Sharing in the Victory Over Evil

The Cross Breaks Bondages, Over Every Circumstance, Every Failure, and Every Loss. Photo credit: tmewcf.org

The Cross Breaks Bondages, over Every Circumstance, Every Failure, and Every Loss. Photo credit: tmewcf.org

Sharing in the Victory Over Evil

 

For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. Deuteronomy 20:4 NIV

 

Lord Jesus,

You are the victor over evil

Forgive me for believing Satan’s exhibit was the last chapter

Forgive me for seeing Satan’s bondage more than your ability to break the bondage

You use every circumstance, every failure, and every loss

for your glory

for his purposes

for your victory plan

Because I couldn’t see it, I stopped hoping

I choose to hope again

To wait in hope for your salvation

salvation for the people involved

salvation of these circumstances to be consecrated to your purposes

salvation of my believing in your goodness even in this situation

 

My focus shall rest solely on you

My heart believes in your good intentions for me

Your purposes bring forth your glory

My whole being trusts that your purposes will prevail at the appointed time

My mind remembers your mighty deeds

My spirit rests in your holy loving nature

Now send forth your strength to this weary soldier

Your joy is my strength, I praise you continually for what you are doing in this situation

 

I lift up my voice in song

I believe in your victory over all

Thank you for sharing your victory

You reign on high

You are not moved

Your glory is eternal

 

 


Prayers for the Parched: God Never Fails

God Never Fails Us Hebrews 13:5.  Photo credit www.toluakinyemi.com

God Never Fails Us Hebrews 13:5. Photo credit www.toluakinyemi.com

Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] So we take comfort and are encouraged. And confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me. Hebrews 13:5-6 AMP

This prayer is particularly helpful on those days that seem overwhelming.  That’s when it’s time to bring to mind the sustaining verses. It’s time to refresh our minds with what the Bible says in the face of what our business associates say, our family members say, our media says, or what our friends say.  It’s time to focus on what the Bible says about us. It’s time to remember his commitment to us and his perspective on our lives.

My Bible says…

God will not fail me

God will not give me up

God will not leave me without support

God will not leave me helpless

God will not forsake me

God will not let me down

God will not relax his hold on me

Because…

He is my helper

I will not be seized with alarm

I will not fear

I will not dread

I will not be terrified

So therefore…

I take comfort

I am encouraged

I am confident

I am bold in Jesus

 


Prayers for the Parched: Glad It’s True

Because of the Work of Christ, our Hope of Eternal Life is in Him

Because of the Work of Christ, our Hope of Eternal Life is in Him

Luke 4:17-21  “The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him.  Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:  “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.  The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, “Today the scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

 

In the middle of a Christmas party on December 8, 2001, Sue Dumont went to be with the Lord for eternity.  She was 38.  For many of us who witnessed this, it was dramatic.  We were left grappling with our questions and trying to come to peace with what happened.  My friend Sandra realized she may never know why it happened.  But she knows our friend Sue is with God now. And this truth gave her peace.  Not everything can be explained.  It just is.

 

When I was a little kid, if Dad said it was okay, then it was.   And just being in the love of our family made it so.  Sandra prayed this prayer in her car driving home from a Christmas service one night shortly after Sue’s death.  It’s used with her permission.

 

Daddy,

There are a lot of things I do not understand

There are a lot of other things I am simply glad are true

I do not understand how it is that you came here as a person, so we could touch you

But I am really glad it’s true

I do not understand how it is that you came here as a person, so we could touch you

But I am really glad it is true

I do not understand why it is that you love me

But I am really glad it is true

I do not understand all what you are doing in my life

But I am really glad it’s true that you are working

I do not understand that you died, and you rose, for love

But I am just really glad that it’s true

Good night, Daddy

I love you, and Merry Christmas


Prayers for the Parched: Once Again – Part 2

"Now there was a widow that kept asking a judge for justice..."  Photo:  friarmusings.wordpress.com

“Now there was a widow that kept asking a judge for justice…”
Photo: friarmusings.wordpress.com

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray an not give up.  He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God not cared about men. And there was a certain widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’ And the lord said, ‘Listen to what the unjust judge says.  And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?  Will he keep putting them off?  I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.  However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?’ Luke 18:1-8

 

The reason I like this prayer is its ongoing nature. We continue to ask for justice and peace.  Jesus continues to pray for us. Why?  Because we need it!  Human hopes are exhausted in our overly indulged, overly committed lifestyles.  This prayer points us to God’s never ending abundance.  “Continue to teach us to pray.:”  This prayer affirms that it is a process of learning how.  All those frustrating little life experiences are God’s teaching ground.

