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July 13: A Prayer for the Greater Houston Area

Omniscient Father, we thank You for the Greater Houston Area.  Thank You for our city officials, first Responders, public works employees and everyone who helps with the day-to-day operation of this city.  Thank You for the citizens of this great city.  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, Your works are wonderful.  You are our hope and shield.  In You, do our hearts rejoice because we trust in Your holy Name.  Let Your unfailing love continue to surround us Lord, for our hope is in You alone.   

Lord God our Shepherd, let Your Kingdom come and Your will be done in the Greater Houston Area as it is in heaven.  As citizens of this great city, we do not see Jew or Gentile, male or female, black or white.  But, as Your children, 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 brothers and sisters in Christ.  Therefore, we declare by faith that the Body of Christ in Houston, Texas will no longer stand and declare our love for You with hate in our hearts for our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We will not look out only for our own interests, but we take an interest in the needs of others.  We will live in harmony with each other and resist racial, social, and economic division.  We will be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. We declare that the people in our communities will turn away from evil, and do good; they will search for peace and work to maintain it. 

Holy Spirit, remove the scales from the eyes of the unsaved people in our city and draw them to the glory of the Father so that they will confess Jesus Christ and receive Him as their Savior and Lord.  Mobilize and send us and other believers into our communities to share the Gospel, causing Your power to prevail throughout our city. Holy Spirit, please help the residents of this city to stand for justice and righteousness. Lord, please help the leaders of our city. We ask that Your Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, and power rests upon each political, civic, religious and business leader, investor, and entrepreneur in our city. Fill them with the knowledge of Your will and give them a thirst for Your Word, so that they will walk in Your ways for practicing business. Help them to make righteous decisions and operate with honesty and integrity. Holy Spirit, synchronize the hearts of every believer in our city and unify our spirits to receive and submit to Your vision for our city.  Holy Spirit, bless the Greater Houston Area to be a beacon of light and hope for the nation.

What are some specific concerns you have about our city?  Ask the Holy Spirit how He would have you act as an agent of change to address these issues:

Righteous Father, forgive us for any acts of sinfulness, including strife, discord, jealousy, rivalries, violence, theft, injustice, hatred, oppression, greed, idolatry, pride, slander, racism, sexism, ageism, laziness, apathy, and any abuse of power.  Forgive those people in our city who do not trust in You.  Forgive those of us who are Christians who have not shared Your Gospel with our neighbors.  Father, please have mercy on our city.  Father, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind us 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 us not to yield to temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.

Immortal Lord, who can be compared with You?  You are enthroned on high.  You stoop to look down on heaven and on earth.  Your strong right arm is raised in triumph.  Your strong arm has done glorious things!  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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May 31: A Prayer of Recovery for the Houston Metropolitan Area

Triumphant Father, we thank You for hearing our prayers concerning the flooding in the Houston Metropolitan Area. Thank You for strengthening those who were those impacted and for helping them to recover.  Holy Spirit, thank You for pouring out Your spirit of love, compassion, benevolence and generosity towards them.  Thank You for supplying all of their needs from Your glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.  Lord, You are great and Your power is absolute! Your understanding is beyond comprehension.  Lord, Most High, You are awesome.  You are the King of all the earth.

Gracious Father, we declare calm weather in the Houston Metropolitan Area. In the Name of Jesus, we command peace, be still!   We decree that the predicted Hurricanes for this region will not bring excessive harm or devastation to our city and the surrounding coastal areas. By faith, we command the weather to be peaceful in this region and we destroy the attempts of satan to impact the atmospheric conditions in any way.  We call the blessings of God to rest upon our economic, educational, political, judicial, technological, social, and health systems in this region.  We command justice to run down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream within every governmental agency and insurance company that is responsible for helping our citizens and communities to recover.  We rebuke every demonic power that influences the recovery process, especially the spirits of delay and greed.  We command the necessary funds for rebuilding to come forth!  We declare that their hope and confidence is not in FEMA or the insurance industry, but their hope and trust is in You, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

 

Ask the Holy Spirit what you can specifically do to help those families who are still recovering from the flooding in the Houston Metropolitan Area:

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Holy Spirit, help our citizens to recover and heal, especially the families of those who died.  Calm the fears of every citizen and let Your love and presence saturate their hearts, souls and spirits.  Continue to send people who will love, support, and comfort them during their time of recovery. God, our Healer, please provide healing and speedy recovery to every citizen. Heal their physical, emotional, and psychological wounds and restore them as they rebuild their lives.  Convict the heart of any business, agency or individual who would attempt to take advantage of people for profit or gain.  Holy Spirit, lead and guide our governmental officials as they plan the revitalization of our city and the surrounding areas. Remind them to remember the poor as they plan.  Please comfort and encourage those children whose lives have been greatly disrupted by the flooding.  Calm their fears and help them to sleep soundly at night.

