Can I Pray For You?

CAN I PRAY FOR YOU?

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

         This sounds like the end of Romans.  Paul expresses a beautiful hope and prayer.  It is packed with everything anyone might ever need.  While His prayer moves my heart and I could write about it, the Spirit of God prompted me to pray these scripture over each of you today.  I hope it connects.  I hope it lights the flame of hope in your heart.  I hope you are stronger and resolved at the end of it.  It is a privilege to love and pray for you.

Lord, You can see Your child. She’s reading this and needing You to break through the barriers to her faith.  She’s tired, ready to cave in.  Afraid to hope.  Afraid to feel the pain of waiting for you.  The ability to endure no longer exists. 

She hoped in someone for something she needed and hope was smashed.  She has no joy and no peace in believing that You are true to Your promises.  She has not felt the power of the Holy Spirit in a long time.

First, I ask that You deliver her from evil.  Send Your angels to wherever she is right now and fight against what she cannot see.  Defeat her enemies and put a blood covering over her.  Restrict all enemies from speaking to her and moving against her.  In the authority of Christ Jesus, I cancel their plans to lie, steal, kill and destroy her faith.

I bind her mind to Yours.  Be large in her, Holy Spirit.  Every prayer that has been spoken over her, bring to full budding and blossom.  Every scripture that she has planted in her heart, bring out of the deep and put it within her heart’s grasp.  As she opens Your Word today, remove the veil from her eyes to see the power of Your love, the power of Your authority, and the power of Your hand to be the source of all that she needs.  Bring such powerful revelation as she reads that a journal page cannot contain her insights. 

Through Your Word, and through the God-moments that You will ordain today for her, grow her faith and her hope.  Transform the flickering flame of her faith into a blaze of glory.  Infuse her heart with fresh faith and the ability to stand in the cement of Your love and believe You!  You are not distant.  You are not passive.  You are a God of intervention and no one who has ever trusted in You has ever been put to shame.

Break through the fog.  Reveal Yourself to her so that she may see Your glory and live.  The kingdom is here now and near her. 

Seal this by the power of the Spirit and it is by the name of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior of the world, and King of Kings, that I pray these things.  Amen

Prayer To See Jesus

PRAYER TO SEE JESUS

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14

How my eyes need to see Your glory, Jesus.  Since my eyes are the window to my soul, my soul is ravaged by what I see here.  Brokenness is in my view.  People I love need You and they have not yet turned toward You.  I am watching them self-destruct, trying everything except falling to their knees for Your salvation.  My soul is so affected by their story.  I need a new glimpse of You.

Open my eyes.  Break open the heavens.  Show me Your glory.  Help me hear Your voice where I’ve never heard it before.  Help me see Your face where I’ve never looked before.  As much as my mortal body can take, let me be stunned by You.

I know what I am asking, Jesus.  Seeing Your glory means that I may see truth I’ve never seen before.  But You will never bring any truth, even truth that is painful, without wrapping it in the language of grace.  If I can just experience You, I am willing to hear anything because Your love catches me when I fall.

No one tells the truth like You.  No one is gracious like You.  No one is glorious like You.  Let me see so much of Your glory today that my soul is captured and wordless.  Invade my theology with personal experience.  In Jesus name, Amen

On The Other Side Of The Door

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR

And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him.  And the LORD shut him in.  Genesis 7:16

         Many children today flee their parents’ arguments by running to their room to shut the door.  The door separates an atmosphere of turmoil from a place of refuge.

         Doors have had similar significance in scripture.  A door has been used by God to separate the righteous from the unrighteous, good from evil, peril from safety.

         God shut the door to the ark, separating Noah and his family from the unbelieving world who would face judgment.  Noah didn’t have to sort it out and decide who would have the door shut in their face.  Continue reading

A Father And Consequences

A FATHER AND CONSEQUENCES

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity.  Romans 1:24a

            When we see our children make bad choices, we usually want to rush in and prevent them from experiencing the consequences.  What we try to protect them from might have saved them.  Instead of facing the consequences, they grew to feel entitled to our interventions.  They continued to sin recklessly.  Continue reading

Does God Have a Heart For Your Family?

DOES GOD HAVE A HEART FOR YOUR FAMILY?

