Praying in the Spirit using the Word of God for Week #26

Entry 26 Praying to Avoid Premature Death

The bible declares that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus came to give us abundant life. For it is appointed unto man once to die and after this the judgment. But we can die prematurely. God never intended for us to die; Adam gave Satan the keys to bring sin and death into the world. Jesus came and snatched the keys of death, hell and the grave from Satan, so that we may have the right to the tree of life. So whereas we may die physically now, when we are in Christ we abide with Him forever. Our souls will never die. Either they will live in heaven eternally with God in the end, or we will suffer forever in hell with Satan. We all have a set time and season to live and to die. We can die prematurely with our lifestyles, personal choices and worldviews. If we live life like it is one big party not taking care of our bodies, we can expect Satan to bring death to us before our time. If we choose to eat improperly, dishonor our parents, or engage in sexual debauchery, we are inviting death into our lives prematurely. If we think incorrectly believing God wants us to die and not live, or think we do not deserve to live an abundant life in Christ, we cancel out the promises of God and the blessings He has stored up for us. None of us get from God what we deserve; even our righteousness is as a filthy rag in His sight. But Jesus came to give us the mercy and grace to live a satisfied life in Him. With long life God will satisfy us and show us His salvation. Satan is always trying to kill us mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. He seeks to assassinate our character, and render us an ineffective witness as a believer. He comes with his screaming accusing voices, trying to convince us to give up on life, our dreams and our destiny. . But he is a liar, and the Father of lies. God wants us to have a long, satisfying life. He wants us to accomplish our goals and be healthy, wealthy and wise. So praying to avoid premature death is inviting God’s presence, blessings and promises into our lives daily, and shunning things that will cut our lives short.

Simple Sample Prayer

Dear God, we know that the only things you want to die in us is our sin nature so that we can become more and more like you. Not only do you want us to have eternal life in heaven, you desire for us to have abundant life here on earth. Help us to tap into your endless supply of life and abundance, and help us make good decisions that would improve the physical quality of our lives. Provide a way of escape from Satan’s plan of destruction; Lord, continually pray for us so that our faith doesn’t fail. We know you daily make intercession for us. Preserve our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual lives. Help us to avoid premature death by not taking unnecessary risks. Help us to break bad habits that are detrimental to our health, and allow us to create new habits that will extend and prosper our lives. We thank you for the gift of life; help us to make the most of it, living each day as if it were our last. In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.

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Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #25

Entry# 025 Praying to Access our Spiritual DNA to find Fulfillment

In the physical world, DNA is Deoxyribonucleic acid which is a molecule that encodes the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms and many viruses. It is the hereditary material in humans and almost all other organisms located in the cell nucleus. The function of DNA is long-term storage used as a template to make transcription which directs the assembly of a protein in a translation. Human DNA can replicate, and consists of about 3 billion bases, and more than 99 % of those bases are the same in all people. Our spiritual DNA is just as involved and complex. God puts a piece of Himself in each one of us that we can either access for His kingdom, or allow to lie dormant and ineffective within. We all have a king and a fool inside of us. The one we nurture will grow the most and become the most evident in our lives. God’s holy DNA can overcome the tarnished DNA of our sin nature, our generational curses, and our bad experiences.  No longer do we have the excuse of poor upbringing, lack of opportunity, or a non-existent support system as a reason for our failures in life. We have God’s favor, love and provision that we can access at anytime if we turn to Him. Turning to God should be the first thing we do, not just an afterthought. God created a God-sized void inside of all of us that only He can fill. We can attempt to fill it in various ways in life, only to come up short and unfulfilled. We can surround ourselves with stuff, look for love in all the wrong places, be the smartest person in the room, and have the biggest bank account. While these things will give us temporary satisfaction, long-term we will still feel something missing. God doesn’t intend for our lives to work without Him. We will acquire some level of success, but only God gives us purpose and destiny. We can run from our destiny, but we cannot hide from God’s purpose He has designed for our lives. When we finally seek His will and submit to it, we will find the satisfaction we have been missing out on. Accessing our spiritual DNA involved getting into God’s presence, being open to hearing His voice, and being willing to heed His direction. We have to pray boldly in the spirit using the word of God. This is why studying God’s word is so essential. We gain revelation in the process of engaging in that spiritual side of whom we are. So praying to access our spiritual DNA, is chasing after God seeking Him diligently so that we can walk effortlessly and joyfully into God plan and will for our lives.

