Father, thank you for your grace and mercy. Thank you for a new year that we all get to live in. We want to live our best in the new year. We want to glorify you. We want to show your love and awesome power to the world by living excellent lives. We are not worthy in the flesh, but Jesus, you call us worthy. You adopted us into your family and called us sons and daughters and friends. That astounds me, Jesus. Thank you! Whatever you will, God, we are on board for it. We will lay down our fears, our pride, our selfish ambitions. We lay it all at our feet. We want your Kingdom in our lives. Your Kingdom is worth every second of our day and every ounce of energy that you give us. We want your Kingdom to dominate our thoughts and our hearts’ yearnings. We trust you to give us all that we need.
Touch the hurting people in our world. Release our hearts from entanglements of bitterness and pain. We give those to you, Jesus. Thank you for healing our sickness and guiding us when we feel lost. You are our King. We serve you above all else. Lord of Heaven and Earth, we worship you in this new year! Amen.
God of the Universe, we worship you and call all of our bodies and minds into alignment with your Kingdom. Your Kingdom is free of pain. The pain in our bodies and the emotional pain that some of us are experiencing is not of God. We take authority over this pain and command it to leave.
We speak healing into the injured bodies of our brothers and sisters across the globe. Migraines and chronic headaches, back pain, TMJ disorder, menstrual pain, neuralgia, pain after surgery, whatever it is, God, we command it to glorify you: to be healed, leaving the body and spirit free to worship you in wholeness, Jesus.
We also speak healing over the emotions of millions of hurting people in the world, especially each and every hurting person who reads this prayer. Holy Spirit, embrace them with your grace and mercy and love. Heal us with the power of your unconditional love. Help us to know what might be hindering our healing. Help us to let go of our pain and to forgive anyone who has hurt us. You are bigger than pain and bigger than offense, Jesus. Thank you for helping us to become whole again.
Father, we lift up these prayers to you:
Thank you for Robin and her daughter in the UK:
Bless Sharon with favor in the Canadian visa department and with healing:
Lord, we pray for Jamie in Columbia, SC:
I have a 1 year old daughter who is my everything. Wednesday morning I am going to court after a lengthy battle (not custody related). I have spent hours preparing for this because of my lack of financial ability to obtain an attorney. This has by far been the most challenging, painful, and frightening experience I’ve ever been through. I have been mentally beat down, legally bullied, and have been stripped of the most important thing to me – my ability to protect my child and provide for her everything she is deserving of. Because the father of my child has a very expensive, very good lawyer he was about to have some very unjust and not in the best interest of our daughter ‘rules’ put into our original court order, limiting my ability to make decisions to protect her from unsafe situations.
I pray that God is with us Wednesday morning. I pray that he is in the heart and mind of the judge, allowing her to see what’s right here, to not be fooled by the trickery or an experienced lawyer. I pray that I am re afforded the ability to protect my daughter, to provide for her properly, to be allowed to give her the best, everything she deserves, and more. I pray that God gives me the strength, wisdom, and clarity to communicate effectively with the judge. I pray that God is with my daughters father and lawyer and puts it in their hearts to put our daughters best interest ahead of her Fathers best interest.
If I knew how to put in to words the extent of my gratitude I would. Thank you, so much.
Heal Glenda’s friend in North Carolina. We agree with her prayer for pain relief.:
God, I pray that the power that you sent in healing my depression and bipolar disorder would rain down on Marian right now. Heal her mental and physical pains, Holy Spirit:
Heal Rick in Alabama:
We lift up Henry’s prayer request from Tennessee for his daughter:
Thank you for providing for Grace and her family:
From Johannesburg, South Africa to New York City in the USA, from Zimbabwe to New Zealand, Lord, you know the needs brought to you in private prayer requests. We trust you and your plan for our lives. We love you Jesus!
God, sometimes it seems very difficult to know the difference between judgment and discernment. Help us to know the difference…
Romans 12:2 KJV And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Those two ideas: not judgment, but knowing the difference between what is good and what is not, seem contrary at times. But Holy Spirit, I know they’re not. You know my heart (1 Samuel 16:7). My heart knows your truth. Your truth is inside me.
Your love has filled me to overflowing. I know what your love is like. Help me to look at every situation through the lens of your love. Then I will know my motives. If I am looking at a person and come to the conclusion that they are unworthy or undeserving of anything but the best that you have to offer, Jesus, then I will know that my motives are not pure. Please purge those impure motives from my heart and thoughts, Holy Spirit.
Instead, let me plainly see the world. Let me see what glorifies you and what doesn’t. Let me see my words and actions with sound judgment, but when it comes to others, help me to worry about myself and to only walk in discernment to protect my heart from the things that don’t glorify you.
Thank you, Lord. Thank you for walking with these people and meeting their needs…
We lift up this anonymous prayer request to you, God:
Thank you for Hope, Lord. Send her the husband that she desires, and in the meantime, thank you for being her comfort:
Father, thank you for the plan that you have for Marlo’s life. Bless her financially, and help her to get into a new home soon:
Bless C, Father. Set her free from the bondage of addiction and the problems that have come with it:
Bless Dan, his prayer meeting, and his church:
We lift up Earl’s prayer request from Washington D.C.:
Bless L, Jesus:
Bring companionship into this person’s life, Lord:
We also lift up the private prayer requests from around the globe, including India, Hungary, the Philippines, in the United States of America in California, Georgia, Long Island, Texas, and other areas. Bless these people, Jesus. Thank you, Lord.
