August 28, 2015

A Prayer Just for You!

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I’m excited to share with you a prayer I wrote last year. The first time I used this prayer was at a leadership event at which my dear friend, Lisa Allen, and I spoke in Albuquerque last August. We closed our event praying this prayer … 1,000 women standing together, locked hand in hand, cloaking our hearts, minds and bodies in the Armor of God.

And then last month, the Lord gave me the opportunity to share it again at our Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference. At the close of our session, Lisa Allen, Micca Campbell, and I had the honor and privilege of anointing over 200 women as they recommitted their hearts and their callings to God. Immediately after the anointing, we stood together, hearts aligned, and clothed ourselves in God’s Armor. As the words poured forth from our mouths, the Spirit felt so thick and full … I thought, surely the Presence of the Lord is in this place.

Sweet and faithful friends, my heart desires the same for you!! You are such a gift in my life. My prayer warriors. My encouragers. My true blessings from the Lord.

So, as this prayer goes out over my blog, I’m praying fervently for God to move in our midst. I don’t know when you will arrive to find the prayer and pray it, but God does. He knows who needs to be empowered and equipped with His Ephesians 6 Armor. Please know as I type these words, I am praying for every single women God draws here … and that includes YOU. Please leave your name in the comments below so that I can jump on and pray you by name.

Praying on the Armor

Heavenly Father, today we pray on Your Armor. Father, strengthen me with Your Helmet of Salvation. I am Your blood bought baby girl, a saved child of God. You have given me the Mind of Christ so that I can STAND against the culture and the lies of the evil one.

Father, cover my heart with the Breastplate of Righteousness. Thank You that Jesus defeated the power of sin and death at the cross, and it no longer has power over me. You have forgiven me of me of my sin and clothed me with Your righteousness. I STAND on that gift!

Father, gird me with the Belt of Truth. I believe with all my heart that Your Word is truth, and it is that truth and that truth alone that sets me free. I choose to believe Your truth and reject the lies of the evil one. I STAND centered and strong against his temptations, deception, schemes and accusations.

Father, I put on the Shoes of the Gospel of Peace. Make me ready to march into any battle set before me. Fill me with Your peace. I choose to be an instrument of that peace, to always forgive and not harbor bitterness, anger and unforgiveness in my heart. I STAND ready to live out and give an account for the faith I have in You today.

Father, I hold up the Shield of Faith. I trust and believe You at Your Word that You are the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Great I AM. You alone are the Author and Perfecter of my faith. I trust You to meet all my needs. I reject a spirit of fear and STAND in the spirit of Your power, love and a sound mind.

Finally, I take up the Sword of the Spirit. I load my arsenal with Your rhema words given directly from Your heart to mine. I choose to hide Your Word in my heart. I choose to believe Your truth over Satan’s lies. Pour out Your Truth and Your Spirit over my life. Fill me with all wisdom and understanding. I choose this day to STAND on Your living and active Word.

Thank You, Father, for Your mighty weapons. Thank You that You have already won this battle. Thank You that I am a victor and that greater is You who lives in me than he who lives in this world. Thank You that I can do all things through Your Son, Jesus, who strengthens me. Today I surrender my battles to You and come under Your power and Your authority. Fill me with the fullness of Your Spirit. Use me to do Your Kingdom work. Father, show me Your Shekinah glory as I march onward as a child of the LIVING GOD. I ask all this in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

If this prayer touched your heart and you would like a copy for yourself or to pray, you can get a FREE copy by clicking here.

And I would LOVE to pray for you by name. So if you prayed with prayer, please leave your name in the comments section.

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August 20, 2015

Prayer for our Children and our Schools

Each year as children and teachers head back to school, my heart turns toward prayer. Please join me in storming the gates of heaven on behalf of our precious children and their teachers!



Heavenly Father,

We pray the Armor of God over our children and their teachers:  the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the sword of the Spirit, the shield of faith, the belt of truth, and the shoes of the gospel of peace.

Father, plant Your love, Your presence, and Your Word deep within their hearts.  May Your Word reach into the marrow of their bones and ignite a passion that is unquenchable.  Cause them to love You with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength and let NOTHING override that passion.

Father, as they spend their days at school, let them be set apart.  May they be light in darkness, joy in sadness, peace in discontent, and order in chaos.  Let their character and integrity shine forth like the sun!

In their schools, Father, we pray that Your Word and the fear of the Lord would be the basis of wisdom and instruction.  Father, we ask that You take our prayers and blanket each school, placing them under the shadow of Your wing.

For those teachers that believe in You, strengthen them and uphold them with Your mighty right hand.  Father, give them an extra measure of wisdom, knowledge, and revelation to excel as teachers and shine in darkness.  Provide them with opportunities to share their faith with faculty, staff, and administration and give them the courage to do it.