Simple Sample Prayer

Dear God thank you for making our bodies in your image, and our spirits in your likeness. Thank you for breathing the breathe of life into us so that we became living souls. Although we are born in sin and shaped into iniquity, we have the right and the option to become the righteousness of God. Help us to accept all that Jesus died to provide for us, including direct access to you by paying for our sins. Without you Lord, we can do nothing, and our greatest accomplishments are naught. But with you Father, we can do all things, and we can have a life of joy, satisfaction and fulfillment. Help us to access our spiritual DNA so that we can discern and accept you plan for our lives. We know that you desire for us to be fulfilled and for us to enjoy our everyday lives. Help us to seek you for our satisfaction so that we can have our God-given desires fulfilled to share with your people. In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.

 

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #24

Entry# 024 Praying to Live Without Regret

We often experience the most growth in painful situations and when we are faced with our own mortality. It is then when we experience a range of emotions from denial to anger to fear to acceptance. In the painful situations we often regret the choices we made, our inability to use time and resources wisely, and our indecision to learn from our mistakes. The most common regrets that people have when faced with death include: wishing they had the courage to live a life true to themselves and not the life others expected, wishing they didn’t work so hard, wishing they had the courage to express their feelings, wishing they stayed in contact with friends, and wishing that they allowed themselves to be happier. But God wants us to live a life of no regrets. He wants us to have the attitude of knowing and accepting that He has all things in His control, and that He has a good plan for our lives. So instead of looking at our painful situations with regret, we can view them as learning experiences and stepping stones toward our destiny. We all say things, do things and behave in ways we are not particularly proud of. Even though we may feel a level of guilt or shame for those actions, we are not supposed to stay there. We are to be sorry for what we have done and the effects it had on others, not just sorry we got caught. All we have to do is repent to God and others if need be, and forgive ourselves so that we can move on. Repentance involves changing our mindsets. It is admitting that we were wrong and running to our Heavenly Father for restoration, instead of shrinking back or hiding from Him. It involves being honest with ourselves about what happened and what is currently going on, and the effect our actions had on other people, and possibly being honest with other trusted people. The best ways to live without regrets are to have a clear mind and a pure heart. We don’t need to harbor animosity, allow a root of bitter to grow, or hold grudges towards those who wronged us. We can cast all our cares on Jesus, let go of our right to be offended, and leave all our burdens at His feet. God will then free us, forgive us, and restore us. When faced with our mortality, instead of rehearsing a life of regrets, we can rejoice in the fact that to live is Christ and to die is gain. When we are at the end of our road, we can look back with a grateful heart knowing that we were not perfect, but we are justified by grace through faith in God. Praying to live without regret is choosing to live life consciously, wisely, honestly, with God’s grace and the joy of the Lord.

 

Simple Sample Prayer

Dear God help us to be honest with ourselves so that we can be honest with you and with others. Help us to take control of our lives and write our own narrative that lines up with your word, will and plan for us. Give us a clean heart and a pure mind that is not littered with unforgiveness and regret. Help us to get over our past losses, pains, offenses, failures, and rejections. You desire for us to have a life of joy and peace, not one filled with regret. Help us to seize every moment, and live every day to the fullest. In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week#23