Jesus, thank you for coming to this world to save us all…
When we come together to pray for sinners, we’re really praying for the members of our body who are just like us, but who haven’t yet found the truth of their need for a Savior. We’re all sinners. We’ve sinned against you in the past, Father, and we fall short of your glory (Romans 3:23) on a daily basis. We confess that to you freely, Lord, and thank you for your mercy.
Today, God, we ask for that same mercy on our friends and family who do not know you; who don’t know Jesus as their Savior. Holy Spirit, work in their hearts. Soften them and expose the aching hole that only you can fill. Orchestrate their lives to bring them to a point of contrition at the same time that they encounter your unconditional love. Help them to see the beauty that is inherent in the love their Creator has for his creation, and how we can find fulfillment in living to be the best us that created us to be.
I lived for years trying to play the World’s game. I fought, bled, cried, and felt defeated trying to win a trophy life only to realize that my focus was completely misplaced. I know people who are living under the same deception, Lord. Help them to see the truth, Holy Spirit, that our life’s circumstances are meaningless compared to an eternity that we’re spending with you. Without you, we’re lost. We’re sinners who will be punished on the day of judgment unless we receive your righteousness, Jesus. Bring my friends into the body of Christ, Lord.
Father, thank you for these people across the world. Thank you for hearing our prayers each and every time that we come to you:
Be with Lily and her husband in Canada as you work in her husband’s heart:
Thank you for Cathy’s prayer request:
Father, thank you for Wanda’s faith and dedication to prayer. Thank you for being her provider:
Thank you for being there for Darlene in South Africa:
We lift up Carla, her brother and family in New Jersey:
Lord, bring healing to this situation. Thank you for being her brother’s provider so he can take care of his kids and not have to go to jail.
We lift up this anonymous prayer request. Father, bring comfort to our brother. You know his heart’s desire:
Thank you for Willis and his family in the Bahamas:
Thank you for our sister, Yvette in the United States of America, and for protecting and encouraging her son:
Father, open the resources of Heaven to Maureen. Meet her need and then some!
Our God is faithful to completely answer our prayers and to fully meet our needs!!!
We lift up this anonymous prayer request from India:
We lift up this prayer request from Savithree in South Africa, Lord:
Yes, Lord. We command the cancer to leave Prahalad right now!
We join our sister, Clair, in England in her prayer for Charlie:
Bring healing to JW’s relationship, Holy Spirit:
We pray healing over K in Jamaica:
Heal this marriage, Lord. Knock this husband upside the head and make him faithful and loving:
Thank you for providing for Gerald’s prayer request from Qatar:
We also lift up the many more private prayer request that were sent. You know who these brothers and sisters are, Lord. Thank you for being there for them. We love you, Jesus.
A while back, I met with a pastor to get some advice about how to conduct ministry on GivenLife.com. His advice was to go ahead and pray for people, but not to give people advice. I think that not giving advice was good advice…BUT: Sometimes people will email me through GivenLife.com, not asking for prayer. They are asking for advice. A case in point, I recently receive an email through the website from a woman we’ll call Jill:
I’ve been struggling a lot lately with my faith. I’m confused.
Why won’t God heal me and take away the desires of porn and celebrity idols from my life?
I can’t find satisfaction in Him or in reading the Bible even though I pray for Him to open my mind and soften my heart for His teachings. I don’t have joy or peace, no matter how many times I repent. I feel like a hypocrite in church and sometimes get mad that other Christians have it together and can hear His voice or have visions or see signs from Him when I struggle just talking to Him.
Is that normal? I try not to hold anything back when I’m worshiping or repenting and I get emotional quite often, but then I wonder if it’s really the Holy Spirit evoking these emotions or just my flesh. How do I know the difference? How can I find excitement in Him? How can I fight temptations and live a hundred percent for Him? I just need help, I’m too ashamed and embarrassed to address my parents or people at church.
Here we have the added complication of a female asking for advice. I don’t want to get anywhere near a situation where I’m emailing a woman going through a difficult time about very personal issues. So, I think the best thing I can do in this situation is to blog about it. 🙂
Here’s what I almost emailed to Jill:
Thank you for your email. First, let me just admit that I don’t have all the answers. No one does. If we had all the answers, we would never have to walk in faith, right?
Try not to compare your life to other people in church. They may look like they have it all together, but trust me, they’re struggling too. God regularly reminds me to worry about myself and I think of this awesome YouTube video and laugh at how often I find myself poking my nose where it doesn’t belong:
Know that due to the enemy of our souls and our own stinking flesh, we’ll always battle with unholy thoughts and impulses. What matters is what we do when we’re hit with them. We need to make these thoughts obedient to Jesus and then walk in faith that we have the righteousness of Christ because of what he did on the cross. See 1 Corinthians 10.
It’s totally normal to want more, but Satan would love to twist this desire into doubt and would like nothing more than for us to agree with the lie that God is holding back from us. Just trust that God is bringing you through this difficult time and that there is going to be growth on the other side of it (see James 1).
One last thing that I find helpful when I’m struggling is to restrict my media intake to things that I know are going to be life-giving. I love podcasts. It’s sort of like being read to as a kid. Check out podcasts by Bethel Church in Redding, Bethel Atlanta, or any other churches that you know of where there is a message being preached that resonates with you. Prune out any media that makes you feel drained or icky after you consume it, even if it’s highly entertaining. It could be quenching a fire that God is trying to build in you. You may find that you can pick those things back up later, but if you find more freedom in your spirit when you abstain from some shows/magazines/movies/etc, then it’s worth leaving them out. We can ask God for the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2), but if we keep dumping garbage into it, we’re sort of making it difficult for God to keep it renewed, ya know?
I hope that helps.
God bless you!
Anyone else have advice for “Jill”? What do you do when you’re struggling with your faith?