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02
Feb

February 2: A Prayer for Victory Preparatory Academy

Majestic Father, we praise and thank You for our educators and students of Victory Preparatory Academy.  Thank You for Rev. Lisa Berry Dockery and staff.  Thank You for surrounding the educators and students with favor like a shield.  We exalt You, our God and King, and praise Your Name forever and ever.  We will praise You every day and forever.  Lord, You are great and most worthy of praise; no one can measure Your greatness.  Each generation will tell its children of Your mighty acts and proclaim Your power. Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.  Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains and Your justice like the ocean depths.

 

Triumphant Father, we confess that, like Jesus, the students on both Victory Preparatory campuses will grow in wisdom, stature and favor with You and all people.  We declare that they will focus on their studies and not grow distracted or complacent. Each student will work willingly in their classes as though they were working for You. They will respect and obey the instructions of their parents, teachers and school administrators.  We confess that each student will come into the knowledge of who they are in You.  They will stop copying the behavior and customs of this world and let You transform them into new people by changing the way they think about themselves and their futures. When they return to their home environments, they will not hide the light of Christ, but will allow it to shine so others will see their good works and glorify You, their Heavenly Father.  We declare that the wise instruction of their teachers will be like a life-giving fountain to each student.

 

Holy Spirit, show me how to pray for the students at Victory Preparatory Academy:

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Holy Spirit, impart into our students Your spirit of excellence, like You did Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego. Bless our educators for their service to the Houston community.  Help them to remain committed to their educational “calling.”  Give each teacher wisdom, creativity, and grace to teach each child according to his or her needs, level of intelligence, and learning capabilities. Release a steady stream of resources for Victory Preparatory so both campuses will always have the equipment, resources and materials they need to effectively educate the students.  Bless the homes of our students to be places of love, peace and support.  We ask You to increase the capacity of our students to learn, comprehend and excel in all areas of their education including: reading, mathematics, science, arts, and all required testing. During their extracurricular activities, please protect them from injury.

 

Merciful Father, forgive the sins of our educators and students (list the specific sins).  Forgive those of us in the Body of Christ, for being negligent in teaching our students to first reverence You, which is the foundation of true knowledge.  Forgive those parents for sacrificing their students to excessive television, video games, music and to the ways and customs of the world.  Forgive us, as a nation, for devaluing the worth of teachers and education. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind our educators and students of Victory Prep Academy of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive.  (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

Holy Spirit, help our educators and students of Victory Preparatory Academy to not yield to temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.

 

Almighty King, You are the only true God.  You are the living God and the everlasting King.  The whole earth trembles at Your anger.  The nations cannot stand up to Your wrath.  Great and mighty is Your reign!  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

29
Jan

January 29: A Prayer for the Educational System in the Greater Houston Area

Eternal Father, we bless You.  Thank You, Lord, for the educators who instruct and guide our children.  Thank You for the school districts in the Greater Houston Area including Houston Independent School District (ISD), Fort Bend ISD, Pearland ISD, Alvin ISD, Alief ISD, Spring Branch ISD, Katy ISD, and Conroe ISD.  Thank You for sending men and women who are committed to providing quality education for our children in all grade levels; regardless of ethnicity or economic status.   We praise Your Name with singing and honor You with thanksgiving.  We praise You, Lord God of Israel, who made the heavens and the earth!  The Godly will rejoice in You, Lord, and find shelter. And those who do what is right will praise You. Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains; Your justice is like the ocean depths.

 

Lord of Heaven’s Armies, as kings of the King, and lords of the Lord, we command justice to run down like water within our local school districts and righteousness like a mighty stream.  We decree that equality will rule in every ISD in the Greater Houston Area. As the teachers prepare their curriculum and programming, we confess that the same quality of education they would expect their child to receive is the same quality that they will sow into the lives of our children.  We declare that the educators, board members and administrators of our school districts, who confess the Name of Jesus, will trust in You with all of their hearts and not lean to their own understanding. They will seek Your will in all that they do and we trust You to direct their paths as they lead and guide our children.  We decree that when it comes to educating our children, the educators, board members and administrators will do what is right, just, and fair and they will find the right way to go.  Wisdom will enter their heart and knowledge will fill them with joy.  Wise choices will watch over them and understanding will keep them safe.  Father, You do not show favoritism, so we declare that our educators, board members and administrators will not show favoritism when it comes to allocating resources and funds.

