a spiritual harvest in your life and the lives of those around you!

BATTLING FOR YOUR NATION

Throughout the Bible, God searched for those willing to fight the spiritual battle for their land. In Ezekiel, God says, “And I searched for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found no one” (Ezek. 22:30, NASB).

Through intercession, you can take the offensive in the spiritual battle, building up your community, your nation and your world. As you follow God’s call to rise up and take your place in the spiritual battle, God promises to “heal their land” (2 Chron. 7:14, NASB).

JOINING THE BATTLE

God is calling Christians to join His battle plan for this world — to join in intercessory prayer. He is not looking for perfect prayer warriors, just willing hearts who want to see His will come to pass on the earth. All you have to do is turn to the Lord in prayer:

“Father, I come into Your presence and ask You to give me the heart of the intercessor. Help me to be persistent in prayer until the breakthrough comes. Thank You for this powerful weapon of spiritual warfare — and for Your faithfulness in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

GOD’S WORD ON INTERCESSION

“We live in this world, but we don’t act like its people or fight our battles with the weapons of this world. Instead, we use God’s power that can destroy fortresses. We destroy arguments and every bit of pride that keeps anyone from knowing God. We capture people’s thoughts and make them obey Christ” (2 Cor. 10:3-5).

SCRIPTURES FOR STUDY

Isaiah 59:16; Galatians 6:2; 1 Timothy 2:1 — Our responsibility to intercede

Genesis 18 — The importance of righteous believers

Isaiah 58:6-7 — The need for intercession

Romans 8:26-34 — Help to intercede

Ephesians 6 — The “armor” for spiritual battle

Unless otherwise noted, Scripture references are from the Contemporary English Version of the Bible.

 

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Intercession Prayer – The Results of Intercession – Prophetic Prayer – What Happens When We Pray?

Intercessory prayer is a practice we learn and develop as we grow and mature spiritually. It also requires a willingness to enter into prayer whenever the Lord lays it on our hearts, even if it sometimes means long periods behind closed doors.

Prophetic Prayer

Intercession involves the ability to hear the voice of the Spirit while in prayer and know what His direction is in that moment; therefore, when we step into the realm of intercessory prayer, it is also prophetic.

In my experience with leading times of corporate prayer, I’ve noticed that those who miss God’s direction are often those who won’t pause for quiet long enough to listen to His voice.

Of course, we’re all always learning and growing in our understanding, but it is important to realize that prayer has two sides: talking and listening.

The ability to function prophetically in times of corporate intercession takes faith and practice: faith to pray out loud what you believe God is speaking, and practice in learning to discern the Spirit’s leading personally and for the group.

The prophetic often flows out of intercession. As we intercede, whether for people, nations, current events or governments, the Lord will speak back to us, releasing His powerful rhema word.*  We then use these prophetic words to make declarations, bind demonic activity and bring into existence in the natural what the Lord has already spoken in the spiritual. It is always good for the prophetic words be written down, so they can be referred to for further prayer, in addition to serving as a record of how God brings things to reality. 

When the prophetic and intercession come together, it brings destruction to the enemy’s tactics and heals the broken heart of an individual at the same time. From the broader issues of a nation or city to the concerns and needs of each person, the combined pieces bring a manifestation of the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.

What Happens When We Pray?

The enemy knows that prayer is powerful, so he strives to keep God’s people from praying. After all, in a world where humans are so moved by what they see, it’s in their nature to be indifferent toward something they can’t see.

The remedy for this apathy starts with abiding in Christ—allowing Him to give us His mind so we perceive things with our spirit instead of with our flesh. As Paul cautioned, “to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Rom. 8:6).

It’s with this understanding that we pray according to the Spirit. When our spirit is so intertwined with His, we can’t help but constantly walk, pray and be in the Spirit. I can say from experience that if you take the time to fast and pray, you spirit will become tightly connected with His, even though the physical body may be weary or famished.

When we pray, we are shifting and releasing spiritual realities that are then manifested in both heaven and earth. We combat the spiritual principalities and powers to bring complete freedom and healing (Eph. 6; 2 Cor. 10:3-5).

 The Results of Intercession

About two decades ago, in the small city of Almolonga, Guatemala, several believers and pastors began to unite in prayer and fasting for their region. At the time the city was plagued with prostitution, drug and alcohol addiction, bloody violence and murder, widespread corruption, and idolatry—it was a city in need of divine reformation.

When the Body of Christ began to make their stand against these things through intense prayer and fasting, they slowly saw transformation take place in Almolonga. Drug cartels fled the city, prostitution rings were dismembered, and governmental leaders came to the Lord. Within a short amount of time, the church exploded. It is reported that as much as 92% of the Almolongan population is now Christian. (1)

Not only did the church thrive, but so did the land. Most of Almolonga’s citizens are farmers, and before revival came, they often struggled. The land was desolate and hardly yielded enough crops to survive. However, the more the city turned to the Lord, the more He blessed their crops. Now, supernaturally giant fruits and vegetables are produced, and the region often yields two or three harvests per year! You can even google pictures of Almolonga’s gigantic crops. The Lord healed their land in response to their repentance as He promised in 2 Chronicles 7:14. (1)

This is just one example, only the very beginning of what can happen through intercession!

The impact of intercession is beyond any earthly understanding! We have been given the keys to releasing the will of God through prayer in the world today. The Lord has entrusted us to be His priests, His prophets, His intercessors, so we can demonstrate His incredible, unfailing love through prayer.

He has given you the power and authority to pray the Kingdom of Heaven into existence in the natural today and transform nations! Do you believe it?

 

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Your Authority for Intercession Prayer -chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people

One of the most profound New Testament scriptures is found in 1 Peter: “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9, emphasis added).

While all of the things God says we are in this verse are amazing, when it comes to prayer, there are some significant implications to the phrase “a royal priesthood.” God Himself calls His people His priests! Remember, this is not the Old Testament. This is for today.

If we study the responsibilities of Old Testament Levitical priests, one of their main duties was to stand before the Lord and represent the people of Israel, particularly by making sacrifices for sin. In addition to this, we see prophets (such as Isaiah or Jeremiah) who “stood in the gap” for the Jewish nation as well. 

So what does this mean for us? What are the responsibilities now involved in being part of a  ‘”royal priesthood”?

Intercession—acting or pleading on someone else’s behalf—plays a key role in fulfilling the duties of our priesthood. The Lord looks to us to stand in the gap through prayer for others, watching and praying, being alert to His voice and to the wounds of the world that need healing by His blood. Just as the Levitical priests applied the blood sacrifice of animals, we are privileged to carry the more precious blood of Christ, which was shed only once for the cleansing of all sin and iniquity.

John Dawson states,“The blood has been made available; however, the blood must still be applied” (1). This is why there is a need for “pleading the blood” over our friends, family, cities, nations and governments. We understand that although Christ’s sacrifice on the cross gives new life, it is up to each of us to individually respond and receive what Jesus made available.

Intercession is not just prayer. It’s gap-standing, taking on the authority of the new priesthood and applying the blood where it is needed. In keeping with another definition for interceding—to attempt to reconcile the differences between two people or groups—

we are praying for the reconciliation of people to God. We are crying out for mercy for those who have not known Christ, praying fervently for their eyes to be opened to the Lord.

What about interceding for nations? Same thing! When we intercede for a nation or city and cover it with the blood of Christ, we are providing a covering of mercy and creating yet another opportunity for God’s will to be done in that place.

You might wonder why we even need to intercede. After all, we do not have the power to forgive sins or grant salvation; only God does. Couldn’t God just act however He sees fit, with or without our prayers?

Of course He could! But He has chosen to include us in the process. As Cindy Jacobs puts it, “God has ordained His world to function through believing prayer, and He has chosen us to partner with Him in the divine interaction called prayer” (2).

Jesus is always interceding for us, and because of this, any time we approach God, we are able to find grace and mercy since Jesus has already intervened on our behalf (see Heb. 4:14-16; 7:25). When we intercede for others, we receive His heart for them. And while we cannot force anyone to move toward God, when they do finally seek Him, they are also able to encounter grace and mercy because we have come into agreement with the prayers of Jesus on their behalf. How amazing is that?

You can intercede for others with confidence that God hears and is ready to act when hearts open to Him. He has given you authority for the responsibility and sacred of privilege of clearing the way for people to be reconciled to Him by appointing you to a royal priesthood. Embrace this aspect of your identity as a believer, and ask Jesus to align your heart with His as you join Him in interceding before the throne of God.

References:

  1. Dawson, John. The Believers Potential and Pathway for Ministering Healing to the Nations, NKJV New Spirit Filled Life Bible. Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2002.
  2. Jacobs, Cindy. The Power of Persistent Prayer. Bethany House: Minnesota, 2010.

 

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Intercession Looking Beyond Ourselves – Lord challenged me to step up my level of intercession – Going Higher – Scriptural Concepts to Consider

Several years ago, the Lord challenged me to step up my level of intercession. He used, of all things, an ongoing issue I had with chronic, debilitating migraines that would often force me to cancel plans and miss highly anticipated or significant events.