 

Righteous Father, forgive our citizens for their many sins.  Forgive us all for disobedience, racism, rebellion, unbelief, forms of idolatry, immorality, murder, injustice, and perversion.  Forgive us for not looking after the widows and orphans and for oppressing the poor and disadvantaged.  Forgive us for greed, corruption and for putting the pursuit of material possessions above the needs of our neighbors.  Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind our citizens of those they need to forgive and help them 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 citizens to overcome their temptations and deliver us all from the evil one.

 

Lord, You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power.  You created all things, and they exist because You created what You pleased.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Scripture References for the Written TextPhilippians 4:19, Psalm 147:5, Psalm 47:2, Mark 4:39, Proverbs 18:21, Amos 5:24, Isaiah 44:6, Psalm 4:8, Matthew 6:13, Revelation 4:11

 


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May 17: A Prayer of Recovery for the Houston Metropolitan Area

Triumphant Father, we thank You for hearing our prayers concerning the flooding in the Houston Metropolitan Area. Thank You for strengthening those who were those impacted and for helping them to recover.  Holy Spirit, thank You for pouring out Your spirit of love, compassion, benevolence and generosity towards them.  Thank You for supplying all of their needs from Your glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.  Lord, You are great and Your power is absolute! Your understanding is beyond comprehension.  Lord, Most High, You are awesome.  You are the King of all the earth.

 

Gracious Father, we declare calm weather in the Houston Metropolitan Area. In the Name of Jesus, we command peace, be still!   We decree that the predicted Hurricanes for this region will not bring excessive harm or devastation to our city and the surrounding coastal areas. By faith, we command the weather to be peaceful in this region and we destroy the attempts of satan to impact the atmospheric conditions in any way.  We call the blessings of God to rest upon our economic, educational, political, judicial, technological, social, and health systems in this region.  We command justice to run down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream within every governmental agency and insurance company that is responsible for helping our citizens and communities to recover.  We rebuke every demonic power that influences the recovery process, especially the spirits of delay and greed.  We command the necessary funds for rebuilding to come forth!  We declare that their hope and confidence is not in FEMA or the insurance industry, but their hope and trust is in You, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

 

Ask the Holy Spirit what you can specifically do to help those families who are still recovering from the flooding in the Houston Metropolitan Area:

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Holy Spirit, help our citizens to recover and heal, especially the families of those who died.  Calm the fears of every citizen and let Your love and presence saturate their hearts, souls and spirits.  Continue to send people who will love, support, and comfort them during their time of recovery. God, our Healer, please provide healing and speedy recovery to every citizen. Heal their physical, emotional, and psychological wounds and restore them as they rebuild their lives.  Convict the heart of any business, agency or individual who would attempt to take advantage of people for profit or gain.  Holy Spirit, lead and guide our governmental officials as they plan the revitalization of our city and the surrounding areas. Remind them to remember the poor as they plan.  Please comfort and encourage those children whose lives have been greatly disrupted by the flooding.  Calm their fears and help them to sleep soundly at night.

 

Righteous Father, forgive our citizens for their many sins.  Forgive us all for disobedience, racism, rebellion, unbelief, forms of idolatry, immorality, murder, injustice, and perversion.  Forgive us for not looking after the widows and orphans and for oppressing the poor and disadvantaged.  Forgive us for greed, corruption and for putting the pursuit of material possessions above the needs of our neighbors.  Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind our citizens of those they need to forgive and help them 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 citizens to overcome their temptations and deliver us all from the evil one.

 

Lord, You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power.  You created all things, and they exist because You created what You pleased.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Scripture References for the Written TextPhilippians 4:19, Psalm 147:5, Psalm 47:2, Mark 4:39, Proverbs 18:21, Amos 5:24, Isaiah 44:6, Psalm 4:8, Matthew 6:13, Revelation 4:11


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February 29: A Prayer for the State of Texas

Our Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your tender mercies and loving-kindness towards the City of Houston.  Thank You for the bountiful blessings You have given to us.  Thank You for the state of Texas.  Thank You for uniting the Christians within our state.  Lord, no pagan god is like You, our Lord.  None can do what You do!  All the nations You made will come and bow before You; they will praise Your holy Name.   You are great, and perform wonderful deeds.  You alone are God.   Lord, You are good and Your faithful love endures forever.

