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Let’s Pray Together!

Almighty Lord,

PRAISE

You alone are the Creator of this universe. You are the Great I Am. You are completely holy. You are incapable of evil. You cannot tolerate sin. Yet, You are completely Love. You are the very embodiment of what Love means and Who Love is. You are full of grace, mercy and forgiveness to those who will receive Your unfathomable gift of Jesus Christ. You are slow to anger and abounding in Love. You are the Alpha and Omega – the Beginning and the End. You are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. You are omnipotent. You are completely and totally sovereign over every galaxy, every person’s life, every animal’s life and every subatomic particle.  You alone are God. There is no other. You alone are worthy of all of our praise, adoration, reverence, holy fear, trembling, worship, sacrifice, love and devotion. You direct history for Your purposes. You hold the king’s heart in Your hand, directing him wherever you desire him to go for Your glory (Proverbs 21:1).

Jesus, You are the Wonderful Counselor, the Prince of Peace, the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world. Jesus, You are the Great Shepherd and the Great Physician. You are equal to God and You ARE God. All authority in heaven and earth has been given to You and Your enemies have been crushed under Your feet. You have conquered death and sin! You have authority over the weather, the angels, the demons, disease, war, kings, nature and everything above the earth, on the earth and under the earth. You have all authority in heaven. You alone were worthy to open the scroll in the book of Revelation. And You will return to take away Your people to be with You in heaven and to destroy Your enemies.

Holy Spirit, You are the Counselor Jesus promised to send us. You alone can convict people of sin and open the eyes of those who are spiritually dead. How we praise You for Your power and Your ministry among us and in this world. We welcome Your blazing Light into our hearts and we welcome Your conviction and Your power and direction for our lives. We submit fully to You.

THANKSGIVING

We thank You for life. Thank You for this amazing creation that was made in Your infinite and eternal wisdom. Thank You for Jesus and for salvation. Thank You that we have free access to Your Word and the freedom to speak together about You and to worship You together. Thank You for the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, the electricity and gasoline we use. Thank You for stores that have food and things we need. Thank You for our jobs. Thank You for our health and for the medical care we can receive if we are sick. Thank You for our government leaders, police, fire fighters, teachers, church and business leaders. Please use them to accomplish Your will and Your glory. All we have comes from Your hand. You give rain to us abundantly. You cause the seasons to continue to change as they always have. We thank You for Your protection, guidance and wisdom.

CONFESSION FOR OURSELVES

We come to You in total humility, God. We come, confessing any sin that taints our souls and that offends Your holiness. Reveal to us any pride, self-righteousness, lust, envy, malice, hatred, bitterness, unforgiveness, resentment, gossip, gluttony, addictions, idols (things we try to find fulfillment and purpose and happiness in other than Christ), apathy toward God or people, greed, dishonesty, false teaching, stinginess, and any other thing that sets itself up in our hearts against the Most High God. We are consumed with selfishness and a desire for entertainment and pleasure rather than the things of God. Convict us of every sin. Let us mourn over our sins and grieve that we have grieved Your heart. Let us turn away from those sins, realizing how filthy and nasty they are in Your holy sight, turning to Christ in total faith. Let us cling to You and open our souls wide to You to remove anything that displeases You in our hearts. Let us truly live with You as LORD of our lives instead of SELF being lord.

CONFESSION FOR OUR NATION(S)

Our hearts are grieved over our own sin. And our hearts are grieved over the sin of our people. Let us hate sin the way You hate sin. As a nation, our people have tried to get rid of God. We want to push You out of our government, schools, churches, families and marriages. Our people want Your blessings but they don’t want to bow to You as Lord. As a nation, we have strayed far from Your Word and Your side. We are guilty as a people of so many burdensome sins in Your sight – apostasy, unbelief in You, millions of abortions, murders, stealing, lying, bribery, corruption in our government and in our churches and charities, idolatry, false worship, atheism, agnosticism, false teaching, a continual undermining of Your Word, the undermining of those in God-given authority over us, disrespect and irreverence toward You, hatred, contempt, factions, divisions in our churches, contention, overwhelming pride and arrogance that we don’t need You, conceit that our nation could never fall, pride that we have what we do because of ourselves instead of because of Your generosity, mercy and grace, drug/alcohol/gambling/porn addictions, rampant divorce, rampant sexual sin of every kind, rape, kidnapping, sex trafficking, prostitution and all manner of evil.

