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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