On one occasion, I had to cancel a Christmas party I was planning to host due to the onset of a headache. Additionally frustrating was the fact that my Thanksgiving plans had been ruined only weeks before.

After recovering from the Christmas episode, I pleaded with the Lord to speak to me. It seemed I had done everything I knew how to do—prayed every prayer, broken every curse (it had been established these headaches were generational in origin), and welcomed every possible opportunity for ministry. Not only did the headaches continue, they seemed to be getting worse.

That night, I had a dream in which the Lord showed me a visual representation of some other generational issues (like the headaches) that I still struggled with at the time.

The dream was set in the basement of my childhood home and showed certain family members demonically manifesting. I understood that the name of Jesus had power to break these manifestations, so I repeated the name of Jesus over and over. At the same time, I flicked a light switch on the wall on and off, on and off. The light failed to come on, but somehow I knew the key was the power of Jesus’ name.

As I woke up, I was still flipping the light switch on and off in my dream. And then I heard the Lord say, “The key is to press in for your city and your nation.”

That certainly got my attention. By then fully awake but puzzled, I asked the Lord, “What was that again?” I lay there pondering the dream and what seemed an obvious reference to my earlier prayers asking the Lord to free me from lingering generational sin.

Quietly, I heard the Lord speak again. He said, “As you press in for your city and your nation, I will forgive your sins.” And then I had a vision.

I saw the throne room of God and Jesus sitting at the right hand of the Father. A voice said, “Consider the high price that was paid, that Someone might live to intercede for you day and night from the throne” (see Rom. 8:34).

My intercessory prayer life has never been the same since that experience. God challenged me to look beyond my own struggle in order to pray for others. And, although it took some time, I finally gained freedom from the migraine headaches that were behind my original petitions to God.

Going Higher

As I write this, it is late winter in northwestern Montana. When I finish, I plan to take a hike with my dogs as I often do. Sometimes simply putting on all the cold weather and snow gear necessary seems daunting, but I’m always extremely glad I made the effort to do it.

The exercise is beneficial, of course, but it’s more than that. I usually see wildlife—maybe an elk herd, eagles, a wolf or a coyote. More importantly, once I arrive on a ridge top, my own affairs and problems seem so much smaller; the lofty views clear my mind and enlarge my perspective. One ridge gives an expansive view of my city and neighboring valleys, which often inspires my prayers.

In a similar way, shifting our focus from ourselves to pray for others may seem daunting at first, but as we are taken outside ourselves, our efforts are rewarded with increased strength and perspective. Colossians 3:2 tells us to “set our minds on things above, not on things of the earth.” Intercession is a way to take our minds higher. It allows us to “see” further and pray from an expanded point of view.

I learned that God would take care of my needs as I took more time to pray for others. Could Jesus be calling you higher? Perhaps the Lord is asking you to broaden your focus by spending more time interceding for your city, your state, and your nation—even other nations. As you make the effort, I am confident you will be rewarded, in ways you cannot even imagine!

Scriptural Concepts to Consider

  1. The Lord treasures the prayers of His people; your intercessory prayers are heard. (Rev. 5:8, 8:3)
  2. Jesus is our example for intercession. (Isa. 53:12; Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25, 9:24)
  3. The Lord looks for intercessors. (Isa. 59:16; Ezek. 22:30)
  4. 2 Chronicles 7:14 shows the beauty of what intercession can do.
  5. Your prayers will be rewarded. (Matt. 6:6)

 

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Becoming an Intersessor – The Roots of Intercession- Abiding in Christ – Spiritual Reflection

Most believers are very much familiar with the term “intercession.” But recently I’ve been asking the Lord, “What is the true meaning of intercession? What does it mean to be an intercessor?”

The Roots of Intercession

In the Old Testament, righteous kings, leaders and priests desired to know God’s statutes. Poets, psalmists and prophets all pleaded with the Lord to understand His ways.

When Jesus came, He made a powerful and controversial statement by declaring that He was the Way. The knowledge those of the Old Testament longed for was fulfilled in Christ—God in the flesh. The desire to know things that were previously beyond understanding was satisfied once Jesus came and shattered all cultural and personal paradigms of who God was and what His ways were.

The ways of God are expressed in the person of Christ the Messiah. Jesus brought the reality of heaven to earth when He descended, and He never did a single thing that contradicted the nature of the Father. He even said in John 10:31, “I and My Father are one.”

Abiding in Christ

So what does this have to do with intercession? After all, isn’t intercessory prayer just praying as hard as we can, striving to break demonic strongholds and principalities, and asking the Lord to do what is impossible for man to do on his own? Well, that’s a part of it. But what are the origins of this? What takes us to that place?

Here is the answer: powerful and effective intercession always has its roots planted in the rich soil of intimacy with Christ and the Holy Spirit. The relationship aspect cannot be neglected.

Jesus and other New Testament writers taught a recurring theme of “abiding” in Christ and in His words. To abide means “to remain or hold fast.” To remain or hold fast, in this case, means to share in a holy, passionate and ongoing relationship with the Lord and His Word.

When we abide in Him, a powerful transaction occurs—we take on the Spirit and nature of Christ (1 John 4:13). As He is, so we become in this world (1 John 2:17).

As we walk in intimacy, there is a transformation from the Spirit Himself, wherein we take on the powerful mind of Christ, the healing heart of the Holy Spirit and the perfect will of the Father (see 1 Cor. 2:16; Ps. 147:3; Rom. 12:2).

As a result of this impartation, we align ourselves with God’s purposes and carry the burdens of Christ for the world, for those who don’t know Him. Jesus told His disciples in John 15:7, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”

So why is it that if I ask God to give me a brand-new BMW, it probably won’t happen? Because I’m praying from a heart of flesh, not from a heart that’s been intertwined with God’s. I’m not saying that it isn’t God’s desire to bless us, but we must remember that intercession is not about us at all. It’s all about God—His plans, His purposes, and His people. Intercession is a partnership with God.

It’s from this understanding that we pray. Out of intimate relationship with Christ and the willingness to partner with Him, the basic nature of an intercessor is formed.

Reflection

Consider the nature and content of your prayers. Are you praying from your own flesh or are you partnering with God through prayer? Perhaps He is calling you to a new level of growth and intimacy with Him.

Spend some time alone with Him today, and ask Him to help you align your prayers with His heart, mind and will.

 

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Lord,teach us to pray, by Lonnie Crowe – Intercessory Prayers

Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” – Luke 11:1 (NKJV)

This request from one of the disciples leads us into the familiar passage known as “The Lord’s Prayer.” The beautiful words of this powerful prayer touch our hearts over and over again because they express the heart of God.

We are also Jesus’ disciples, and He is eager to teach us to pray. Sometimes we may feel that we don’t even know where to begin, but if we will ask, He will guide us.

Many years ago, the Holy Spirit used a sister in the Lord to encourage me toward praying scripture over the concerns in my life. That simple step transformed my conversations with God.

I began by simply making personal declarations over myself based on some of my favorite scriptures. Instead of letting fear overcome me, I remembered promises found in Isaiah 41:10 and 2 Timothy 1:7. I made them personal and prayed over myself:

Lord, I will not fear because You are with me; I will not be discouraged, for You are my God. You will strengthen me and help me. You will uphold me with Your righteous right hand. God, You have not given me a spirit of fear. You have given me a spirit of power, of love, and a sound mind.

Another time, I was determined to storm the gates of heaven to ask for something I felt was the Lord’s will. As I began my prayer, I sensed the Lord was nudging me away from what I was going to ask. Instead of insisting on my own way, I simply asked, “Lord, if this isn’t the way I am supposed to pray, please tell me how to pray.” Quickly, the Lord’s prayer strategy rose within my spirit. I learned another important lesson—His instruction on how I should pray would be an ongoing process.

Through a little study book called Crafted Prayer, by Graham Cooke, I gained further insight and encouragement to go to the Lord and ask Him how to pray. Many times, instead of long prayers and petitions, He gave me only a word or a phrase.

At a time when I was struggling with forgiveness issues, the Holy Spirit led me to declare, “Lord, I forgive; please help my unforgiveness.” As I was going through the process, sometimes I prayed that simple phrase many times a day. The more I spoke those words, the more I walked in forgiveness. I learned to dwell not on the injury or on my own struggle to forgive, but on the power of God to lead me into the solution. When it is necessary, I still pray that prayer.

When I asked the Lord how to pray for a person in leadership who was being unfairly maligned, the Lord have me only four words: protection, wisdom, courage and vindication. As I declared these words daily over him, I saw God’s protection over him, and I heard him speak with wisdom and courage as he faced difficult situations. Although he is no longer in leadership, I am beginning to see the vindication.

Jesus said in Matthew 21:22, “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Once I thought I was believing and should be receiving, but I was only becoming discouraged as I had prayed for one of my friends for several years and had seen no results. I took my discouragement before the Lord and asked Him if I needed to change my prayers.

The Lord’s prayer strategy surprised me—He chose to lead me into truly believing. The prayer He gave me was, “Thank you, Lord, for what You are doing in her life.” He taught me to believe He was working even though I could not see. Eventually, He opened my spiritual eyes, so I could more clearly discern His hand. He led me to delight in the destination instead of becoming frustrated in the journey. 

