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I’d like Thursdays to be a day of us praying together corporately.  We’ll get on our knees and “grab hands” virtually around the world.  Where two or three are gathered together, there He is in the midst of them.  🙂

The goal here is for us to focus on these topics, please:

  • praising God
  • thanking Him
  • repenting of any sin in our own hearts
  • praying for ourselves to become the women God commands us to be
  • praying for our sisters in Christ to become the women God desires them to be
  • praying for our brothers in Christ and the special men in our lives in a God-honoring way
  • praying for God’s glory in our lives
  • praying for God to work through the power of His Spirit among His people around the world to restore broken families/marriages/relationships and to reconcile people to Himself
  • praying for God to reveal our sin as a church on a corporate, global level that His people might fully repent individually and corporately and return humbly to Him and live lives of obedience that honor Christ

I am planning to choose a topic each week for us to pray about together, God-willing.  You can pray along with me in your heart, or even out loud if you would like to.  You can also add your own prayer for these issues we are talking about in the comments.  I desire this to be a time of building one another up, women (and men are invited, too) learning to fervently pray individually and as a group, unity in the body and nourishing the bonds of sisterhood (and brotherhood).

EVERY DAY, ladies, let’s nourish our souls and abide in Christ – this is the secret to abundant life:

  • feast on God’s Word
  • repent deeply of EVERY trace of sin
  • listen to God’s Spirit and have willing hearts to obey Him in EVERYTHING no matter what He asks us to do and no matter how great the personal cost may be to ourselves, submitting fully to Him as LORD of our lives
  • be full of God’s Spirit and power
  • praise God – all day long, constantly meditating on things to praise God about and focusing on His character and His goodness, sovereignty, strength, holiness and power.
  • thank God – all day long, I pray we will thank God for the things He has given us and I even pray that we will thank him in the midst of suffering and trials knowing that He is able to use those things to make us stronger, more spiritually mature and to refine our faith and make us more like Jesus.  I pray we won’t run from suffering, but that we might embrace it if it is God’s will – and that we will lay still on the operating table as He removes any gangrene or cancer from our souls, so that we might be more healthy and more and more like Jesus.
  • pray for ourselves – not for our will but for God’s will to be done in our lives, that we might die to self and live as living sacrifices daily for Him, taking up our cross and living lives worthy of all that Jesus has done for us.  I pray that we might allow the floodgates of heaven to open up and spill the spiritual treasures of heaven into our lives and our homes – giving us the power to become the women of God’s dreams, that we might have the perseverance, patience, wisdom, maturity, faith, love, godliness and strength to shine brightly for Christ where we are, being faithful servants of His.
  • pray for our men and our brothers in Christ – not telling God what to do, but thanking God for them, asking God to fill them with His wisdom to lead according to His will and asking for God’s victory over any strongholds.  I pray we might ask God to show us how to bless our men, how to better respect and honor them and how to make their job to lead us a joy.  I pray that God might empower us to inspire our men and those around us and to set godly examples for them by showering them with goodness, grace, mercy, forgiveness, kindness, patience, gentleness, self-control, selflessness, honor and blessing.

UNITY – This was one of Jesus’ most powerful prayers for His church – that we would be one with Him and that we would be one with each other and have perfect unity, that there would be NO divisions.    This was His prayer for His church.  It is MY prayer for His church, too, and for us.

(Ladies, I invite you to join me in covering your head with a hat or scarf to show respect for the God-given authority of your father or your husband (if you are married) in your life in obedience to I Corinthians 11:3-16.  For more on this forgotten New Testament teaching, please read here.)  

Lord,

We come to You in total awe of all that You have done and all that You are.   You alone are God!  There is no other!  You alone created the world and all that is in the universe from nothing.  You are SOVEREIGN over every galaxy, over every subatomic particle, over every person’s life and every wife and husband represented here.  No one can snatch us from Your loving, holy, sovereign hands.  You are GOOD.  You are not able to have evil motives towards us.  You give good things to us – even when we suffer – it is ultimately for our benefit and blessing to make us more like Christ.  How amazing that You had such love for us that You were willing to lay aside the glory of Your majesty in heaven and put on a frail human, mortal body, and live as a godly example for us and then die in our place – the death that we so deserved, that you did not deserve.  How INSANE that You would take our sin debt of “billions” of dollars that we could never repay to You except by our own suffering in hell, and write across our bill, “Paid in Full.”  There is NO sin that You cannot forgive.  There is NO sin that is outside of the reach of the blood of Christ.  WE PRAISE AND THANK YOU FOR THIS INCREDIBLY GOOD NEWS!  If You were willing to do all of this for us while we were still Your enemies, we cannot begin to fathom how You will move heaven and earth to accomplish Your purposes in our lives now that we belong to You.  We seek only Your will.  We acknowledge that Your wisdom is infinitely higher than our own.  You are the Truth, the Life and the Way.

We THANK YOU for what You have done in our lives.  Every breath we take, every bite of food we eat, the houses where we live, the clothing on our backs, our families, the countries where we live, our leaders, our health, our roads, our electricity, our gasoline, our cars, our schools, our governments, our churches, our Bibles, our talents, our intellect, our abilities, our bodies, our money, our jobs… it is ALL directly from Your hand.  We thank You that You bring problems and trials into our lives to discipline us and to make us more mature and complete, ready to accomplish Your will and Your plans in our lives.  We acknowledge that all of these blessings could be taken away if You so choose.  We thank and praise You for providing for our needs today.  We trust You today.  We put all our faith in You today.  And we trust You with tomorrow.

Help us to see anything we are withholding from You, anything we don’t trust You with, and let us lay it down, surrendering it to You in faith.  Open our eyes to any sin in our hearts: pride, idolatry, self-righteousness, unforgiveness, rage, resentment, bitterness, gossip, lust, greed, envy, adultery, silence (not sharing Christ), disobedience to any of Your commands for us as Your disciples, rebellion against Your Word or the authorities You have placed over us, selfishness, lack of generosity, apathy toward those in need, not caring for the poor, dissensions, factions, unthankfulness, complaining, arguing, and any impure motives.  Cleanse us by the blood of Christ.  We deeply repent and turn away from our sin. We see how nasty and filthy and repulsive it is in Your sight.  Make us clean, Lord!  Forgive us and give us new hearts and minds in You.  Transform our minds and souls by Your power.  Sanctify us – set us apart for Your purpose.  Make us more and more like Christ.  Help us to open our hearts WIDE to Your Spirit to allow You to work full blast in us.

Use us to reach the world with Your love and truth!

We lift up ourselves as women to Your glorious throne room in heaven today where tens of thousands of angels continually sing Your praise.  Where You are adorned in a dazzling white robe that blazes with light, where You have a golden sash tied around Your chest.  Where Your feet glow like burnished bronze in the furnace and where Your face shines brighter than the sun and Your eyes blaze like fire.  We bow down on our faces before Your holiness and greatness.  We tremble before Your presence.  You are the AWESOME, HOLY, MIGHTY, OMNIPOTENT, OMNIPRESENT, POWERFUL, GLORIOUS, LOVING God.  You alone are Truth.  You alone are Love.  You alone have all wisdom.  We humble ourselves before You and make our spirits contrite and lay ourselves low as we exalt You alone as God.  We seek to learn to be the women You desire us to be.  We place our hands on each sister praying here together and pray for Your Spirit to flow through her and to empower her to live for Your kingdom.   Show us Your way.  Show us the commands You have for us in Scripture.  Let us have willing, obedient hearts to follow You.  We desire nothing apart from You.  If we can only have You, Your Spirit, Your Word and fellowship with You – Your power flooding our lives – we have all that we need.  Let our lives bring great honor and joy to You.  Let us seek to please only You, and no one else.  Let us love You with all of our hearts and all of our minds and all of our souls and all of our strength!  Let us put nothing above You!  Purify our hearts.  Empower us to be faithful to You.  This life is short.  We will stand before You soon.  Let us be found to be obedient, Spirit-filled and faithful – no matter what the cost is to ourselves here in this life.  You are worthy of ALL of our devotion, ALL of our sacrifice, our lives, our everything.  We hold NOTHING back.  We find our identity, our purpose, our strength, our courage, our joy, our peace and our contentment in You alone!  No matter what may happen or what our circumstances may be, we can do ALL THINGS through Christ who gives us strength!
Bless our sisters in Christ greatly, Lord.  Remove the strongholds of the enemy in their lives.  We place our hands on them around the world – pour Your Spirit into each one of them and open their eyes to Your truth and love.  Let them become thte women You desire them to be for Your glory.  Help us to see that we might be the only people praying for our sisters.  Let us be faithful and let us stand firmly in the gap for them, engaging in spiritual battle on their behalf.  Use us to bless our sisters in Christ.  Help us to encourage them, affirm them, speak the truth in love, build them up and use our words to give life to them.
Bless our brothers in Christ greatly, Lord.  Remove the strongholds of the enemy in their lives.  We place our hands on them and pray for Your power to indwell them.  Let them become the men You desire them to be for Your glory.  Help us to see that we might be the only people praying for our brothers.  Let us be faithful and let us stand firmly in the gap for them, engaging in spiritual battle on their behalf.  Use us to bless our men and our brothers in Christ that are around us.  Teach us to respect them, to understand and to meet their masculine needs.  Let them rise up to become the godly leaders You desire them to be.  Cause THIS generation to shake off the ungodliness of the world and to stand firmly for Christ!
Let us embrace our God-given roles as women.  Let us learn to come from a position of godly strength and power as we humbly honor our men’s leadership, seek to do them good, assume the best not the worst, repay evil with good, cooperate with their decisions, respectfully share our hearts/needs/desires, seek Your will above our own, trust You to lead us through those in God-given authority in our lives, seek to set a godly example of biblical submission for others, and seek to be a place of safety, comfort and shelter for those we love.
Please grant us unity in Your body.  Let us act in grace, humility and agape love and respect towards our brothers and sisters and towards unbelievers, no matter if they “deserve it” or not.  Use our obedience to You and our Spirit-filled lives to impact others  for Your kingdom.  Tear down the sin in our lives.  Let us respond without sin no matter what others do.  Help us not to preach, nag, lecture, criticize, condemn or disrespect anyone anymore.  Let us affirm, encourage, praise the good, focus on the Philippians 4:8 things, thank and appreciate others and bless them with our words.  Remove our sinful tongues that destroy, wound and tear down.  Give us godly tongues that give LIFE.  Let us live out abundant life in Christ daily in front of others until the day we die.  Let us never grow weary of doing good.  Use us to shine for You in our homes, at our jobs, in our families, in our schools, in our neighborhoods, in our churches and around the world.  Use us to draw many others to Your kingdom.
In the Name and power of Christ,
Amen!

JOHN 17

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

 

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you[e] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

 

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