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A prayer of belonging

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  Praying Psalm 73:21-15 -- Oh Lord, I realize that my heart is bitter. I am all torn up inside. I have been misguided and mislead in my thoughts and conclusions. Do I seem like a dumb animal to you? Regardless of my limitations , you still want me. I belong to you, and you hold my hand tightly in yours. Your words guide me, your touch comforts me. You guide me toward the glorious destiny of your design. If I listen, you show me who I am and what I can become in you. Who else cares so much about me? May I never forget that my words and actions are for you alone. And you alone are my judge and my Redeemer. I love you more than anyone or anything. In Jesus' name, Amen. “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;      I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2  When you pass through the waters,      I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers,      they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire,      you will not be burned;      the flames will not set you

Pray and don't give up

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  In Luke 18:1-8 , Jesus tells the story of an unjust judge and a widow who wasn't getting justice from an enemy. She kept imploring the judge to help her until he finally relented. This story is not a parable in which God is like the judge. Rather, this story tells us how to pray--with faith and tenacity. It also gives a promise. If this judge, who was selfish, gave justice to an insignificant person because she begged for it, how much more willingly is God to answer our prayers because we ask him to help us? He's willing. He's just waiting for us to ask, believing that we will receive. Here's a prayer of tenacity: Lord God of heaven, who is my righteous Judge, Give me justice from those who oppose me and my service to you. Help me not be discouraged in doing good. Give me relief when I am overlooked and oppressed. Give me clarity of thought and vision. Encourage my faith so I do not view you with limitations. There is nothing you can't do! You are the God of

Casting out demons and asking for more of the Holy Spirit

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  Lord God of heaven, You are above all things and more powerful than any spiritual enemy. You know I'm under a spiritual attack . It's been going on awhile, and it just keeps getting worse. But you've beaten the devil many times, so he's no big deal to you. You've even given me the Holy Spirit so I can beat him. In your power, I've done it before, but I'm having trouble today. I feel like giving up. Yet-- You touched me and called me "highly esteemed." You say I'm worthy of your death, worthy of everlasting life. Your angels labor to come to my aid. They fight against the demons assigned to hurt me. Because the devil knows the calling on my life, and he knows what happens when your children are fully surrendered to you. God, I fully surrender myself to you again today, every minute, every moment when I have another selfish thought or another vengeful emotion-- I again surrender . Sometimes, I do it grudgingly. Always in desperation. Always yo

New day, new experience with God

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  Lord God, It's another glorious day   that could've slipped past me without me noticing or thanking you for it. Another sunrise I almost missed . But you whispered, "Come see me" as I lay in bed. So I came to the quiet place to meet you. Thank you. Then an hour flew by in worship and contemplation , just because I took the time to watch you paint a sunrise.  It peeked over the horizon and hung itself in the bright blue sky. I've taken off two days because I knew that my soul needed you more than I needed to get things done. It took me a whole day just to make peace with doing nothing but listen . Forgive me. I'm sorry I let myself get out of touch with you. How often I miss you because I'm too busy serving you! In a flurry to do good and make a difference, I limit you from making a difference in me because I'm not fully present with you. And no matter how many times I realize that I do this-- no matter how many times I ask forgiveness for not spendi

A prayer to see beyond

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Oh, Lord, Help me to see beyond today. Would you give me a taste of glory? Would you let me see what you're doing in the spiritual realm? Would you show me your perspective? Give me your heart, your mind, your will. Change me first, then use me however you want. Use my talents, my failings, my family, for your purposes, and help me to trust you with the results. Your plans are bigger than I can see. May I see you first and foremost and then help me to see beyond today and serve your purpose  and do your will . In Jesus' name,  Amen.   While I, Daniel, was watching the vision and trying to understand it, there before me stood one who looked like a man.   And I heard a man’s voice from the Ulai calling, “Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of the vision.” A s he came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostrate.   “Son of man,”  he said to me, “understand that the vision concerns the time of the end.”  ( Daniel 8:15-17 ) free image from

When your friend betrays you

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A prayer taken from Psalm 55 . Oh, Lord, I am so dismayed and hurt. I'm filled with grief . You know that a friend(s) has/have betrayed me. Left me. Ignored me. Talked about me to others. Spread lies. They made this tragedy about what I "did to them" instead of what it really was-- what they did to me. I am innocent and trustworthy. Why would they misunderstand me? Misrepresent me? Dump me? I know you understand what this is like because the whole world has done it to you. Peter did it. Judas did it. All Christians do it. I cannot compare how I feel to how you must have felt (or still do), but I need to lament this grief to you. You understand . I know you hear me. I know you love me. I know you're with me. Heal my heart. Vindicate me in my righteousness. Restore me to living, instead of hurting. Repair this friendship or punish the wrongdoers so that your name will have honor and glory, rather than dishonor and shame. Christians should love one another. We shou

Forgive me for my grudges

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  Well, Lord,  I'm coming to you once again in confession and repentance.  Forgive me for my resentment, unforgiveness, bitterness , and malice toward people who have hurt me and abused me. Forgive me for holding grudges, for obsessing over the wrongs done to me. I lay all my hurt at your feet. It's yours. You understand. You can defend me or not. I know you love me and uphold me. I know your ways are good and perfect. I know you will prosper me for your own glory, not mine. I know that you will redeem the lies that people spread about me and the resentment people hold against me. I don't have to hold on to my pain or protect my bitterness so that I feel in control. I'm not. So I give it all to you. My name is "beloved," and I belong to you. That's what can honestly be said about me. That's who you say I am. Forgive me, Lord, as I forgive those who sin against me. In Jesus' name, Amen. "If tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you b

Lord, save me!

