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February 8: A Prayer for Healthy, Happy Marriages in Our Windsor Village Church Family

Exalted Father, thank You for Your great love that continues from generation to generation!  Thank You for the married couples in our Windsor Village Church Family. Thank You for encouraging and blessing our marriages.  With our whole being we praise You. We rejoice in knowing that You are our God, and that we are the people You watch over and the flock under Your care. We will sing a new song to You, Lord, for the wonderful deeds You have done. Your right hand has won a mighty victory and Your Holy arm has shown Your saving power!

Holy Father, as a Church Family, we confess that our married couples are never subject to the spirit of fear; but they have power, love and self-discipline to help them keep their covenant pure.  Our husbands will live with their wives according to knowledge and they will cherish them as the manifested gift of God’s favor. We declare that our wives will honor their husbands and will adorn themselves as Sarah did, not with material elegance, but with a quiet and peaceful spirit which You love, Lord God.  As a Church Family, we confess that our married couples will daily aspire to the greater love that Jesus personified and live a servant’s life before one another. We declare that they will provoke one another to good works and celebrate one another’s gifts. We confess that they will commit to encourage and build one another up in the Lord!

Holy Spirit, help each spouse to keep a heart of unconditional love for their mate. Reveal creative ways for our married couples to love and enjoy each other. Heal wounds and hurts and rejoin marriages that seem to be walking down separate paths. Teach them to freely issue mercy and to forgive quickly without allowing grudges to form.  Magnify the model of marriage through those who have healthy marriages, so that others are inspired and encouraged.  Anoint their unity together as husbands and wives, so that their children will be given stability and assurance, and the unsaved will be given hope concerning the sanctity of marriage. Re-light the passion and fire for those who are struggling sexually and emotionally.

Father, as a spouse, I commit to making my marriage better by:

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Father, as a single person, I commit to praying for the following marriage(s):

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Holy Father, forgive our married couples for being too stubborn to offer grace and mercy to their spouses when they should have.  Forgive those who have neglected their commitment to their spouse, sexually, emotionally and relationally. Where those couples have grown cold-hearted, make their hearts tender toward their spouses. Forgive them for the times they’ve become so distracted with the cares of this world that they have neglected their responsibility to one another. Father, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind our married couples 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 married couples not to yield to temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.

We worship You, O Great Deliverer! All praise belongs to You. You are the Lord God of Israel who alone does such wonderful things.  We will praise Your glorious Name forever.  Let the whole earth be filled with Your glory, in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

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February 4: A Prayer for the Ministries of The Body of Christ

Blessed Father, we thank You for the ministries of The Body of Christ. Thank You for each ministry member who serves Your people and Your Kingdom. Thank You for using the ministries of The Body of Christ to bless and improve the lives of The Body of Christ as well as the community.  Lord, we praise Your great and awesome Name!  Your Name is holy.  Mighty King, You love justice and have established fairness.  You have acted with justice and righteousness throughout Israel.  We exalt You, our God.  We bow low before Your feet, for You alone are holy!

 

Awesome Father, we know that there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.  There are diversities of activities, but it is You, God, who works all in all.  We confess that the ministries of The Body of Christ operate as one.  Having gifts differing according to the grace that has been given to them, we confess that our ministries will use these gifts to serve You and are kindly affectionate to one another in brotherly love.  They will be of the same mind towards one another.  Lord, we declare that the members who serve in ministry will not grow weary while doing well.  They will indeed reap a reward as they do not faint.  We confess that they will commit their ministry plans to You, Lord, and trust that You will cause them to succeed.  We declare that each ministry in The Body of Christ reflect the love, hope, peace, faith and discipline of the Kingdom.

 

Holy Spirit, please continue to unify the ministries of The Body of Christ so that they operate seamlessly and as a well oiled machine. Please anoint the ministry leaders with fresh ideas and creative ways to do ministry.  Show them how to expand to impact more lives in the community for the Kingdom. Please bless the families, homes and jobs of each ministry worker. Teach them how to live balanced and healthy lives.  Holy Spirit, please touch the hearts of more of The Body of Christ members to become actively involved in a ministry.