Then the men said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? Sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or anyone you have in the city, bring them out of the place.  For we are about to destroy this place.”  Genesis 19:12

         The members of Lot’s family don’t appear to have a deep and abiding relationship with God.  Yet, when it’s time for God’s judgment to come upon Sodom, the angels ask Lot to gather all members of his family for salvation.  God is invested in families because of the spiritual life of one member.  If your heart is heavy over certain ones of your family, you’re not the only one who cares.  God does.  Why?

  1. He loves you.  He cares about who you love.  He sees every tear you have cried over a son or daughter.  He feels the stress you feel over the fractures in your marriage.  When your heart aches, His heart aches.   You feel alone when you bear the burden of carrying your family in prayer?  You are not shouldering this by yourself.  Jesus rose again and lives to intercede for each of you. You often despair and think you are the only one praying?  You’re not. Jesus is!
  2.   God made families and He is invested in what He creates.  Families didn’t come out of nowhere.  God made Adam, then Eve, and invented the marital relationship.  Children were born because God made a way for families to be born.  The first outcry that reached heaven’s ears came when the first two brothers fought and one killed the other.  So broken was the heart of God!

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Power and Authority

POWER AND AUTHORITY

He said, “What pledge shall I give you?” She replied, “Your signet and your cord and your staff that is in your hand.” So he gave them to her and went in to her, and she conceived by him. Then she arose and went away, and taking off her veil she put on the garments of her widowhood. Genesis 38:1-19

         Judah was a failure as father-in-law to Tamar. He left her without a husband and ensured her vulnerability in that culture. Tamar took matters into her own hands. She tricked Judah by playing the part of a prostitute. For the privilege of laying with her, she asked for two things; his signet and his staff.

         The narrative of the Bible reveals that not much has changed. Every human craves what the signet and staff represented. We often sell our soul to get it.

  • A Signet: A signet was a sign of authority, a raised seal that was used to sign important documents. If you worked for a wealthy person, he gave you his seal to do business on his behalf.

Not knowing that God has sealed me with His favor, not knowing that I am His signet ring (Haggai 2:23), I arm myself with earthbound credentials. I will not remember that I often like Moses. I can stutter, dress like a poor shepherd, but still experience spiritual success because the Spirit of God is speaking through my mouth. Continue reading

How Do You Handle a Broken Promise?

HOW DO YOU HANDLE A BROKEN PROMISE?

         And when Tamar was told, “Your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep,” she took off her widow’s garments and covered herself with a veil, wrapping herself up, and sat at the entrance to Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah. For she saw that Shelah was grown up, and she had not been given to him in marriage. Genesis 38:13-14

         People can make promises to someone in pain. “If you’ll just stop crying, then …..” Distress makes them uncomfortable and they’ll promise about anything to make the pain go away. Here’s the flip side. Never are we more vulnerable to a promise-maker than when we are in great need.

         Tamar married the first son of Judah. God killed him because he was evil. She married the next son of Judah. He was wicked also and God killed him. Though He was protecting her, it probably didn’t feel like it. Perhaps she wondered if she was a curse. Everybody connected to her was getting killed. Can you imagine her grief and confusion?   People in that culture did not grieve quietly. They wailed. In this environment, Judah stepped up and offered his youngest son but Tamar would have to wait years for him because he was young.

         While others her age were having children, she was waiting. While others were enjoying their young families, she was waiting. It was a painful day when she realized that Judah forgot or disregarded the promise he had made to her. Realizing that she might remain a widow forever, she took matters into her own hands. She dressed up as a cultic prostitute and waited at the gate where those attending a Canaanite sheep-shearing festival would pass. There, she hoped to snare Judah and sleep with him to get her heir. The one who had broken the promise would be tricked.

         When someone makes me a promise, I can own it and feel entitled to it. It’s already mine. When denied, I can set out to force it out of the promise-maker’s hands. “You owe me!” Manipulative tactics instead of prayer are implemented.

         Those who intentionally break promises are betrayers. Never are they in more danger than when I put them in God’s hands instead of my own. ‘Forgiveness is taking someone off my hook and putting them on God’s hook.’ I must remember that when someone breaks a promise, God is the One who joyfully keeps His Word and redeems every broken promise with something infinitely better.

I lay down my need for revenge. Like Jesus believed, I know You rule righteously. Amen