 

Holy Spirit, please draw any unbelieving educators, board members and administrators to our Father.  Dispatch laborers into their paths who will minister to them the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that they will call upon His Name and be saved. Please grant wisdom to our educators and help them to receive Your knowledge and understanding.  Lord, grant a treasure of common sense to those who are honest and be a shield to those who walk with integrity. Please improve the lines of communication between the educators and the parents.  Reveal any deceit, injustice, racism, or sexism.  Convict the hearts of those who are doing wrong so that they will turn from their wickedness and do what is right.  Encourage those who are committed to our children and providing an excellent education.

This month, I will pray for the teachers at the following school:

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Merciful Father, forgive those teachers who allow their personal feelings to affect how they educate our children.  Forgive those school board members who abuse their authority to further their own agendas and causes.  Forgive those administrators for racism, sexism, lying, cheating, and stealing. Forgive those ISD employees and officials for not being impartial and fair. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind our educators, school board members and administrators of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive.  (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

Holy Spirit, remind our educators, school board members and administrators not to yield to temptation, but deliver them from the evil one.

 

All wise King, You are the First and the Last; there is no other God.  There is no one like You.  You are our Redeemer and Creator.  You alone stretched out the heavens.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

22
Jan

January 22: A Prayer for The Kingdom Builders’ Children Center (Children Center) Kenya

Heavenly Father, we thank You for The Kingdom Builders’ Children Center Kenya. Thank You for Pastor Velosia and Daniel Kibe and their volunteers and staff. We thank You, Father, for providing food, clothing and shelter for each child. Thank You for the financial resources for the orphanage.  We give thanks to You, Lord, and proclaim Your greatness. As Your grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving and You will receive more and more glory!  Redeeming Father, we will let the whole world know what You have done.  May the nations praise You, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise You.

Worthy Father, as a Church Family, we come before You confessing continual success for The Kingdom Builders’ Children Center (Children Center) Kenya.  Your Word tells us that pure and genuine religion in Your sight means caring for orphans in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt us. As a Church Family, we will assist the poor in their need and the orphans who require help. We command justice to operate for each child in the orphanage and we destroy the assignments of oppression and devastation.  As Your people, we will uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. We decree that the children at the Children Center are being well-cared-for and protected. We declare that the spirit of excellence that was upon Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego presides upon each child in the Children Center.  In Jesus’ Name, we decree that The Kingdom Builders’ Children Center Kenya is well maintained and managed.

Holy Spirit, touch the hearts of people to continue to give generously of their financial resources to aid in the expansion of the building projects so that more children can be served.  Open doors of opportunity for more missions teams to go and serve on the Children Center campus.  Lead the people of Kenya who are blessed with skills in construction to volunteer their time and service to the residential housing, agricultural, and library projects. Holy Spirit, touch the heart of the local medical personnel to give of their time and expertise to provide medical services to the children. Send anointed teachers who will inspire each child to fully develop the gifts and talents You have created in each of them.

Holy Spirit, show me how I can pray for and be a blessing to The KBC (Children Center) Kenya:

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Righteous Father, as a Church Family, please forgive our sins. Forgive us for not praying consistently for the Children Center. Forgive the sins of those involved with The Kingdom Builders’ Children Center Kenya.  Forgive any staff member at the The Kingdom Builders’ Children Center for any mismanagement of time or resources.  Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind those involved with The Kingdom Builders’ Children Center Kenya of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive.  (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

Holy Spirit, remind those involved with The Kingdom Builders’ Children Center Kenya to not yield to temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.

Sovereign Lord, You alone stretched out the sky like a canopy and laid the foundations of the earth.  You stir up the sea, causing its waves to roar.  The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is Your Name!  In Jesus’ Name, Amen

05
Jan

January 5: A Prayer for The Kingdom Builders’ Children Center (Children Center) Kenya

Heavenly Father, we thank You for The Kingdom Builders’ Children Center Kenya. Thank You for Pastor Velosia and Daniel Kibe and their volunteers and staff. We thank You, Father, for providing food, clothing and shelter for each child. Thank You for the financial resources for the orphanage.  We give thanks to You, Lord, and proclaim Your greatness. As Your grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving and You will receive more and more glory!  Redeeming Father, we will let the whole world know what You have done.  May the nations praise You, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise You.

