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Trauma Prayer

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All of us have experienced some sort of trauma throughout our lives.  Times of difficulty are precisely when the enemy wants to get a foothold in our lives through the pain.  The good news is that Jesus is in the business of restoration!

Recently, I was sent an email with a link to the Trauma Prayer by Jim Banks and found it a powerful tool as well as very soothing.  In fact, one time I listened to it, I fell asleep!  I knew then it wasn’t so much about my mind hearing it, but my spirit being able to absorb it, while my body rested.  It’s something that you can listen to more than once as each time God is bringing a deeper level of healing to the areas of your life impacted by pain. I believe it can bring breakthrough for those suffering the effects of any kind of trauma.

You can find more information about this powerful prayer by clicking here:  http://www.houseofhealingministries.org/trauma.html  They also have a prayer for soldiers with PTSD.

Do you know someone struggling with trauma?  Share this post with them!

Prayer Following Ministry

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Cleansing prayer after ministry is often overlooked.  We forget that we’ve been in a spiritual battle and that there can be backlash and other ways the enemy would like to get to us after a powerful time of prayer.  This prayer by Dr. Francis MacNutt is a helpful tool if you are involved in healing prayer ministry.  You might want to adapt it for other forms of ministry you are involved in.

But remember these aren’t magic formulas, but guides to help us in connecting with God and engage in good spiritual hygiene.  Next time after you’ve finished praying for someone, take some time to pray this prayer!

Lord Jesus, thank you for sharing with us your wonderful ministry of healing and deliverance.  Thank you for the healings we have seen  and experienced today.

We realize that the sickness and evil we encounter is more than our humanity can bear, so cleanse us of any sadness, negativity or despair that we may have picked up. If our ministry has tempted us to anger, impatience or lust, cleanse us of those temptations and replace them with love, joy and peace.

If any evil spirits have attached themselves to us or oppressed us in any way, we command you to depart now and go straight to Jesus Christ for Him to deal with you as He will.

Come Holy Spirit: renew us – fill us anew with your power, your life and your joy.  Strengthen us where we have felt weak and clothe us with your light.  Fill us with life, Lord Jesus, please send your holy  angels to minister to us and our families-guard us and protect us from all sickness, harm and accidents.

We praise you now and forever, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and we ask these things in Jesus’ holy name that He may be glorified.  Amen.

 

12 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

While we in the West enjoy freedom and joy in celebrating Christmas, so many in other countries are persecuted, tortured and suffering for their faith.  Let’s remember them in a special way by setting aside 12 days to pray for Christians in these countries.

Please join in praying for the persecuted church – whenever you read this, just join in:

Day 1 – Pray for Christians in Pakistan

Day 2 – Pray for Christians in Gaza

Day 3 – Pray for Christians in Nigeria

Day 4 – Pray for Christians in Iraq

Day 5 – Pray for Christian in Sudan

Day 6 – Pray for Christian in Iran

Day 7 – Pray for Christians in Saudi Arabia

Day 8 – Pray for Christians in Syria

Day 9 – Pray for Christians in Eritrea

Day 10 – Pray for Christians in Maldives

Day 11 – Pray for Christians in Libya

Day 12 – Pray for Christians in Yemen

Creative Ornament Prayers

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Got a gift exchange coming up?  Consider slipping a written prayer in as a surprise for the person you’re giving it to.

If you are the organizer, ask each person to bring an ornament with a prayer request inside – commit to pray for one another through the year.

Consider each person in the family writing a prayer request and putting in an ornament.  Next year when you decorate, check the prayer requests and rejoice how God has answered them over the past year.  Make it a powerful family tradition!

Ask God to give you other creative ways to pray during this season!!

Pillbox Prayers

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Do you know someone who could use a week’s worth of encouragement?  I just read about this clever idea in a blog post.  Simply purchase a pillbox or find one you aren’t using.  Then on small strips of paper, write out a prayer for each day of the week.  You might include a Scripture of encouragement.  Roll them up and place in each section.

Ask the Lord who to give it to.  It might be an elderly friend or someone leaving on a short-term mission trip.  The possibilities are endless.  Keep one in your purse or bag to give to a stranger as God leads you.  Be creative!  During that week, pray each day that God uses those little messages to touch and transform the person’s life.  You might not know the full results here on earth, but eternity will reveal the power of 7 little prayers!