 

Today, I will pray for the following Body of Christ ministries: 

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Magnificent Father, please forgive those ministry members for disobedience, selfish-ambitions, pride, gossip, perversion and any act of sinfulness.  Forgive them for depending on their own strength and intellect, instead of Your supernatural power and authority.  Forgive those ministry leaders who do not consult You regarding the direction You have for their ministry.   Lord, forgive those members who are not using their gifts and talents in ministry.  Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind us all of those we need to forgive and help us 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 ministry members to not yield to temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.

 

Eternal King, the heavens declare Your glory and the skies proclaim the work of Your hands.  You are the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth.  Lord, You are worthy to receive glory, honor, and power.  You created all things and by Your will they exist and were created.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen


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A Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Declaration of Independence for the United States of America

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Declaration of Independence for the United States of America

 

Scripture Reading:

Exodus 15:1-20, Psalm 33

 

Reflections of the Heart:

In a world where people are persecuted daily because of their faith, we should reflect on how wonderful it is to live in a

country founded on fundamental freedoms for all of its citizens.  Let us remember those who fought for our nation’s independence and God-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Scriptural Prayer:

Heavenly Father, to whom will we compare Your great and marvelous works?  Who is Your equal?  There is none equal to You.  You are great and greatly to be praised.  Your greatness is unsearchable.  We thank You, Father, for the independence of the United States of America.  We thank You for the people of faith who helped lay the constitutional framework for our nation.  Thank You for blessing our nation and its people to live in liberty.  Thank You, Lord, for being the rock and fortress of the United States of America.  You are our deliverer, the God of our strength; we place our trust in You.  You alone are the shield and horn of our salvation.

 

Father, we declare that where Your Spirit is, there is freedom.  Your Word says, “blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”  As we celebrate the independence of our nation, we thank You for providing our freedoms through Your grace and mercy.  On July 2, 1776, delegates of thirteen colonies voted to declare independence from British rule, and on July 4th the formal wording of the declaration was approved and signed.  Holy Spirit, thank You for empowering the founding fathers with Your wisdom, knowledge and courage.  We are thankful for the fact that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by You, our Creator, with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  We acknowledge that You are the stronghold and refuge of this nation and as a result we are able to dwell in freedom and security.  We are aware that when the enemy comes against our nation, like a flood, You continue to raise up a standard against him so that we may live in a land of peace, joy and abundance.

Father, we thank You for the soldiers who fought for our independence.  Thank You for the men and women who are presently fighting now to maintain our freedom and independence.  Holy Spirit, we ask that You will strengthen them and help them to remain strong in battle.  Lord, hide our troops and allies under the shadow of Your wings of protection and let them take refuge in You.  Holy Spirit, touch the hearts of our nation’s leaders to trust in You with all their hearts and not lean to their own understanding.  Help them to seek Your will in all that they do, as You direct their paths.  We pray for our President and his administration.  Endow them with Your wisdom and discernment to lead this nation according to Your will.  Please give every American citizen a grace to walk in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever.

 

What freedoms in our nation are you personally thankful for?  List them and share your thankfulness to the Lord:  _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Father, forgive our nation for taking our constitutional freedoms for granted.  Forgive us for abusing and misusing the laws of this land to suit our own personal interests, agendas and needs.  Forgive us for not respecting those whom You have placed in authority to lead our nation.  Forgive our nation’s leaders for their sins.  Forgive those who do not consult with You about governing our country.  Forgive us, as a nation, for not always acknowledging You and Your righteousness. Forgive us for all acts of sinfulness, including:  hypocrisy, idolatry, injustice, oppression, greed, racism, sexism, ageism, elitism, deceit, sexual immorality, lying, violence, hatred, partiality, and slander.  Lord, remind every citizen to be forgiving and please help all of us to forgive.

