Thank You that You reign, high and lifted up, over all the nations (Psalm 47:8). You reign over both the nations here on earth as well as all spiritual principalities in the heavenlies. You even rule over those set up against acknowledging You (Ephesians 6:12). You, O Lord, are the Ancient of Days — the One Who is above all, with thousands upon thousands attending You and myriads upon myriads standing before You as their righteous, holy Judge (Daniel 7:9-10). Praise You for sending Your Son long ago to live our life and die our death that we might stand faultless before You, our Judge (Jude 1:24). With confidence, we enter within the veil by the blood of Jesus and speak out our requests (Hebrews 10:19-20).
Father, enlarge the influence that this tent of our body represents. Reveal what it means to lengthen our cords and strengthen our pegs (Isaiah 54:2). Surely this is not something we can do, but You alone can do this work (Philippians 2:13). Thank You that even now You are busy bringing it to pass (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
Place upon our “loins” (the inner depths of our emotions and desire – Psalm 51:6) Your belt of truth (Ephesians 6:14). May Your truth so electrify and purify us that we resemble Your Son, burning as with fire (Ezekiel 1:27). May this blazing passion for truth extend into our actions – affecting not only our intentions but also our feet (Philippians 2:13).
As You affect our outer man, may You also burn an intensity within us for prayer (Colossians 4:2). Like Your Son, may we have feet of fire (Revelation 1:15; Ezekiel 1:27) that we plant upon the very neck of our enemies (Joshua 10:24). While we love man, may we demolish all demonic forces that are raised up against knowing You (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). After all, our enemies are not flesh and blood, but spiritual forces of darkness (Ephesians 6:12) — the very prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2).
Since the battle is great, teach us to pray with boldness (Hebrews 4:16; 10:19). Teach us to pray with the authority that You freely give Your children (Luke 10:19)— the authority to take back that which man lost in the fall. You are our consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29). Consume all within us that is not of You (Malachi 3:1-4). May our prayers — indeed our very lives — resemble Your brilliance, so that when people look at us, they glorify only You (Matthew 5:16).
Set our hearts and minds aglow with the very radiance of who You are (Ezekiel 8:2). Grant insight so clear that we begin to resemble the very brightness of heaven’s expanse (Daniel 12:3). May You, our Light, lead many to see that their own righteousness is sourced only and always in You (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Thank You for giving us the very mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). Hallelujah. May we use it to comprehend Your Love and so be filled up to the fulness of God (Ephesians 3:19).
Grant us to be strengthened with power through Your Holy Spirit in our inner man (Ephesians 3:16), so that we may display strength and take action in the coming year (Daniel 11:32). May we be a source of understanding to many and never fear the repercussion of speaking truth (Daniel 11:33).
Thank You that Your Kingdom has come down to live within us (Luke 17:21; Colossians 1:27). Reveal to us how best to keep unlocking the heavenly doors onto earth (Matthew 16:19). May our prayers be powerful to see Your Kingdom increase upon the earth, just as Your Kingdom is, even now, divinely supreme in heaven (Matthew 6:10). In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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