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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