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Praying for a friend

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Lord Jesus,

You are full of power and strength.
You have already defeated the devil on the cross.

Show your power in my friend's life.
Cover _________ with the protection of the Holy Spirit.
Speak truth to ________ and work in his/her spirit to hear your words.
Convict, encourage, uplift.
Bring __________ back into full relationship with you.
I confess __________'s sin on his/her behalf.

Help me to be an encourager and a voice of truth, with compassion.
May I never shrink from what the Holy Spirit is telling me to do or say.
Keep me from pride, self-righteousness, or condemnation
because that is not how you act towards any of us.

You forgive.
You love.
You wait.
You woo.
You rescue.

I pray your power and love over my friend.
I believe in your restorative power, in regeneration and resurrection.
You make all things new,
even the things we mess up.

Thank you for my friend,
and thank you for putting me in ________ life to represent you.
I am grateful for this friendship, where we…

Prayer for a young adult

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God Almighty,

Give ___________ discernment and courage to develop and protect godly relationships.
Reveal any faulty theology and secular mindsets.
Open doors for spiritual relationships and mentoring.
Help ___________ seek wise counsel in crisis and decision-making.
Encourage ____________'s spirit, soul, and mind--
fight off insecurity and self-loathing and
fill ____________ with a knowledge of your infinite love and unending grace.
Prepare in _____________ a determination to serve and trust you all of his/her life.
Guide ______________ today into your presence.
Fill ___________ with the Holy Spirit and a heart of compassion.

Thank you for the blessing of knowing ___________.
Use me to influence him/her.

In Jesus' name,
Amen.

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For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will…

A Thankfulness Journal

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It's November now. The month of Thanksgiving.

In honor of the upcoming holiday and because how to be more thankful came up in discussions I had this weekend at both my books events, I am committing to you and to God that I will keep a Thankfulness Journal for the month of November.

Every day, I will note what I am thankful for and print it. I'm attempting to stay away from the obvious things & people that find their way into all my prayers and take note of the million little details that make the human experience--and the Christian life--so worth living.

I recommend reading Ann Voskamp's book One Thousand Gifts to help you with this process. It's breathtakingly beautiful.

I'm also willing to guarantee that an intentional process of thanksgiving will change how to think about everything and will probably keep your Christmas spirit from digressing into consumerism (a side benefit).

So here we go--

Nov. 1--old friends
Nov. 2--the Psalms
Nov. 3--crisp mornings

What …