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The battle is yours, Lord, and you will win this

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Lord Jesus, You are powerful and mighty, you are full of grace and mercy. You have plans that we cannot comprehend, that stretch across millennium and yet see every single person. My battle belongs to you. You will show a victory-- your victory-- which is always about souls and always for your glory. Help me join what you are doing and fight what you are fighting. This battle -- and every battle I face--belongs to you. I can't wait to see how you're going to win it. I love you. In Jesus' name, Amen. "All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword  or spear that the  Lord  saves;  for the battle  is the  Lord ’s" ( 1 Samuel 17:47 ) Some other prayers of spiritual warfare: Will you pray for us? (trending #1 for the last week on 7 Prayers That Work) What satan has robbed you of and how to get it back Kick the devil's butt today--he's going to lose anyway My intercessory prayer for you Spiritual warfare over the rebellious child (#1 post of all t

Thank you for your protection and healing

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Lord Jesus, Great Physician , Thank you for saving my husband's life last night. Thank you for protecting him as the doctors worked on him, and worked on him the next day. Thank you for giving us the wisdom to take him to the hospital, when a health problem was so uncharacteristic of him. Thank you for sitting in the waiting rooms with us, hearing our prayers,  and being present in our fear. Bless the nurses and doctors who immediately gave assistance  and thoroughly investigated his symptoms,  who found irregularities and took them seriously. Thank you for modern medicine, for safe blood tests, EKGs, Ultra-Sounds, MRIs, catherizations,  blood pressure machines, heart monitors, and X-rays-- and everything else available to doctors and patients. Thank you for the cardiologist who didn't say "Let's wait and see how he does during the night." He took him in, found the problem, and fixed it. He re-examined the pictures in the middle of the night and went back in th

Will you pray for us?

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Hey everyone, please pray for my husband Shane. He's in great shape, has a healthy heart and rides for a elite amateur biking team for exercise. Last night on a 40-mile group ride, he had a heart attack. He experienced chest pain and shortness of breath. That's it. He just had a good physical one month ago. Two years ago, his heart showed 0 blockage, although his blood pressure was a little elevated. God preserved him--because his chest was hurting, he slowly finished the ride & drove home. Our son Brent (in clinicals for PT) took his vitals,;I gave him aspirin, and after a lot of persuading, I took him to the hospital. His 2 EKGs were good, but his blood showed cardio enzymes. So they called in the cardiologist, who immediately assembled a heart cath team at 1 am and worked for 1.5 hours to ultimately find the blockage in his main artery and put in a stent. He said Shane's main artery was 90% blocked--that's the widow-maker artery. He probably would've died dur

I want to lose myself in you

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Lord God, I want to lose myself in you. May there no longer be a me, who struggles for a place in this world. Let me only be a representation of you, a mirror of you, an ambassador for you. You are my God, and I worship you. You are my God, and I serve you. You are my God, and I hear you. You are my God, and I trust you. You are my God, and I follow you. And you will make me into your image. I praise you and ask for these things. In Jesus' wonderful name, Amen. "Whoever finds his life will lose it. And whoever loses his life for my sake will find. it." ( Matthew 10:39 )

My intercessory prayer for YOU

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Dear readers, I'd like to pray for you. I know I like it when people pray for me, so today,  I'm praying an intercessory prayer for YOU, wherever you are, whatever you're facing, whoever you are. God loves you, and so do I. Sue Oh, Lord, I thank you for these readers, these seekers of truth and light. Pour out your grace and compassion on them when they stray from you and bring them back to the safety of your arms. Comfort them when they grieve. Prod them toward the truth of your word and assure them that they can trust you. Protect their hearts and minds from the lies of this world. Convict and forgive them of sins and habits that hurt them and don't honor you, and give them the humility to confess and change. And if they won't confess, Lord, I confess their sins for them and ask you holy hand to guide them toward truth. Make their hearts steadfast  and help them see the world and its many problems from your perspective. You are love and grace , but you are tr

A prayer about going to church and being away from it

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  Let us hold on to the hope we say we have and not be changed. We can trust God that He will do what He promised.  Let us help each other to love others and to do good.  Let us not stay away from church meetings. Some people are doing this all the time. Comfort each other as you see the day of His return coming near. ( Hebrews 10:23-25 ) Lord Jesus, I want to be near you-- to behold you in the sanctuary, to see your face and feel your Spirit. I love to be surrounded in worship by those who love you. I've tried to worship at home, but it isn't the same. There's nothing like being in your presence  with people who call your name and seek your blessing and responds to your conviction with humility and urgency. Thank you, Lord, for the church, for your Spirit that hovers there  and the feeling of love and unity that is present in your body. Bring me back--bring us all back-- without fear or anxiety and without blame, disappointment , or judgment. Just bring us back to you.

