8 Words to Use in Spiritual Warfare Prayer

CLAIM

Lord of Heaven and Earth, I claim your promises over ________, that nothing can separate him from your love and no weapon formed against him shall prosper. Surely goodness and mercy will follow ______ all the days of his life, and he will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Ps. 23, Rom. 8, Isaiah 54:17)

REBUKE

Lord, I rebuke a spirit of competition in our city and speak UNITY over all believers, because your Word proclaims how good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity. (Titus 2:15, Ps. 133)

BIND

Father, in the authority of Jesus, I bind all spirits of fear, gloom and negativity attacking my friend _______ today and pray her joy would be unspeakable and full of glory. May you loose all assistance in heaven to aid her and her family today. Thank you Jesus! (Matthew 16:19)

EXPOSE

Gracious God, I pray that you would expose the deeds of darkness within our community – and the sins deep within my own heart, that all truth will come into the light for your glory and our sanctification. May a spirit of repentance fall upon us all, and may it start with me, O God. (Eph. 5:11)

GRANT

Faithful God, grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me in trials and suffering, that I may not shrink back in proclaiming Jesus Christ as the Son of the living God. May you grant me also, Gracious God, the courage I need to walk in the way that leads to life – even if it means death. (Ps. 51:12)

SHIELD

Eternal God, I thank you that you are a shield around your servant, _________. I ask today that you shield him from all schemes and wiles of the devil that _________ may continue to proclaim your great name, hidden within the shadow of your wings. (Ps. 3:3,17:8, Eph. 6:11)

CONFESS

Jesus, I confess you are the Son of the Living God, and there is no other. May you protect me from falsehood and the lies of the enemy, that this confession will find it’s full effect in me. Keep me always sensitive to your Spirit, O God, that I will be ready at all times to confess my iniquity and follow after you. (2 Chron.6:24-27, Rom 10:9)

COVER

Lord, you cover your faithful within the feathers of your wings, and underneath us are Your everlasting arms. May you cover now, your servant, ________ in protection and the blood of the Lamb, that no arrows of the enemy would befall her. Thank you for being her everlasting shield. (Ps. 91:4, Dt. 33:27)

Can’t Talk to God? —-> When’s the Last Time You Took a Long Walk?

I’d throw on my shoes and run up my rocky drive-way, past the basketball goal I’d worn out from free-throw practice over the years. She met me just past the pond at the bottom of the hill and we walked to the highway and back. We did this almost daily in the long summers of childhood…..weekly at least during school.

It didn’t matter if we’d seen each other at school that day. And over the years, our “groups” of friends changed. Kids would be surprised to know we were like sisters – but we didn’t care. We just kept walking.

It was our consistent thing. A place we could go and just be ourselves. It didn’t matter what we said. Some days, it was like dropping the weight of the world in a bucket, readying my spirit for the next day.

There’s something about the sole of your shoe hitting the road and your mind finding this open space to talk. There’s a freeing wind, really, pushing you forward. Anybody who can get me in these moments knows I can be really quiet until I get really passionate.

It was years ago when I first heard of prayer walking. Just like opening up with a friend, it can take time to sprout. But when it does, something happens – or should I say breaks open.

There seems to be this tension sometimes in prayer. This emptiness – this over-trying. I compare it to getting stuck in writing. They say those with writer’s block need to get moving – physically.

What if that’s what we all need to break the block of prayer?

Have you taken a walk lately? Might you try it today and find the courage to take some deep breaths….before whispering, “Hello, God. I’m here.”

Faith for the Thinker: A Response to Bill Nye & A Love Beyond Reason

A little different post today…

Many believers, agnostics, science-lovers and curious minds viewed the live debate between Billy Nye, the “Science Guy” and Ken Ham, a creationist known for the Creation Museum. I’ve heard various comments on either “side” really feeling like not much changed that night. Same arguments – different night. I appreciated their willingness to bring their experience and knowledge to the table for growth and education.

Saturday, the Huffington Post featured coverage of a recent interview of Nye in which he states a few concerns about the future of students who are taught creationism, namely that they will be unable to think for themselves. He suggests that evangelicals are holding kids back because anyone who is told to believe in creation will not be able to contribute to society through science, physics or biology.

I respond with joy as I think through this fascinating struggle in society between the mind and what we know as faith.

