Prayers for the Parched: Weapons of Truth

Knights Know their Weapons of Warfare

Knights Know their Weapons of Warfare

Weapons of Truth

The righteous man will be glad in the Lord, and will take refuge in Him.  And all the upright in heart will glory.  Psalm 64:10

The truths in scripture are our weapons against the enemy’s relentless attacks.  Use these truths to resist the devil at his onset and to talk to your doubts.

The weapons of Truth

God does care

God is interested in my problems

God is sovereign

God is bigger than the problem

God is waiting for a purpose

God always does the right thing

God is working all things together for good

God does love me

 

Father God,

You are mighty in battle

There is none like you

Thank you for these weapons of truth

May they bring victory against the battle of today

For your glory

 


Prayers for the Parched: Waterfall of Love

Waterfalls Give Us a Picture of Supernatural Abundant Love

Waterfalls Give Us a Picture of Supernatural Abundant Love

Waterfall of Love

Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living waters will flow from within him.”  John 7:38

Soften  my heart Lord

Let love in

Let love flow

Let fruit be developed

And grow and ripen

 

Thank you for your streams of living water

Flowing within me

Thank you for filling me up with your love to the point of overflowing

May your love spill over to others around me

In a waterfall of love

 

 


Prayers for the Parched: The Better Way

God knows all the paths of life as He leads us

God knows all the paths of life as He leads us

The Better Way

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  Isaiah 55:8-9

O Lord,

Thou knowest what is the better way

Let this or that be done as thou shalt please

Give what thou wilt

and how much thou wilt

and when thou wilt

Deal with me in all things as thou wilt

I am in thy hand

Turn me round and turn me back again even as a wheel

Behold I am thy servant

prepared for all things

For I desire not to live  unto myself

but unto thee

And, oh that I could do it worthy and perfectly!

 

A Thomas A. Kempis Prayer

 

 


Prayers for the Parched: Daniel’s Delayed Response

God, I repent on behalf of my city. Thank you for hearing my prayers.  Thank you for loving us.  Thank you for being active in our lives.

God, I repent on behalf of my city. Thank you for hearing my prayers. Thank you for loving us. Thank you for being active in our lives.

Daniel’s Delayed Response

 Now while I was speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God, yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the message.”  Daniel 9:20-23

Daniel had been praying for days and fasting and humbling himself before God about his city and the concerns of the times.  It seemed like nothing was happening, but he kept praying. Finally, Gabriel, an angel of the Lord, appeared to Daniel with a message from God.  Based on what Gabriel told Daniel, I believe God has the same response to our prayers.

We are greatly loved by God

God has heard all our prayers

God is actively at work, right now bringing about answers tour prayers

Lord,

Thank you for your great love

Thank you for hearing our prayers

Thank you for having already given the word

Let me be steadfast in continuing to pray

May the Holy Spirit in me help me see and understand your answers

Thank you for being a God who answers every prayer

Thank you in advance for the answers to my prayers


Prayers for the Parched: From Doubt to Trust

The sun shines above the fog cover we experience on foggy days

The sun shines above the fog cover we experience on foggy days

From Doubt to Trust

 “And again, I will put my trust in him.” Hebrews 2:13

Doubts creep in like fog. They key is to not let them change your behavior. Keep on praying. Keep on worshiping. Stay the course. The searchlight from God’s lighthouse will guide you through these times. Eventually the sun will shine through and evaporate the fog of doubt, leaving trust to shine through your life.