Holy Spirit, we again give you this church and this community

Please bless our fellowship

Deepen our commitment to being Jesus’ body, bringing his love to bear on our relationships here and where we live and where we work

Inspire our worship so that seekers will sense your power and your love working in us and working through us

Lord we pray for our country and our world and continue to ask for justice and peace

We ask that you would make us generous people so that our abundance can bring your hope where human hopes have been exhausted

Father, lead us as your children to be more and more like Jesus

Lead us to deeper and deeper in our walks with you

And continue to teach us to pray, even as Jesus taught his disciples to pray.

Amen

Prayer for the People, Menlo Park Church Service 12 February 2000

View Part 1 of Prayers for the Parched: Once Again – Part 1


Prayers for the Parched: Once Again – Part 1

"Now there was a widow that kept asking a judge for justice..."  Photo:  friarmusings.wordpress.com

“Now there was a widow that kept asking a judge for justice…”
Photo: www.friarmusings.wordpress.com

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.  Psalm 100:5

“We again give you…”  Have you ever been on a weekend retreat where there’s a spiritual catharsis on Saturday night at the communion service?  These Magic Moments are where we commit something in our life to God.  It could be a dream, a hope a decision, or a disappointment.  Or, perhaps we give him the request/burden that we’ve been carrying for years.  They’re wonderful times.  So how is it that the peace can sometimes disappear in 24 hours?  I think it’s because we crossed our fingers while we prayed.  Or we picked up that burden again on our way out of the chapel. Some trials need to be laid at his feet again and again and again.  Keep at it.  With supernatural help, there is victory ahead.

Lord, Jesus,

We have come here to praise you and to sing your glory

We pause before you to praise you and stand in your glory and to know you better

Lord, in giving you our worship we ask that you would transform us

We ask that you would assure us and remind us of your faithfulness to us

Because there is a seemingly endless list of situations and people that leave us worried and overwhelmed

Lord, please renew our confidence in you and in your love

Lord, we give to you our best selves and ask that you inspire us to be your servants wherever we find ourselves

Lord, we also give to you our hidden selves and ask that you shine your light on the parts of us that long for healing and for deliverance

Lord, we give you thanks for never shying away from us or being shocked at any secrets we harbor and for always responding to us with grace and mercy

Continued in Once Again – Part 2

 


Prayers for the Parched: Invitation to Change

Asking God a question is an invitation to have Him enter our heart and change what we want

Asking God a question is an invitation to have Him enter our heart and change what we want

“And now, Lord, what do I wait for?  My hope is in You.  Deliver me from all my transgressions. Do not make me the reproach of the foolish.”  Psalm 39:7-8

In Psalm 39:7, David asks

the Lord, “What do I wait for?”  By asking this as a question it becomes an invitation to have God enter your heart and change what you want.  It can also change what we wait for.  We wait for God to enlarge our thoughts.  We wait for God to give us his vision for solutions according to the riches of his glory.  We wait for God to introduce new passions into our hearts.

Deliver me from my temper

Let the fruit of patience develop in me

Deliver me from pride

Change my self-image to a healthy balance of courage and confidence

Deliver me from self-will

Let me remember that you are designed us for community

Deliver me from my transgressions

Thank you for the continual cleansing of Jesus’ blood

 

 


Prayers for the Parched: The Divine Exchange

We give God our sin and He gives us righteousness.  Praise God for Divine Exchange. Photo by www.cripplegate.com

We give God our sin and He gives us righteousness. Praise God for Divine Exchange.
Photo by www.cripplegate.com