We could read all day about mathematicians, astronomers, scientists and physicists who have changed the world and fully believed in God, and further have even used science to secure their faith.

Never mind Blaise Pascal, the mathematician, inventor and Christian philosopher who worked in natural and applied sciences. Nye states that to believe in creationism is to forgo the ability – not only to think, but to work in physics or biology. He continues to try and separate the ability to understand science from any kind of faith.

Here are a couple of assumptions with regards to Christianity and creationism:

1. Creationism blocks any possibility for a biological change

In Genesis 3, we find what has been called the “fall” of man – when sin entered the world. Following that sin, God gave some consequences – for men, woman and animals. His consequence for the serpent was to crawl on his belly and eat dust all the days of his life. The snake we know of today is probably not the same creature in detail as it was before the fall. Much happened in the fall, and who knows but what species and kinds changed in various ways.

2. To believe in God means you cannot ask questions

Bill Nye believes children of evangelicals will not have the ability (or permission) to question things. We certainly need to continue the conversation in the church about allowing all questions and not being threatened by doubt. However, I would state that faith itself causes many questions. For various reasons, some are not voiced – but they remain. Secondly, questions are not the enemy of faith. On the contrary – for me, they are the doors into deeper places of trust. I want my children to ask questions I cannot answer. (this will be common) The very definition of faith is being sure of what we hope for but cannot see. If we are able to answer everything, faith is missing.

The search for answers via logical thought has, in fact, been what has led so many back to the original suggestion: There is a God. There may be no better known example than the conversion of C.S. Lewis. A good modern day example might be Lee Strobel, from whom we get the great book for a seeker, Case for Christ.

In regards to reason, I find one thing most fascinating about faith: it is the only thing throughout all time and all people groups to transcend understanding and still capture the mind. Numerous people have tried to think their way from God and end up in His lap.

What we claim and talk about and live within – this faith – is much more than knowledge or experience.

The presence and essence and fullness of God is beyond our mental capacity. He gifts us with the mental ability to stretch out our minds towards Him, yet we are short of His fullness. We cannot withstand the completeness of His glory.

It is the love beyond reason – found in an incomprehensible immaculate conception and resurrection of life – that can freeze the thoughts of man. We cannot merge reason with such actions. This love shakes off all need for reason from the begging and questioning soul. It is this mystery of grace extended towards the most indebted man that gets the attention of the life-long laborer. We do not believe we can actually receive in full – without gimmick – that which we have not earned or worked for.

Love itself is beyond reason. To extend that which may not be returned. To love someone is to risk great loss, to know pain. Our deepest fears are most often related to those we love most deeply. Love cannot always be explained.

I find it harder to believe I came from a rock. In the theory of last universal ancestor, we must all originate from the same first organism – which was stated to be found in a piece of granite. In the published work of Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, he says “Therefore I should infer from analogy that probably all the organic beings which have ever lived on this earth have descended from some one primordial form, into which life was first breathed.”

Did Darwin miss the irony of his own statement, in which he suggests life must have been breathed into the first organism? Yes, life must come from life.

“the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living thing.” – Gen. 2:7

I will raise my children to be thinkers….to search the world over for wisdom and apply it to better this world. I will do everything in my power to increase their education in sciences, math, languages and religion. And with no apology, I will add to it all the hope I find in Jesus Christ and a loving God who created them. Because at the end of the day, wisdom and knowledge alone fall short of a fulfilling life. Eternity is set within the heart of every man…. and love – though it be beyond reason – comes from God.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Hedge in Your Pastor: Faithfulness to Jesus Christ

Faithful God, Keeper of promises, you keep your covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love you and keep your commandments. (Dt. 7:9) You are faithful in all you do. I praise you for who you are.

Thank you that your eyes are on the faithful in the earth. (Ps. 101:6) I give thanks that this includes my pastor _________.

Thank you that he proclaims Jesus as the Son of God, which gives him the victory to overcome the world! (1 Jn. 5:4-5) May he always lift high the name of Christ as the head over the church (Eph. 1:22) and not turn away from the truth, as many will in the last days. (Matt 24:10-14) I pray he will not be found among those who shrink back, but boldly proclaim Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life and be found among those who believe and are saved. (Heb. 10:39)

I rebuke lies and false spirits from his mind and heart, O God, that he will proclaim you as the ONE true God, being able to say “I know no other.” Shield him from persuasive words of wise and persuasive men, (1 Cor. 2:4-5) as you anoint him in the power of Your Spirit – that he may glory in Christ and Christ alone.