We pray for every level of administration.  We pray for wisdom beyond comprehension as they make decisions for the schools and school systems.  We pray divine direction.  We pray that You would direct the steps of those making decisions for our children.  Make Your way clear and place those who walk with You in places of authority and decision-making.  Bless their efforts.  Give them favor.

Through Young Life, church youth groups, and other student ministries, use leaders and students to sweep each school with revival and evangelism.  Guide, bless, and empower the leaders and students through the power of Your Holy Spirit.  Go before them and open doors.  Father, we boldly ask for many to come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior and yield their lives to Christ.

Father, as we end our time in prayer, we boldly as that You would grow each of our children in wisdom and stature and favor with God and with man.  Thank You in advance for all You will do in and through our prayers.  We ask this in the powerful name of Jesus Christ our Lord!

Please leave a prayer request for any child,  teacher, leader, or school who is on your heart today. And if you leave a comment, let’s knit our prayers together by praying for the prayer request in the comment above yours.

And if you would like a FREE copy of a similar prayer I wrote a few years ago for our children and their schools, please click here. Feel free to share it with neighbors and friends.

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Standing together with you in prayer,

May 26, 2015

There’s Power in Praying God’s Word w/ Giveaway


Praying God’s Word has completely transformed my prayer life. Over the years, I have witnessed specific and powerful answers to prayer. Why? Because when we pray God’s Word back to Him, He must honor it. True to His character, He cannot go back on His Word.

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Think about these two questions:

Mom, can I have a piece of candy?

Mom, remember yesterday you promised me a piece of candy? May I have it now, please?

Which statement resonates more strongly in your heart (especially as a parent) … the one in which your child simply asks for a piece of candy, or the one in which your child reminds you of your promise? The latter, of course. When we pray God’s Word back to Him, we’re reminding Him of His promises.

It’s important to realize that God honoring His Word doesn’t always result in a “yes” to our prayers, but we can be assured that His answer will be in line with His Word and true to His character.

When teaching His disciples about abiding and prayer, Jesus spoke these words from John 15:7,

“If you remain in me and my Words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.”

The key to powerful and effective prayer is knowing and praying God’s Word.

Today I want to share with you how I started praying God’s Word.

First, I thought of something that was weighing heavily on my heart. I then opened my Bible and prayed this prayer: “Father, open the eyes of my heart so I can see what You have to speak into my life about this topic.”

Second, I turned to the concordance at the back of my Bible. A concordance sorts Scripture by topics (fear, worry, peace, forgiveness, anger, peace, joy). If your Bible does not have one, you can do a Google search asking “Scriptures on _________.” I then searched for my topic, chose a few verses and wrote them down. I asked God for ears to hear and a heart to receive what He wanted to speak to me.

Finally, I wrote each verse on a piece of paper and personalized them. I’ll share an example of this below.

At that time, I desperately wanted to pray for my 2 children, Lauren and Bo. But I struggled with exactly how to pray. I thought about what was on my heart for them and found Scriptures addressing those issues.

I started with baby steps and selected a few verses …

Lord, please hide Your Word in Lauren’s heart so her desire is to please You and obey You in all she says and does.(Psalm 119:11)

Help Bo trust in You with all His heart and lean not on his own understanding and to acknowledge You in all his ways.(Proverbs 3:5-6)

Remind Lauren when she feels discouraged and like she cannot accomplish what is set before her that she can do all things through You who strengthens her.(Philippians 4:13)

Clothe Bo in humility and teach him to put others first. (Ephesians 4:2, Luke 18:14)

Grow Lauren and Bo in wisdom, stature, and favor with You and with man.(Luke 2:52, Daniel 1)

Another example. If you struggle with worry, look up the words anxious, worry or peace in the concordance  and read through the verses you find. I found Philippians 4:6-7: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (NLT). Then write your prayer.

Your prayer could read like this:

Father, I have so much on my mind right now. I cannot even sleep at night. I feel so anxious. Your Word asks me to pray about everything. So right now, Father, I am coming to You with my worries, especially___________. Father, I thank You that You are in control of all things. I want to experience Your peace. So right now I am giving all of my worries to You claiming Your promise that in doing this, Your peace, the peace that passes all understanding, will guard my heart and mind. I thank You that I will be filled with Your peace from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. I trust You for this. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

I trust the Lord brought you here to answer the cry of your heart to pray more effectively. And I would LOVE to hear what verses God speaks to you and/or the prayers He leads you to pray as you seek to pray God’s Word back to Him. Leave a comment today and share the verses or prayers. I will choose two names to win!

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the other a copy of Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner: The Transforming Power of God’s Story. I will announce the winner this weekend!

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