Today, this is the same prayer He has given me for our country, and my words have become, “Lord, thank You, for what You are doing in our nation.”

As I have asked the Lord to teach me to pray, the Holy Spirit has truly become my prayer partner. I am thankful that even in those situations too deep for words, I can trust Him to pray for me (see Rom. 8:26). 

I share all these examples and scenarios in hopes of building your faith and encouraging you. We are always learning how to pray. If you are new to prayer, don’t let discouragement overwhelm you. Start with taking the promises of Scripture and making them your own. As His Word comes alive to you, you will recognize Him guiding your prayers in other ways.

Even if you are a seasoned prayer warrior, don’t hesitate to come to Him for fresh insight, asking Him again to teach you to pray. The invitation to pray is ultimately an invitation into an ongoing conversation with our Savior—one we should all be eager to accept.

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The Language of Prayer, Proclamation and Praise

The blessing of diversity

The longer I lead this far-flung ministry of Jews for Jesus, the more I have grown to appreciate the many languages the Lord has given His creation. I know, the initial division of language was God’s judgment on the pride and sinfulness of humanity as seen in the incident at the tower of Babel as recorded in Genesis 11. But our God is a God of redemption, and so Jesus, the incarnate Word, transforms the curse of division into the blessing of diversity. Ever since the day of Pentecost, God has been bringing people together through the gift of the gospel proclaimed aloud in many languages spoken upon the earth.

And so my heart was warmed as I sat with our Jews for Jesus European board of directors and selected staff in a classroom of Middlesex University just minutes from our Jews for Jesus “Shoppe” in North London. Our London staff daily proclaims the gospel to Jews and everyone who will listen in the King’s (or is it the Queen’s?) English. However, many who travelled to London for that meeting spoke English as a second, third or perhaps even fourth language. Yet we were united by the gospel, a love for Jesus and an earnest desire to see His salvation declared throughout Europe and around the world.

Prayer unites us

After each country’s report, we gathered around the missionaries from that country to pray. As is our tradition, each person prayed in his or her heart language. Prayers were offered in English, French, German, Dutch, Hungarian, Russian and yes, in Hebrew. And while most of us were unable to understand every prayer, the passion for God and for the salvation of the Jewish people was clear beyond words. All of us could say a heartfelt “Amen” (that’s Hebrew) at the end of each prayer, confident of the perfect bonds of unity we shared in Yeshua (Jesus).

Proclamation compels us

If prayer unites us despite diverse languages, then proclamation compels us. Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all nations, and I find it awe-inspiring that each and every day people around the world hear the good news of Jesus in their own language! You see, people need to hear the gospel in their own language. It is the best chance they have to respond to His grace.

Would you believe, people can hear the gospel in their language . . . by learning a new language? Just prior to our European board meeting I was in Israel, where some of our Russian-speaking staff have formed a club to help other Russian speakers learn Hebrew. One man, Slavic, was highly surprised to find that Jews for Jesus had organized the club. He had heard about us before moving to Israel, and when he came to reside there permanently, a group called “Christians for Israel” helped him. He took the fact that he was learning Hebrew from Jews for Jesus as divine providence, and wanted to know more about our faith. Praise God! Please pray for Slavic.

Praise lifts us

If prayer unites us and proclamation compels us, then it is praise that lifts us up together. I know that some people are fearful about how globalization might affect us. But when I look at the big picture, I say that we who love the Lord and believe in His coming Kingdom should not fear. Globalization in its best and truest sense is promised in Scripture:

Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” (Revelation 14:6–7)

As we praise Him, we can envision God’s great plan for all of humanity, and our spirits are lifted up beyond the temporary darkness. Praise gives us a foretaste of the day we’ll all join our hearts together at His throne of grace, enveloped in His love for all people in Jesus Christ. We have a bright vision of a wondrous future in God.

It’s a vision that should unite us in prayer, compel us to proclaim and fill us with praises for God and the great hope we have in Jesus, now and always.

“O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise; the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of His grace!”

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Prayers to Pray for Unbelievers

A friend asked the question: How do I pray for unbelievers? How do I pray effectively? I trust that every Christian regularly prays for family or friends or colleagues or neighbors who do not yet know the Lord. And while we can and must pray for matters related to their lives and circumstances, the emphasis of our prayers must always be for their salvation. Here are some ways the Bible can guide our prayers.

Prayers for Salvation

We begin with prayers for salvation. Each of these prayers seeks the same thing, but in a different way or from a different angle or using different language. Each of them is grounded in a specific text of Scripture.

Pray that God would circumcise their hearts. Circumcision was the Old Testament sign of entering into God’s covenant, of being God’s people. To have a circumcised heart symbolizes having a heart that is fully joined to God, fully submissive to him. “And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live” (Deuteronomy 30:6).

Pray that God would give them a heart of flesh. The Bible contrasts a heart of flesh, a heart that is alive and responsive to God, to a heart of stone, a heart that is cold and unyielding. Pray that God would work within these unbelievers to change their hearts. “And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh…” (Ezekiel 11:19).

Pray that God would put his Spirit within them. The great joy of salvation is being indwelled by God himself. Pray that God would grant this honor to those unbelievers, that he would choose to take up residence within them. “And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules” (Ezekiel 36:27).

Pray that they would come to Christ. If unbelievers are to come to salvation, there is just one way. They must come through Christ and Christ alone. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6). Remember, too, that he is the one who calls them to come and to be relieved of the burden of their sin (see Matthew 11:28-30).

Pray that God would open their hearts to believe the gospel. Once more, God must initiate and people must respond. So pray that God would open the hearts of these unbelievers so they can in turn believe, just as Lydia did. “The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul” (Acts 16:14).

Pray that God would free them from the slavery of sin. Unbelievers may believe they are free, but they are in fact enslaved. They are slaves of sin, bound by their sin and sinfulness. Pray that God would liberate them by his gospel. “But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed” (Romans 6:17).

Pray that God would remove Satan’s blinding influence . Unbelievers have been blinded by Satan and will only ever be able to see and appreciate the gospel if God works within them. So pray that God would give them sight—spiritual sight. “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

Pray that God would grant them repentance. Unbelievers cannot repent without the enabling grace of God. So pray that God would grant them repentance, that this repentance would lead them to a knowledge of the truth. Pray as well that they would come to their senses and that they would escape from the devil’s snare. “God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:25-26).

Prayers For You

You have prayed for unbelievers using different words and approaching from different angles. But you should also pray for yourself.

Pray that you will develop relationship with them. For people to be saved they must first hear the good news of the gospel. For them to hear the good news of the gospel, they must first encounter Christians—Christians like you. Pray that you would develop deeper, more significant relationship with them so you can, in turn, speak truth. “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Romans 10:14).

Pray for opportunities to minister to them. Many people come to faith after seeing Christ’s loved displayed through the ministry of Christians. Pray for opportunities to minister to unbelievers so that your ministry can have an evangelistic effect. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

Pray for them faithfully and persistently. Our temptation is to grow discouraged in prayer, to pray for a while and, when we see no visible results, to give up. But God calls us to persevere in prayer. “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2). (See also the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18:1-8.)

Pray for a burden to plead for their souls. Paul was willing to tell the church at Rome of his great longing to see the salvation of the lost. Do you share this deep longing? Pray that God would give you a great burden for souls. “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved” (Romans 10:1).

Pray for boldness in generating and taking opportunities to speak the gospel. Even Paul longed for this boldness and for the confidence that he was speaking the right and best words. Pray that God would give you the boldness and, that when you take the opportunities, that he would then guide your words. “[Pray] also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel…” (Ephesians 6:19).

Pray for other believers to encounter them. God almost always uses a succession of people to share the gospel with people before they are saved. Pray, then, that God would lead other Christians into the lives of the unbelievers you love, that they too would provide an example of Christian living and that they too would speak the gospel. “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:6).

Other Prayers

Here are a few more biblical emphases to guide your prayers.

Pray that God would use any circumstance to do his work in them. We pray to a God who is sovereign and who sovereignly works his good will. Often he saves people through difficult circumstances, through bringing them to the very end of themselves. Pray, then, that God would arrange circumstances, whether easy or difficult, to lead them to salvation. “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word” (Psalm 119:67). As you pray for the unbelievers you love, always pray to God: “your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

Pray that God would extend his mercy to them. God assures us that he wishes for all people to turn to him in repentance and faith. He receives no joy from seeing people perish. Pray, then, that God would be glorified in the salvation of these people. “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

Pray with confidence. Finally, pray with confidence. God expects we will pray, God invites us to pray, God commands us to pray. Why? Because God loves to hear us pray and God loves to respond to our prayers. So as you pray for unbelievers, pray with confidence that God hears your prayers. “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16).

 

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Psalm 91 The Prayer of Protection – Make Psalm 91 A Personal Prayer

Psalm 91 is a protection Scripture that believers have turned to for thousands of years whenever there is danger. As the Times of Trouble are upon us, the prayer of Psalm 91 is comforting and effective when prayed from the heart by those who love God and are in relationship with Him.

