October 31, 2017

How to Pray God’s Word w/ Giveaway!

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin with prayer. We want to pray specifically for our friends and family, but we can’t quite figure out where to start.

I felt that way until I spent a few years around some amazing prayer warriors a few years ago. They taught me to pray God’s Word for the people I love. Praying God’s living and active Word is what makes our prayers powerful and effective!

So, over the next weeks and months, I dove into God’s Word and found topics that led to Scriptures that equipped me to pray for my people.

Today, I thought I would share some of those Scriptures with you. But, instead of just sharing the verses, I’m going to personalize them to help you see what I mean when I say “pray God’s Word.”

Many of you already do this, so I would be grateful if you would share any tips you have or verses you’ve personalized for your friends and family in the comments below.

It’s always a gift to share what God has taught us with friends. It’s what I LOVE about this community God has gathered here at wendyblight.com.

I’ll use my my family prayers as an example so you can get the feel for how to personalize your prayers.

Heavenly Father, I lay my family before You today asking:

Our love for each other will grow deeper and stronger the longer we walk with you and that it will abound more and more and reflect Your character. Help us be patient and kind, not boastful or proud. Help us always think the best of, and seek the best for, each other. (1 Cor. 13:4-7; Phil. 1:9-11)

You help us live in unity, putting each other’s needs before our own. Give us oneness of heart through the beautiful thread of Your Holy Spirit that binds us together in Jesus. (John 17:11, 21; Phil. 2:1-5)

We would have the mind of Christ and acknowledge You daily, no matter where we are, together or apart. Help us take every thought captive to Your Word, replacing lies with truth. Despair with joy. Grieving with hope. Anxiety with peace. Hate with love. Rudeness with kindness. Disrespect with honor. (Proverbs 3:5-6; 1 Cor. 2:11-16; 2 Cor. 10:3-5)

We will live each and every day in the fullness of Your Spirit and in the abundant life You promise. (Eph. 5:18; John 10:10)

We will be confident in who and Whose we are, never looking to others for affirmation of our value and worth. Knowing down to the marrow of our bones it is found solely in You. (Psalm 139:13-16; Eph. 1:3-4, 7-8)

We would hunger for more of You and more of Your Word. That nothing else would satisfy us more than spending quiet time alone with You. (Psalm 63:1; Matthew 4:4; John 4:13-14, 7:37)

We would daily take up the Armor of God to protect us from the evil one. Keep us alert to Satan’s temptations, schemes, and lies. By the power of Your Spirit enable our hearts to fully submit to You so we can confidently resist the devil by speaking one Word alone … One name… Jesus. (John 8:44; Eph. 6:10-18; James 4:7)

We would be strong, courageous and bold in a culture hostile to You. That we would never be afraid to share our story and the hope we have in You. (Joshua 1:9; 2 Cor. 5:17-20)

You give us servant hearts. Hearts that seek to serve the least and the lost. Give us eyes to see the ones who need an encouraging word. Give us ears to hear the stories of those who need a listening ear. Give us patience to love those who drive us crazy. Give us a generous heart to share our blessings with those who have needs much greater than ours. (Mark 10:44-45; John 15:12, 30; Gal. 6:2; Hebrews 13:16)

You give us hearts of gratitude. Awaken us each morning with Your joy filling our hearts, no matter what the day may hold. May we anticipate divine encounters with You throughout our day … to see where You are at work and join You. (Psalm 118:24; Romans 15:13; Col. 2:7; 1 Thess. 5:18)

You develop in us prayerful hearts, ones that seek You in all things and for all things. Hearts that are tender to Your voice and leading, ready to pray wherever and for whoever You ask. (Phil. 4:6-7; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thess. 5:16-18)

I pray these verses bless and help equip you as you pray for your friends and family.

Now it’s YOUR TURN.

If this is new to you, in the comments, please share the verse(s) that spoke most to your heart. If this is how you pray, share your favorite verses to pray and give examples of how you personalize them. I will choose one name from the comments to win a copy of my book “Living So That:Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life.” It has an entire chapter devoted to (you see a picture from that chapter above, “Pray So That”)!

I’m so grateful for each one of you. Thank you for meeting together with me here. I only wish we could be in the same room together sharing our thoughts and our hearts.