I beseech you, Loving Father, to enable and urge __________ to test all spirits to see if they are from You and discern false prophets which go out in the world and come to attack his flock. (1 Jn. 4:1)

Protect _________ from the love of money and worldly things, that he may not wander from the faith and pierce himself with many griefs. (1 Tim. 6:10)

Grant, O God, to _________ a trustworthy and faithful mentor to guide him in the truth and offer accountability in grace. May he find a faithful friend like Barnabas to walk with him on the Way, that he might always consider their way of life and imitate their faith. (Heb. 13:7)

And now, Faithful and Just God, infuse your servant with courage, I pray, that he may be found faithful in the last days, able to hear “well done, thy good and faithful servant“….and receive that beautiful crown of righteousness you promise to all who keep the faith. (Matt. 25:21, 2 Tim. 4:7-8)

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Praying for our PASTORS this week. Feel free to print and personalize. May we hedge in those who lead thousands – even millions all over the world in regards to their faith. May we cover those who will stand for the NAME of our Lord and Savior, Jesus.

How to Hedge in Your Pastor: Perseverance

Lord, there are long days in ministry. Oh God, so long. So hard. You know this. You had the longest of days that dark Friday long ago. What courage you showed us in your death, O Lord. What love do you have for us, my King, that you would suffer for us?

It is for this courage today, I pray, Faithful God, for your servant, my pastor.

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Oh, Lord, that you would secure ___________ in courage…even the courage of Joshua and Moses and Abraham.

I confess steadfastness over ________ today (1 Cor. 15:58) – and bold vision, an everlasting hope in the living Christ – that he may continue to fight the good fight of faith. (1 Tim. 6:12)

In his testing, Lord, may you produce perseverance, which leads to character. (James 1:3) May he be ashamed in nothing, but live out the gospel with all boldness, that Christ will be magnified in his body, whether by life or by death. (Phil 1:20)

Infuse him with this courage today, in your grace, my Lord. May he know that no present suffering is worth comparing to the glory you will reveal in him. (Rom 8:18) And when suffering or weariness comes, may we hold up his arms as for Moses on the mountain, that we – all of us – would overcome in victory. (Ex 17:12)

And now, with all assurance and hope and trust, I THANK YOU- that ___________ is more than a conqueror over all evil and hardship, persecution, famine, danger or sword. If you are FOR __________, who can be against him? Thank you that NOTHING will separate ________from the GREAT and MIGHTY love of God that is in our GOOD and KIND Lord, Jesus, the Christ.

For your glory and the advancement of your everlasting kingdom, Amen.

Join us this week in our Prayer Series on pastoral coverage. Feel free to follow this blog for Scriptural prayers forth coming. Blessings today!

How to Hedge in Your Pastor: Repentance

Gracious and Merciful God, I lift up my pastor  ___________ today and thank you that he walks in the light as you are in the light. May you grant him the desire to live in obedience to your laws with a heart for your decrees.

Father, your Word says that there is nothing – nothing – concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. (Mt. 10:26) Reveal to your servant ________ any hidden faults, and bring him unto godly sorrow, which leads to repentance, for your glory. (2 Cor. 7:10) Keep your servant, also from willful sins, that he may walk in the way that leads to life.

Give __________ the courage, I pray, to model confession and find brothers and sisters to live out James 5:16, to find healing and live an open life. May I be one of them, Lord, to build him up and so build up your kingdom.

When my brother _________ sins, I pray for a spirit of forgiveness in your people, O God, that mercy and grace will be his cover. May his mind be always governed by the Spirit, which leads to life and peace. (Rom.8:6) I thank you that in repentance and rest, is your salvation. (Isaiah 30:15)

I loose all the assistance of heaven for ________, when accusations come his way today. May he stand in your grace and know the joy of his salvation, producing fruit in keeping with repentance. (Mt. 3:8) All of this I pray for your glory and your kingdom, Our Everlasting and Great Shepherd.

Amen.

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Join me in a PRAYER series on covering our pastors. Blessings today!