A confession of confusion over truth (and my excuses)

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Oh, Lord,  What is true anymore? It's hard to tell. I can make entire worlds out of what makes me comfortable and justified, instead of what is actually true. What you call true . I make excuses for taking the easiest path, for the sins I commit and the sins I explain away. Show me where I listen to voices that speak lies. Forgive me for my willful ignorance. You are Truth. I look down on people for their sins while ignoring my own. Forgive me for my pride. You are the Way. Show me where I elevate my desires over your will and change me. I labor to build my own kingdoms and elevate my own popularity. Forgive me for my ambition. You are the Life. Show me where I deviate from the life you've laid out for me. Disrobe my deceptions and excuses. Reveal my insecurities . I want to lean into you-- into all of you-- all that you require of me and all that you want to forgive, if I'll just admit what's actually true in my heart and mind. Lay bare my defenses. I will confess

How to pray when you want to quit

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  Lord God, Thank you for your patience, grace, and love for me as I struggle through life, making the same mistakes, de-valuing my calling, and giving up on what you've told me to do because it's so difficult. Lord, I want to persevere . I want to endure. Build my faith and trust in you because of who you are, not because I try harder to trust you. You have always been faithful and good to me. I can trust you even when life is hard. Holy Spirit, speak encouragement to me, and help me listen and absorb the truth you're saying. I will not quit because I can't predict the end of something. I will not quit because I'm afraid to fail. I will not quit because I'm afraid to succeed, to hold more responsibility, or afraid to bear the weight of your will for my life. I will trust . I will obey . I will endure and sow faith into my life. You will show yourself faithful in return,  just as you always have. I love you. In Jesus' powerful name, Amen. Galatians 6:8

Steady my heart, clear my mind

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Hello, Jesus. I'm a bit scattered and rushed . Stressed and overwhelmed. But you already know that. I'm turning to you because you're the only place to turn. You have the words of life. You know my future and my past. Steady me, Lord. Speak to me. Re-orient me. Calm me. Help me see what you're doing in and around me. I trust you, and yet, I don't . You know that about me-- it's so hard to believe that what I'm doing is right when I don't see results. But you are faithful . You are always faithful. Steady my heart. Clear my mind of the confusion and anxiety that the enemy plants in me. Breathe in me and through me. I want to be a whisper of your presence, an image of your Son, the breath from your lips. Use me however you want  and build a faith in me to endure what I don't understand. In Jesus' name, Amen. "He stilled the storm   to a whisper;   the waves   of the sea   were hushed.  They were glad when it grew calm,  and he guided them

A prayer for the Israeli/Palestinian conflict & a confession of perspective

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  Dear Lord God, Jehovah, I pray for peace and protection in Jerusalem and its surrounding areas ( Acts 1:8 ), for the Israelis and Palestinians and the age-old conflict between them. You love both groups of people. You walked their streets, healed their sick, and prayed on their hillsides. You understand the divisions and hostilities there, and you still long to draw every person to yourselves like a hen gathers her chicks ( Matthew 23:37 ). Help us, in the West, to pray for souls over governments . Give us compassion and mission for all people ( Matthew 28:19-20 ). Convict us when we politicize oppression and applaud violence . I confess our ignorance and our judgment, our self-congratulations and pious condemnations. We are sinners who need you, just like everyone in the world. May we be a light to the whole world, not just the world we think we understand. Help us to pray for those who need your healing touch and protective hand. I want to serve you in the way that glorifies you

What has satan robbed you of (and a prayer to get it back)

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The devil is a thief, and he is robbing you of something that God intends to use for a great purpose. What has satan robbed you of? Do you want it back ? Mark 9 tells the story of a man who comes to Jesus because his child is demon-possessed. He says, "Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not." What are you unable to overcome ? Has the devil robbed you of any of these gifts: courage to do something hard confidence to make decisions empathy for people you don't understand boldness to speak truth willingness to share yourself with the body of Christ faith to follow God's word over cultural norms compassion for the needy trust that God is working in someone's life conviction to share the gospel peace that God is caring for you humility t