This is inexcusable! We have Your Word! We have the truth! We have forsaken You and we are seeing the results of our decision. Please help us to learn from the sins and errors of those generations who went before us and let us return to You!

Let Your people, which are called by Your Name, humble ourselves and pray. Let us seek Your face and turn from our wicked ways, then hear from heaven, forgive our sin and heal our land as You have promised, Lord! (II Chronicles 7:14)

WE PLEAD FOR A GREAT MOVEMENT OF YOUR SPIRIT

Our churches and our nations are desperate for You, Lord!

We don’t have the answers to all of the massive problems that we are facing in our world today. We cannot solve or prevent the economic crisis that is looming ahead. We cannot stop ISIS on our own. We cannot stop ebola. We cannot stop hurricanes, storms, tornadoes, earthquakes, disasters, ungodly rulers who oppress their people, people full of hatred and violence who are bent on killing others, crime, murders, gangs and all of the awful things that we see in the news every day.

We will not put our trust in doctors, a president, a king, the CDC, the government, the economy, our 401K, our own wisdom, our own plans or any human. We put our trust in You alone, Lord! Our problems are not political, medical or academic. Our problems are spiritual. We have abandoned You. You have allowed us to go our own way. You have allowed us to make our own free choices. And we are reaping the dreadful consequences of trusting ourselves and abandoning You as a people. We are storing up God’s wrath against us as a nation(s).

We get on our faces in total humility before You and plead for You to intervene, Lord! Send a massive movement of Your Spirit among Your people. The state of Christianity is pitiful. We are sick, weak, blind and almost comatose. We are infested with gangrene from our sinful culture. We have embraced the poison of the world.

Do whatever it takes to rid us of this deadly spiritual infection of sin before it completely destroys Your people, Lord!

Raise us up to Life and vitality in Christ. Let THIS generation rise to become a godly generation. Let us see how far we have veered off course from Your Word and Your will. Let us trash everything that is sinful, ungodly and worldly in our lives and let us embrace Your Word, Your truth and Yourself. Let us learn to abide in You. Let us love Your Word and obey Your Word. Let us live by the power of Your Spirit and let us rise in Your power to become the church You designed us to be. Heal us individually, heal our families and marriages. Heal our churches and our nations. Let us love You wholeheartedly and let us be set on fire with our passion and desire for You. Let us love people with Your love. Let us share what we have with others – this great news, our resources, our time, our love, Your Spirit. Let everyone in the world hear Your gospel and have the opportunity to receive Christ as Savior and Lord. Make us faithful to Yourself!

WE PLEAD FOR MERCY FOR THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING

There are many who are suffering in ways we cannot begin to imagine around the world today, Lord. Our brothers and sisters and other groups are being severely persecuted, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beaten, crucified, shot and beheaded. How we pray that You might stop ISIS. And how we pray that You might stop the ebola virus, the enterovirus D68 and other diseases that are hurting and killing so many people. We also pray for those in harms’ way because of hurricanes and storms. We pray for refugees who do not have the clothing, food, clean water, medical care, shelter and provisions they need. We pray for those who have not heard the Good News yet – that You might send many workers out into the harvest. Use us however You will to accomplish the work of Your kingdom!

Please give those who are working on the front lines of these tragic situations Your power, grace, strength, courage, love and truth to minister powerfully to those who are suffering.

Cause Your people – each of us – to rise up and to share with those in need and to pray for those in need.