Worthy Father, as a Church Family, we come before You confessing continual success for The Kingdom Builders’ Children Center (Children Center) Kenya.  Your Word tells us that pure and genuine religion in Your sight means caring for orphans in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt us. As a Church Family, we will assist the poor in their need and the orphans who require help. We command justice to operate for each child in the orphanage and we destroy the assignments of oppression and devastation.  As Your people, we will uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. We decree that the children at the Children Center are being well-cared-for and protected. We declare that the spirit of excellence that was upon Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego presides upon each child in the Children Center.  In Jesus’ Name, we decree that The Kingdom Builders’ Children Center Kenya is well maintained and managed.

 

Holy Spirit, touch the hearts of people to continue to give generously of their financial resources to aid in the expansion of the building projects so that more children can be served.  Open doors of opportunity for more missions teams to go and serve on the Children Center campus.  Lead the people of Kenya who are blessed with skills in construction to volunteer their time and service to the residential housing, agricultural, and library projects. Holy Spirit, touch the heart of the local medical personnel to give of their time and expertise to provide medical services to the children. Send anointed teachers who will inspire each child to fully develop the gifts and talents You have created in each of them.

 

Holy Spirit, show me how I can pray for and be a blessing to The KBC (Children Center) Kenya:

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Righteous Father, as a Church Family, please forgive our sins. Forgive us for not praying consistently for the Children Center. Forgive the sins of those involved with The Kingdom Builders’ Children Center Kenya.  Forgive any staff member at the The Kingdom Builders’ Children Center for any mismanagement of time or resources.  Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind those involved with The Kingdom Builders’ Children Center Kenya of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive.  (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

Holy Spirit, remind those involved with The Kingdom Builders’ Children Center Kenya to not yield to temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.

Sovereign Lord, You alone stretched out the sky like a canopy and laid the foundations of the earth.  You stir up the sea, causing its waves to roar.  The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is Your Name!  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

07
Dec

December 7: A Prayer for Incarcerated Youth and Adults

Worthy Father, we thank You for being a God of grace and mercy.  Thank You for protecting our friends, family members and loved ones who are incarcerated.  Thank You for Your faithful love which endures forever. Lord of Heaven’s Armies, You are our strength and our song; You have given us victory!  You are our God and we will praise You.  Lord, You are a warrior; Yahweh is Your Name.  Your right hand is glorious in power and smashes the enemy.  O Lord, who is like You among the gods?  You are glorious in holiness, awesome in splendor and You perform great wonders.

Forgiving Father, we commit our incarcerated loved ones to You.  We confess that as they trust in You and give You their lives that You will be with them and not allow them to be disgraced nor will You let their enemies rejoice in their defeat.  We declare that You will show our incarcerated youth and adults the right path and point out the road for them to follow.  We decree that they will be obedient and allow Your truth to lead and teach them.  We confess that it is in You and You alone that they will put their hope.  We declare a hedge of protection around our loved ones and that no weapon formed against them will prosper.  They will not follow the advice of the wicked, nor stand around with sinners, neither will they join in with mockers.  But, they will delight in Your Word, Father, and meditate on it day and night.  We confess that You, Lord, will be their refuge and their place of safety.

 

List the youth or adults that you know who are incarcerated and commit to praying for them this month:

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Holy Spirit, we ask that You will encourage those who have become discouraged. Remind them that the Father is forever with them, for He will never leave nor abandon them.  For those who have been wrongfully imprisoned, we ask that You would bring truth and revelation to their cases and open doors for them to be released.  Please strengthen their faith in the Father and draw them closer to Him.  Please comfort, strengthen and encourage the family members, especially the children whose parent is incarcerated.  Heal their hearts and mend any wound that the absence of this parent has created in their life.  Please protect them from the evil words and comments that society may attempt to put upon them.  Please destroy every generational cycle of incarceration within our families and community.  Please create within our Church Family a heart of compassion to minister to those who are incarcerated and to their families.