Psalm 91 may be the most important passage of Scripture for the Days of Revelation ahead. The reality of supernatural protection is paramount for the times of supernatural events on the horizon. Faith is not a last resort, but a first response!

Here are two ways that you can take Psalm 91 and apply it to your life right now through prayer!

Make Psalm 91 A Personal Prayer

Use the script of Psalm 91 and make it personal by changing the pronouns. God watches over His Word to perform it, so praying Psalm 91 from an “I” or “We” perspective is very effective. Praying this way puts you in the very middle of that truth and power.

If you have not prayed Scripture before, this may seem a little odd. Hang in there anyway. It is a prayer of proclamation, a proclamation of faith. This form of prayer is very different from the prayer of supplication or request. It provides a whole new point of view.

Memorize your prayer so that it is available to you (in your heart) when you need it most!

Meditate on Psalm 91

The Lord may speak to you about the meaning of certain words and what He wants you to experience as you read Psalm 91.

For example, if the word “abiding” sticks out to you, then you could pray Psalm 91 like this:

Lord, I have made a decision to dwell in Your secret place, the secret place of the Most High.

I have determined this is the intent of my heart, but I need your help to stay consistent in remaining there and abiding under Your shadow.

O Lord, In my own strength this is impossible. But, in You, O Lord, all things are possible.

Can you see how much more personal, more dialogue-like this prayer has now become? Now you have something specific you are asking of the Lord…something precise to look for as He responds.

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This is a very comprehensive prayer. I pray this prayer in the power of the Holy Spirit.

This is a very comprehensive prayer. You may want to break it down into 7 parts and pray one part each day for one week.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray this prayer in the power of the Holy Spirit. In the name of Jesus Christ Your one and only Son who died and rose again for remission of sin, I bind, rebuke and render powerless: all division, discord, disunity, strife, wrath, murder, criticism, condemnation, pride, envy, jealously, gossip, slander, evil speaking, complaining, lying, false teaching, false gifts, false manifestations, lying signs and wonders, poverty, fear of lack, fear of spirits, deceiving spirits, religious spirits, hindering spirits, retaliatory spirits, occult spirits, witchcraft spirits, spirits of antichrist and all familiar and territorial spirits.

I bind all curses that have been spoken against me. I bless those who curse me, and pray blessings on those who despitefully use me. I bind all spoken judgments made against me, and judgments I have made against others. I bind the power of negative words from others, and I bind and render useless all prayers not inspired by the Holy Spirit; whether psychic, soul force, witchcraft, or counterfeit tongues that have been prayed against me.

I am God’s child. I resist the devil and declare that No weapon formed against me shall prosper.

I put on the whole armour of God (my loins girt about with truth; and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and my feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; taking the shield of faith, with which I shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked; the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching with all perseverance and supplication for all saints) and declare it is an armour of light. I take authority over this day, Let it be prosperous for me Lord and let me walk in your love.

The Holy Spirit leads and guides me today and fills me with all needed gifting and graces. I discern between the righteous and the wicked and I take authority over Satan and all his demons and those people who are influenced by them. I declare Satan is under my feet and shall remain there all day.

I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. I am God’s property. Satan, you are bound from my family, my mind, my body, my home, and my finances. I confess that I am healed and whole. I flourish, am long lived, stable, durable, incorruptible, fruitful, virtuous, full of peace, patience and love. Whatsoever I set my hands to do shall prosper for God supplies all my needs.

God, I pray for the ministry You have for me. Anoint me God for all you have called me to do for You. I call forth divine appointments, open doors of opportunity, God ordained encounters and ministry positions.

I claim a hedge of protection, by the Precious Blood of Jesus, around myself and my loved ones throughout this day and night. I ask You God, in the name of Jesus, to send angels to surround us today and everyday, and to put them throughout my house and around our cars, souls, bodies, wills and emotions. I call on Your holy angels to protect my house from any intrusion and to protect me and my family and those I’ve named from any harmful demonic or other physical or mental attacks. I ask all of this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“God indeed is my savior;

I am confident and unafraid.

My strength and my courage is the Lord,

and He has been my Savior”

Isaiah 12:2 NASB

 

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Jesus’ Prayer Life

Jesus himself prayed often. Being one of us while on this earth, Jesus was subjected to the same frustrations, temptations, joys and sorrows that affect us all today. Through it all he prayed that God would give Him the help and strength to accomplish the task He had been given.

Jesus is still our example today, thousands of years later.

There are ten characteristics that describe Jesus’ prayer life, giving us a clear picture of what Jesus thought of prayer. These characteristics give us an example to follow

Ten Characteristics of Jesus’ Life

Taken from the book “Praying Jesus’ Way” by Brian J Dodd

1. Jesus believed that prayer works.

Mark 7:7-11 – “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

Additional texts:
Matthew 7:7-11
Mark 9:28-29

2. Jesus’ prayers did not make Him passive.

Matthew 25:31-46 – “…The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me…'”

3. Jesus got alone to pray.

Matthew 14:23 – “After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.”

Additional texts:
Matthew 6:6
Mark 1:35-36
Luke 5:16

4. Jesus balanced private and shared praying.

Luke 9:28 – “About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.”

Additional texts:
Luke 9:18

5. Jesus prayed before meals.

Mark 6:41 – “Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.”

6. Jesus gave thanks.

Luke 10:21 – “At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.”

Additional texts:
 Matthew 11:25

7. Jesus sang some prayers.

Mark 14:26 – “When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

Additional texts:
Matthew 26:30

8. Jesus prayed before making important decisions.

Luke 6:12-13 – “One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles.”

9. Jesus prayed for His disciples.

John 17:11,15,24 – “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name–the name you gave me–so that they may be one as we are one. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

Additional texts:
John 17:9-26

10. Jesus still prays for us.

Romans 8:26,27 – “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”

Additional texts:
Hebrews 7:25

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HOW TO PRAY – Prayer Online

Suggestions to get started

Time spent with God is never wasted. Prayer should be as much a part of our daily routine as eating, drinking and sleeping. Spending time with God is essential for healthy spiritual growth and not an optional extra, yet many of us experience frustration knowing that our prayer life could be much more than it is. However, starting a regular prayer routine can be difficult.

Here are some suggestions on how to start your personal prayer life:

  1. Choose a designated daily time to meet with God.
    Write it in your appointment book. Fix the time firmly in your mind. If your primary prayer time is not when you first get up in the morning, remember nonetheless to make contact with God first thing in the day. And make sure to set aside enough time.
  2. Set a specific minimum amount of time for your daily appointment with God.
    This may vary, depending upon your circumstances. At times it may increase – or emergencies may reduce it. On holidays, vacations, and days off, plan on spending extra time with God.
  3. Choose a regular location where you can meet with God.
    It may be your office, bedroom or garden. Select a place where interruptions can be kept to a minimum.

Prayer Models

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Matthew 6:9-13

Our Father: calls for respect (hallowed be Thy name).
Thy kingdom come:
pray that Jesus will come back soon.
Thy will be done:
pray that you will understand the importance of God doing His will through us rather than us leading ourselves.
Give us our daily bread:
acknowledge, ask and be thankful for the tangible things in life.
Forgiveness:
pray for forgiveness for your sins. We should not resent others – we need to forgive others in order for God to forgive us.
Lead us not into temptation:
ask God to help you overcome temptation, and to help you get out of sin.
Deliver us from evil:
pray that you will choose God’s way for your life.

ACTS

A – Adoration, praising God for who He is.
C
– Confession, telling Him everything we’ve done wrong and asking for His forgiveness.
T
– Thanksgiving, thanking Him for prayers answered, helping us in our daily lives etc.
S
– Supplication, asking God for daily needs.

Choose Your Prayer

If you struggle with what to say in your prayers, the suggestions below may help you.