How to pray for endurance when you're wiped out

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Lord Jesus, I'm so, so tired . You understand why and how and what's next. Please help me to endure with patience the task you've called me to. Your will doesn't seem attainable. I'm insecure and unsettled . I'm overwhelmed and uneasy. I don't know how to endure . I just want rest. And I want answers. Please fill me with your power instead of my own. Build my faith during this weary time. Take this emptiness  and use it to glorify yourself. It will be so obvious that you alone are at work through my life. I am incapable of greatness. You alone satisfy my desire, and you alone can create something meaningful out of weakness . Forgive me for trying to accomplish things in my own strength. Thank you for this exhaustion . I give it to you and ask you to resurrect me. In Jesus' name and because He is LIFE, Amen. "Let’s rid ourselves of every obstacle and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with endurance the race that is set before us, 

Kick the devil's butt today--he's going to lose anyway

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Lord of heaven, Kick the devil's butt today. He's going to lose anyway. I mean it. I'm so tired of his work. I pray the Holy Spirit's power over my city, my church, and my family right now. I'm so sick of watching the enemy stir up trouble, use believers to spread dissension , and generate fear in his own people, who should be fearless under the powerful hand of God. Lord, hear my prayer . Wipe out deceivers. Shut up the complainers . Quench the rumors. Encourage the weak-minded. Empower the obedient to speak truth, fight evil, and more forward. Forgive our sins, Lord. The battle belongs to the Lord, today and every day. I pray that you stamp out the enemy of our souls. In Jesus' mighty name,  Amen. "... my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well,   holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with re

A prayer for moms

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Dear Lord, I pray your blessing over mothers today. Mothers like me, who need your hand on us. I pray healing over the mothers who grieve, patience over those who are frustrated and discouraged , rest over those who are weary, joy over those who are sad, peace over those who worry, courage over those who fight, wisdom over those burdened with decisions, direction over those who feel lost, discernment over those who feel confused, protection over those who are endangered, endurance over those who suffer. Give Christian mothers victory over the devil's schemes and grace to grow, in Jesus' name. Keep us from striving for perfection . Stop us from damaging emotional spirals. Strengthen us in our spiritual walk. Bring us laughter. Help us catch every moment. Make us prayer warriors. Hold us up when our children disappoint or when they hurt us deeply. You understand. Gather us under your wings. We need you, and we worship you, Jesus. We--the mothers of the world--are so blessed by

Praying against the storm

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Lord God,  Defender of our souls and our Conquerer, I shout praises to you because you are holy , righteous, just, merciful, and fierce . How awesome are you wonderful works on my behalf! Your enemies cringe before your power. Why am I afraid ? Why do I think you haven't got things well in hand? You have raised the dead ,  held back waters, brought dead bones to life, healed the sick, given sight to the blind, defeated the devil. Nothing is too hard for you in my life or anywhere. Pour out your power on me. Hold back my stormy seas. Work a miracle in me and through me. I pray Jesus' name over the destruction that's coming against my life . In Jesus' name, Amen. "Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man's behalf." (Psalm 66)

When you're facing a new, scary challenge

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Oh, Lord, I don't now what's going to happen next, but there are some scary options sitting in front of me, taunting my thoughts and terrifying my heart. I feel like I'm wilting on the inside: My spirit grows faint within me and my heart feels dismayed ( Psalm 143:4 ). I know that you are good and that you only do good to your people. I remember your faithfulness-- you do not bring judgment down on us like you should;  no one stands before you righteous ( Psalm 143:2 ). I trust you because you have always protected me. I remember all the times you have rescued me and comforted me. I reach out for you like a thirsty soul in the desert ( Psalm 143:5-6 ). Lord, come to me and satisfy my longing. Quench my fear. Renew my spirit. Do not hide your face from me. Every morning, remind me of your unfailing love ( Psalm 143:7-8 ). Show me the way I should go. I only trust you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. Holy Spirit, level the ground before me and lead me into

How to get wisdom: a hint and a prayer

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"If any  of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,  who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." ( James 1:5) Wisdom is a super-helpful characteristic. It keeps you from saying things you shouldn't. It keeps you from making the wrong decision . It gives you courage to say and do things that are hard but right. It helps you anticipate the future and adapt accordingly. Wisdom is valuable. It's not luck.   “Take hold of my words with all your heart;  keep my commands, and you will live.    Get wisdom, get understanding  do not forget my words or turn away from them.    Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;  love her, and she will watch over you." ( Proverbs 4:4-6 ) This is what the Apostle Paul told one of his churches: "My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding , in order that they may know the mystery of God , namely, Christ

How can I serve someone today?