We trust You. It sure seems like this could be the beginning of the tribulation time that Revelation talks about. It doesn’t take much imagination to picture that happening. We pray most of all for Your will, Your glory and for Your purposes to stand. Empower us to be faithful to You no matter what may come, no matter how great the suffering or persecution. Let us be faithful. Empower us to speak Your Word and Your truth boldly and courageously. 

Let us hear You say, in just a few short days when this life is over, “Well done, My good and faithful servant.” Use us to bring honor and glory to Your Name. Use us to love and bless others with Your love.

In the Name, power and will of Christ,

Amen!

 

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ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE:

I will be taking a blog break Wednesday (tomorrow) through Sunday while our children are on fall break. 🙂

 

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32 thoughts on “Let’s Pray Together!

  1. Amen.You are a blessing to us i have been following your blog since last year , by reading it every day it makes my life easier and i tend to understand the purpose of why we are here on earth,At moment i am reading ,Prayer Power by Andrew Murray and crying to God to change my heart and be the woman, wife ,the mother He want me to be.

    1. pass1,

      It is a pleasure to meet you! I thank God He is using this blog to bless you and to point you to Christ and His Word. That is such a big answer to my prayers!
      That is the best thing to pray about – for God to change us to be the women He desires us to be! 🙂 Love this!

    2. I agree. Thank you so much for your ministry. You are huge blessing and I am challenged to search my own life. Prayer has always been an issue for me. When I read your prayer the Lord spoke to me about developing my own.prayer life. Blessings, April.

      1. Jeni Lyn,

        Thank you for this encouragement! I am excited that God is speaking to you about your prayer life. That is our life line! I can’t wait to see all that God has in store for you, my precious sister!

  2. what a great prayer and very much needed…I was listening to Dennis Prager a conservative talk show host on radio-who is Jewish—he was asked how does he rationalize to unbelievers that God told His people to wipe out whole towns…his very wise answer was to not ask that question but to ask one self what they themselves thought of God. Because he thinks of God as all powerful, creator of the universe and certainly knows more about the world than any mere man, that God knows what He is doing and to leave it in God’s hands about those things. I wish I could remember his exact words but that was the gist of it.

    1. Susan’s Saddle Stands,

      It is wonderful to meet you!

      That is interesting about what Dennis Prager said.

      There are actually books of the Bible that address this difficult-for-us-to-undersatnd issue. The book of Habakuk- for instance. Habakuk cried out to God about the sin of Israel and asked God why He was doing nothing about it at that time. God answered that He was raising up another nation to conquer Israel in order to punish them for their sin against Him, their idolatry and for them forsaking Him despite all of His pleading with them to repent. God is very patient – giving people much time to repent. But He is also just. And He does not ignore sin. From scripture, it seems that nations are given certain time frames to repent of their idolatry and sin against God, but then, there is a certain point at which, their sin becomes “ripe” in God’s eyes and He pronounces swift judgment. His judgment is righteous, holy and perfect.

      God’s wisdom is much greater than ours. We may not understand all of His ways. He could have destroyed those people themselves – those who inhabited Canaan when God gave His people the Promised Land. But, I believe that He wanted to test His people and their obedience. They did not destroy all of the people as God had told them to – and the pagans around them mislead them into idolatry and then Israel eventually had to be punished and sent into captivity multiple times.

      God does not command us as believers today to kill anyone. We are under a different covenant now – the covenant of the Blood of Christ and of Grace. We are to share His love, His truth and the gospel with others – that they might have the opportunity to turn to Him and repent and find eternal life.

      But God does punish nations – whether through natural disasters, war, disease, famine, plagues, etc… He does not tolerate sin forever. We tend to think of His love, mercy and grace more than His justice and wrath today. But both of these qualities are His and we cannot ignore either.

      The mysteries of God are great. His wisdom reaches higher than the heavens.

      Much love to you!

  3. Daughter,

    Oh no! I will pray for him right now – for physical healing and that he might be able to breathe again on his own very soon. And I pray most of all for God to open his eyes to Christ and to the abundant life He has in store for him. How I pray God might use this great trial to draw your precious son to Himself and to bring much glory to His Name.

