Prayer For Holy Affection

PRAYER FOR HOLY AFFECTION

Hear, O Israel:  The Lord our God, the Lord is One.  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength.

The Lord is one ~ My God and I have no others.

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You are my God; the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  What You revealed to them about Yourself is still true today.  I live in their stories and learn from their experiences with You.  I embrace Your promises to them as so many are also promises to me.  Who else would I possibly worship?  There is no one but You.  At the end of the day, my heart turns over with passion for the beauty of You.  Thoughts of You keep me up at night.

In every way my heart could be turned aside and be captivated by trinkets instead of You, show me.  The desire of my heart is to love You with no compromise.  Your eyes roam the earth, searching for someone whose heart is completely Yours.  I know there are many who love You wholeheartedly, but please make me one of Your passionate worshipers.

In every way my soul could be turned aside by worry, anger, fear, and rumors of accusations against You, show me.  So many hate You and say disparaging things about You to me.  They laugh at my excitement when I speak of You.  They laugh at the preoccupation I have with You.  How much they would love to see my devotion to You corrupted.  Protect me from the pressure to be loved and respected by them.  In every way my soul could obsess over things that dim Your beauty, I will make an honest effort to stop the temptation as soon as it starts.

In every way my strength could be divided, show me.  I give you the first fruits of my energy, not the leftovers.  When I feel strong, I will consider You before expending the best part of my day on things that don’t matter.  I turn my face toward heaven, keep it fixed on Your face, and live my life with You ever in my view.  Amen

Prayer of Belonging

PRAYER OF BELONGING

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God.  I Peter 2:9

Belonging ~ Becoming ones possession.

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O Lord Jesus, to be chosen, to be declared holy, to know that I have someone to whom I belong is so comforting to me today. There are those who often exclude me from their conversation.  At times, I don’t feel wanted.  Some who claim to know me are really strangers to me.  Who they turn aside, they misjudge.  Jesus, You experienced that.  They rejected the person they thought they knew, but if they had seen Your glory, they would have embraced You.

I’m so glad I’m Yours.  You are my Bridegroom and you know me.  Really know me! Your ear is bent to listen; Your heart to discern. You hear, not only what I say, but what I don’t say. I rest in the comfort of such intuitive understanding.

To be wanted by someone like You is the highest privilege. Whatever shame might exist because I have been rejected by others dissipates in the joy of knowing that I am Your desire.  And what’s most important is not that I’m wanted, but that I desire You above all else.  Amen

Prayer for Stronger Faith

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

Believing ~ To trust, put faith in, rely on, have confidence.

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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.

Prayer For Peace In The Storm

PRAYER FOR PEACE IN THE STORM

And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”  Mark 4:39-40

Calm – A period or condition of freedom from storms, high winds, or rough activity of water, a spirit of serene.

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Lord, there is pressure on all sides.  No matter where I turn, stress exists.  Where do I find peace?  I know it’s with You but why don’t I feel it easily?  Do you still rebuke the winds and bring peace to someone’s world?

You spoke to the disciples when they were in turbulence and asked them why they had no faith.  Did they need to have faith to have peace?  Do I?

You said, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have tribulation.  But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33  You may not do away with my suffering but knowing that You are greater and more powerful than any of it is what gives me peace.  Though in agony, You walked calmly to Your death.  Though taunted and demanded of answers, You were silent.  You were not controlled by the storm.  Peace ruled Your heart and Your Father’s will was done through You.  No one forced You to react in anger or panic.  Your composure was of heaven – brought about in constant prayer.

I remember the words of Your servant, Paul.  “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 14:17-19  In my time of need, peace and joy come from Your Spirit, through prayer.  I still myself, right now, to listen to You.  I discern You living within me, reassuring me of Your Words that I already know but need to hear from You again.  As You bring them to my mind, I speak them out loud to my own soul.  I stand in faith that You are greater than everything that threatens me.  See my faith – and calm the seas of my emotions.  Give me tranquility and self-control though the waves wash over me.  Lead my soul to still waters.  Amen

Prayer For When I’m Hemmed In

“Before a word is on my tongue, You know it completely, O Lord.  You hem me in – behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me.”  Psalm 139:2

Hem – To confine, secure, bind up and enclose.