Father, teach us to

Still seek you

Bring you our questions

Worship while doubting

Doubt the doubt

Wait while the doubt dissolves

Believe despite the doubt

Believe beyond the doubt

Believe

Believe and trust

Till all that remains is TRUST

 

See also Choose Faith – Before Knowing Every Why and Wherefore


12 Ways to Pray for Those Who Persecute – Part 2

Pray for Those Who Persecute You

Pray for Those Who Persecute You

12 Ways to Pray for Those Who Persecute

Matthew 5:44 quotes Jesus as saying, “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”  That’s as difficult order.  We continue here with 12 ways to pray for those who persecute Christians.  To catch up o the first 5 see 12 Ways to Pray for Those Who Persecute – Part 1

6.         Ask for Power of God to be more powerful than their grip on circumstances.  Ask for the knowledge of God’s power to grow in us to the point of certainty. God partners with people who believe in Him to do the impossible.

7.         Ask God to put a desire in our persecutors to seek different systems. The need to persecute often stems from economic or political or religious systems that are out of balance and not growing. People who are unhappy with systems can make poor decisions, especially in groups.  Pray that God will implement a different system to exist where God’s principles or love and justice reign supreme.

8.         Pray that God exposes any lies of their underlying belief system to the persecutors.  There are so many proven principles that are worth striving for.  Education of the people is a good thing.  It prospers nations.  Education helps societies gain health by educating people about washing hands with water, eating good foods, cleansing wounds, etc.

9.         Pray for God to show us what our role is in systems that move toward chaos.  It’s common to feel that there’s nothing that can be done.  That may be true.  But ask God to not let a victim mindset become part of any thinking process.  Simply praying activates God.

10.       May God use testimonies of His action points to give hope to the oppressed.  Because testimonies of deliverance offer hope to the physically and spiritually tormented..  Testimonies of God’s power give belief that change is possible.

11.       Pray for the courage and ability to continue to operate in the fruits of the spirit behaviorally.  Galatians 5:22-24 spells out the fruits:  “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

12.       Pray for a new perspective in our current circumstances. Ask God to shift our thinking to eternal glory verses  “our light and momentary troubles.”  2 Corinthians 4:17.  Paul’s perspective shift focused on the eternal weight of glory. It’s a secret recipe.  Ask God to show us both the seen and the unseen things that bring glory.  This provides endurance for the journey.


When in Drought, Pray for Rain

"Ask the Lord for rain in Spring"  Zech 10:1

“Ask the Lord for rain in Spring” Zech 10:1

California’s governor declared a state of emergency in 2014 because of drought.  Now official, the land needs snow and rain.

Droughts date back through the centuries.  The Bible records several drought scenarios. It offers several reasons for drought over a region. Often lack of rain linked to times when people sinned against God.  This example from 1 Kings 8:35-36 exemplifies.  “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them, 36 then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance.” (NKJV)  Sin has become so prevalent that the direct link to drought feels muffled.

The Bible also encourages man to pray to God for relief from drought.  He sends the rains in response to prayer.  James uses Elijah’s prayers to emphasize that fervent prayer accomplishes much.  He reminds us that Elijah was a man, just like us.  The New Century Version of James 16b-18 reads, “When a believing person prays, great things happen. Elijah was a human being just like us. He prayed that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years! Then Elijah prayed again, and the rain came down from the sky, and the land produced crops again.”  James makes it seem fairly simple.

Zechariah 10:1 gives us the “how-to”  pray for rain.

“Ask the Lord for rain in the spring,
for he makes the storm clouds.
And he will send showers of rain
so every field becomes a lush pasture.” (NLT)

Let us join together in our prayer for rain.   The union of two or more adds the power of agreement to gain God’s attention.  “Again, I say to you that if two or you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for hem by My Father in heaven.”  Matt 18:19.  So let us join our fellow brothers and sisters praying for rain.


12 Ways to Pray for Those Who Persecute – Part 1

Pray for Those Who Persecute You

Pray for Those Who Persecute You

12 Ways to Pray for Those Who Persecute

There are various groups of people who don’t like Christians.  Sometimes this is religious persecution, sometimes it’s individual persecution, and sometimes it’s cultural persecution.    There Bible says to love for our enemies. Matthew 5:44 quotes Jesus as saying, “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”  That’s as difficult order.  Nonetheless, here are 12 ways to pray for those who persecute Christians:

1.         Pray our persecutors will be part of the coming worldwide revival.

Revival is when many people come to know the Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  It usually reflects a geographic region.  Currently, people come to the Lord in groups of one or two. There is a day coming when whole cities come to know the Lord – in a day.  Whole family units will come into the kingdom. Entire neighborhoods, entire cities, entire regions will come to know the Lord – in a day.  When this happens, volume will take out many objections.

