Breaking spirit of fear

 

Father,

 

Thank You that You are the Unmovable Rock of my salvation (Psalm 18:2) and are far greater than my anxious and quavering heart (1 John 3:20). You tell me over and again in Your Word, “Do not fear,” but I forget easily and allow my heart to be heavy and weighted down with worry (Luke 21:34). Yuck.

 
My emotions can be like the storms of the sea — tossing this way and that. Yet I remember that no matter what is within my own heart, You are greater (Isaiah 55:9). In the very depths of my own weakness, I bow before You knowing that somehow my weakness is the very thing that initiates Your power (2 Corinthians 12:9). My weakness launches Your power to descend in strength (2 Corinthians 12:10). You tell me that You must increase and that I must decrease (John 3:30). So maybe getting comfortable in my own weakness is the very prerequisite for watching Your strength kick in (2 Corinthians 11:30). Selah.

 
Spirit of fear, you have no place in my life because anxiety never originates in God (2 Timothy 1:7). Jesus has given me all authority over the spirit of fear and your henchmen of despair, hopelessness, and worry (Luke 10:19; Mark 16:17-18).

 
Father, bind up the evil one as he calls the rulers of darkness onto the court of my mind and emotions. Thank You Lord for giving Your angels charge concerning me, to guard me in all my ways (Psalm 91:11). Thank You for sending out Your heavenly warriors as ministering spirits to help me in this area (Hebrews 1:14). Your invisible messengers bear me up every time I am about to trip (Psalm 91:12). Grant me boldness in prayer to tread upon the lion of doubt and the serpent of anxiety, treading them down until they are dust under my feet (Psalm 91:13; Psalm 18:37-42).

 
Grant me a glimpse of You each and every day, Lord (Psalm 17:15; 1 John 3:3). As You reveal Yourself, my focus will be riveted to Your splendor and fixed upon Your glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). May my eyes because so accustomed to seeing You that all else is undecipherable. Seeing You, the God of all peace, is the best way to know peace (2 Thessalonians 3:16). In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

 

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Holy Father,

 

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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