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  Lord, save me! I'm sinking. I'm not going to make it. I can't go on . I'm drowning right in front of you. I see your hand outstretched,  but I can't reach it. You said, "Come." And I came. I defied the waters below and the pure impossibility that I could join you in your mission-- that I had the faith-- but I don't. The winds and waves are too great for me. I know they're not too great for you, but today, that doesn't seem to matter. I can't go on. I can't see how anything will change. I don't feel you. Catch me, or I will perish. And lead me again into following you, even though my faith is small. I know you are the Son of God, but you feel so far from me and my desperate world. Amen. "Take courage. It is I. Do not be afraid."--Jesus ( Matthew 14:27-33 )

Prayer for Ukraine

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Dear Lord God, You oppose oppressors. You punish evil-doers. You de-throne tyrants . You protect your children. You draw hearts to seek you in every circumstance. So I pray for your righteous judgment on Russia and their aggression against Ukraine. I lament the loss of life and livelihood. I pray against war because war is not from you. I pray for a revival in Ukraine,  for a sweeping of the Holy Spirit through their towns and cities, for a longing and dependence on you for  salvation , protection , comfort, freedom , and eternity. You make yourself known to the nations. Lord, protect the Ukrainian people , especially the believers there, so they can minister to their countrymen. Lead them to operate out of love, not hate, for their fellow-man. I pray for a swift resolution to this conflict. Lord, set the prisoners free! I pray for  vengeance  against the Russian aggressors. Lavish your love on Ukraine and the people of Russia who are under Putin's thumb. I pray for a reversal of

How to pray for the desires of your heart

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  Have you ever prayed and asked God to give us the desires of our heart? It's a Scriptural. David prayed these words. But let's look at the whole prayer for some context . How should you pray for the desires of your heart? We find this important phrase in Psalm 20 . David outlines his troubles to God, and he speaks truth over his fears. Three times, David gives a humble and worshipful response to God's character of goodness. This prayer is anything but a laundry list for desires, but it is an outpouring of desire for God and from God. Here's how it goes: Dear Lord, you answer me when I'm in distress. You protect me. You send help from your sanctuary and give me support from Zion (that's angel protection and help!). You remember my worship and my gift offerings. You give me the desires of my heart . You make all my plans succeed . I shout for joy  and lift up the banner displaying God's goodness. You grant my requests. You save me because I am yours, and

A Valentine's Day prayer about love

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Dear Lord, Nobody deserves your love. Not me. Not anybody else. Your love surpasses all comprehension . So who am I to pick and choose who I'm kind to? Whom to include? Whom to protect and cherish? Whom to elevate and encourage? Everyone is loved by God as much as I am, no matter how good or bad they are, no matter what they've done or what they know. Loved completely because Jesus died for them, even in their sin, just like he died for me in my sin. Lord, I want to show love without reservation or judgment. Convict me, forgive me, release me to the world to reflect your love. Thank you ! You are amazing. In Jesus' powerful name, Amen. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” ( John 13:34-35 )

A Prayer to believe and speak truth

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  Lord Jesus, Why do I do things I don't want to do? Why can't I stop myself? I am giving power to the enemy. Lord, forgive me! I have been letting the devil bind me and enslave me by speaking lies to me about my self-worth, identity , value, destiny , worthiness. All he speaks are lies. You speak the truth over me. You say I am loved, saved, worthy, beautiful, belonging. I am your child, your bride, your object of rescue. Thank you, Jesus. You are always good , always safe, always loving , always protecting, always using everything around me and me, when I let you. Thank you! I will believe and speak these words of truth over myself, and I will change my thoughts and behaviors. You alone are worthy of my worship  and my obedience. You have my heart and my life. In your holy name, Amen. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do , but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no lon

Prayer over my marriage

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  Lord God, I want a good marriage that edifies you  and models your love to the world . So, Lord, convict me to make my marriage about representing you, not about trying to make myself happy or get my spouse to live up to my standards. Remind me to be patient and be kind, even when my spouse isn't. Convict me when I think or say hurtful things to my spouse. Prompt me to apologize immediately,  instead of making excuses or blaming my spouse for our problems. Fashion me into the Bride of Christ, helping me function like the Church should respond to you, the Bridegroom : Make me loving , f orgiving , encouraging, hopeful, and committed forever. Help me fulfill this list of intentions: I will assume the best of my spouse when I'm not sure what he/she meant. I will wait to react when something hits me wrong. I will pray for my spouse every day-- not to be more like I want, but to be more like Christ. I will confess my selfishness to my spouse and to God. I will ask questions wit

A prayer about loving Jesus, for real

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  Here's a prayer taken from the blog " Do you love Jesus? " Lord God, Please forgive me for not loving you back. You love without condition , without rules, without disappointment. I love conditionally, experimentally, sporadically. Forgive me and help me lean into your goodness , your holiness, your grace. You are light, love, righteousness, grace, and power. I worship and adore you in my frail human way. Grow the adoration in me. Show me your glory. Today, I'll love you for who you are and I'll serve you because I love you, not because I'm checking boxes for being a good Christian. Lord, teach me what it means to crucify myself and live solely for you. In Jesus' name , Amen. "For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.  For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the f

Lord, you are my weapon and my defense

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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