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  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.  ( Ephesians 6:17-18 ) Oh, Lord God, I feel alone this fight of living, trudging in a wavering line day in and day out, toward a distant goal. I feel isolated and defeated in a war  against me (against YOU) and a world system that races hell-bent toward destruction. I wasn't made for this, and so my soul aches for what I've lost , what I can't achieve, and what I think I need. My spirit groans , even as I remind myself of your truth. But you are my weapon of defense. You are my strong tower. You are my commander and my rear guard. You are conqueror, king, and savior. You are victory. You walk with me through the valley of death. You seat me in the presence of my enemies . You offer freedom to me when I've become enslaved by

Prayer to bind evil spirits

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Lord God Almighty, You give us power to bind evil spirits and speak your powerful name in the heavenly realms. You indwell us and infuse us with your miraculous power. I pray for that power today. I ask for your holy angels to wage war over me and my family this day. Fight over my church , over our mission and our future. I bind the spiritual enemies of darkness is Jesus' name [be specific]: confusion, disunity, fear, hate, death, trauma, depression, addiction, abuse, jealousy, insecurity, competition, contention-- I break these off in Jesus' name and cast them back to hell. They have no hold over me or my family. They cannot squelch the Spirit of God  or the power of God's holy work in me and in the world. Break open the heavens and accomplish your will in me. I claim the freedom and authority that you have already spoken over my life. I have already won because you have won . I am free because you said so. Because you died for me. Because you live. I pray all these thi

Heal us

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Lord God, Heal us, physically , spiritually , emotionally. Heal our families , our churches, our schools , our halls of justice, our country . Heal our wounds , our betrayals, our guilt, our embarrassments , our disappointments. Heal our past, present, and future. You, only, are our hope and our Healer. We cannot endure or prosper without you. Lord, save us with your healing hand. In Jesus' name,  Amen. "I have seen their ways, but I will  heal  them." (Isaiah 57:18 ) free image by Pixabay

I want to be an encourager

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Lord Jesus, I want to be a better encourager. Use me to build up the spiritual gifts in someone else. Mold me into a servant, an encourager , a prophet, a prayer warrior, a friend of the friendless. Lord, please forgive me for not choosing compassion and grace, for not reaching out, for not loving others because I didn't feel loved. Lord, I want to see the world like you see it, to include everyone and love everyone like you did. I want to become an intercessor. I want to build others up instead of hoping they will build me up. I want your blessing on me-- not to make my life easier or better-- but to be an avenue for your blessing on everyone around me. May people see you whenever they see me and because your blessing is rich and deep and powerful, I pray that the people I touch find new relationship and belonging in you. Help me belong in you. Only you satisfy my soul. Speak truth and grace into my life so I remember that. In Jesus' name, Amen. "I long to see you so t