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 releases 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 become 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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We praise You that Your reign has no geographic boundaries or cultural limits (Psalm 22:28). You sit upon Your throne ruling and directing all the nations, despite their exalted view of their own wisdom (Psalm 47:8). Thank You that indeed one day You will be exalted in all the earth and that Truth will one day be returned to preeminence (Psalm 46:10).
Lord, I waiver between worrying about our country and ignoring our problems altogether. On the issues that I think I can change, I spout my opinion and gripe loudly about the leaders that aren’t pleasing me. On other instances, I intentionally disregard them, feeling that there is nothing I can do about it anyway.
Forgive me for both attitudes, Father. I am so caught up in my own worldview that I seldom ask for a glimpse of Your own. Reveal to me what You have stored up in the heavenlies for our nation. Show me what is already bound in the heavenlies that I should be binding on earth (Matthew 18:18).
I lay my motives bare before You. You know my weaknesses. You know my hidden desires. You know my areas of willingness and as well as those of stubbornness. Although I claim to be praying the “if My people will pray” verse, I admit to You that I often don’t really want to turn my back on my own secret sins in order to fulfill my part of the promise (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Make me willing to be willing, Lord. Come fulfill Your purpose within me, so that I can pray with authority for our country (Matthew 6:10). Focus my mind of the things of the Spirit so that the Your Life within me can marginalize the darkness around me (Romans 8:6). Be my Light (John 1:4).
Think Your thoughts through me (John 14:26). Make me a Holy Satellite Hub that finds my desires met in You. In this way, I know that my every wish for our country would be granted (Psalm 37:4-5). Radiate Your brilliant glory from the depths of all we are (Zechariah 2:5). In Jesus’ Name, Amen.