Have an old pillbox laying around?  Put it to good use!  Who can you bless today?

Memorial Day Prayer

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Memorial Day Prayers

God loves memorials!  The word “remember” is used 148 times in Scripture.  God used a rainbow as a memorial of His covenant.  He had the Israelites build a monument of stones from the river Jordan to commemorate their crossing over.  God gave them feasts to remember His deliverance from Egypt, the giving of the law and their time of dwelling in tents.  It’s good to remember!

On Memorial Day, we especially remember and express our gratitude for those who fought and died for our freedom.  Today, I’m remembering my Uncle Tom who died serving in Vietnam.  I’m grateful to live in a land of relative freedom and praying that freedom continues!

Beyond this, let’s remember the One who brought us the ultimate freedom through His death and resurrection, Jesus Christ!  The reason we have any level of freedom, spiritually and physically, is because of Him.

Take time in the midst of vacation or BBQ or whatever you are doing to be grateful.  To remember.  To pray.

Jesus, You are the One who paid the price for my ultimate freedom!  Thank You for what you did for me!  Today I remember again and celebrate the price You paid. 

Today, I also remember those who fought for my freedom in this country, brave men and women who gave up their lives in battle.  I pray for their families and loved ones who suffered great loss and trust that you comfort their hearts in a special, supernatural way.  Amen. 

National Day of Prayer

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We are just a few days from the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 7, 2015.  I hope you are planning to join a local gathering, but if not, you can watch online the national event by going to http://nationaldayofprayer.org/national-observance/

Why a National Day of Prayer?  We desperately need a turning back to God in our nation, and not just for a day!  The problems and challenges we are faced with cannot be solved by a political system, a new election, or some good idea.  Only God can turn this nation back to His original intent and that only comes by our cooperation and partnership with Him through prayer.

You might think you are just one person and that it’s not really that important, but your voice matters!

This year’s theme is “Lord, hear our cry”.  For more information and free prayer guides, go to www.NationalDayofPrayer.org.

The National Day of Prayer is a great time to connect, join as a body and pray together in unity.  If you are in the Sacramento region – consider meeting at the Capitol at 5:00pm with others to worship and pray.  Or join the Rock House of Prayer from 10am-12pm.  There’s also a prayer breakfast at William Jessup University that we always enjoy attending.  Hope to see you there!

Salvation Prayer, Part 1

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When I was asking the Lord about what to blog this week, I heard “salvation prayer”.  Seems funny to be on blog #149 on different ways to pray and finally getting to prayer for salvation!  Maybe it was so obvious, I overlooked it.  This would be the first prayer many people pray.

Important parts include:

  1. Confession of Jesus as Lord and Savior
  2. Repentance of sin and receiving forgiveness and new life in Jesus
  3. Grace to walk out life in the Spirit.

 

Many these days just look for a confession that they believe in Jesus, but even the “demons believe and tremble.” James 2:19 It’s so much more! Repentance is key. It’s also not about just getting “a ticket to heaven” but the start of a new relationship, a new life.

Here’s a sample prayer from www.aboutchristianity.com

Dear Jesus,
I admit that I am a sinner. I have lived my life for myself. I am sorry and I repent.  I ask you to forgive me. I believe that you died on the cross for me, to save me. You did what I could not do for myself. I come to you now and ask you to take control of my life, I give it to you. Help me to live every day in a way that pleases you. I love you, Lord, and I thank you that I will spend all eternity with you.

Amen.

Who do you know that needs to say a prayer like this?  Ask the Lord to show you 2-3 people you can be praying for an opportunity to share Jesus and this prayer!

Reflections at the Wailing Wall

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As many of you know, I am blessed to be on a prayer journey to Jerusalem – a surprise provision from the Lord.  This morning we spent some time at the Wailing Wall (or Western Wall as it is called here).

I must admit to having some conflicting emotions about it.  Is it really part of the wall of the old temple?  There is some newer evidence combined with eyewitness account of Josephus to suggest other possibilities.  It even could go against Jesus’ words regarding the temple, “Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another that shall not be thrown down.”  Matthew 24:2

Yet, I’d heard stories of people experiencing powerful things there or answered prayers, on tiny pieces of paper stuck in the cracks of the wall.