Glorious Father, we declare that the state of Texas belongs to You and that it is You who will cause prosperity to overflow in our communities and cities. We decree that justice will run down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream within the political, judicial, and educational systems in our state.  We commit to praying for those who are in authority over us; Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Mayor Sylvester Turner, the city council, and all business, civic and community leaders.  As we do this, we expect to live peaceful and quiet lives marked by Godliness and dignity.  We declare that the righteous in our city and state will be called priests of the Lord; ministers of You, our God.  We will feed on the treasures of the nations and boast in their riches.  Instead of shame and dishonor, the residents of Texas will enjoy a double share of honor.  We will possess a double portion of prosperity in our land, and everlasting joy will be ours.

 

Holy Spirit, show me how to pray specifically for the needs of my community:

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Rise up, O God, in Texas and scatter Your enemies.  Let crime, murder and lawlessness be scattered. Let homelessness, unemployment and corporate greed be scattered.  Holy Spirit, fill the halls of the schools in our state so that our children and youth will be safe and will obtain a quality education.  Father, please open doors for economic increase within our communities.  Help the homeowners in Texas to successfully maintain their property and pay their mortgages and taxes on time.  Let equality and justice flow through the Medical Center so that everyone receives quality, affordable health care.  Let Your perfect love and peace preside over our city and state.  Holy Spirit, help Texas to stand as a beacon of light and hope for the nation to see what a Godly state looks like.

 

Righteous Father, forgive the people of our state for hypocrisy, injustice, oppression, greed, racism, sexism, ageism, elitism, deceit, lying, lewdness, pornography, selfish ambitions, lawlessness, rebellion, violence, hatred, partiality, sexual promiscuity, homosexuality, adultery, fornication, and slander.  Forgive us for not equipping and preparing the next generation with the tools, knowledge and self-confidence they will need to be effective, efficient leaders for tomorrow.   Lord, forgive the Body of Christ for not praying consistently for our leaders, city, state and nation.  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 the residents of the state of Texas to not yield to temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.

 

Eternal Lord, You are Holy.  You are the blessed and only Almighty God, the King of kings and Lord of lords.  You alone can never die, and lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach You.  No one has ever seen You, nor ever will.  To You be honor and power forever.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.


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February 14: A Prayer for the State of Texas

Our Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your tender mercies and loving-kindness towards the City of Houston.  Thank You for the bountiful blessings You have given to us.  Thank You for the state of Texas.  Thank You for uniting the Christians within our state.  Lord, no pagan god is like You, our Lord.  None can do what You do!  All the nations You made will come and bow before You; they will praise Your holy Name.   You are great, and perform wonderful deeds.  You alone are God.   Lord, You are good and Your faithful love endures forever.

Glorious Father, we declare that the state of Texas belongs to You and that it is You who will cause prosperity to overflow in our communities and cities. We decree that justice will run down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream within the political, judicial, and educational systems in our state.  We commit to praying for those who are in authority over us; Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Mayor Sylvester Turner, the city council, and all business, civic and community leaders.  As we do this, we expect to live peaceful and quiet lives marked by Godliness and dignity.  We declare that the righteous in our city and state will be called priests of the Lord; ministers of You, our God.  We will feed on the treasures of the nations and boast in their riches.  Instead of shame and dishonor, the residents of Texas will enjoy a double share of honor.  We will possess a double portion of prosperity in our land, and everlasting joy will be ours.

Holy Spirit, show me how to pray specifically for the needs of my community:

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Rise up, O God, in Texas and scatter Your enemies.  Let crime, murder and lawlessness be scattered. Let homelessness, unemployment and corporate greed be scattered.  Holy Spirit, fill the halls of the schools in our state so that our children and youth will be safe and will obtain a quality education.  Father, please open doors for economic increase within our communities.  Help the homeowners in Texas to successfully maintain their property and pay their mortgages and taxes on time.  Let equality and justice flow through the Medical Center so that everyone receives quality, affordable health care.  Let Your perfect love and peace preside over our city and state.  Holy Spirit, help Texas to stand as a beacon of light and hope for the nation to see what a Godly state looks like.

Righteous Father, forgive the people of our state for hypocrisy, injustice, oppression, greed, racism, sexism, ageism, elitism, deceit, lying, lewdness, pornography, selfish ambitions, lawlessness, rebellion, violence, hatred, partiality, sexual promiscuity, homosexuality, adultery, fornication, and slander.  Forgive us for not equipping and preparing the next generation with the tools, knowledge and self-confidence they will need to be effective, efficient leaders for tomorrow.   Lord, forgive the Body of Christ for not praying consistently for our leaders, city, state and nation.  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 the residents of the state of Texas to not yield to temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.

