Election Day Prayers

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How do we pray about the elections?  Here’s a great prayer guide from the National Day of Prayer.  Click here.  We pray and act (vote) and trust God with the results.  Some have become discouraged in praying for elections in the past when they don’t see the results hoped for.  Some give up entirely.  What’s the point?  Every prayer, just as every vote matters!  Trust that God is in charge.

Let’s get praying!

Overcoming Darkness: A 90-day Prayer Focus

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Overcoming Darkness: A 90-day Prayer Focus

What is a prayer focus?  A prayer focus is a daily guide to Scripture reading and prayer that a group or region uses to corporately “be on the same page”.  The focus typically follows a theme.  This gives the opportunity for people to enter in to encountering and experiencing God together.

Why should I participate in a prayer focus?   If God is calling you to participate, you will be richly blessed in this corporate expression of shared prayer, fellowship and experience.  It may seem at first like a burden to add something extra to your devotional life, but believe me, it will be worth it!

How does it work?  Each day spend some time reading the Scriptures recommended and use it and the comments or questions provided to begin a dialog with God on the topic.  There will also be a weekly challenge where you can take what God is speaking to you and put it into action.

This 90-day prayer focus is broken down into four 21-day prayer focuses, each with a different theme and a final week of celebration.  There will be an optional gathering for fellowship and prayer at the end of each 21-day focus for those who want to participate.

Why this theme – Overcoming Darkness?  This year’s focus at Leading in These Times of racial reconciliation is highlighting an area that needs to be addressed.  Any kind of division in the Body of Christ is displeasing to God and contrary to His Kingdom, whether it manifests in racial, gender, denominational or any other kind of discrimination or abuse.

How do we deal with this darkness?

Recently I read in an article that to overcome any form of darkness corporately, we first need to be grounded in the following four areas:

  1. Receiving God’s provision of unity through the Cross (Eph. 2:13-22)
  2. Living in the reality of love, through the power of the Spirit (Eph. 3:14-20)
  3. Embracing humility that enables the preservation of unity (Eph. 4:1-6)
  4. Walking in purity in life and relationships (Eph. 4:20-6:9) (Tom White, Overcoming High Level Darkness)

This is the basis for the four 21-day prayer focuses – exploring unity, love, humility and purity together.  For those warriors who might be thinking, “What? Aren’t we going to battle?” Yes.  These four things also constitute the most powerful weapons we have against the enemy.

What if I miss a day?  Don’t stress about it!  That’s the beauty of doing this corporately. There’s grace if you miss a day.  Don’t feel pressured to “catch up”, just join in as God leads you.  Here’s the first few days:

Day 1 – Read Genesis 1.  Meditate on how the Father, Son and Spirit worked together in creation.  Ask God to give you a fresh vision of this familiar passage.  What did it look like for the Father to say, “Let Us make man in our image…”

Day 2 – Read John 1:1-5, 14; 5:19 – How does the “Word” express and reveal the glory of the Father to you?  Why did Jesus only do what the Father was doing?

Day 3 – Read John 14:1-21.  What had Philip missed?  Ask the Lord to reveal anything you might have “missed” in understanding the unity of Father, Son and Spirit.

Day 4 – Read Psalm 2.  If the Father was planning to give Jesus the nations as His inheritance, why did He tell Jesus to ask Him for it?  How does understanding this and applying it to my life affect the way I pray?

Day 5 – Read 2 Corinthians 13:14.  Why did Paul highlight each member of the Godhead in closing this letter?  What insights do we learn about different expressions of the Trinity from this passage?  Take a moment to thank the Son for His grace, the Father for His love and Holy Spirit for fellowship (communion)

Hope you will join us in this prayer focus!  I will post daily on 1000 Ways to Pray Facebook or you can print the first 21-day prayer focus by clicking here.

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?

Prayer Garden


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I’m writing this from Texas where I’m enjoying a beautiful prayer garden.  It is based off of the twelve tribes of Israel and includes plaques describing the tribes, Scriptural references and significance of each.  My favorite is the section on the tribe of Judah including a beautiful water fountain and statue of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.  I enjoyed walking through the garden, meditating on God’s Word and His beauty in nature.  Another favorite spot was the Shulamite herb garden (pictured above) based off of Song of Solomon and thinking about the spices mentioned.  Am I a fragrant garden for my Beloved?  For more on these gardens, click here.

Closer to home is the beautiful Alta Sierra Biblical Gardens near Grass Valley, Ca.  20 Biblical stations can take approximately 1 ½ hours to walk through on a self-guided tour.  Click here for more info.  Need some time to refocus and refresh?  Consider checking out a Biblical Gardens near you!

What about your backyard?  Are there ways that you can add some meaningful items to focus your mind and heart on God?  Ask God what theme He might have for you.  Do some research.  Maybe it’s planting certain plants, a foot path or stones or plaques with Scripture on them.  It doesn’t have to be expensive, just something that is meaning to you and the Lord.

Comment and let me know about your favorite prayer spot with the Lord.

 

 

Prayer Opportunity

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I’m posting early as I heard of this unique way to include our prayers in an Eagle Scout’s project.  He is building a labyrinth (see blog on Labyrinths if this is new to you) and is asking for people from around the world to add their prayers.  But there’s a deadline, Friday, September 19.  If you get this in time, let’s include our prayers in this project!  Click here for more information and to participate.

If you get this too late, think about what kind of project God might lay on your heart – maybe building your own prayer garden in your backyard, and including ways to add prayers in it.  God will give you some great ideas!  Think of ways you can include your church, small group or region in such a project.  Comment and let me know what you do!

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!

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