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Ebola Prayer Points

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Watching the news can stress you out!  From sickness, to weather disaster to wars, it can be pretty discouraging, if not fear producing.  God hasn’t called us to walk in that as Christians, but to be proactive in prayer.  How does He want us to respond to the Ebola virus?

A friend of mine, Lena Tawlks, shared the following insights and prayer points for this season:

Intercessors will play a critical role in spiritual warfare using our God given authority over works of the enemy.   I have no doubt that it will be contained in the USA with ongoing vigilance but the slow response has made it much more difficult and costly.  Pray that our government agencies will use wisdom and sound science, especially that they will be truthful about the danger.

Pray that everyone whose passport shows they have been in a country where Ebola is present, will be denied entry to the US.  Our borders here must be protected from illegal entry in order for America to continue to lead in research and provide financial and medical assistance to those already suffering.

Pray for safety and protection for these selfless workers who put their lives on the line just as our Military does.

Fear of illness and death will cause people to seek a higher power for their healing.  Let’s pray that they will turn to Jesus for salvation and healing.  Miracles and healing are catalysts for revival so we must be prepared. I suggest praying that Christians will earnestly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gifts of healing and evangelism.

SUGGESTED PRAYER POINTS

  • Healing for those already infected and for proper care for them.
  • For medical personnel to receive proper training and equipment so the virus can be contained. It appears that care for just one patient can run into the millions plus the need for tracking and isolating those exposed.
  • Scientific research to discover vaccine and antibiotics to treat.
  • Assurances to prevent fear and panic resulting in disruption of world economy and security.
  • Praise and thankfulness to God for the elimination of many deadly epidemics by the discovery of vaccines, antibiotics and sanitation.

We are blessed in receiving so much from Jesus so let’s pour out prayer and fill those golden bowls at the heavenly altar.

 

Oct 13, 2014 - 101-150, Everyday Prayers    No Comments

Praying for our Borders

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Watching the news these days about ISIS and the reality of our porous southern border can cause many of us to fear.  We react sometimes in judgment against our government for not securing the borders better, feeling helpless and ready to blame.  But we do have a part to play.  We can pray.

“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.”  2 Timothy 1:7

We don’t need to be victims, but to get on our knees and be victors as we cry out to God to protect our borders.  This is the time for us as Christians to rise up, to pray and to see God move on behalf of His people.  Pray that evil will be exposed and halted from their schemes.  Pray for God’s presence to fill our land and cover our borders.  Let a move of God sweep our nation and overflow in blessing to our surrounding nations.  Now is the time!

Is there a portion of the border that God is calling you to “guard” through your prayers?  Do you live near a border?  Maybe God is calling you to a prayer walk/drive or journey.  My oldest son just moved to San Diego – I think that’s a good place to start for me!  Happy praying!

“He makes peace in your borders…” Psalm 147:14

Sending Out Prayers

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We were recently at a conference where they sent out people on different mission trips and it reminded me of Acts 13:3 where the Lord directed that Saul (later Paul) and Barnabas were sent out on a mission trip.  “Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.”

If you are headed out on a mission trip or an assignment from the Lord, make sure those you are in relationship to send you out with pray and a blessing!  Add some fasting as well if you are led!  God has great things for you and wants you to be connected to the body and sent out.

Many of you may think, “Well, that doesn’t apply to me.  I’m not going anywhere.”  Yet, each one of us are on assignment from the Lord.  We have family who each day go out into the “world”.  Next time your spouse or kids are leaving home to work, school or other things, send them out!  Bless them.  Encourage them that they have a mission field right where they are.  Who’s around you that you can bless?  Where’s your mission field today?

Persevering Prayer

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“One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.” Luke 18:1 NLT

When we don’t see the immediate answers to our prayers, it’s easy to get discouraged and quit.  But Jesus taught us to persevere, to not lose heart and to always pray.  Pray whether we see the results or not.  This takes supernatural faith to believe that God is at work, even when we can’t see it.  In those situations I remind myself that there’s a blessing given to those who even though they don’t see, still believe (John 20:29)

What are you believing for?  If you aren’t seeing it happening, I encourage you to hold on.  Don’t lose heart.  Keep going.  Confidence in prayer comes as we trust in Him who is always good, loving, faithful and just.  We can’t see the whole picture.  We see things “darkly” through a veil.  But we can trust He is working all things for our good.

What is the one thing you are going to persevere in prayer for?  Leave a comment and let me know.  Let’s pray for each other to persevere!

Jesus, I need You to give me supernatural vision and faith to believe for ___________________.  I trust that You are at work, even when I can’t see the results I’d like to see.  My hope is in You, not in circumstances changing.  I thank You that You are always loving, gentle, faithful and trustworthy.  I surrender ___________________________ to You. 

Sep 8, 2014 - 101-150, Everyday Prayers    1 Comment

Informed Intercession

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I recently read an article in the Missions Frontier magazine about “informed intercession” a marriage of research and prayer.  Each week this group choose a different people group, research throughout the week and then come together to share and pray.

I was a little skeptical at first, thinking “shouldn’t we rely on what the Spirit is saying?”  But as I read their testimonies, it made sense to use the tools available to be informed.  Here’s what one person shared:

“I would definitely encourage people to research rather than just simply blindly praying for things. I was taught that the key to intimacy is knowledge. To really be able to love a people and pray for them is to learn about who they are in a deeper way. I found that the more I researched a people, the more I fell in love with them and the easier it was to pray. I didn’t have to just make things up. I began dreaming about this people at night, and they would be in my thoughts during the day. The Lord was stirring my heart for them in deeper ways. The more informed we are as intercessors, as people who pray for a specific people, the more our heart will come alive through it.”