Title for God Title for myself My message
DearHeavenly

Gentle

Kind

Forgiving

Loving

Just

Mysterious

Unseen

Merciful

Powerful

Faithful

All Wise

Patient

Trusting

GodFather

Son

Spirit

Creator

Jesus

Christ

Saviour

Redeemer

Friend

Protector

Judge

Master

Brother

Guide

YourYour

Your

Your

Your

Your

Your

Your

Your

Your

Your

Your

Your

Your

Your

SinfulFrightened

Confident

Fearful

Sorrowful

Grateful

Confused

Joyful

Eager

Angry

Peaceful

Struggling

Determined

Lonely

Faithful

ServantSon

Daughter

Child

Creature

Brother

Sister

Follower

Believer

Christian

Disciple

Prodigal

Friend

Seeker

Minister

NeedsBegs for

Thanks for

Asks for

Requests

Appreciates

Enjoys

Pleads for

Has

Deserves

Searches

Hopes for

Fears

Loves

Longs for

HelpAdvice

Forgiveness

You

Courage

Confidence

Faith

Patience

Peace

An answer

Under-
standing

Friendship

Strength

Generosity

Love



Creative Ideas for Prayer Time

  1. Get rid of rubbish – confess the sins that are making it hard for you to feel close to God, such as wrong actions or words, unforgiveness, and bad attitudes.
  2. Choose the time of day that works best for you, when there will be least distractions and you will be most focused.
  3. Beware of rigid formulas – change the sequence, stand rather than kneel.
  4. Be creative in your approach to reading the Bible. If you have never tried biblical meditation before, use the follow simple steps as a guide:
    i. Take a word, verse or short passage of Scripture
    ii. Read it slowly
    iii. Pray, asking God to help you understand it and speak to you through it
    iv. Read it again
    v. Think about the word/verse/passage in detail – what do we learn about God? What do we learn about ourselves? Can we work it out in our lives?
    vi. Write down what you have learnt

  5. Be flexible – listen to worship and teaching tapes or read a chapter of an inspiring Christian book to help you get in the right frame of mind. Read from a different version of the Bible. If you normally pray inwardly, pray out loud.
  6. Try to set aside occasional longer times when you can really soak in God’s presence.
  7. Write a psalm
  8. Memorise Scripture – write a verse on a card then break it into small easily learned portions. Use it to encourage yourself when things are tough.
  9. Go for a Prayer Walk – this can be an opportunity to praise God for His creation or in a town to pray through the streets, for businesses, schools etc.
  10. Personalise Scripture – insert your name and let God’s Word bless you; for starters try Psalm 23.
  11. Pray with someone – for shared encouragement and motivation.

By Clare Blake, from “Woman Alive” June 2001

 

Encountering God in Prayer

Here are some suggestions on how you can get to know God better through prayer.

  • Ask the Father for the covering of the Holy Spirit bringing the presence of Jesus.
  • Claim the blood of Jesus over all sin.
  • Ask for angels to guard you, since He has promised.
  • Ask Him to make sure that no other influences or thoughts will be allowed to disturb, that He will protect.

Invite Jesus to search your life for a revelation of hidden sin. Allow Him to take you back to childhood if necessary. Take time to be attentive and listen.

  • As conviction comes to your mind of thoughts, acts, cherished “rights” such as anger, rebellion and resentment, or experiences that in the presence of the cross are sin, be specific, call it sin, and ask for forgiveness. Accept forgiveness and thank Him aloud. (Your ears need to hear your own voice expressing confidence and praise).
  • Ask for a deeper repentance. Since it is a gift, thank Him, whether you feel anything or not.
  • By your own free choice, tell your Heavenly Father you give Him permission to remove the sin and sense of guilt or condemnation that came with the sin.Let God know you are willing to allow Him to place the burden you have been carrying on the shoulders of His Son.Accept Jesus’ desire to release you from this guilt. Christ wants to do this for you. Be sure to express thanks aloud.
  • Ask God what He has for you in exchange. What characteristic of Jesus is He waiting to give you? What gift of guidance or insight is He making available? Take time to be attentive and to listen.
  • Let God know you will accept His gift (whatever thought, word or picture He brings to your mind). Be sure to thank Him aloud.
  • Repeat the process as desired. Enjoy His presence. Praise Him.
  • At the time you are accepting gifts from God, if He has just impressed you of specific instances of sin, you may want to ask what help He would have sent if you had turned to Him fully in that earlier moment of temptation.Or you may ask what Jesus would have done in your place. He may give you delightful insights.
  • You may want to ask Him at the final moments of this specific prayer if there is anything or anyone else He wants you to pray about or for, or if there are any particular instructions He wants to share with you, etc. Take time to be attentive and to listen.
  • Be sure to praise Him aloud as you end your time in prayer. You’ll want to. He’s a wonderful God, and a marvellous, generous, loving Friend!

5 Things We Need to Know About Prayer

  1. Prayer isn’t talking to the wall
    When we pray, we’re communicating with a real person. We’re talking to Someone who hears and understands us. God feels the joy, the excitement, the sorrow or the pain we have at that moment. And He knows there are times when we won’t know what to say. That’s OK. We’re permitted to just rest in Him, to pray without words. Besides, true friends can be in each other’s company without talking.
  2. Prayer is as important as breathing
    Someone once said, “Prayer is as necessary for spiritual life as breath is for physical life.” It’s impossible to be an authentic Christian and not be a praying Christian. Within any successful relationship there needs to be communication. Imagine having special friends and deciding not to speak to them – the friendship and the relationship would deteriorate. Why would we want to have a second-rate relationship with God?
  3. God’s available – our time, our space
    Even if He may not like where we are, or what we’re doing, He’s still available and He never closes shop. He’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Even better, He home delivers. You can pray anytime, anywhere.
  4. Allow for God’s wisdom
    Answers to prayer depend on God’s wisdom and timing, not on us. We shouldn’t expect God to answer prayer exactly the way we want. When we were children there were times our parents told us we couldn’t have what we wanted. A good parent knows there are times to say No! and God, as the Best Parent, will sometimes say No! or Not yet! God is much wiser than we are. Allow Him to answer in the way He thinks best. And remember, His main concern is our salvation – that’s His higher priority.
  5. Prayer makes a difference
    Prayer makes a difference to us and to our lives. I feel at peace when I have a consistent prayer life. I begin to see a dimension beyond the here and now because I’m tapping into the Eternal One. The ultimate goal of a prayer life is to develop it to the stage where, beyond the time we set aside for prayer, it seems like a continuous conversations you break into throughout the day. That just has to make a difference.


But what do you do when you don’t feel you’re getting through to God?

We’re always going to be in trouble if we rely on our feelings as a test of our spiritual life.

God works way beyond the feelings level. If feelings become the test, there are times when we feel kilometres from God. At other times we feel so close. We need to rely upon the knowledge we have.

  • We know God moved heaven and earth to give us Jesus.
  • We know He has promised to be with us, even through the valley of the shadow of death.
  • We know He is constantly with us.
  • We know He hears and answers prayers. Romans 8:27-39 tells us nothing can come between us and the love of God, in Jesus.

Our feelings may go up and down, but God is constant. Trust Him.

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Inspirational Prayers and Blessings

Inspirational Prayers and Blessings

These inspirational prayers have been taken from many poetic sources: the Essene Gospels of Jesus, the Book of Hymns from the Dead Sea Scrolls, and old liturgical prayer books of the 19th century.

Share these prayers with your friends and family. Spread the word of God far and wide.

An Inspirational Prayer

Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then. Put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually: “The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart has trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me but in me, and I in Him.”

“I have called upon Thee, For Thou wilt hear me, o Lord, and hear my speech. Show Thy marvelous loving kindness, O Thou that savest by Thy right hand those who put their trust in Thee from those That rise up against them. Keep me as the apple of thine eye; Hide me under the shadow of Thy wings.”

[Psalm 7: 6,7,8]

All Things Exist By Thee

Thou hast made known unto me Thy deep, mysterious things. All things exist by Thee and there is none beside Thee. By Thy Law Thou hast directed my heart that I set my steps straight forward upon right paths and walk where Thy presence is.

“For the Lord will not cast off forever: but though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men” [Lamentation 3:31-33]

Prayers From the Dead Sea Scrolls

I Have Reached The Inner Vision

I have reached the inner vision and through Thy spirit in me I have heard Thy wondrous secret. Through Thy mystic insight Thou hast caused a spring of knowledge to well up within me, a fountain of power, pouring forth living waters, a flood of love and of all-embracing wisdom like the splendor of eternal Light.

In Thy Mercy

Father, God, in Thy mercy, in Thy love, Be Thou with us now. For we know and we speak of Thy love. And help us then to put away, for the hour, The cares of this life; that we may know in truth That the spirit and the lamb say, “Come.” Let them that hear also say, “Come.” Let all that will, come and drink of the water of life.

God Speaks to Men

Our Father, Our God

Our Father, our God, in my own consciousness Let me find happiness in the love of Thee, For the love I bear toward my fellowman. Let my life, my words, my deeds, bring the joy And happiness of the Lord in Jesus to each I meet, Day by day.

The Vision of Enoch

I speak to you. Be still. Know I am God.

I spoke to you When you were born. Be still. Know I am God.

I spoke to you At your first sight. Be still. Know I am God.

I spoke to you. At your first word. Be still. Know I am God.

I spoke to you. At your first thought. Be still. Know I am God.

I spoke to you At your first song. Be still. Know I am God.

I speak to you Through the grass of the meadows. Be still. Know I am God.

I speak to you Through the trees of the forests. Be still. Know I am God.

I speak to you Through the valleys and the hills Be still. Know I am God.

I speak to you Through the Holy Mountains Be still. Know I am God.

I speak to you Through the rain and the snow Be still. Know I am God.

I speak to you Through the waves of the sea. Be still. Know I am God.

I speak to you Through the dew of the morning. Be still. Know I am God.

I speak to you Through the peace of the evening. Be still. Know I am God.

I speak to you Through the splendor of the sun. Be still. Know I am God.

I speak to you Through the brilliant stars. Be still. Know I am God.

I speak to you Through the storm and the clouds. Be still. Know I am God.

I speak to you Through the thunder and lightning. Be still. Know I am God.

I speak to you Through the mysterious rainbow Be still. Know I am God.