How to Hedge in Your Pastor: Wisdom

Gracious and all-knowing God, I thank you that you give wisdom generously to all who ask. I ask you today, Faithful God, to bestow upon my pastor __________ the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, that he may have a wise and discerning heart, able to know good from evil and walk in the way that leads to life. (1 Kings 3:12, Eph. 1:17)

May ___________’s love abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that he may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God. (Phil 1:9-11)

I pray you will preserve sound judgment in his heart, O Lord, as he leads his flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made him overseer. (Acts 20:28) May you impart your love in his heart for all people, and bless him with the ability to draw out the motives of mens’ hearts. (Prov. 20:5)

May ________ be found as one who correctly handles the Word of truth. As the giver of all insight, may you, Lord, be his closest confident. (2 Tim 2:7) I rebuke all distractions from his devotional time, that he may drink deep of your truth and Word of life. Raise up supporters and encouragers for your servant, Lord, that he may be enabled to give his attention to prayer and the ministry of the Word. (Acts 6:4)

Impart within _________ a humble heart, for with humility comes wisdom. (Prov. 11:2) Thank you for all that he will teach me, because of what you have shown him. Open my heart to receive your wisdom through my pastor, and bless all the work of his hands, to your glory, forever and ever. Amen.

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Join me as we review prayers for PASTORS this week. Print it out, pass it along – what an honor to pray the Word of God over those he appoints to lead the way.

 

 

 

How to Hedge in Your Pastor

“Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has?” Job 1:10

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We call them left tackles. Yeah, there’s a reason they get paid so much in the big leagues. The quarterback – he matters.

Everyone knows you don’t win many games when you only play defense. The offense needs a leader, and that leader needs a guard. Without protection, he finds himself surrounded quickly by the opposing team – alone.

Pastors need a left tackle team today.

To hedge him or her in. To build a stone wall of prayer that no arrow can befall. To stand together, encircling those who lead the way. It’s no small offering – this commitment. It’s kingdom work here. For those who believe beyond what they see – this is the call.

 What if we each….each of us…chose one prayer and whispered it daily for someone – someone leading the ranks.

I insert a name, God, every name that you bring to mind – the brothers, the sisters you look upon with honor and joy.

NOTE: I used both he/she pronouns at first, but it distracted from the reading of the prayer itself. I honor women who serve; please feel free to insert names/pronouns to personalize. I encourage anyone to copy and paste into Word, print and keep handy.

For Their Protection:

Faithful God, I come to you today for your servant, my brother, ____________. I thank you that your angels encamp around him, for he fears you. (Ps. 34:7)

By the authority of Jesus Christ and in His name, I stand against the wiles of Satan (Eph 6:11) and come against all assignments against _________. May you, O Lord, remove all obstacles to his total health and prosperity. I pray against any mountain of doubt or illness or fatigue, thanking you that he can do all things through Christ who gives him strength. (Mark 11:23, Phil. 4:13) I bind all spirits of fear, gloom and negativity which will come against ___________; let not his heart be troubled.

Thank you that ________ has the mind of Christ today. (1Cor. 2:16) For you did not give a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind. (John 14:1, 2 Tim. 1:6-7) By your authority, I command all lies from his mind. I pray he will not be tormented today by impure, evil, negative or sinful thoughts. I rebuke confusion and ask for divine clarity in vision and in purpose. Transform him by the renewing of his mind so he may know your perfect will. (Rom. 12:2)

Bestow upon ____________ a spirit of praise, instead of a spirit of despair, Gracious God. (Isaiah 61:3) Fill him with joy in your presence! (Ps. 16:11)

I pray that _____ will hold tight to the shield of faith, with which he can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. (Eph. 6:16) Shield him from the fear of men, O God, and bestow upon him your Spirit of the fear of the Lord, which leads to life. (Isaiah 11:1-3, Prov. 19:23)

I claim your promises over your servant, God – that no weapon formed against him will prosper (Isaiah 54:17) – this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord; Surely, you will save your servant from the fowler’s snare and from deadly pestilence; __________ will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrows that fly by day; you will protect ____________, for he acknowledges your Name. (Ps. 91)

Set _________’s heart on your decrees, O God, and protect him from evil and temptation. You have given ________ authority to overcome all the power of the enemy. (Luke 10:19) May ________ demolish strongholds in the divine power of the weapons of warfare, even faith and prayer and your Word. (2 Cor. 10:4)

Protect _________ today, Faithful God, to your glory and for your NAME.

