INTRO TO SECTIONS // WARFARE PRAYERS
Prayer is not the only communion with God; it is also a confrontation with the enemy. When Jesus was on the earth, He came face-to-face with the devil when He was tempted in the wilderness (see Matthew 4 and Luke 4), and every time the enemy tried to tempt Him, Jesus responded with a reference from the Bible. He used the Sword of Truth to defend Himself from the enemy’s attacks. In these exchanges, Jesus didn’t confront the devil as God. He confronted the devil as a man with the Word of God. We should do the same thing. These spiritual warfare prayers and verses are examples we can use and adapt to our specific situations when we or someone we know is under attack from the devil.
“Lord, prepare my heart for warfare. Make me aware of what I am battling against. Place me firmly in Your spirit of Truth and grant me boldness to wage war. Bind any spirit of fear within me.”
Day 20 | RACIAL RECONCILIATION PRAYER
Based on Ephesians 4:3-6; Mark 12:28-31; Psalm 139:23-24
God created every person in His image on purpose and for a purpose. We are all unique and have value in the eyes of God. As Christians, we love whom God loves and seek to serve others, so it’s important for us to see the value that each person brings to the world. We need to do our part to foster reconciliation, advocate for equality, and work to ensure that every person is treated with dignity, respect, and honor.
As followers of Jesus, we have been commanded to do everything we can to bring and embody the peace in which Jesus provides. We are all one in Christ, called to serve Him and others with a spirit of unity.
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; One Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” EPHESIANS 4:3-6
Recognize the presence of racism in our world, and bring it before God today. Thank Him for creating every person in His image, on purpose, for a purpose. Ask Him to help you embrace your unique design and the uniqueness of others. Pray for eyes to see the ways inequality is at work in the world around you, and pray for boldness to uphold peace, love, and unity in the face of injustice. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind anyways you have not promoted equality and unity (thoughts, words, actions, etc.) or people towards whom you have not shown the love of Christ. Ask for forgiveness, and trust God to help you grow and become an advocate for reconciliation.
“Father, I recognize that you created every person in your image and that you have great purpose for each of us. I ask you to help me see every person as you see them. Help me to love others with the unconditional love of Jesus and to make every effort to promote peace, unity, and equality for all people. Forgive me for the times that I have not valued others or spoken up for what is right. Give me boldness to confront inequality when I see it and to honour others in my thoughts, words, and actions. Help me to love my neighbour as myself and to be an ambassador for reconciliation, as you have called me to be. I ask you to break the spirit of racism and division off of our nation, in Jesus’ Name. Thank you for making us one by the blood of Jesus and the power of your Spirit.”
Today, pray for our Young Adults ministry. Pray for their stage of life and guidance. Pray for them to be reflections of God’s glory and power as HOPE BRINGERS into this world.