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Lord Jesus, How can I serve someone today? How can I be YOU to someone else? Maybe a stranger needs a smile and friendly hello. Maybe a neighbor needs flowers from my yard. Maybe my community needs my participation . Maybe my child needs encouragement instead of correction. Maybe my spouse needs affirmation and appreciation instead of my complaints. Maybe that person who hurt me needs to hear that I've forgiven the offense. Lord, you have put people all around me that need to see you in me. How is that so easy to miss? You have put me here to serve others, not make a better life for myself. Lord, forgive me for my selfishness, resentment, and criticism . I want to serve someone today because that's what you do. I want to be Jesus today. No one needs to thank me, notice me, or appreciate me. Only let them think about your great love . Thanks for calling me to serve. In Jesus' name, Amen. "Whoever wants to become great among you must be your serant, and whoever wan

How to pray the right words

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If you worry about what to pray or how to pray, try this prayer. It is filled with actual verses from the Bible about WORDS. Yes, God has so much to say about words themselves. In fact, Jesus calls himself "the Word." So don't worry about if you're praying the right way. Just speak Jesus' words back to him, and let him speak his words into you. Everything will change! What you believe. What you think. What you say. What you do. Everything! Oh, Lord God, the Word of Life-- I praise you for your words, for our holy Scriptures , and especially for the red letter words in the Bible.  Thank you for speaking to me, day after day, minute by minute, whether I'm listening or not. You're always there, speaking in a whisper , speaking life . Praise : Your words are sweet to me; they give nourishment and joy. I can always trust them ( Psalm 119:103 ). Your words are flawless--they are like gold refined by fire. I cannot improve on them ( Psalm12:6 ). Before time be

Speak, Lord; I'm listening

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The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening." And the Lord said to Samuel, "See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears of it tingle." (1 Samuel 3:10-11) Lord of Heaven, You are standing here, right next to me,  waiting for me to recognize you. Speak, Lord, I'm listening now. I won't argue with you. I will obey whatever you tell me to do, no matter how frightening or impossible it seems. I'm listening . You are about to do something new that will make everyone stop and take notice . And for some reason,  you've invited me into the process. You want to use me. How can I say 'no' to that? You have all power and authority in my life. So tell me what you want from me. I'll do it. In Jesus' name, Amen. How is God speaking to you? What is he saying?

Lament and confession over gun violence

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Oh. Lord, There's been another mass shooting. I can't imagine how your heart hurts to see your creation turn on itself. End the violence in our country. I intercede, Lord, for the victims and the victimizers that live in this country and call themselves Americans. I am sick of the violence, shamed by it, grieved by it, astonished by the normalization of mass shootings. We have blood on our hands. We may not have personally committed these atrocities, but many times we have shaken our heads, cast judgment, and gone about our day anyway. Lord, show each of us how we can help change this problem. Massage our hearts toward compassion, justice, and care. Give us discernment about the gun-violence problem, the sin-problem, and the mental-health problem that must be addressed and corrected. We are a country--and a world--filled with desperate people  who cannot find a way to solve their own heart and mind issues except to lash out against one another. We gossip, we malign, we injure,

20 things you should pray for

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  On March 17, I posted a blog " What you should pray against ." This is a response to that blog: 20 Things you should pray FOR.  1. For believers . "Be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people." ( Ephesians 6:18) 2. For salvation . "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." ( Romans 10:13) 3. For wisdom . "For  any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,  who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. ( James 1:5 ) 4. For humility. " Seek righteousness, seek  humility ; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the  Lord ’s anger." ( Zephaniah 2:3 ) 5. For grace. " The  grace  of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters." ( Galatians 6:18) 6. For love. " And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love." ( 1 Corinthians 13:13) 7.  For bold and truthful words . "Pr ay also for me, that