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Oh Lord, I feel trapped?  Things feel wild and out of control but I know You are sovereign.  You could easily make a way out but You haven’t yet.  Oh, I am afraid that my honest thoughts have not yet become words.  Perhaps I’m hiding accusations against You.   I think I’ve been scared to let You know what I’m feeling.

But You already know. If I don’t trust You, show me and give me the strength to admit it.  If I don’t believe You love me, give me the courage to ask You.  If I am angry with You because my discomfort has gone on so long, give me the guts to face my rage.  This fire is hot and the dross of my heart is rising to the top. Is this the fruit of suffering?  To unearth hidden sin and bad theology?

Today, I will be like David.  I will admit my fears, my anger, my sins against You.  But I will also say, ‘Who do I have besides You?’  I feel You have afflicted me and confined me, but I will offer my praise.  You do all things well.  Even though I don’t understand why my deliverance is taking so long, You know the reason.  Though I feel trapped and am tempted to panic, I remember that with You, there is no such thing as trapped. I will make my heart defer to Your truth. For You make roadways in the wilderness and streams in the desert.  (Isaiah 43:19)  With mustard size faith, I thank you for my confinement for it has exposed my sinful heart.

‘If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.’  Psalm 139:9-10  

Prayer For Hidden Anger

In your anger do not sin.  Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.  Ephesians 4:26-27

Foothold ~ Strategic, military territory

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Lord, teach me about anger as I talk with you, listen, and meditate on your Word.  It is a minefield.  Sometimes it’s hard for me to know if I’m feeling Your anger or my own.  I get angry about injustice, seeing unrighteousness win, seeing the innocent suffer.  I have strong feelings about what I see and what happens to me.  Am I feeling what You feel?

Anger has been confusing for me.  I have had a history of denying I was angry, hiding it, and letting it simmer.  Your Word proved to be true.  My hidden anger became strategic, military territory for our enemy.  He moved in, protected his turf, and put me in bondage for years.

Don’t let me run away from anger ~ because You don’t.  Give me the courage to be angry over the things You are angry about.  Stir up resolve and holy plans.  Show me how Your anger can be productive. When anger is ignited, it’s hard to think straight.  How I need You to teach me.

Above all else, I want my life to glorify You.  And I don’t want Your enemy to be able to work through my life in any way.  He wants to destroy me because He hates You.  I can’t bear the thought that he will win because I failed to handle anger in the right ways.

Search my heart.  See if there is any wicked way in me and lead me out to life everlasting.  Amen

Prayer For Spiritual Savvy

Please read this prayer out loud!  Satan cannot read thoughts.  Since any warfare prayer is the equivalent of serving the enemy legal papers, it is critical that these kinds of prayers are spoken rather than silently internalized.

Warrior, fight on.  The battle is the Lord’s and victory can be yours.   Christine

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Blessed be the Lord, my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle.  Psalm 144:1

Trains ~ Perceives by sight or some other sense.  Distinguishes and discriminates.

PRAYER:  Teach me how to fight my enemy like You did, Jesus.  He comes at me like he came at you; quoting scripture, presenting spiritual arguments in such a persuasive way that it’s hard to discern if what I’m hearing is a God-breathed idea.  But You knew the difference when You were in the desert and You will train me to develop my spiritual senses, too.

Many decisions lay in front of me.  How do I know Your plans for me?  My enemy mimics Your voice and wants to lead me to do something spiritual at the wrong time.  The consequences are too great if I am a novice.

He told You to turn stones to bread when You were hungry.  It wasn’t an evil idea Lord, because You did it later with the loaves and fishes.  The miracle in the desert would have just been premature but how did You know?   Was it because He promised You a way out of pain before it was time?

Today, I am asking You to teach me, train me, make me sharp and discerning.  You promised You would when You sent Your Spirit to live inside Your children.  “He will become your teacher and guide,” You said.   How I need You.  Satan would have me move when I should be still, speak when I should hold my tongue, overextend myself when I should simplify, feel guilty when I should celebrate Your forgiveness, and even bring an end to something holy when it’s nearly time for advancement.

Speak Your Word into my spirit.  Speak loudly and clearly.  You promised that Your sheep would know Your voice.  So, let me know without a doubt that it’s You and not him.  Or, let me know that it’s him and not You.  Give me the precise Word to speak to overcome the voice of the tempter and liar.  Make me skilled and seasoned with the Sword for a battle that I cannot see.  All for Your honor and glory.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen