Tuesday, November 15, 1016

Lord, I pray today


I do apologize for not posting my prayer yesterday, but the things of this world kinda got in the way and I allowed them to keep me from my computer and this blog.

I did spend some time yesterday morning listening to a sermon by my preacher here in Bella Vista, Mike McCauley of Bella Vista Baptist Church.  I do enjoy his sermons, which tend to step on my toes a lot.  That is good because sometimes we all need to be shaken up a little and made to think on the things of God in a different way.

Mike was talking about the battle we face – the spiritual battle we face each day of our lives.  He used this scripture in the sermon.

Ephesians 6:11-13.  11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can make your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand.…”

God understand the forces we are up against in this fallen world and reminds us in Ephesians of that.  My prayer today is for strength and protection and God’s armor, as we face the battle in our land against these unseen forces that dwell in our nation and in the world today.

Dear Lord, I do come to You today acknowledging the warning You give each of us, Your children that we face forces we do not understand and that are forces of evil in this world.  You tell us to put on our armor, the armor that You provide us.

The Armor of God
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth fastened around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness arrayed, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness of the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition.  To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.  19 Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, divine utterance may be given me, so that I will boldly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it fearlessly, as I should. 

So Lord, I pay for Your people in high places across this country to realize they too need to put on their armor and be prepared for the battle.  I pray for our President elect Donald Trump, that You will show this verse to him and help him to learn of the truth in Your Word about his need for the righteousness You give him through Jesus Your son.  I pray You will increase his faith so that he can deal with the flaming arrows of the evil one thrown against him.  I pray he has the assurance of Your salvation in his life and that he will yearn to know more of Your Word.  I pray this for others of Your children on his team and who will be part of the new administration leading our country soon.

But I do not forget the current administration and pray for President Barrack Obama and his team too.  I do not know what he has done with You but I pray You are in his life and that Your Holy Spirit will touch his soul, drawing him into a daily walk with You.  He too is in a battle against unseen forces which want to destroy and use him to control our nation and mold it into a tool for evil in this world.

I pray that the evil and corruption hidden in the dark places and within those who follow the evil ruler of this world will be brought into the light – Your light that illuminates every secret and thing which wants to remain hidden.

I pray that You will reach out to our land with Your mighty hand of power and Your love that blots out sin through the sacrifice that Jesus gave on the cross for us.  I pray that love will be in the hearts of each of Your children across our land.  I pray for peace between Your followers within our nation and that Your followers will show those in darkness what it means to live in peace together.

I pray for protection for those who call You Lord throughout this land and also protection for Your children who serve in many places across this world in our military.  I pray no power of darkness can succeed against the power that is within each of Your children.

I pray for salvation for those in our nation who now live and serve the darkness unknowingly. That salvation can save each one and allow them to draw near unto You, both now in this world and in the world to come.

I pray all these things in the name of Your son and my Savior, Jesus.  Amen

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