 

Faithful Father, we ask You to forgive the sins of those who are incarcerated.  Forgive them for making wrong choices and bad decisions.  Forgive them for trusting in their ways instead of Yours.  Forgive those who hold anger, bitterness and resentment.  Forgive our judicial system for wrongfully imprisoning the innocent.  Forgive those of us who have judged them wrongfully.  Forgive those of us who have helped them make poor choices by not teaching them Your ways.  Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind our incarcerated youth and adults of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive.  (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

Holy Spirit, help them to not yield to temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.

 

Almighty Lord, You alone are God.  You are the First and the Last.  It was Your hand that laid the foundations of the earth; Your right hand spread out the heavens above.  When You call the stars, they all appear in order.  You are holy, holy, holy, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies; the whole earth is filled with Your glory.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

04
Dec

December 4: A Prayer for Our Girls

Heavenly Father, we thank You for blessing our girls and creating them in Your image.  We thank You for blessing them to grow into smart, creative and caring young women who will love You.  Thank You for blessing them academically, athletically and artistically.  Thank You for watching over them and protecting them from harm and danger.  We love You, Lord.   You are our strength, our rock, our fortress and Savior.  You are our Rock, in whom we find protection.  You are our shield, the power that saves us. You are our place of safety. You are a loving and kind Father.

List the name(s) of the girl(s) you are praying for today:

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Almighty Father, today, we declare that the favor of the Lord surrounds our girls like a shield and they are blessed. Our girls will possess love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control by the power of The Holy Spirit. They will trust in The Lord with all their hearts, and not lean to their own understanding.  Our girls will not copy the behavior and customs of the world, but they will let God transform them into new persons by changing the way they think.  As a result, they will learn what is God’s will for them, which is good and pleasing and perfect.  Like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, they will excel academically, socially, emotionally and psychologically.  We declare that the mind of Christ operates in them so they can love, think, and act like Him. Our girls will become great leaders, loving wives and excellent mothers.

 

Holy Spirit, we ask You to fill our girls with Your wisdom, knowledge and spiritual understanding.  Help our girls to love themselves and not to succumb to peer pressure.  Bring other young men and women to them who will be loyal and trustworthy; people who will be faithful friends.  Help them to be good friends to their friends.

 

Merciful Father, please forgive our girls for any acts of sinfulness they have committed, covertly or overtly (If you are a parent of a girl, in this paragraph be specific about listing the acts of sinfulness for your daughter).  Forgive our girls for disobeying their parents, teachers and people in authority.  Forgive them for when they have been insensitive and sometimes arrogant.   Forgive us, as parents, for not always being patient and sometimes overbearing (If you are a parent of a girl, be specific and list the sins that you have committed related to your relationship with your daughter).  Holy Spirit, forgive us when we don’t always trust You to lead and guide our girls.  Help our girls to forgive those who have offended them (If you are a parent of a girl, ask The Holy Spirit whether you should lead your daughter in a prayer of forgiveness).  Help us to forgive our girls (Be specific about what you need to forgive.  Ask The Holy Spirit to show you what needs to be forgiven.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive (and speak what He shows you).”  If you need to ask your daughter to forgive you, ask The Holy Spirit to give you the courage or to help you swallow your pride and go to her and ask for forgiveness.)

 

Holy Spirit, help our girls not to yield to temptation; help us, as parents, not to yield to temptation, but deliver us all from the evil one.

Lord, all honor and glory belong to You forever and ever!  You are the eternal King, the unseen One who never dies; You alone are God.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

24
Oct

A Year-End Prayer for Educators and Students

A Year-End Prayer for Educators and Students

 

Scripture Reading:

Isaiah 12, Luke 11:9-13

 

Scriptural Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Your majestic Name fills the earth!  The heavens proclaim Your glory and the skies display Your craftsmanship.  Day after day they continually speak; night after night they make Your presence known.  Father, Your instructions are perfect, reviving our souls. Your decrees are trustworthy, making the simple wise.  Your commandments are right, bringing joy to the heart.  Your commands are clear, giving insight for living.  Revering You is pure, lasting forever.  Your laws are true; each one is fair.  They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold.   They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the honeycomb.  We thank You, Father, for our educators and students.  Thank You for blessing them to have a successful school year.  Thank You for watching over them and protecting them as they prepare for their summer break.  Lord, we are grateful and we bless Your wonderful Name.