Entry#  023 Praying to be Thankful in a Thankless Job

We often do things on a regular basis that goes unnoticed and unappreciated. The greatest jobs that exist are those that serve others. If we want to be great in the kingdom of heaven, we must seek to serve much here on the earth. But those social and civil service jobs are often frown upon, and workers sometimes receive less pay for doing them. The benefits are generally very good, however. So is it in the spiritual realm. When we are servants of Jesus Christ, we are often devalued and overlooked. But the eternal benefits are monumental. Not only will we receive stars on our crowns in heaven, we get to live in God’s favor and blessings here on earth. Being a parent, educator or homemaker are often the most thankless but important jobs we can ever do. People often overlook the value of the services offered. Many jobs can be considered thankless because people take workers for granted while they are performing those tasks. Those jobs don’t directly affect people’s lives on a daily basis, but they are often crucial to the functioning of our society. Jobs like farmer, social worker, military personnel, garbage collector, first responders, and medical professionals, and delivery people are often seen as fixtures, and not people of prestige, value or purpose. However, that thankless job may be a blessing in disguise. It can provides a source of income, it can helps us clarify and articulate our goals, it can afford us the opportunity to access and utilize our skills and talents, it can provide networking opportunities, and it can sparkle a change in our lives causing us to reevaluating our paths and do some introspection. Jesus healed 10 men at one time and only one came back to say thank you. While working on a thankless job, we may never get the recognition we deserve. But God is always keeping score. He never forgets our labors of love and sacrifice. What we make happen for other people, God will eventually make happen for us. He can give us purpose and joy in a thankless job because it may be a part of His plan for us to be there. God may have planted us at a particular place to effect change, be a light, or be a witness of His love and grace. There is always a broader purpose; God may be developing our character for greater things He has in store for us. We are not to despise the day of small beginnings, because He that has begun a good work in us will perform and complete it through us. Christ, who is the author and finisher of our faith, does not waste any of our experiences. He will bring purpose and wisdom out of all we go through. So praying to be thankful in a thankless job is choosing to see God‘s goodness in every situation. That’s why we need to be thankful in all things, for God causes them all to work out for our good.

 

Simple Sample Prayer:

Dear God, we come to you with thanksgiving and praise. We thank you for what you have already done, we praise you for what you are doing now, and we bless your name for what you are going to do. We recognize that every good and perfect gift comes from you, even a thankless job. We know that you can bring good out of a bad or less than ideal situation, and make every circumstance a teachable moment. Help us to learn what we need to from every place in life we find ourselves in. Help us to remember that our work is not in vain, and that if we are not weary in well doing, we will reap the benefits and blessing if we don’t give up. We ask this in Jesus’s name, Amen.

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #22

Entry 022 Praying for Prosperity

People often feel like it is inappropriate to ask God for prosperity. They often equate being a devote Christian to taking a vow of poverty, and living holy to living in lack. Some people feel that God wants us to suffer in this world, living without the basic things we need and want, awaiting the great by and by to have a crown in glory. But God desires for us to prosper and be in good health even as our soul prospers here on this earth. The Bible is clear on the fact that God wants to bless us indeed so that we can be a blessing to others. He owns the cattle on ten thousand hills, and looks for opportunities to bless us daily. Poverty is a curse from the Devil, and is not something God puts us in to teach us a lesson. The only thing we learn from being poor is how much we never want to experience it again. Poverty robs us of joy, peace, and even our health. But God can take any bad situation and cause it to work out for our good. He can develop our character, faith and trust in Him through lack, but it is His will that we have what we need and many of the things we desire. God can reverse the curse of poverty when we walk in obedience and in accordance to His laws and principles. God wants us to enjoy, not simply endure everyday life to the fullest, till it overflows. Our witness and testimony for Christ is greatest when the world sees the favor and blessings of God on our lives. When God blesses us indeed, and enlarges our territory, we can more effectively bless others and destroy the works of the kingdom of darkness. We are prosperous when we are healthy mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially. This is God’s ultimate plan for our lives; He wants to prosper us. We get into trouble by not asking God for prosperity, but seeking it arrogantly in our own strength. God wants us to trust Him with every area of our lives, including our desire to prosper. There is always room at the top. We don’t have to trample on other people to get what we want out of life.  God has a clear and simple plan to get us to our personal wealthy place; we just have to seek His will for our lives. It may not be the way we want it, but we have to trust that God’s masterplan will work out for our good in the end. God’s resources are endless, and He places inside of us a desire to have a full and joyful life. The hope is that we will seek Him to obtain it, since He is the Giver of all good things. God will give us the wisdom of how to obtain wealth when we ask Him. Our jobs are meant to keep us working; investment is what builds wealth. When we invest into God’s kingdom, we can expect a great return. And when we have the wisdom to uses our gifts and talents to serve people, solve problems and fulfill needs, we can built our personal wealth.  When we erect our prosperity, our tower of Babel, without involving God in the process, we can expect to be scattered, confounded, and defeated. But when we build our hope on things eternal, praying for God to bless us, we can expect to live in peace, grace, and prosperity.

