As we kick off 2016, I am reposting my top 5 blogs from last year this week. It was an intense year with a lot of lessons that I am so grateful that God walked me through! Enjoy your first week of a new year. Seek Jesus, set some goals, and decide to finish strong. I believe in you!
Prayer For My Precious Church
My dear church, I have been lost in the love of God during my prayer times lately. I sense He is calling you just as He is calling me. It is my hope to pull you into His sweet presence with me. Would you take the next ten minutes, play the song above, read my prayer below and ask the Holy Spirit to birth in you a fresh desire for Him? I believe, even now, He can meet you just where you need to be met.
My prayer today is for my precious church.
God…Holy God…Pour out your Spirit with a fresh passion on Your people.
I know You are calling. Calling Your children back to Your heart and back to Your authority. You wake me with tears running down my cheeks, broken for a nation. Our nation.
God, we are lost, we are so very lost.
Holy Spirit, give us repentant hearts. We are sinners. We are unholy. And we fail you. Birth in us a deep humility. A true faith in Christ that is marked by repentance. May we draw the boundaries in our lives, not by the world’s standards, but by Your standards.
I pray a rich spiritual hunger in our hearts. May we have an insatiable need for your Word, be called to your throne in prayer, and be uplifted in power by your Holy Spirit.
I pray for the weak, the depressed, and the down trodden. Your children are not bound by the world’s life-taking gravity, but we are called to a higher purpose. Freedom is found in Your face. May we seek You with all of our hearts and may you release us from those chains.
I pray for our youth and children. May they be mighty. A generation with a boldness and a fight in their souls. They have been lied to…Lied to about sexuality, lied to about worth, and lied to about power. I pray for an unwavering strength in their determination and their direction.
I pray for a great cloud of witnesses in our church who will proclaim the love of Christ without hesitation. You are our salvation, our joy, and our hope. May we return to our first love and declare Your glory.
And Lord, give us hearts to worship with abandon. May we set aside the distractions and spend the time worshipping you daily. May we get up from those moments and carry the power of the Holy Spirit with us in a way that sets us apart.
God, we are desperate to see the God of miracles be set free to work in our midst. The Healer, the Anointer, the Victor. We long for Your power to be displayed in our church, our lives, and our community.
Let the Heavens open.
God, Holy God, let the Heavens open on our nation.