Father, we declare Your Word over our educators and students as they approach the end of another school year.  As the people of God, we are expecting that You will work effectually in them, creating within them the power and desire to complete their courses.  We declare that our students hunger and thirst after righteousness, so they will be filled.  We say that in all of their getting, they get an understanding.  We confess that favor will surround our teachers and students like a shield and that they will have good relationships with their peers and colleagues.  We proclaim favor with college admissions boards, scholarship committees, internship opportunities and summer employment for our students.  Lord, we confess that all of our teachers’ and students’ needs are met according to Your riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  Like Jesus, we declare that our students are increasing in wisdom and stature and that they have favor with You and others.  We confess that each student will stay focused as the school year ends.  Lord, we declare that no evil will conquer them, nor will any plague come near their dwelling, for You have given Your angels charge over them to protect them in all their ways.

 

Holy Spirit, show me how I can specifically pray for our educational system so that God will be glorified and more students will graduate:

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Father, we ask You place a hedge of protection around our educators and students on each school campus.  Please touch them and cause their hearts to fear You and hate evil, pride, arrogance, and the perverse mouth.  Holy Spirit, please lead and guide them.  Let the mind of Christ be established in them.  Holy Spirit, please give our educators wisdom, strength, and guidance as they organize plans and curriculums for the next school semester.  Father, bless our educators and students during their times of travel, leisure and play.  During the summer, please keep our students from idol minds, unwise decisions, ungodly peer pressure, emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse and untimely death.  Holy Spirit, please refresh and renew the hearts and minds of each teacher during this summer.  Father, we ask You to please encircle, instruct, and keep our educators and students as the apple of Your eye.

Father, forgive those who have not been diligent.  Forgive them for getting involved with people and activities that did not represent Your goodness.  Please forgive them for all acts of sinfulness including idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, homosexuality, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness and revelries.  Lord, remind them of those they need to forgive; and help them to forgive.

 

Lead them not into temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.

Lord, Your Kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.  Your dominion endures throughout all generations.  Lord, You reign and You are clothed with majesty; You have girded Yourself with strength.  The world is established so that it cannot be moved.  Your throne is established from of old.  You are from everlasting to everlasting.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

 

Scripture References for the Written Text:  Psalm 19:1-2,7-10, Matthew 5:6, Proverbs 4:7, Psalm 5:12,  Philippians 4:19, Luke 2:52, Psalm 91:10-11, Job 1:9, Philippians 2:5, Psalm 17:8, Galatians 5:19-21, Matthew 6:13, Psalm 145:13, Psalm 93:1-2

 

Today, I will trust God to:

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24
Oct

A Summer Prayer for Children and Youth

A Summer Prayer for Children and Youth

 

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 100, Psalm 127

 

Reflections of the Heart:

There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven.  Summer is a time for ice cream cones, driveway basketball games, neighborhood swimming, and lazy afternoons.  May the joyous season of summer reflect God’s loving care for our children and youth.  Let us enjoy our times of sun, relaxation and leisure with our friends and family.

 

Scriptural Prayer:

Father, we bless Your Holy Name.  We come before Your presence with thanksgiving and we shout joyfully to You, the Rock of our salvation.   Lord, You are the great God, and the great King above all gods.  In Your hand are the deep places of the earth; the mightiest mountains are Yours.  The sea is Yours, for You made it, and Your hands formed the dry land.  Lord, You are our God and we are the people of Your pasture and the sheep of Your hand.  Father, we thank You for our children and youth.  We thank You for fulfilling Your plans and purposes through our children and youth during their summer activities.  Thank You for blessing our children and youth with a chance to rest and relax.

 

We declare that our children and youth dwell in the secret place of the Most High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  As a result, no harm will come near them during the summer.  In accordance to their obedience, we declare that they are blessed in the city and in the country.  They are blessed when they come in, and blessed when they go out.  We confess by faith, that our children and youth are blessed and they will not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of the sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful; but they will delight and meditate in Your Word day and night.  We declare that our children and youth will present their bodies as living and holy sacrifices to You, Lord.  We confess that they will not copy the illicit behavior and customs of this world because they are transformed into new people by the way they think.  We confess that every youth who is seeking summer employment will find it because they are surrounded with favor like a shield.  Lord, we confess that our children and youth are taught of You and Your ways so their peace shall be great and their composure undisturbed.