Simple Sample Prayer

Dear God, please help us to overcome the ideology that poverty is synonymous with holiness. You are a God who owns all things, and gives us the privilege to manage everything according to your plan and purpose. Help us to see you as the loving, giving Father that you are, who desires the best for us in all areas of our lives. Help us to seek you for prosperity, and strive lawfully and justly to lay hold of it. Give us the wisdom of how we can serve your people and fill a communal need so that we can enter the wealthy place you have prepared for us. We ask this in Jesus’s name, Amen.

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week # 21

Entry 021 Praying to become the Righteousness of God

 

When we come to Jesus, accepting His gift of salvation, believing that He died and rose again to redeem us, and confessing our sins for Him to cleanse and forgive us, we become the righteousness of God. The Lord decides to cast all of our sins into the sea of forgetfulness, and covers us with the blood of Jesus. True repentance is changing our minds and properly believing in God’s word, therefore, changing our behavior. It involves rejecting our will, plan, and worldview, and humbly accepting the perfect will of God for our lives. Self righteousness is relying on our own thoughts, abilities, ideas, and good works to be justified before God. Not realizing that our righteousness is as a filthy rag to a holy God, we can never be justified by our own good deeds.  Becoming the righteousness of God means that we are justified by grace through faith, not works of the flesh. It means that we confess what God says about us, believing that our behavior, lifestyle and fruit will eventually display it. Broken, weary, battered, and flawed, we can come boldly before a holy God that covers our sins with the blood of Jesus. We don’t have to hide or try to cover our faults; we are naked before a God that knows our thoughts afar off. Just as we can never earn God’s love, favor and grace, God’s righteousness is also a gift. We don’t pray, praise, serve or give in order to get God to accept us. We do these things because God has already accepted, justified, and positioned in right standing with the Father due to the finished works of Jesus Christ. God will never love us any more than He already does,  He will never answer prayers that He already accomplished, and He will never do what He has empowered us to do.  Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for all of our sins, past, present and future. And He was appointed only once to die to justify us to the Father as the redeemed sons and daughters of God. So praying to become the righteousness of God is asking God for the revelation and the faith to accept His gift of love, mercy, grace and favor as we are made righteous by the blood of the Lamb.

Simple Sample Prayer

Dear God, you are Jehovah Tsidkenu, The Lord our Righteousness. We thank you for bringing us unto right relationship and standing before you. We thank you that our justification is not dependent on our good behavior, but is seal in heaven by the precious blood of Jesus. Help us to declare daily that we are the righteousness of God, and that we are justified by grace through faith even when we fail. Help us to realize that failure is an event, not our identity or destiny.  You caused us to be over comers because You already fought our battle and won. Help us to stand in this truth Lord, and to encourage others to do the same. We asked this in Jesus’s name, Amen.

