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A prayer for your opposition

My Lord and Father and Son, You know I'm trying to follow you. You know the enemy is trying to trip me up,  slow me down, take me out. You know I'm discouraged, exhausted, afraid. Jesus, you felt this way when you were human. Thank you for your promises . Thank you for your power. Thank you for your patience. God, you found me at the ends of the earth and called me ( Isaiah 41:9 ). You promise to strengthen me and hold me up ( Isaiah 41:10 ). You tell me that my enemies will be ashamed of their deeds ( Isaiah 41:11 ) and will perish in their disobedience. I will not be able to find them, even if I look for them, because you are holding my hand ( Isaiah 41:12-13 ). I am in awe of your compassion and your everlasting love. So I pray for all who oppose me, in my personal or professional life, that they will reach out to you because you want to hold their hands, just like you hold mine. You search for all of us and love all of us equally, and no one is an enemy is your eyes. Teac

At War

It's easy to forget that I am in a daily battle. I'm at war. And I'm not talking about fighting with my kids over their homework or the dry cleaners over pants that have vanished. I'm talking about real spiritual warfare--the kind that's kicking me in the butt. I know a spiritual war is going on because I am praying against stuff that sometimes happens anyway. If I didn't know better, I'd say that my prayers weren't working. But I've been at the Christian life for awhile, so I know that's not true.  I'm just at war. And in a war, nobody wins all the time. War always creates setbacks and casualties on both sides. Everyone emerges with scars. Spiritual warfare is the reason that life is hard. So this spiritual war between good and evil becomes the reason that I pray, whether I realize it or not. My desire to push in against the enemy, to take back ground I've lost through wrong choices, to conquer new territory in my heart and mind-