October 16, 2017

Living Water … A Prayer for You

Happy Monday friends!

First, thank you, thank you for sharing your most comforting scriptures in my last post. Your generosity to take the time to share your scriptures, stories and encouraging words blessed me more than you know. Many were beloved and familiar scriptures, and a few served as wonderful reminders of God’s truths and promises I’d forgotten. I absolutely love seeing the comment page FILLED with God’s living and active Word.

This past week, I spent time with a friend. I sensed a heaviness in my spirit each time we talked. When we had a moment alone, she shared that she was going through a dry time in her faith. It wasn’t a crisis of faith. It came down to desire. Each time she tried to sit down for quiet time, she confessed she felt nothing. No desire to open her Bible. No desire to pray. She wasn’t sure why; it just wasn’t happening.

After our last conversation, the Lord led me to write her a prayer. The prayer I’m sharing with you today. I pray if you’re walking through a dry time, it will bless and encourage you.

I think we all experience this at one time or another. Thankfully, our God is so patient. He’ll wait for us. We need to just do it! I told her I prayed this prayer would be a good place for her to start. I pray the same for you.

 

Living Water

Abba Father, Your Word promises that whoever believes in You will have rivers of living water flowing from her heart.

I’ve given my heart to You, Lord. I’m Your blood-bought daughter. My name is engraved in the palm of Your hand.

I’m thirsty. I long for Your living water to flow in all its fullness through me today and every day You give me on this earth.

Holy Spirit, fill me afresh right now. Fill me to overflowing with the fullness of Your Peace, Presence, Love, Joy and Hope.

Just as you ensure a spring is constantly renewed with fresh water to keep it pure and flowing freely, renew me today.

Awaken me each day with a deep and abiding desire to meet with You.

Give me an unquenchable thirst as I sit at Your feet.

Ignite a passon in me for more of You and more of Your Word.

Convict me.

Minister to my heart.

Encourage and equip me.

I love you, Lord, and ask this in Jesus’ most precious and holy name. Amen

October 9, 2017

These Things Are Not Supposed to Be

They weren’t supposed to attend a country music festival and end up running for their lives.

He wasn’t supposed to take an anniversary trip with his beloved and end up shielding her from a bullet.

She wasn’t supposed to hug her children goodbye and end up never holding them again.

He wasn’t supposed to celebrate his 44th birthday and end up never celebrating another birthday.

She wasn’t supposed to say yes to her beloved’s proposal and never end up walking down the aisle.

She wasn’t supposed to be dancing and laughing with her best friends one minute and lying lifeless the next.

These things are not supposed to be.

I don’t have answers. I don’t have explanations.

But I know the One who does.

The One who tells me when the darkness invades my happy space … when disaster turns my life upside down … when evil oppresses me on every side … He is there.

His name is The Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:9-10). The One who was, is, and forever will be (Hebrews 13:8).

The One who gives us the powerful words of a young shepherd boy named David, who in the midst his impossible, spoke words we need today.

“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out and face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you” (2 Chronicles 20:15).

Our world is a scary place. It feels as if danger and uncertainty lurk around every corner. We don’t know what each day will hold. But, we do know the One who hold our days.

We can be afraid and discouraged or we can be confident and encouraged. The choice is ours.

It matters where we fix our eyes and on whom we fix our hope.

God is our hope … our only true hope (Psalm 62:5).

Run to the One who is your strength and your shield (Psalm 28:7). The One who fights for you (Exodus 14:14). His presence will never leave you. He will never forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6).

The name of the Lord is a strong tower to which we can run and are safe, even in the most desperate of circumstances (Proverbs 18:10).

Whether He stills the storm or invites you in, He will be with you.

God is our Rock (Psalm 18:2). His love is steadfast (Lamentations 3:22-23).

Pray this prayer with me,

Thank You, Lord, that You are a shield around me,
    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to you, Lord,
    and you answer me from Your holy mountain.

I lie down and sleep;
    I wake again, because You, O Lord, sustain me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
    assail me on every side.

Lord, I will keep my eyes fixed on You (Psalm 3:2-6). In Jesus’ name. Amen

What verse gives you comfort in times when fear and darkness press in? Share it with us today. I’d love to see this page FILLED with God’s Word we can all cling to our in our times of despair and distress.

Blessings,