The Divine Exchange

How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, in whose heart is the highways to Zion!  Passing through the Valley of Baca, they make it a spring; the early rain covers it with blessings. They go from strength to strength, every one of them appears before God in Zion.  O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob.  Selah. Behold our shield, O God; look upon the face of Your anointed. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the Lord gives grace and glory; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. Psalm 84:5-9, 11

God,

You are a loving God

Your mercy is from everlasting to everlasting

I worship you, Lord for the work you are doing because you area faithful God

You hear our prayers

You answer our prayers

I praise you because you will remember my sins no more

Jesus,

You created a Divine Exchange

You not only took from me my sins on the cross

You also gave me Your righteousness before God

Your righteousness allows me to have peace

Your peace allows me to have joy

Jesus,

You’re a friend who’s closer than a brother

You are strong and you are my strength

You give me rest for my soul

 

 


Prayers for the Parched: Balancing Work and Rest

Balancing Work and Rest Photo:  by JoshWeidmann.com

Balancing Work and Rest Photo: by JoshWeidmann.com

Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads and look; and ask for the eternal paths, where the good, old way is; then walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”  Jeremiah 6:16

God,

I praise you for the balance between work and rest

Forgive me when I take on more than you ever asked me to, and get tired

I stand at yet another fork in the road

Which is the good way?

Show me which path, and I will walk in it

I seek your rest for my weary soul

Thank you for being at work in my life even when I am asleep

Jesus, I want to learn of you

You give me relief, refreshment, and recreation for my soul

Thank you for sharing my burdens

Thank you for letting me make decisions with you

Thank you for your input

Holy Spirit, enable me to enjoy my work

And also enable me to enjoy my rest

 


In Everything Give Thanks – Try It!

These circumstances intended to discourage and pull down will be the same ones you use to transform for your purposes of good and glory

These circumstances intended to discourage and pull down will be the same ones you use to transform for your purposes of good and glory

In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

Do we really have to take this verse seriously?  Yes.

What if I’m not grateful?  Then Praise God

We may not feel thankful for bad things that happen. Yet, this verse tells us to be thankful in everything, not for everything.

When we can’t see our way through difficult circumstances, then we consciously choose to Praise God.  He is able to work in our circumstances.  He often lets people make poor decisions which can impact us.  Through praise we can invite Him into the middle of the muddles.  He can turn things around.  This isn’t a guarantee that He will turn things around.  He acknowledges that He can.

His love guarantees our triumph over the test.  He may simply walk though the difficult spot with us.  He may send someone to walk alongside us.  He may change things miraculously.  He may not. He may have other purposes at work that have nothing to do with us.  In praising God we are agreeing with God about His goals, even if He hasn’t outlined them to us.  Some things we simply don’t understand or don’t like.  God doesn’t like it when people choose bad behavior.  Their bad choices have impact at several levels.  Praise in God reminds us that He can redeem things in His way and in His time.  It’s not like the incidents never happened.  He just uses it for His purposes and not the enemy.

Praising God is agreeing with Joseph’s conclusion, “You intended it to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”  Genesis 50:20.

Heavenly Father, I choose to be thankful for all my circumstances today and every day.  Show me how you can make things work together for good even when I can’t see it.  I choose to Praise You.  You are bigger than the mountain of difficulty in front of me.  Thank you for offering to walk alongside me and never leave me.  Again, I am choosing to praise you and be thankful in everything.

 

 


Prayers for the Parched: Memo from God

Prayer Allows Us to Partner with God in Every Detail of Our Lives

Prayer Allows Us to Partner with God in Every Detail of Our Lives

Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!  Psalm 66:20

“I am God.  Today I will be handling all of your problems.  Please remember that I do not need your help.  If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it. Kindly put in the SFGTD (something for God to do) box.  It will be addressed in my time, not yours.  Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it or remove it.  Holding on or removal will delay the resolution of your problem.  If it is a situation that you think you are capable of handling, please consult me in prayers to be sure that it is the proper resolution.  Because I do not sleep nor do I slumber, there is no need for you to lose any sleep.  Rest my child.  If you need to contact me, I am only a prayer away.”

Unknown Author”Roll your burdens on to the Lord.  Trust also in Him and He worketh for you.”  Psalm 37:5