With these thoughts, I neared the wall, jostled by the crowd, from ultra-orthodox to casual tourists.  Grandmas with their prayer shawls and little girls dancing in adorable dresses.

The first thing to attract my attention was the barrier that divides the men’s and women’s side.  A Bar Mitzah was taking place on the men’s side, but the mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and aunts could only watch, perched precariously on chairs from the women’s side, looking over the solid fence, cheering and at times throwing candy to the young man on the other side.  I thought of the verse “For He Himself…has broken down the middle wall of division between us.”  Ephesians 2:14

I got on a chair too, to watch what I could barely see over the barrier.  Fathers and sons, uncles and brothers, reciting Holy Scripture, chanting, dancing and celebrating.

Then I moved closer to the wall, pressing my hands against the stones.  What would I feel?  What would I sense?  I wondered.

“Idolatry”.  I heard the word in my spirit with surprise.  Looking around it appeared there were people here, sincere, devoted and believing that somehow God would hear their prayers and answer them because they were at a particular location.  Some kissed the wall.  Some sat and recited Scripture.  When finished, some walked backwards away from the wall as if it embodied Holy God.

I sat and wrestled with God under the wall.  What did it mean?  Where these meaningless stones? Misled people? I’d been given some prayers to place in wall by friends, but now, should I?  Was it a form of superstition that God was more likely to answer our prayers if they were placed on little papers in the wall?

Peace eventually came as I considered the beautiful God who is madly in love with us and loves to meet us where we are.  Just as I can fondly remember the place my husband proposed to me, or special things we’ve done or places we’ve gone together, it isn’t sin to enjoy special places with God.  But there is caution against superstition and idolatry.

God answers prayer wherever we are.  I don’t have to be at the Wailing Wall to get His attention.  I don’t have to say just the right prayer or have an especially anointed person pray for me to get answers.

But He does enjoy spending special times with us in places dear to His or our hearts.  It’s fun to revisit the place my husband and I went on our first date, but it would be silly to think that he will love me more when we are at that location.  You get the point.

Others on the team had powerful experiences with God at the wall.  My assignment today wasn’t to worship cold stones, but the One with the warm heart of love for me.

Wherever you are today, He hears your cry, your prayer.  You don’t have to travel around the world, stand in front of a wall or place your prayer there to be heard.  Let Him hear your voice today!

 

Prayers at Passover

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Many Christians don’t understand the significance and blessing of the Passover, but view it as a relic meant just for Jews.  However, Christians celebrated Passover hundreds of years after Christ death and resurrection.  It wasn’t until Constantine began separating Jews and Christians that “Easter” was created and demands that Christians stop entering into Passover.  What a loss for us as Christians!

We are not obligated to celebrate Passover, but just as you don’t have to celebrate your birthday, it sure is fun to do so!  Each symbol of the Passover so speaks of Jesus!  Its a joy to understand new depths of who He is and what He did for us!!!

In looking at the Passover Seder, much prayers and blessings and Psalms are spoken in a fun, family atmosphere.  And don’t forget the food!  There’s such a richness to this holiday and is the basis for the Lord’s Supper or communion.  (If you’ve never been part of a Seder, we are celebrating Passover on March 27, 6-9pm.  Join us by clicking here to register!)

Throughout the Seder there are prayers of blessings, over the matzah, grape juice, etc, but I especially appreciate the blessing of the children.  (see blog on Blessing our Children  for more).  It is the same blessing spoken over them each week on Shabbat.

Many of the Psalms are read, including Psalm 113-118 – what strikes me most about this is one particular verse in Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.”  Jesus said that knowing that day would be the most difficult day of his life, betrayed, tortured, death.  And in the following verses (27) “Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.” And knowing He was that sacrifice!

The Passover ends with a declaration “Next year in Jerusalem!”  For us, we remember Jesus’ words that He would not drink of the fruit of the vine until He drinks it with us new in his Father’s kingdom! (Matthew 26:29).  Our cry is “Next year in the New Jerusalem!”  Even so, come Lord Jesus!

 

 

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