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week#20

Entry# 020 Praying to see God’s People as He Does

It is often easy to get caught up into seeing people differently than how God see them. We are often surrounded by people who are incompetent, uneducated, and unskilled. There are many of those who make poor choices, waste other’s time and resources, are menaces to society, and who are well below our social/economical status. In business we can start to see people as a number or a dollar sign. At home we can begin to see family members as needy, financial and emotional blood suckers. On television we can start seeing certain people as idols and icons. But God sees us all the same; as His beloved creation. When we accept His love and salvation, He sees us as His sons, heirs and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, covered by His blood. God loves people who are smart, unattractive, mistreated, rich, and hurting. No one is better than anyone else; we all are dependent on someone. We may make better choices than other people, open ourselves to receive higher revelations than others, and we may reap a better harvest because of the seeds we have sown. But God see everyone as relevant and necessary to His plan. The value of a thing is noted by how much we are willing to give up obtaining it. God was willing to give up His only begotten beloved Son to save humanity from the curse of sin and death. Jesus became willing and obedient to lay down His life for us to redeem us back to the Father. Greater love has no man than this that he would die for another. God chooses to use us to effect change in the earth. He gives us free choice to serve Him or reject Him. God see us as great in His kingdom when we serve His most prized possession, His people. When we are more conscious of how God sees His people, we will be more careful in how we treat each other. Praying to see God’s people how he sees them is praying for the eyes of love, the hands of hope, and the heart of a servant.

Simple Sample Prayer:

Dear Lord, thank you for seeing us as your beloved redeemed. Help us to see each other in that same light, especially those who are different from us. You value all human life; help us to do the same. Teach us how to love and respect the most vulnerable in our society, the children, the ill and the elderly. Help us to be reminded that if not for your grace, we would be in similar or worst situations of the people we look down on. And as we serve your most prized possession, your people, bless us indeed so that we can continually be a blessing. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Praying in the Spirit using the Word of God for Week#19

Entry# 019 Praying to be delivered from People

Sometimes we are held captive by people’s opinion, expectation, and influence on us. Jesus came to make us free from the bondage of sin, death, shame, and condemnation. We cannot change how people decide to think and feel about us. ¼ of people will never like us, ¼ will like us but can be convinced not to, ¼ will not like us but can be convinced to like us, and ¼ of people will like us no matter what. What really matters is that God loves us unconditionally. He will never love us more than He does right now in this moment, and we don’t have to do anything to earn His love. And because He loves us, He will raise up people to be there for us. Taking what people think about us with a grain of salt, we can’t get trapped by people’s popular opinion. We can pray to be delivered from the good and the bad opinions of others. When we get caught up with the good opinion of others, we give them control over our emotional and thought life. We can become self-righteousness; develop false humility which leads to pride and a fall. When we get too involved with the bad opinion of others it can lead to a poor self image, which results in a lost of personal vision, and a lost of life’s purpose which also lead to a fall. If we strive to be rooted and grounded in God’s word and His love, we will not allow people’s opinion to define us or give us identity. We can’t live for other people’s expectations of who we should be .Seeing ourselves the way God sees us is most important to living a victorious life. God sees us as deeply loved by Him, highly favored and greatly blessed. He sees us as the head and not the tail, more than conquerors, and as His blood-washed, redeemed beloved. We must connect to our source, and find out the purpose that God has for our lives. The only influence people should be allowed to have on us is a positive one, pushing us closer to our destiny. Anyone that gets us off track and off center we need to be delivered from. We can choose to reject any person, place, thing, idea or quality that does not line us with God’s vision and His plan for our lives. People that hurt us do not reserve the right to continually hold us captive by their abuse and mistreatment; even if it is unintentional or unbeknownst to the perpetrator. We can chose to confront them, forgive them and be delivered from them. Praying to be delivered from people is praying to be delivered into God’s open arms and loving hands, and from the judgement of people.

Simple Sample Prayer:

Dear God, everyone has an opinion. People are quick to tell us what we should be doing, and making judgements about our motives and agendas. They often prejudge us based on our appearances, and make assumptions about us based on what others have told them. But You Lord are just and kind. You know and understand all things. Help us to care more about your opinion of us than that of other people. Deliver us from the good and bad opinion of people, so that we can be mature enough to fulfill the destiny you have for us. Help us to stand firm in the true identity you died to give us. We ask these things in Jesus’s name, amen.