Lead our nation not into temptation; but deliver it from the evil one.

Blessed are You, the only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.  You alone have immortality and dwell in the light, which no man can approach.  To You, O God, belongs honor and power everlasting.  Yours is the kingdom, the power and glory forever.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Scripture References for the written text (NKJV and NLT):  Isaiah 40:25, Psalm 145:3, Psalm 18:2, Luke 1:69,           II Corinthians 3:17, Psalm 33:12, II Samuel 22:3, Isaiah 59:19, Psalm 91:1-4, Proverbs 3:5-6, Matthew 6:13, I Timothy 6:15-16

 

Today, I will trust God to:

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A Prayer of Love for God and Our Neighbor

A Prayer of Love for God and Our Neighbor

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 113, John 13:34-35

Reflections of the Heart:

The greatest gift given by God is love.  God is love and with His love we can love Him and our neighbor.  God loved us so much that He gave His only Son for our lives.  Love is patient and kind.  Love is not jealous, boastful, proud, or rude.  Love never fails.  As you pray today, think about your love for Christ and for your neighbor.  Does God have your whole heart?  Do you love others unconditionally?  Love never gives up, never loses faith, and is always hopeful.

Scriptural Prayer:

 

Our Father, today, we praise You with our whole heart.  We will tell of all Your marvelous works.  We will be glad and rejoice in You; we will sing praises to Your Name.  We cry out with a loud voice, “Thanks be to our God.”  As the heavens are high above the earth, so great is Your mercy toward those who fear You; as far as the east is from the west,  You have removed our transgressions from us.  Thank You for being our Father and calling us Your children.  Thank You for loving us unconditionally.  Thank You for creating us for Your good pleasure.

Father, You have asked us to continue to love one another, for love comes from You.  Anyone who loves is Your child and knows You.  Those who do not love do not know You, for You are love.  You have shown how much You loved us by sending Your one and only Son, Jesus, into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him.  This is real love – not that we loved You, but You loved us and sent Your Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.  Thank You, Jesus, for giving Your life for ours.  We were not worthy, yet, You made us worthy to love and know You.  Thank You!  Today, we confess that we will love You with all of our hearts, souls, strength and minds, and we will love our neighbor as we love ourselves.           

Father, show me how to strengthen my relationship with You and (list the names of people who you need to strengthen your relationships with):

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Holy Spirit, because God loves us so much, help us to love our neighbor.  We have never seen God, but if we love each other, we know that God will live in us and His love will be brought to full expression in us.  Holy Spirit, we do not want to grieve You by the way we live.  You are the One who has identified us as Your own, guaranteeing that we will be saved on the day of redemption.  In this season of reflection and repentance, help us to let go of any bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.  Instead, help us to be kind to all people, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven us.  Break any bondage(s) that is keeping us from loving and caring for people.  Help us as a Church Family to draw closer to God, our Father, and Jesus, our Lord, through loving each other.  Holy Spirit, heal broken relationships.

Holy Spirit, show me what is preventing Your love from shining through me toward others:

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Lord, forgive us for not loving and caring for all people.  Forgive us for not loving You with our whole hearts.  Forgive us for holding grudges and remembering old debts.  Forgive us for judging others before getting to know them.  Forgive us for being proud, impatient, stubborn, rebellious, or jealous.  Please forgive us for not forgiving other people.  Remind us to forgive others; and we shall be quick to forgive.

Think about any relationships in your life that are strained or broken.  Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any bitterness, anger, or disappointment that you may have towards them.  Acknowledge it, and forgive that person(s):

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Father, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Lord, You are high above all nations, and Your glory is above the heavens.  Who is like You, the Lord our God, who dwells on high, who humbles Yourself to behold the things that are in the heavens and in the earth?  You have declared, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.”  In Jesus’ Name, Amen

           

Scripture References for the Written Text:  Psalm 9:1-2, Psalm 103:11-12, I John 4:7-10, I John 4:11, Ephesians 4:30-31, Luke 10:27, Matthew 6:13, Psalm 113:4-6, Psalm 46:10

Today, I will trust God to:

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A Prayer for Unity in Our Church Family

A Prayer for Unity in Our Church Family

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 133, I Corinthians 13

Reflections of the Heart:

“I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.”