When possible, they would call people in that country to get more “on the ground” information, besides using the internet.  To read the full article, click here.

Has God called you to pray for a specific group of people or a cause?  Would research help you to better understand and pray?  Comment and let me know what you think!

Labor Day Prayer

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This morning the verse that resonates in my heart is “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me for I am meek and lowly in heart and you shall find rest for your souls.  My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

I invite you to take a moment to ponder these words.  Are you weighed down with the cares of this life?  Are you stressed out?  Anxious?  Are you experiencing a lot of pressure?  If so, this prayer is for you.

“Jesus, I need You.  I’m stressed out, weary, and burdened with many things.  You said to come to You and so I am today.  I’m bringing you everything that weighs me down.  I’ve tried to do it all on my own, but it’s not working.  So I’m laying it all at Your feet.  I need rest and know that it only comes when I’m yoked to You, Your ways, Your purposes.  Forgive me for trying to do it on my own.  I surrender to You.  Thank you for lifting off from me all that is not of You.  I receive Your love for me today, your grace, peace and hope.  Amen.”

Feeling better? I hope so!  Comment and let me know you’re experience!

Praying for Your Spouse

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A few years ago, I picked up the book “The Power of a Praying Wife” by Stormie Omartian and found it to be a great blessing in my life and in my marriage.  Practical wisdom and 30 prayers to pray give a way to daily offer your spouse to the Lord.  (There is also “The Power of a Praying Husband” available)

The last sentence of the first prayer caught me off guard.  “Give my husband a new wife, and let it be me.”  These prayers are not about manipulating, controlling, or trying to change your spouse, but about you surrendering to God and receiving grace to be the spouse God wants you to be.   Your heart is softened and prepared to love as God loves.   The prayers are not about “Lord, change him (or her)” but Lord, change me!

Praying for your spouse is the ultimate love language and you will reap great rewards from the sacrifice of your prayers.  This doesn’t mean that you will have the perfect marriage and everything will be wonderful, but that your heart will come alive in a new way as you submit to God and be the spouse God has called you to be.  I highly recommend this book and praying these prayers for everyone who is married!

(Last paragraph of the first prayer)  “Make me a new person, Lord.  Give me a fresh perspective, a positive outlook, and a renewed relationship with the man you’ve given me.  Help me see him with new eyes, new appreciation, new love, new compassion and new acceptance.  Give my husband a new wife, and let it be me.”

Praying for Adult Children

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My oldest moved out in January, the beginning of transition for our family!  When our kids are little, we sometimes think if we can just get them “launched”, then everything is going to be okay.  But the reality is our concerns for our children never end as long as we have breath!  As they transition to adulthood, we have less influence over their daily lives and it can feel out of control.  We might realize mistakes we’ve made and have regrets.  The good news is that Jesus redeems all things.  We can stand in confidence in Him for their lives even when they are out from under our roof.

We can’t “fix” our adult children or ensure they have the “perfect” life.  They will experience the ups and downs and the consequences of their actions.  Sometimes it might feel unbearable to watch.  But we can have confidence that God has a way through.  How did we learn and grow closer to the Lord?  Through the challenges we faced!

Never give up!  Don’t let the enemy lie to you even when moments seem the darkest and your child furthest away from the Lord.  Know that God is always drawing them and that He who began a good work, will complete it!

I highly recommend Stormie Omartian’s book “The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children” to give you specific encouragement in how to turn worry for children into powerful prayers.  With God, nothing is impossible!

Praying for Our Children

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Worrying about our children comes as naturally to a parent as breathing.  We are concerned about this issue or that character trait in them.  We fear what might happen to them – accidents, trauma, abuse.  We worry about their grades, their peer relationships, their physical development.  And most of all, we desire our children to grow in their relationship with the Lord and to follow Him.  When we focus on the potential problems (or the real life ones!) we pray from a place of fear instead of trust.

One of the best resources I’ve found is the book by Stormie Omartian – “The Power of a Praying Parent”, a practical guide to praying for our children.

God loves our children more than we do.  He already has a beautiful plan for their lives and He sees the end from the beginning.  My first place in pray is to remind myself of this and to again place them in His hands.  He’s happy to discuss the problems and battles they face with us if we will stop our worry long enough to listen to what He has to say.  My worry accomplishes nothing and actually becomes a stumbling block to loving dialogue with Jesus.

Because His thoughts are higher than my thoughts and very different from what I would naturally think, I have to be still enough to hear Him speak and trust His ways, even if an immediate change doesn’t happen.  I can trust Him for the long haul.

It’s hard when our children are not “perfect” like we’d like (but then, neither are we!!!)  We make mistakes and so do they.  Have grace for yourself as a parent and have grace for them.  Trust God as you commit them to His care.

In a challenging season with your child?  Take heart.  Cast your cares on God and rest in His loving care of them.  Get the book “The Power of a Praying Parent” and regularly contend for your children with faith-filled prayers as you partner with God for the best plans He has for them.

Aug 4, 2014 - 101-150, Everyday Prayers    No Comments

Facebook Prayers

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Some time ago I read in Guidepost Magazine about a woman who used Facebook for her prayers.  Each day she would pick a friend and post a prayer for them.  What a great way to use social media in a positive way!

It doesn’t take a lot of time and yet is such a blessing to the person who reads it.  When you post it on their timeline, others also get to see it and be blessed.  Who knows the ripple effect of your prayers?  There’s a lot of garbage out there on social media. Let’s take a moment and redeem it!  Who are you going to bless today?