I will speak to you When you are alone Be still. Know I am God.

I will speak to you Through the Wisdom of the Ancients Be still. Know I am God.

I will speak to you At the end of time. Be still. Know I am God.

I will speak to you When you have seen my Angels. Be still. Know I am God.

I will speak to you Throughout Eternity. Be still. Know I am God.

I speak to you. Be still. Know I am God.

Scripture About Encouragement

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

[Isaiah 40:31]

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Prayers for Strength and Guidance – For Strength and Wisdom – Prayers for Strength and Courage – Bible Scripture For Strength

Prayers for Strength and Guidance

A Prayer for Strength is often needed during difficult times. God is always here for us, to give us strength and lift our hearts when all seems hopeless.

“I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me.”
 
Most of us realize that our own strength is not always enough to get through some of the situations that this life brings.

At those difficult times, it is wise to call on God for extra strength and for His strength to help sustain you when your own strength fails. (Psalms 28:8 and Isaiah 40:29)

7 Prayers for Strength

Give Me Strength, Lord

Lord, you are Holy above all others, and all of the strength that I need is in your hands.

I am not asking, Lord, that you take this trial away. Instead, I simply ask that Your will be done in my life. Whatever that means, that is what I want.

But I admit that it’s hard, Lord.

Sometimes I feel like I can’t go on. The pain and the fear are too much for me, and I know that I don’t have the strength on my own to get through this.

I know that I can come to you, Jesus, and that you will hear my prayer. I know that it is not your intent to bring me to this point just to leave me in the wilderness alone.

Please, Lord, give me the strength that I need to face today. don’t have to worry about tomorrow.

If you just give me the strength that I need today that is all I need.

Keep me from sinning during this trial. Instead, help me to keep my eyes on you. You are the Holy Lord, and all of my hope rests in you.

Thank you for hearing my prayer.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

For Strength and Wisdom

Thank you, Lord, for being there for me and allowing me to cry out to you in my times of need.

It is amazing to me that the Lord of the Universe would take time to listen to me and to care about what I say.

God, there are things happening around me right now that I do not understand. Some of these things make me feel weak, helpless and afraid.

Even in the midst of this, I know that you are the Lord.

I know that the situation is in Your hand, and I trust You.

I beseech you for strength and for wisdom that I would be able to endure this situation and be able to handle it in a way that would bring glory to Your name.

In Jesus name. Amen.

Don’t ever be ashamed at feeling weak. Remember what the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 12:10:

“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

Prayer for Overcoming Life’s Hardships

O Lord, we call upon You in our time of sorrow, That You give us the strength and will to bear our heavy burdens, until we can again feel the warmth and love of Your divine compassion. Be mindful of us and have mercy on us while we struggle to comprehend life’s hardships.

Keep us ever in Your watch, til we can walk again with light hearts and renewed spirits.

Strength for a Friend

Lord, I come before you today knowing that all power is in Your hand. I know that you are the Lord and that you care for your people. Right now, my friend is struggling with a difficult trial. I can see her strength is faltering, Lord, and know that you have all of the strength that she needs.

I pray that you will reach down and touch her right now wherever she is at this moment. Let your presence fill the room where she is and let her feel an extra portion of your strength that can help her to get through this day.

She needs you now, Lord, and I thank you in advance for meeting her where she is and shoring up her strength during this difficult time.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayers for Strength and Courage

Say these prayers when you’re in need of strength and courage. Day to day troubles are no match for the power of the Lord.

To be Grateful

Lord God, may we be grateful for our lot, and compassionate toward all those who are suffering every kind of distress at this difficult time.

May we hold back nothing, and hasten to be the ministers of prayer and mercy, like the disciples of Him who went about doing good in times of need. Amen

Prayer for Guidance and Help

Dear Lord, I am calling upon you today for your divine guidance and help. I am in crisis and need a supporting hand to keep me on the right and just path.

My heart is troubled but I will strive to keep it set on you, as your infinite wisdom will show me the right way to a just and right resolution. Thank you for hearing my prayer and for staying by my side.

Amen!

For Unfailing Strength

Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.

Be at peace, then. Put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually: “The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart has trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me but in me, and I in Him.

Scripture For Strength and Courage

Lets go straight to the source, and read bible verses about strength in trying times.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

[Isaiah 41:10]

Click here to read more bible verses for strength, and Bible verses for courage.

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Prayer for Protection Through The Precious Blood of Jesus Christ

PRAYER FOR PROTECTION THROUGH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS

Lord JESUS, by faith in your merits, I now take your precious blood and sprinkle it over myself and my family right from the crown of my head to the very soles of my feet. I claim total and complete protection for my life and my family. Lord JESUS, keep me free today from evil, sin, temptation, Satan’s attacks and afflictions, fear of darkness, fear of man, sickness, diseases, doubts, anger, all calamities and from all that is not of thy Kingdom.

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Fill me Lord JESUS with gift of your Holy SPIRIT and grant me the gift of wisdom, knowledge, understanding and discernment so that I will live today in your glory by doing that which is right.
I praise you, Jesus
I Thank you, Jesus
I Love you, Jesus
I Adore you, Jesus
Holy Spirit, you makes me see everything, and shows me the way to reach my ideals, you who gives me the divine gift to forgive and forget the wrong that is done to me, and you who are in all instances of my life with me, I in this short dialogue want to thank you for everything an affirm once more that I never want to be separated from you no matter how great the material desire may be. I want to be with you and my loved ones in your Perpetual Glory.
(MENTION YOUR REQUEST)
Thank you, Holy Spirit for your love towards me and my loved ones.
AMEN

This prayer should be said for 03 consecutive days. After the the third day the request will be granted, no matter how difficult it may be. While making the request one must either
1- Promise to publish on granting of favour
OR
2- Promise to circulate copies of it as many people as possible.
(THIS IS TO SPREAD THE WONDER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT)

THANKSGIVING
FOR THE GREAT FAVOUR YOU HAVE GRANTED ME.

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Win Worley Deliverance Prayer – LOOSING ANGELS AND THE WORD

LOOSING ANGELS AND THE WORD

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I loose into myself and family the angels of God to fight our battles in the heavenlies, guard us totally and completely from Satan and all his host, and stop us from believing and agreeing with lies. We bind all deception within us, prevent any more from getting through to us. Minister to our needs.

Upon all fears loose: perfect, agape, true, pure love; the love of God and our love for each other (I John 4:18); power (II Timothy 1:7) and sound mind and self control (Micah 3:8).

Upon our minds and all deceiving spirits, I loose: knowledge, revelation and understanding (IJohn 8:32); wisdom (Job 20:3); truth (Exodus28:3), Eph 1:17); diligent searching (John 14:17, I John 4:6); freedom(Psalm 77:6); deliverance (Psalm 51:12).

Upon all marriage and family destroying spirits, I loose: God’s family protecting angels (Genesis24). 8 Upon rejection, I loose: the love of the brethren (I John 3:14);acceptance in the beloved (Eph1:6), the acceptance of God and the approval of men (Romans 14:18), adoption as children of God (Romans 8:15).

Upon all Ahab and Jezebel spirits, I loose: spirits of Elijah (I Kings 17-21, Luke 1:17), Jehu (II Kings 9), the hounds of heaven (II Kings 9:36).I also loose upon us: aggressiveness (Mark11:22-26), boldness,zealousness, willingness (Matthew 26:41), readiness (Mark 14:38),service, fairness, honesty, obedience; creativity, ingeniousness,inventiveness, retentive mind, (

Prov 8:22), maturity, purity, holiness,righteousness, guileless (Psalms 32:2), perseverance, steadfastness,(Romans 12:11), a new spirit (Ez 18:31; 36:36), good (Neh 9:20, 30),right (Psalm 51:10), excellent (Prov 17:27; Daniel 6:3), praise (Isaiah61:3), thankfulness, worship (John 4:24), singing (I Cor 14:15 ), prayer (ICor 4:21), quiet ( I Peter 3:4 ), constraining (Job 32:18 ), contrite (Psalm 34:18), broken (Psalm 51 :17), judgment (Isaiah 4:4; 28:6), repentance,conviction (Isaiah 57:15, 66:2), and all the fruits (Gal 5:22-23), love, joy,peace, patience and longsuffering (Eccl. 7:8), gentleness, kindness,goodness faithfulness (Prov 11:12), meekness (I Cor 4:21; Gal 6:1) andhumility (Prov 16:19, 29:23; Isaiah 57:15), temperance, self-control and all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit (I Cor 12:8-10), wisdom, knowledge, faith(II Corinthians 4:13), prophecies, healings, miracles, (Rev 19:10),tongues and interpretation of tongues, discernment of spirits. We ask this to help us become more like Jesus and to prepare us for our marriages families and ministries. We loose: each person’s angels ( Matt 18:10 ), grace, mercy, supplication ( Zech 12:10 ), life, health, healing, restoration, well- being, and life -giving spirits ( II Cor 2:6; Rev 11:11 ); counsel and skill to rule, might and strength ( Luke 1:80), fear of the reverence for the Lord ( Isaiah 11:2 ), the seven spirits of God ( Rev 1: 4, 3:1, 4:5, 5:6 ),quickening (John 6:63); success, victory, profit, prosperity, abundance,

plenty, sound economy, good weather and salvation. (Loose the opposite of the demons and add anything the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.)

