Forward Focused Prayer, Part 2

Making All Things New

Dear women, we are being called to pray.

We are called to rise above and not fix our eyes on what has transpired but to lift our eyes to Jesus.  At Refuge, this Monday night, we will study Ephesian 4 and what it looks like to be builders – builders in the body of Christ, builders of the Kingdom of God. 

My sisters, in this season, I’m asking us to pray.  Pray alone, pray together, pray in quiet, pray without ceasing.  Here are some ways in which we can pray:

Because revival starts in the heart of each person:

  • Ask God to search you and know your heart, test you and know your anxious thoughts. (Psalm 139:23)
  • Ask him to see if there is any offensive way in you so you can be led forward (Psalm 139:24) 
  • Ask God to create in you a pure heart and renew a steadfast spirit within you (Psalm 51:10)
  • Ask Him to give you a willing spirit to sustain you – to keep you going in his direction and a will to obedience (Psalm 51:12)

Because the call to Christ is the call to community:

  • Pray for this body of believers at King’s Harbor Church. Pray for each of our leaders as well as every single person who walks through our doors (Ephesians 4:1-7) For humility and gentleness, patience and an ability to bear with one another in love, for an eagerness to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, for people to rise up and use their gifts for the glory of God
  • Pray for God’s will for our church (Colossians 1:9-13) That we may be filled with the knowledge of His Will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, that we may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord fully pleasing to Him, that everything we do would bear fruit and cause us to know Him more, that we would be strengthened with all power, according to HIS glorious might
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in our church (Ephesians 1:16-20) That the eyes of our hearts would be enlightened, that we would know the hope to which we have been called, that we would know the immeasurable greatness of his power

Because a marriage has hit a crisis, we are reminded to pray for marriages:

  • That marriages that are struggling with darkness would find their hope and restoration in the light (2 Samuel 22:17 and 29)
  • That we would be women who would speak to our husbands with grace (Colossians 4:6)
  • That when we fight, we would recognize our husband is not the enemy. (Ephesians 6:12)
  • That we would hold on to Jesus tighter than we hold on to our man. (Hebrews 10:23)

Because we have a church of men and women, not just married people:

  • Pray for all those who are tempted in every way. You, me, married people, single people, those who are struggling financially… the heat of every battle will push us towards our greatest weakness. (Hebrews 4:15)

Because we love the Cannon Family:

  • Pray for Chris and Anne’s relationship with the Lord to grow and flourish in his grace. (Jeremiah 33:3)
  • That God would not only restore, but completely renew Chris and Anne’s marriage and relationship (Isaiah 43:19)
  • That Chris and Anne who are rooted and established in love would find comfort among all the holy people of God whom they love dearly. That they would know the breadth of God’s love for them, that they would be filled with the fullness of God and that He would do immeasurable more than Chris and Anne could ask or imagine, according to his great power. (Ephesians 3:14-20)

Because we are to be known by our love, pray this over our people:

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. I Corinthians 13:4-7

One thought on “Forward Focused Prayer, Part 2

  1. Thank you for all of these beautiful scriptures this morning. God is good and he is above all else. Let us not forget all that was sacrificed for us in that CROSS. His love is endless!

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