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This is a series on PRAYER in which we begin a mini-series on Pastoral Coverage. . May prayer warriors arise. See various prayers below as they are added….

Prayer for Wisdom

Spirit of Repentance

Perseverance

Keep Your Servant From Willful Sins: A Prayer From Psalm 119

Keeping our hearts on track today, Lord….we come with joy to your decrees…

 

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Oh that my ways were steadfast in obeying you, sweet Lord.

I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you, lover of my soul.

Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors. Counsel me, Oh God, in your truth. Sanctify me: Your Word is truth.

Oh that you would be gracious to me through your law and keep me from deceitful ways.

 

Turn my heart….oh TURN IT, GOD

 

Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes – yes, those wandering eyes…. away from worthless things;

 

Like Job, I have made a covenant with mine eyes – to sway them back to you at every turn. Shut them fast – yes so fast –  at evil, give sight only to you.

 

Preserve my life – this life you give - according to your Word. Preserve me in your righteousness, for you are the life within my life – this light of glory…shining, glowing unto eternal places.

 

Oh, yes – this…..

I will hasten and not delay…to obey your commands. Hasten my Spirit, oh Spirit Divine.

 

Move within me, oh Spirit, quickly….quickly towards the Lord.

 

———————-> Move now. Closer. Nearer.

 

Oh for a blameless heart, dear God. And a path steady for these feet, walking your road alone. Stay me from evil…within and around and coming after me.

 

Your statutes, these written down morsels of life – they are my heritage forever. Mine and my childrens’ and all the worlds.’ They are the joy of this heart of mine. That heart, this beating deceitful thing….is set – yeah I will SET IT on keeping your decrees to the very end.

 

And when this soul, this flesh of mine has turned off, Merciful God, I thank you that you do not treat us as our sins deserve. Your mercies are new – so new and fresh and refreshing. Great…so beyond understanding and great is your faithfulness.

 

Your Word – the deep soul bread – tells me that anyone – ANYONE – who tries to conceal their sin does not prosper and that all things hidden in darkness will come into the light.

 

And that same ANYONE who confesses their sin – yeah, you are still faithful – again and again and again – to forgive – that blessed word…. our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Search my heart, O God, my King. Be my everything. May the words – the thoughts – the meditations – the movements and ways of my hands…and yeah, those eyes – be ever pleasing to you, my ROCK, my REDEEMER, my HOPE of everlasting LIFE.

 

Keep your servant from willful sin, O God. Those cherished ones I hold closer than you, tightly. Keep, me now, dear Spirit for you alone. Uproot, tear out all deep loves not abounding in your grace. No more willful sin here, God. No more.

 

I choose you. My heart is steady upon your Word, your grace, the fountain of love I cannot see but live within.

 

Keeper – my Keeper – Keep me ever close…for I am stayed by you.

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This is part of a series on PRAYER. May we hold fast to Him today. Blessings!

He is The Lord of our Lives

 

 

Truth set in words of praise for hungry souls today….Scripture come to life on our lips….our faith activated, our spirits finding their true home…in worship

“O Lord Jesus, you who are the Resurrection and the Life, I worship you as Healer and giver of life eternal. You give me a full life span.

Yeah, for in you is fullness. Of grace and truth and all that is good – on this earth and beyond and all over. And the span, the span of my life is good.

I feast on the abundance of your house, where the river of life flows down to me…..down to me. To eat of your feast and drink of your life is to dine unto a fullness forever. For with you and you alone is the FOUNTAIN…the fountain of life.

Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.

How deep is your justice, O God! May we dive in.

O Lord, you preserve both man and beast. How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.

May we rest in that refuge, and invite the world to lay next to us, your wings brushing over, hovering, surprising.

Neither death nor life can separate me from your love. Those who believe in you will live forever, though they die.

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The fear of the Lord adds length to my life. In you is life, and that life is the light of men.

Help me shine my light, O Lord – the light of your love, your life, your breath. 

Everyone who believes in the Son has eternal life. It is your will that all should come to repentance and receive everlasting life through faith in the Son of God.

When I call upon you, you answer me – you will be with me in trouble. you command your angels over me and provide a long and satisfying life.”

Glory to YOUR NAME, my LORD OF LIFE.

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This is part of a series on prayer. May you converse with Him easily and joyfully today…