 

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My Prayer for Today – Prayer for Body – Prayer for Labor – Prayer for Emotions – Prayer for Social life – Prayer for Spiritual Growth

When the alarm rings and your day is about to begin, take those few minutes of early consciousness to pray for yourself. Often we leave prayer for desperate moments when we feel in over our heads. Sometimes we even hesitate praying for ourselves. Yet this is what Matthew 7:7 calls us to: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.”

Here is a guide for those moments before you slip out of bed. It’s easy to remember and it’s a way to invite God to be at work in your life. You will be amazed at the difference it makes.

Use your own words to talk to God as you ask Him to BLESS your body, labor, emotions, social life, and spiritual growth. Pray silently for yourself and one another. Then head to the shower knowing God has been invited into your day. Expect to see Him work.

BODY

Lord, thank You for my health. Thank You that You are my Healer. Strengthen me physically today in the specific area of ______________________. I ask for Your power to help me function. Bless me with an increased measure of health today. Help me to feel it, acknowledge it, and thank You when I notice it. Give me wisdom to be disciplined in managing my body, in what I eat and how I exercise. Protect me as I go about my day. Thank You that You are a shield around me. Thank You for life. Help me to embrace what I can do today in Your strength.

LABOR

Lord, thank You for the things I have to do today. Though some of them may not be what I choose, help me to focus on what is a good use of my time. You know where I work hard and where I slack off. Help me to pay attention to what is important, not just what is urgent. Please multiply my efforts today and help me to be productive. Thank You that my weak points are the very entry points of Your strength. Fill me with Your Spirit. Help me to consciously do what is in front of me in Your name and in Your strength, giving thanks to You for Your presence with me. Please help me today to do ______________________.

EMOTIONS

Lord, thank You that I don’t need to be dragged by my emotions. You know how easy it is to slip into negativity or anxiousness when things around feel shaky. Thank You that You have promised to be my Rock. You give me a firm place to stand when I look to You for my stability. Help me to cultivate a grateful heart, to see even the smallest of Your blessings and let thanks arise within me. Thank You that when I offer my praise and thanks to You, even in moments when it feels hard to do, You use it as a door to come in and work on my behalf. Help me not to allow other people’s emotions dictate how I feel. Give me Your peace today. May I trust You with what robs me of that peace. I give You my concerns about ______________________ and thank You that You are at work on my behalf. I choose to be thankful today.

SOCIAL LIFE

Lord, thank You for my family and friends. Help me to be a blessing to them. Please lead me into purposeful friendships with others who seek You, too. Give me strength to distance myself from social situations that could draw me away from You. Fill my lonely places with Your presence. Please guide me into social settings where I can bless others and bring Your love. Help me to limit social media so I have time for real face-to-face encounters. Show me the good in others that I may build up and encourage those around me.? Lord, is there anything You would like to say to me about any specific relationship today? 

SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Lord, thank You that You are with me. Help me to trust and depend on You today. It’s easy to lean on my own understanding. Help me to sense Your presence with me. Give me a stronger desire to read the Bible and to understand what You are saying to me. Show me what I need to cleanse from my heart and life today. I ask Your forgiveness for ______________________. Give me a greater desire to take quiet moments to be aware of You in my day. Help me choose to interact with other believers and to keep Your word central in my life. Grow my faith as I trust You to BLESS me as I arise now into my day.

In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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Praying the Promises of God – Healing, provision, protection, salvation, and His unfailing love. Gods Promises prayer

Praying the Promises of God

The challenges of life can be overwhelming and we often don’t know the way out. In the face of heartbreak and disappointment, what do we do?

We need to look up beyond our situation onto the One from whom our help comes. We need to search the Scriptures, and find promises that relate to our situation and start praying them, trusting God to bring them to pass in our lives. We need to learn how to pray God’s promises.

In order to see fulfillment of the promises of God, we need to first come to terms with the fact that these promises are available specifically to us! He wants to fulfill His promises in our lives. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have a part to play in their fulfillment: we need to believe His promises and confess them. 

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 1:20).

There are many examples in Scripture of how God made — and fulfilled — His promises to His people. Here are just a few.

Abraham
God promised to give Abraham a son through his wife Sarah, even though both of them had passed child-bearing age. It looked impossible, but Abraham chose to believe God; and when he was 100-years-old, his son Isaac was born!

Solomon
When Solomon became the king, he asked for wisdom. The Bible says that God gave Solomon a “breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.”

The Israelites
When they cried out to God to give them rest, He did. In fact, all of the promises God made to the Israelites through Moses were fulfilled.

David
God made a covenant with David to protect his family. And because of that promise, his house was spared from destruction.

Mary
The Lord sent the angel Gabriel to the virgin Mary to tell her that she would conceive and give birth to a son. Even though this was against the laws of nature, she chose to believe the word of the Lord, and it happened exactly like she was told!

The Bible tells us Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If He made promises in the past and fulfilled them, then He will do the same today. He hasn’t changed.

Why should we rely on His promises?

  • He cannot lie: “…in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time” (Titus 1:2).
  • He is faithful: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).
  • He is able to bring it to pass: “…being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised” (Romans 4:21).

What’s our part?

We need to believe and trust Him who has made the promise. It might take a while for God to fulfill His promise (and in fact He may choose to not to fulfill it until we get to heaven), so that means we have to persevere when things don’t happen as quickly as we would like. But that’s where patience comes in. It’s not just sitting around waiting, but actively holding onto the promises of God, declaring them by faith, regardless of the situation or challenge we are going through.

There are promises that cover whatever area of challenge you may currently be facing. Do you need healing? Wisdom? The ability to pay the bills? Whatever it is, you can pray one of God’s promises that relates to your issue, and hold onto it.

How to Pray God’s Promises

1. Search the Bible to find God’s promises and thank Him for each one of them
“At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws” (Psalm 119:62).

Some of the promises you can believe God for are healing, provision, protection, salvation, and His unfailing love.

2. Meditate on them
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8).

To mediate means to think deeply and carefully about something for a period of time. Focus your mind on the promise that you are trusting God for, and think about how great a God you serve!

3. Personalize them
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29).

Personalizing God’s promises simply means to make the promises yours. For example, if you are believing God for healing, use a verse like Isaiah 53:5 to shape your prayer: He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

4. Speak them daily in faith
“It is written: ‘I believed; therefore, I have spoken.’ Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak” (2 Corinthians 4:13).

Our words are like seeds. What we speak determines what we eventually see as harvest.

5. Exercise patience
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back. (Hebrews 10:36-39).

Why do we need to have patience? Because some these promises might take some time before they manifest. There can be various reasons why, either known or unknown. God may choose to keep His promise in heaven rather than here on earth.

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Prayer for Relationships – Relationship Prayer – Prayer to Help – Prayer in the mids of conflict – Prayer Challenging relationship

Prayer for Relationships

The issue of relationships is something that’s constantly talked about among both men and women. Husbands, wives, kids, bosses, neighbors… relationships can be rewarding and fulfilling, but they can also be testy and challenging. When your heart is involved, your deepest needs tend to come to the surface.

So how can you pray for your relationships? Here are a few sample prayers for when you’re at a loss for words.

1. Prayer in the midst of conflict

Father in Heaven, I know I add fuel to the fire in my relationships because I am needy myself. I don’t like to admit it, but I know it’s true. Thank You that You see me as I truly am and that You still love me. Please help me to see myself honestly, and to own my own part in this conflict before I point my finger. Please give me insight into my own needs and give me patience as I encounter needs in the ones I love. I need Your help, Lord. Please guide me. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.

Conflict very often reflects unmet needs. Sometimes there’s an easy solution, such as the need for sleep. But frequently, the need is much deeper:

  • To feel valued and heard.
    This often stems from insecurity or past hurts, and may show up as overly defensive with gloves on, ready to fight.
  • To forgive others or one’s self.
    The need to control can stem from an angry heart, and can show up as manipulation.

If your unmet needs are showing up in your relationships, talk to a mentor, friend, or a counselor to work through some of these issues. Pray for patience as you encounter the unmet needs in others, and regularly ask God for His help.

2. Prayer for help when I feel “less than”

Lord God, I so often feel inadequate without even realizing it. The disapproval I pour out on others often stems from my own insecurity. I don’t intend to fight. God, I need Your help. Please remind me to address my issues. Help me to see myself differently and to allow You to love me and to change me. Help me to find my confidence in Your strength and in Your forgiveness. I invite You into my life today. I need You. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

It’s a natural tendency to want God to change the other person. Yet the reality is that you can only change yourself. Sometimes just realizing what words and situations make you feel “less than” is enough to begin the journey of change. Other times you may need help seeing yourself differently.

Be the beginning of change in your relationships. Find ways to give approval more often to those around you. When things need addressing don’t show your disapproval, but choose a calm time to talk. Ask for prayer. Relationships that are worth keeping are worth the effort.