Eternal Lord, You are Holy.  You are the blessed and only Almighty God, the King of kings and Lord of lords.  You alone can never die, and lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach You.  No one has ever seen You, nor ever will.  To You be honor and power forever.  In Jesus’ Name, amen


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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.


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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.

 


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November 23: A Prayer for Unity and Prosperity in the Greater Houston Area

Omniscient Father, we thank You for the Greater Houston Area. Thank You for our city officials, first responders, public works employees and everyone who helps with the day-to-day operation of this city.  Thank You for the citizens of this great city.  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, Your works are wonderful.  You are our hope and shield.  In You, do our hearts rejoice because we trust in Your Holy Name.  Let Your unfailing love continue to surround us, Lord, for our hope is in You alone.

Redeeming Father, let Your Kingdom come and Your will be done in the Greater Houston Area as it is in heaven.  We declare that as the people of God, we love You with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength and we love our neighbors as ourselves.  As citizens of this great city, we declare that we do not see Jew or Gentile, male or female, black or white.  But, as Your children, we have all put on Christ, like putting on new clothes and we walk in unity and love with one another. It is because of this love that we exhibit for each other that people know that we are Your disciples.  Your Word tells us that if we love You, we must also love our brothers and sisters in Christ.  Therefore, we declare by faith that the Body of Christ in the Greater Houston Area does not stand and declare our love for You with hate in our hearts for our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We do not look out only for our own interests, but we take an interest in the needs of others.  We live in harmony with each other and resist racial, social, and economic division. We are of one mind, united in thought and purpose. We declare that the people in our communities resist evil, and do good; they search for peace and work to maintain it.

 

Holy Spirit, please continue to draw the unsaved people in our city to the glory of the Father, so that they will confess Jesus Christ and receive Him as their Savior and Lord.  Mobilize and send us and other believers into our communities to share the Gospel, causing Your power to prevail throughout the Greater Houston Area. Holy Spirit, please unify our communities and help us all to stand for justice and righteousness. We ask that Your Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, and power rest upon each political, civic, religious and business leader, investor, and entrepreneur. Fill them with the knowledge of Your will and give them a thirst for Your Word so that they will walk in Your ways for practicing business. Help them to make righteous decisions and operate with honesty and integrity. Lord, please bless the Greater Houston Area to be a beacon of light and hope for our nation.

 

Think of some specific needs in the Greater Houston Area.  Ask the Holy Spirit to use you as an agent of change and take action: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Righteous Father, forgive us for any acts of sinfulness, including strife, discord, jealousy, rivalries, violence, theft, injustice, hatred, oppression, greed, idolatry, pride, slander, racism, sexism, ageism, laziness, apathy, and any abuse of power.  Forgive those people in the Greater Houston Area who do not trust in You.  Forgive those of us who are Christians for not sharing Your Gospel with our neighbors.  Father, 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 us all to not yield to temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.

 

Almighty Lord, You are the blessed and Sovereign One.  The King of kings, and the Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in an unapproachable light, whom no man can see.  Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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November 12: A Prayer for Unity and Prosperity in the Greater Houston Area

Omniscient Father, we thank You for the Greater Houston Area. Thank You for our city officials, first responders, public works employees and everyone who helps with the day-to-day operation of this city.  Thank You for the citizens of this great city.  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, Your works are wonderful.  You are our hope and shield.  In You, do our hearts rejoice because we trust in Your Holy Name.  Let Your unfailing love continue to surround us, Lord, for our hope is in You alone.

 

Redeeming Father, let Your Kingdom come and Your will be done in the Greater Houston Area as it is in heaven.  We declare that as the people of God, we love You with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength and we love our neighbors as ourselves.  As citizens of this great city, we declare that we do not see Jew or Gentile, male or female, black or white.  But, as Your children, we have all put on Christ, like putting on new clothes and we walk in unity and love with one another. It is because of this love that we exhibit for each other that people know that we are Your disciples.  Your Word tells us that if we love You, we must also love our brothers and sisters in Christ.  Therefore, we declare by faith that the Body of Christ in the Greater Houston Area does not stand and declare our love for You with hate in our hearts for our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We do not look out only for our own interests, but we take an interest in the needs of others.  We live in harmony with each other and resist racial, social, and economic division. We are of one mind, united in thought and purpose. We declare that the people in our communities resist evil, and do good; they search for peace and work to maintain it.