 

List your specific requests for the children and youth during the summer and take those concerns to the Lord in prayer:

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Father, please touch the hearts of our children and youth to fear You and hate evil, pride, arrogance, and a perverse mouth.  Cause them to walk according to the Holy Spirit and not their flesh.  Let the mind of Christ be established in them.  Help them to honor and obey their parents so that things may go well with them and that they will have long life on the earth.  Father, please bless our parents and guardians with the knowledge and skill to structure a lifestyle that will compel our children and youth to honor and obey You as their God.  Please give our parents and guardians the wisdom, strength, and guidance they need to plan, organize, and implement summer activities for their children and youth.  Father, bless our families during the summer break.  Father, bless our families with vacations.  Please protect us during our times of travel, leisure and play.  During the summer, please keep our children and youth protected from idol minds, unwise decisions, ungodly peer pressure, emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse and untimely death.  Holy Spirit, help each student to retain the information that they learned throughout the school year.  Father, we ask You to please surround them with Your love, lead and instruct them by Your Holy Spirit, and keep them as the apple of Your eye.

Lord, please forgive our children and youth for disobedience and all acts of sinfulness.  Forgive us for any abuse or neglect of our children and youth.  Forgive us for being so preoccupied with our own needs that we have failed to have structure in our homes for healthy meals and quality family time.  Forgive us for not always supporting our children’s educational needs, training them to have good manners, or teaching them to live a life of truth and integrity.  Lord, remind our children and youth to be forgiving; and help them to forgive.

Lead our children and youth not into temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.

 

Lord, we praise Your Name.  Your Name alone is exalted.  Your glory is above the earth and the heaven.  You are worthy, Lord, to receive glory, honor and power.  You created all things, by Your will they exist and were created.  You are Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Scripture References for the Written Text:  Psalm 95:1-5, 7,  Psalm 91:1-10, Deuteronomy 28:3,6, Psalm 1:1-2, Romans 12:1-2, Psalm 5:12, Isaiah 54:13, Proverbs 8:13, Galatians 5:16, Philippians 2:5, Ephesians 6:1-3, 13, Psalm 17:8, Matthew 6:13, Psalm 148:13, Revelation 4:11, Isaiah 9:6

 

Today, I will trust God to:

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24
Oct

A Prayer for People Who are Being Bullied

A Prayer for People Who are Being Bullied by Others

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 111:1-4, Ephesians 4:31-32

Scriptural Prayer:

Father, You are our Rock, Fortress and Savior.  You are our Rock in whom we find protection.   Lord, You always keep Your promises; You are gracious in all that You do.  You help those who have fallen and You lift those who have too much to carry.  People everywhere look to You in hope and You give them their food as they need it.  When You open Your hand, You satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.  Thank You for being a refuge of safety for those people who are being hurt by others.  Thank You for being our Savior, the one who saves us from violence.  Thank You for never leaving or abandoning Your people.

Holy Father, Your Word says that we are to treat people in the way that we want to be treated.  We confess that we will practice this command and be kind and fair. We will be good friends and tell an adult when someone is being mean to another person.  We will not push, shove, or fight.  We declare that You, Lord will be the light and salvation for those who are being bullied and mistreated so they will not have to be afraid.  We declare that God, You will cause the bad people who go around bullying people to fail in their actions.  We confess that Your angels will protect those people who are being bullied wherever they go.  We declare that You, will rescue those who love You and will protect those who trust in Your Name.

Holy Spirit, please show me how I can pray for children who are being bullied:

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Holy Spirit, please help those people who are being bullied.  Send people to help them.  Please help the people who are doing the bullying to get help so that they will not continue to hurt people.  Lord, give me the courage to tell my parents about anyone I know who is being hurt or bullied.

Father, forgive people who bully others.  Forgive us for not always speaking up and telling an adult when we see someone bullying a person.   Father, please forgive me for (list any sin that comes to mind). Lord, remind all of us of those we need to forgive; and help us to be quick to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).”)

Father, help us all to not yield to temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.