2.         Pray boldly for a new truth standard.  May that truth standard be God’s truth standard.  Nazi Germany got entire countries to act as if Jews were the problem.  Stalin killed Christians right along with the Jews.  Many innocent, law abiding people were killed.  These facts that people believed were not truth. Pray for truth to be the standard of the land.

3.         Ask God for a new ways to see those who persecute as people and not mindless followers of “a way” or “a system.”  Ask God for persecutors to see people as individuals created by God with a purpose.

4.         Ask for a new heart to see our persecutors as loved by God.  Ask God for His love of these people to be deposited in our hearts.

5.         Pray that fear shifts to respect for one another.

For the next 7 points,  see  12 Ways to Pray for Those Who Persecute – Part 2


Prayers for the Parched: Lost Opportunities

The disciples slept when Jesus asked them to keep watch.

The disciples slept when Jesus asked them to keep watch.

Lost Opportunities

They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”  He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled.  “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death, “  He said to them.  “Stay here and keep watch.”  Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him.  “Abba, Father,” he said, “Everything is possible for you.  Take this cup from me.  Yet not what I will, but what you will.”  Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “Are you asleep?  Could you not keep watch for one hour?  Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.  The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”  Once more he went away and prayed the same thing.   When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy.  They did not know what to say to him.  Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting?  Enough!”  Mark 14:32-41

Father,

Forgive me for my lost opportunities

Forgive me for not doing things because I believed the lie that I couldn’t

Forgive me the times when I didn’t try

Forgive me my debilitating insecurities

Forgive me for not recognizing opportunities

Forgive me for not following your suggestions in my inner person

Forgive me for dwelling in fear instead of love

Forgive me for blaming you for my problems

Forgive me for being angry at you for not doing something

When you were doing what you could as other people were exercising their free will

Forgive me for misunderstanding your heart

Forgive me for misinterpreting situations and missing the lessons

Forgive me my shallow fears

Forgive me for staying in the wrong job

Forgive me for not listening to my heart, and reconciling with its calling

Forgive me for not recognizing your voice

Forgive me for squandering your gift of time

Forgive me for living out other people’s dreams and wishes instead of pursuing your plans for me

Forgive me for focusing only on earthly results and love and not seeking you first

Forgive me the days lost to despair and dejection when I could have grasped your truths

Forgive me for not praying more faithfully

 

Thank you for knowing my heart’s direction, even as my actions don’t follow precisely

Thank you for the second changes in life, and third, fourth and infinite changes

Thank you for setting me aright and coaching me

Thank you for turning all these lost opportunities

Into learning lessons

And giving value to the lessons

And incorporating these very lessons into the fabric of my life

 

 

 

 


Prayers for the Parched: Lord Keep Me Praying & Heart of Stone

Prayer Releases God's Power and Wisdom into our Lives

Prayer Releases God’s Power and Wisdom into our Lives

Lord, Keep Me Praying

I am the LORD, the God of all mankind.  Is anything too hard for me?  Jeremiah 32:27

 

When we depend upon organizations

we get what organizations can do

When we depend upon what education can do

we get what education can do

When we depend upon man

we get what man can do

But when we depend upon prayer

we get what God can do!

 

A.C. Dixon

 

Lord,

Keep me praying

I thank you that we can depend on you and on your promises

 

Heart of Stone

I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them;  I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.  Ezekiel 11:19

 

Father, take my heart of stone

Replace it with love

From your heart

Put a new spirit within me

Give me a heart of flesh