      1. Praise God!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woohoo! What an incredible God we serve! I pray God will continue to cause him to grow, receive proper nourishment and become mature and complete, lacking nothing, becoming a faithful servant of Christ!!!

  4. Amen! Thank you for the powerful prayer and also giving us tangible links to help others. Love in action is soooo important! Thanks for the reminder.

    God bless! Praying for divine appointments and favour for you and family.

  5. Amen!

    Question…

    “Study in God’s Word, use a concordance if you would like to, about God’s nature, His character and get to really know God. Tell Him you want to know Him more. Listen to what He says about Himself and about us and accept His Word as absolute truth. Read/listen to as many David Platt and John Piper sermons as you can (or other solid Bible teaching pastors’ materials) about the character and sovereignty of God. Until we begin to really know God, we can’t trust Him. And if we can’t trust Him, we are putting our trust in other things and we will always live in fear when we don’t trust God.”

    How do I do this? Where do I look and start? How do I do a “study” since you can’t go by everything you read when you google. Do you have any past posts with in depth scripture etc???

    Thanks!!

    1. PLM,

      Here is a link to all of the sermon topics on John Piper’s site http://www.desiringgod.org. There are a number of categories under “God” that you can study, and there are a number of categories under “Jesus.”

      A study from I John – The Character of God at Biblegateway.com

      verses about the character of God at http://www.openbible.info

      A study of the Names of God in the Bible at http://www.bible.org

      A study on the Doctrine of God at http://www.bible.org

      The Doctrine of God from http://www.biblehub.com

      I hope that will get you jump started. 🙂

      Much love!
      April

  6. Thank you!!!!
    I tried using the online concordance but it just gave me scriptures with the word “Sovereign” in it. I want to make sure I’m getting what God’s Word reveals.

  7. Amen!!

    Thank-you SO much for the opportunity to pray with you all 🙂

    I am surrounded by unbelievers and I find it so dis-heartening when they make excuses and don’t recognize our God or His power.

  8. I finally stilled my mind long enough to really pray the words of this prayer. Thank you, April. It has put so much into its proper perspective. It’s all about Him.

  9. April,
    Unrelated to this post, I want to thank you for inspiring me to journal again. This week I’ve had a lot of alone time and have found it ideal for beginning to jot down things God brings to my mind. Next week I have to do a very brave thing, and having written words to remind myself of where my strength comes from has brought new courage.

    Love to you and praying….

  10. I hope you don’t mind me writing here. I am 19 weeks pregnant and had our anatomy scan this week. We found out our baby is severely deformed and will not live. We are completely devastated and heartbroken. This has nothing to do with marriage, but I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and I know you are a woman of prayer. Could you pray for me and my husband? Thank you.

    1. Laura,
      Oh no!!!!!!!! My precious girl! I am praying for you, your husband, and your sweet baby. I wish I could sit and cry and pray with you.

      Lord,
      We don’t understand what is happening here. Laura and her husband were so excited about this baby and long for him/her to live and be healthy. We lay this precious child in Your loving, holy, sovereign hands. We ask for a miracle. That You might allow this baby to survive and be able to have life if it is Your will. We ask for Your comfort, healing, wisdom, strength, peace and joy in the midst of this painful and fiery trial. We ask for you to strengthen Laura’s faith and her husband’s faith in this time. Please give them wisdom. Please help them to trust You.

      In the Name and power of Christ!
      Amen!

      Much love to you!

      1. Thank you April. I am praying for a miracle. Our God is able, if that is His will. Nothing is impossible for him. We have another ultrasound on Wed with a high risk dr. I pray, in the name of Jesus, our baby will be completely healed.

        1. Laura,
          I am praying with you for healing for your sweet baby and for God’s peace, comfort, strength and power for you and your husband. I pray for God’s greatest glory and that you might absorb all the blessings He has for you during this fiery trial.

          Much love to you!

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