I Corinthians 1:10

Scriptural Prayer:

Our Father, we thank You for our Church Family.  Thank You for calling each of us to serve Your Kingdom through this wonderful church. Thank You for using our individual gifts and talents to manifest Your Kingdom here on earth as it already is in heaven.  Lord, we are thankful for the freedom to worship You, our God.  Thank You for Your bountiful blessings.  Thank You for increasing Your presence, power, anointing, and abundance in our Church Family. You are great and greatly to be praised. You are to be feared above all gods. The earth is Yours and everything in it; the world and all its people belong to You. You laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths.  Lord, no pagan god is like You!  None can do what You do.

Loving Father, we declare that we will love You with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength.  As a Church Family, we confess that we will love one another, as ourselves.  As Your children, we proclaim that we have all put on Christ, like putting on new clothes and we will walk in unity and love with one another. It is because of this love that we exhibit for each other that people will know that we are Your disciples.  Your Word tells us that if we love You, we must also love our Christian brothers and sisters, too.  Therefore, we declare that we will not look out only for our own interests, but we take an interest in each other’s needs.  We declare that we will live in harmony with each other and resist division.  We will be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. We declare that as a Church Family we will turn away from evil, and do good; we will search for peace and work to maintain it.  We confess that we will encourage and build each other up.  Above all things, we decree that we will put on love which is the bond of perfection.

Holy Spirit, show me how I can promote unity within our Church Family today by:

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Holy Spirit, we ask You to fill us with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. Help us to walk worthy and fully pleasing before You.  As a Church Family, help us to be fruitful in every good work and to increase in Your knowledge. Teach us how to live together in unity. Walk us through the steps of rebuilding loving fellowship between us. Help us to continue to obey Your command to “love our neighbor as ourselves” so that we will not self-destruct by backbiting and devouring one another. Give us a willing heart to allow You to guide our lives so that not do what our sinful nature craves. Show our leaders how to mend the broken relationships and restore balance to our Church Family. Please strengthen us and help us to represent Your Kingdom in the earth. Holy Spirit, synchronize the heart of every church member and unify our spirits to receive and submit to the vision for our church. Please empower us to give of our talents, gifts and resources to manifest Kingdom change in our city.

Merciful Father, forgive our many sins. We admit that at times we have sinned against you and against one another.  Forgive us for holding onto grudges and for seeking vengeance upon our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Forgive us for leaning toward our own understanding and failing to acknowledge You in all our ways. Forgive those amongst us who are being false witnesses, pouring out lies and sowing discord in our Church family. Forgive those of us who have stood by passively allowing sin and deception to go unaddressed. Forgive us for not heeding the warnings of the Holy Spirit and being hesitant to obey Your commands. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that You have committed). Holy Spirit, remind our Church Family of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive. Help us to release past and present offenses and to be willing to forgive one another just as God has forgiven us.  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.)

Noble Father, as a Church Family, help us not to yield to temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.

Sovereign King, You are the visible image of the invisible God.  You existed before anything was created and You are supreme over all creation.  Through You, everything was created in the heavenly realms and on earth.  You made the visible as well as invisible things.  Thrones, kingdoms, rulers and authorities in the unseen world were all created through You and for You.  You existed before anything else and You hold all creation together! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture References for the Written Text:  Matthew 6:10, Psalm 96:4, Psalm 24:1-2, Psalm 86:8, Mark 12:30-31, Galatians 3:27, John 13:35, I John 4:21, Philippians 2:4, I Corinthians 1:10, Psalm 34:14, I Thessalonians 5:11, Colossians 3:14, Proverbs 3:5-6, Proverbs 6:19, Matthew 6:13, I Timothy 6:15-16

Today I will trust God to:

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