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #18

Entry#  018 Praying to Embrace our Uniqueness

God made us all different, yet we are all the same. People are alike in that we all have the same basic needs; food, water, shelter, love and purpose. Men and women want the same basic things out of relationships; love, honor, respect, fidelity, companionship and intimacy. And all human beings have the same basic internal physical composition; blood, flesh and bones. Yet we all have different callings, desires, goals, dreams, access to opportunities, and abilities to use resources. Even if we are doing the same things, we carry them out in different ways, from different life experiences, and achieve different results. We run into problems when we start to compare our gifts, lives and circumstances with other people, when we try to fit into a clique or club compromising our identity, and when we denounce who we are and what God created us to be. Our job is to be the best at whomever and whatever God made us. He made us in His image, putting a little piece of Himself in each one of us.  He has gifted us all to be a member of the body of Christ serving an important function. God wants us to embrace our uniqueness with all of our flaws and hang-ups, seeing ourselves as He sees us, as the apple of His eye.  God bless us when we are authentic, genuine and transparent; He will not bless who we pretend to be. It is imperative that we be ourselves. Even in our brokenness, God can use those pieces of our lives to distribute to and bless other people in similar situations. Our pain and tribulations uniquely qualifies us to be compassionate and helpful to those suffering in parallel ways. When we pray to embrace our uniqueness, we are acknowledging that what God made is good, and that even our imperfections make up who we are, which makes us valuable to God and to His kingdom.

Simple Sample Prayer

Dear God, Help us to see ourselves how you see us. In your eyes we are deeply loved, highly favored, and greatly blessed. Teach us how to not focus on what we perceive to be wrong with us, but to channel that time and energy into becoming enhanced in Your word. When you allow us to be broken by life, Lord, help us to not become bitter, but better. Help us to run to you instead of retreating into self-pity. Allow us to use the brokenness in our lives to help put someone else back together again. In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #17

Entry# 017 Praying to Rebuke the Spirit of Rebellion

Rebellion is a conscious choice to do, think, behave or become the opposite of what you are expected or instructed to do. It is a form of pride and arrogance that says my way is the best and only way, and how I am expected to perform is an inferior plan. Rebellion starts in the mind, and if allowed to, it gets in the soul and the spirit. It reveals itself in disobedience and counterproductive activities. Rebellion is the spirit of the Anti Christ. It started with Lucifer in heaven who wanted to exalt himself above God. God wants His creation to glorify Him as He glorifies us. The Devil wanted to skip that process and glorify himself directly; consequently getting himself kicked out of heaven. In the Garden of Eden, man decided to rebel against God’s instruction and ate the forbidden fruit; which lead to them being kicked out of paradise. God’s plan for us is always for our good. Rebelling against His plan only leads to our destruction. Satan often speaks to our minds about how seemingly foolish and useless God’s directives to us are. There are times when we must rebel against corruption and injustice. We have to vehemently oppose negative regimes and worldviews. But God’s word must be our meter. We cannot only rely on our lose interpretation of Scriptures and our own bias agendas to determine when righteous rebellion is necessary. We have to solely rely on the discernment and direction of the Holy Spirit to properly guide us. We can pray to rebuke that spirit of wicked rebellion, and command our bodies, souls, and spirits to be under subjection to God’s will. When we submit ourselves to God, He causes everything to work together for our good.

Simple Sample Prayer:

Dear God, thank you for the gift of free will. You designed us in your image and likeness, so we have a choice as to whether or not we submit to you. Help us to not grieve the Holy Spirit by rebelling against your plan. Give us the wisdom to know when righteous rebellion is necessary, and the tools to fight injustice and corruption in our world.  Help us to pray for peace, and to walk in it daily. In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.