 

Holy Spirit, please continue to draw the unsaved people in our city to the glory of the Father, so that they will confess Jesus Christ and receive Him as their Savior and Lord.  Mobilize and send us and other believers into our communities to share the Gospel, causing Your power to prevail throughout the Greater Houston Area. Holy Spirit, please unify our communities and help us all to stand for justice and righteousness. We ask that Your Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, and power rest upon each political, civic, religious and business leader, investor, and entrepreneur. Fill them with the knowledge of Your will and give them a thirst for Your Word so that they will walk in Your ways for practicing business. Help them to make righteous decisions and operate with honesty and integrity. Lord, please bless the Greater Houston Area to be a beacon of light and hope for our nation.

 

Think of some specific needs in the Greater Houston Area.  Ask the Holy Spirit to use you as an agent of change and take action: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Righteous Father, forgive us for any acts of sinfulness, including strife, discord, jealousy, rivalries, violence, theft, injustice, hatred, oppression, greed, idolatry, pride, slander, racism, sexism, ageism, laziness, apathy, and any abuse of power.  Forgive those people in the Greater Houston Area who do not trust in You.  Forgive those of us who are Christians for not sharing Your Gospel with our neighbors.  Father, 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 us all to not yield to temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.

 

Almighty Lord, You are the blessed and Sovereign One.  The King of kings, and the Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in an unapproachable light, whom no man can see.  Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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November 8: A Prayer for the Homeless

Righteous Father, we thank You for being a God of grace and mercy.  Thank You for knowing each homeless person and family intimately. Thank You for being their protection, shelter, hope and help. The heavens proclaim Your Glory, Lord.  The skies display Your craftsmanship.  Day after day they continue to speak; night after night You are made known.  Father, Your instructions are perfect, reviving the soul.  Your decrees are trustworthy, making wise the simple. Your commandments are right, bringing joy to the heart.  Your commands are clear, giving insight for living.  Reverencing 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 comb.

Glorious Father, we confess that Your arm is not too weak to save the homeless, neither is Your ear deaf to hear their calls.  Lord, You know each of them and call them by name.  You know everything about them, when they sit down and when they stand up. You know their thoughts even when they are far away. We rejoice Mighty King, because You said You will never fail nor abandon them.  Lord, You said that the poor will always be among us, but You also mandated that we take care of them.  You said that we are to share our food with the hungry, give shelter to the homeless, and give clothes to those who need them and to not hide from our relatives who need our help.  We declare that, as a Church Family, we will commit to feeding the hungry and helping those who are in trouble.  Lord, then You will guide us continually, give us water when we are dry and restore our strength.

 

Holy Spirit, show me how I can be a blessing to the homeless community in Houston:

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Holy Spirit, we ask that You would be a wall of protection and deliverance around the homeless daily. Watch over them while they sleep and protect them from violence, abuse, and theft. Lord, we cry out on behalf of the children whose families are homeless.  Help them to overcome their bleak beginnings and show them how precious they are in Your sight.  Help them to focus and study so that they will excel in school. Encourage them when other children say mean things about them because of their circumstances.  Holy Spirit, change the hearts of the leaders of our country who continue to ignore the plight of the homeless, yet they pursue greed and avarice. Lord, for those who are homeless because of an addiction or mental illness, please help them to find the help they need so that they can get their lives back in order and begin to rebuild. Father, bless Pastor Velosia and Daniel Kibe and each member of our Global and Local Missions and Outreach ministries as they serve those in need.  Please continue to empower and provide for our Church Family financially so that we have the resources to battle this cultural atrocity.

 

Merciful Father, forgive those homeless persons whose poor decisions have led to their current situation.  Forgive those who are homeless due to drugs, alcohol, gambling, addictions, or poor work habits. Forgive those people who would seek to take advantage of the homeless.  Forgive those who look down upon the homeless.  Forgive those of us who have resources to give to the homeless but refuse to give.  Forgive those agencies who claim to be advocates for the homeless, but misappropriate the resources.  Forgive our nation for creating systems that produce a homeless population. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind the homeless 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 the homeless to not yield to temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.

 

O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, where is there anyone as mighty as You?  You are entirely faithful. You are far more awesome than all who surround Your throne.  Your home reaches up to the heavens, while its foundation is on the earth. You draw water up from the oceans and pour it down as rain on the land. The Lord is Your Name!  You are mighty, but You do not despise anyone! You are mighty in both power and understanding.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.