3. Prayer for the words to say in a challenging relationship

Dear Father in Heaven, it is not possible for me to keep my mouth from speaking things it should not. I need Your power to guard my tongue. Help me to think before I speak. Help me to feel that nudge of Your Holy Spirit before words rush out of my mouth.

Father, I need You to help me to know what to say that will build __________ up rather than tear down or hurt. Please make me aware, by Your divine power, of __________’s needs so I can respond in a way that benefits him/her. Help me to run to You when frustrations and anger bubble up, and may You ease my emotions and send me back with grace on my lips. Help me to be bold when issues need addressing, but gentle and loving in the way I address them.

Father, You are the only one who can perform this miracle in my life. I look to You today to set a guard on my heart and my mouth, as I don’t want to grieve You. And please forgive me for the times when I have grieved You! Walk with me closely today, because I need the help of Your Holy Spirit in dealing with __________. Thank You. I pray this in Jesus’ Name, amen.

God gives sound counsel in His word about how to deal with relationships. It all begins with what comes out of your mouth.

Listen to His words of wisdom:

“The tongue holds the power of life and death.” Proverbs 18:21

The power of our words is a tremendous force. It has been said that people will seldom remember the words you spoke, but they will always remember how you made them feel.

It’s true, isn’t it? It’s easy to remember those who have made you feel inspired and empowered. But it’s also easy to recall those who made you feel down and useless… just by their words.

Words have power. They can heal or hurt, build up or drag down, encourage or discourage, inspire or deflate.

You can begin the change today. And the good news is that you don’t have to do it alone! Jesus wants to transform and restore your challenging relationships, starting today. I encourage you to use the form below to connect with a mentor for prayer. You can also leave a prayer request in the comments section and we’ll pray for you there.

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The ACTS of Prayer-love the Lord because He hears my prayers and answers them. Adoration Confession Thanksgiving Prayers to Pray

The ACTS of Prayer

“I love the Lord because He hears my prayers and answers them. Because He bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I breathe!” Psalm 116:1-2 (TLB)

How do you get to know someone? When it comes down to it, it’s simple: you talk with and spend time with that person. Your relationship with God is no different. If you want to get to know God, what He loves and what His desires and passions are, you need to spend time with Him. Prayer is one of the ways you can do this.

If you would like to learn more about prayer, one of our mentors would love to talk with you about it — and pray with you, too!

Praying is simply having a conversation with God. It’s telling Him what’s going on in your life. It’s asking Him for your needs, yes, but it’s also a time when you can praise Him for who He is. He wants to be first in your life, and He wants you to worship Him in the good times and in the bad.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6

God speaks through His Word, the Bible. So the more you pray and read His Word, the deeper your relationship with Him will be.

Praying can often be overwhelming, especially if you’re new to it or if you haven’t done it in a while. A simple guide to help shape your prayers can be remembered by the word ACTS.

Adoration

This means to worship God for who He is rather than for what He does. In adoration you verbalize your worship, praise, honor, and exaltation of God. Many of the Psalms help to focus on the attributes of God, such as His loving kindness, His mercy, His majesty and others. Adoration is expressing your love for Him through your words.

Confession

As you begin your prayer with a worshipful adoration of God, the Holy Spirit will often reveal any sin in your life that needs to be confessed. To confess means to “agree with.” In other words, you agree with God concerning your sin — that it is, in fact, sin. You also agree with God that the blood of Jesus Christ has paid for that sin. This leads you to ask Him for His forgiveness, and thank Him that He has made you clean.

Thanksgiving

Giving thanks expresses faith, and faith pleases God. In saying, “Thank You,” you are expressing your gratefulness and appreciation for what God does. Thanksgiving is also saying, “God, I trust You.” It is the opposite of whining and becoming bitter when things don’t work out the way you want them to.

Supplication

Supplication means asking God for your needs and desires. He is the Creator of the universe, and He wants you to ask Him what’s on your heart, however minor it might seem. Anything that concerns you concerns God. That includes difficult areas in your personal life, or the needs of others.

When you pray, get ready for God to speak. Listen to Him as the Holy Spirit speaks to you through the Bible, or even in the quiet stillness of your heart. A clear answer might not come right away or in the way you’d expect, but He is listening, and He does answer. The more you pray and spend time with Him in His Word, the more you will get to know who He is.

“Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be made full.” John 16:24

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Prayer | Rebuke The Waters/Seas & Release Your Virtues – Agapekind

Prayer | Rebuke The Waters/Seas & Release Your Virtues – Agapekind 

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PRAYER WORDS
O Lord, break the heads of the dragons in the waters (Psalm 74:13).

Slay the dragon that is in the sea (Psalm 27:1).

At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away. – Psalm 104:7

Lord, You rule the sea and the waters by Your strength.
Do not let any evil waters overflow my life.
Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils. – Psalm 18:15
Let not the proud waters go over my soul (Psalm 124:5).

Let the waters of the deep be dried up, and destroy every spirit of leviathan (Job 41:31; Isaiah 44:27).
In the name of Jesus, I dry up your rivers, your seas, and your springs (Isaiah 19:5).
I call for a drought upon leviathan’s waters (Jeremiah 50:38; Jeremiah 51:36).

I invoke the blood of Jesus in the seas and oceans that hold our virtues,
Every water that tries to drown us, I command you to dry up in the name of Jesus!
Every water in our belly, eyes, body, head dry up by fire!

Matthew 14:27, Micah 7:19, Job 26:10, proverbs 20:5, Genesis 1:26, we must remember that The Almighty has given us dominion over the spirits of the sea, the witchcraft cast in the air, and the spirits of the land. The waves may rise against us but we will walk above them with sureness in Christ, only fear of the enemy gives the illusion that we must tread water.

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A Prayer for Peace – Prayer for strenght – Impacting prayers – Preayers to Pray daily

Are you in a battle today, and it’s taking more than just a physical toll on you? Are you finding it difficult to find the words to tell the devil to be gone? Spiritual warfare is crippling, real, and troublesome, but Jesus has already won us the victory! Pray along with these words now and let the Lord break the chains of fear and bondage!

 

Jesus, sometimes I can almost sense the heaviness of pressure mounting and the ominous presence of darkness around me. I recognize my enemy is at work again. Whether he’s trying to discourage me to get sidetracked, to fall into temptation, to give up, or to take my eyes off you, he’s always hanging around.

I need your supernatural power, Lord, to stand strong and not surrender. Physical force won’t help, because you’ve said the weapons of our warfare are different from those in this world. As believers, ours are powerful and can demolish strongholds and lies. These supernatural weapons originate from you. By your precious name and blood, Jesus, I’m asking you to confuse Satan and cancel his attempts to shut me and my influence down. Help me not to become discouraged or to give in when heavy times of testing come.

When I’m tired and weak, you are strong, Lord, and you are my only source of help. I cannot fight without you. Teach me how to pray and to trust you to pull down those strongholds that keep me or others helpless. Guard me from isolation that leaves me exposed and vulnerable. I believe you destroyed the power of my enemy by your death and resurrection. But like a bad penny, my enemy keeps showing up, whispering lies, twisting truth, and attempting to inflate my selfish pride. He never gives up.

Prayer for strenght – Impacting prayers – Preayers to Pray daily

Have you ever needed supernatural strength to face a situation head-on, but not known what to pray? God is waiting and wants to offer us strength in time of need. Do not be afraid to pray and ask God for His strength to fall upon you! When you are weak, weary or unready to stand, and unsure of what to ask, pray along with these words! 

 

Lord, I’m weary. My energy is sagging, and my motivation is lagging. And I am so in need of you. I need your strength and your fresh touch to get back on track again. Your Word says the joy of the Lord is my strength. If that’s true, then I need your joy to replace all the bone-tired parts of my mind, body, and soul.

The pressures of life sometimes push me into a corner, rendering me helpless to move forward. A hundred voices call my name, and I feel paralyzed at times to answer, not knowing where to turn. Lord, help me not to quit, to keep running the race faithfully, and to find strength in that safe, secret place of yours, under the shadow of the Almighty.

I need your strength to say no when I’m tempted to surrender to harmful things, or when selfishness clings to my clothes and won’t let go. I need your strength to say yes, when cowardice and fear nudge me to deny the convictions of my heart. I need your strength to reach out in love to those both close to me and all around me. When don’t I need your strength, God?

 

I am declaring the devil and his demons liars today, Lord. Through the power of your precious name and blood, I agree with your Word and the truth that you are in me and that you are greater than my enemy who wants to rule the world. You, your Word, and prayer, Lord, are my secret weapons. I belong to you, and that fills me with a powerful God-confidence. I want to constantly dress in the spiritual armor you give me. Help me use it to defend others from Satan’s fiery darts as well. No one and nothing can snatch me away from your hand.

Strengthen my faith, Lord. Forgive my sins, so that I may be clean in your righteousness. Make me brave, so I can stand and fight the spiritual battles in my life and in our world. Give me your wisdom and discernment so I won’t be caught off guard. Together, Lord, we’ll win, because in truth, you already have.

In Jesus’s powerful name before which every knee shall bow, Amen!

 

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