Eternal King, how great are Your signs and how powerful are Your wonders!  Your Kingdom will last forever, Your rule through all generations.  You are the Lord, the Holy One, Israel’s Creator and King.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Scripture References for the Written Text:  II Samuel 22:2-3, Psalm 145:13-16, Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 7:12, Psalm 27:1-2, Psalm 91:11,14, Matthew 6:13, Daniel 4:3, Isaiah 43:15

Today, I will trust God to:

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Oct

A Prayer for Our Children, Youth, Singles, and Married Couples

A Prayer for Our Children, Youth, Singles, and Married Couples

Scripture Reading:

I Chronicles 29:10-13, John 14:12-26

 

Reflections of the Heart:

It is the Lord’s good pleasure to bless us.  So, “may the Lord, the God of our ancestors, multiply us a thousand times more and bless us as He has promised!”  Deuteronomy 1:11 (NLT)

Scriptural Prayer:

What mighty praise belongs to You, O God, in Zion.  You are the hope of everyone on earth.  You formed the mountains by Your power and armed Yourself with mighty strength.  You quiet the raging oceans and silence the shouting of the nations.  Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your wonders.  From where the sun rises to where it sets, You inspire shouts of joy!  Father, we thank You for the children, youth, singles and married couples of WVUMC.  Thank You for providing and protecting them.   We are thankful to You and we bless Your Name.  You are good, Lord and Your mercy is everlasting.  Your truth endures to all generations.

 

Father, we confess that our children and youth are a gift and reward from You.  Thank You for making them so wonderfully complex, Your workmanship is marvelous.  We declare that they will honor their fathers and mothers so that all will be well with them and they will live long lives on the earth.  Likewise, our singles will love You with all their hearts, souls, strength, and minds; they will love their neighbors as they love themselves.  We say that our singles will be happy and enjoy themselves.  They will eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from You.  We confess that children, youth, singles and married couples will walk in the fruit of the Spirit and operate in love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  We declare that our wives will submit to their own husbands and our husbands will love their wives just as Christ also love the Church.  Lord, we confess that our children, youth, singles and married couples will prosper and be in health even as their soul prospers.

 

Father, we pray that our children and youth will live prayerful, godly and holy lives.  Help our parents to model lives that are pleasing to You so that they can train them well.  Please keep our children and youth as the apple of Your eye and hide them under the shadow of Your wings.   Bless them in school and let Your favor surround them like a shield.  Holy Spirit, please help our singles and married couples to live with all godliness and contentment, which is great gain.  Encourage our singles as they gather together for fun, recreation and fellowship.  For those singles who desire a mate, help them to wait patiently on You.  Knit the hearts of our married couples closer together and give them courage to live Your Word in every facet of their marriage.  Father, please restore the broken places in those marriages that are struggling.  Increase Your love and security in those marriages that are doing well.  As iron sharpens iron, help our married couples to encourage and build each other up.  We ask You to bless all of our families at WVUMC.

 

Holy Spirit, show me how I can be a greater blessing to the members of my Church Family:

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Please forgive us for not always meeting the basic needs of our children and youth.  Forgive us for not hugging them, and being too busy to interact and play with them.  Forgive us where we have neglected to build up the self-esteem and self-worth of our youth.  Forgive those singles and married couples who are anxious and fretful.  Forgive them for not trusting You.  Lord, remind us of all to forgive others; and help us to be quick to forgive.

 

Lead us not into temptation; but, deliver us from the evil one.

Lord, Your Name alone is exalted.   Heaven is Your throne and earth is Your footstool.  Your hands have made both heaven and earth and everything in them are Yours.  You command the morning to appear and cause the dawn to rise in the east. You make daylight spread to the ends of the earth, to bring an end to the night’s wickedness.  The Lord God is Your Name!   In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture References for the written text:  Psalm 65:1,5-8, Psalm 127:3, Psalm 139:14, Ephesians 6:1-3, Mark 12:30-31, Ecclesiastes 3:12-13, Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 5:22,25, III John 2, Psalm 17:8, Psalm 91:4, Psalm 5:12, I Timothy 6:6, Hebrews 10:24-25, Proverb 27:17, Ephesians 5:21, Matthew 6:13, Isaiah 66:1,2, Job 38:12-13

Today, I will trust God to:

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