This section might be the biggest in my journal. This is where I pray for my husband, my children, our pastors, our church, members of my small groups, members of the teams we lead, people we serve with, family, friends, and any other specific requests that are mentioned to me. When I pray for my husband and my children, I have a bullet-list of things I like to pray, just like when I pray for myself. I’ve also written scriptures of things I am praying for them. While I can’t show you all the pages, I can show you some of them that have scriptures I pray over them. These came from Pinterest and small group handouts. I utilize the tools that are given to me. I could just keep the handouts, but I’ve found that when I write things in my journal, it helps me to focus on what I’m doing, not get distracted, and I feel like as my hand writes the words, those things drop down into my heart. It becomes important to me, and I pray these things more often.
I also have things like scriptures for the homeschool mom and scriptures to pray for your students in my homeschool planner. I strategically use these and try to pray at least one over them a day as we begin our homeschool lessons.
Another way I pray for my children, specifically, is by using this scripture book. I found it on Pinterest, and made it for us to use, and I love it! I could have probably found a prettier way to make it, but it was probably right after I got my laminator so I was excited to use it or something. 😉
When I pray for others, I list all of the names individually. I write beside their name any specifics that I know to pray for. Sometimes I feel the need to text them or ask them when I see them how things are going. The more I pray for them and their needs, the more it’s on my mind. It becomes a conversation-point when I see them. If the time and place is appropriate, I will ask them for a follow-up on the situation or need. I love to get updates, especially when it’s an answered prayer! Many times I don’t know what to pray, specifically for people on my list, and I pray general prayers over them and their families – for them to be blessed, to have all they need, and to grow closer to God. That’s always a good thing to pray for people, I think. Sometimes God will give me scriptures to pray for specific people and situations. I always write these down so that it’s easy to pray them the next time too.
It may seem that my prayer time is super long, but it’s really not. I pray in the mornings, intentionally, with my journal and lists in front of me, but I also pray throughout my day whenever I am prompted. I guess it does take a little longer because I’m writing down things, but now that I am prioritizing this time, and it’s so specialy to me – I wouldn’t have it any other way! When I pray in the morning, I just pray as I feel led. I may not pray for every single person on my lists every single day. But some days I feel the need to pray for some more than others.
Today’s guest writer is Mrs. Marion Sellers. Mrs. Marion is on our Prayer team also, but she’s also served with me in nursery for a season because God led her to do so. I love her obedience and openness about why she does the things she does. It’s refreshing! It is clear to me that she is a praying woman. She talks about God like He’s her best friend and has told me things He’s asked her to do. I know I’ve asked her before, “Who is ‘he’ you are referring to?” because I wasn’t sure at first if she meant her husband, Wayne, or God. The way that He speaks to her is very practical and clear, and she is so submissive and obedient to his authority. I just love that!
The prayers of a righteous person accomplishes much. My prayer time varies from moment to moment, hour to hour, day to day, week to week. I don’t rely on my own understanding (thoughts). My mission is to always pray the will of God. Unless directed otherwise, I start my time praying in the Spirit (in my prayer language). I’m desiring direction at this point. And I’m building myself up in the faith of my Father. Right now I’m praying in the spirit for my daughter, because of a dream I had last night. I’m believing for restoration of our relationship. I sent her a message this morning telling her I love her and that I’m praying for her to receive the blessings that come her way today. So I just received the scripture Psalm 51:17 that says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” Reading in several different versions, I pray this over myself, asking for forgiveness and revelation knowledge for anything I need to repent for. The presence of the Lord is very evident. I’m very humbled at this point, knowing that He’s telling me my prayers will be answered. My prayer language is stronger at this point as I’m interceding for both of us. Thanking the Lord for restoring and healing our relationship.
I like to pray early in the morning, while it’s still dark, with a cup of green tea with crushed ginger. I go outside and start praying in my prayer language. It’s quiet. No distractions. As the Lord leads, I pray. Normally, I know beforehand who and what to pray for. I speak scripture as directed. I have my Iphone so I can look up the exact words. I know I’ve prayed for people in the spirit that I don’t know or that I don’t have a personal relationship with.
I always pray for Wayne, praying Psalm 91 for protection, wisdom, and favor from God, and direction on who he would minister to. Wayne has a devotion with his men every morning.
I do journal, not as much as I used to. I write my dreams down, and pray over them. They mostly concern the church, our pastors, friends, and family. At times the government, end time storms, etc.
After I was spirit-filled the Lord spoke to me during a time of prayer Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon you…” I rejected it because I thought that was just for Jesus. It took Him three days of saying it before I received and started declaring, the Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has annointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to healt thee broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind. To set at liberty those who are oppressed. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. Matthew 10:8 “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received. Freely give.” 2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.” That’s my mandate from the Lord.
I’ve prayed through life-threatening situations. In Haiti, during mission trips- once when we were praveling from Porte-Au-Prince to the mountains for a week-long stay during the time when the gorilla military took over the government. (I had already had a dream that I was to go and who all was going.) When we got off the airplane all the “tap tap” Cabs were covered with flowers. I ask the missionary, Jay, who died? I figured it was someone important – but no. There was a government takeover, and we could get right back on the last plane leaving or stay and finish what the Lord had called us to do. We traveled from there to the mountains in 3 vehicles. In the lead was a pickup truck with supplies, luggage, and men. Second was an 18-wheeler with sound equipment and some of the men. Finally, a jeep with 5 women in it. We prayed in the spirit, sang worship songs, and spoke the Word over us. As we would come to different road blocks, the Lord would make a way through. At one point, I literally saw the hand of the Lord stretch forth over a wide deep gap in the road at the 18-wheeler drover over it. At one road block the missionary talked our way through but this one young man wouldn’t let the jeep go through and demanded we all get out! Linda, the missionary’s wife, told him, “No”, and he picked up an old flat bottom jack to bash in the window but as it all began the Lord directed me to call forth the angel of God to come and take authority over this situation! I looked to my right and saw this little old man sitting on a huge tree trunk slowly get up and even slower walk over to the other side of the Jeep and stay the man’s hand that was holding the jack. He put his hand on his arm, pulled it down, and directed him to leave and the barrier be opened. They had no choice but to obey! The men were physically helpless against these gorillas. But then GOD!! The Lord kept 5 women from who knows what type of harm that day. Our God! A very present help in the time of trouble. During that trip to our destination, I saw dead bodies on the road, burning buildings, total chaos. The Lord worked mighty miracles among the people that week. Deaf ears were opened. The blind received their sight. So many were healed of various diseases. Demons were cast out. Chains were broken. We saw hundreds repent and give their lives to the Lord. They received the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Prayer, in tongues, spiritual warfare, intercession, declaring the end from the beginning, the expected outcome had been going on for a month. We all had been praying, but the pastor and his congregation had been praying for hours every day from 6am until 6pm. The team was protected from the U.S. all the way up to that little mountain village. I saw the pastor, who was small in stature, but in the spirit- he was a giant!
This is just a small glimpse into what prayer does. Communication with the One who hears and fulfills. Our commander and chief! We are mighty warriors in the Lord’s army.