Crisis Praying

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Holy Father,

 

As we come to You, we have so much to thank You for. We call upon Your Name and remember Your wonderful deeds which You have already done in ______’s life. (List out some incidents in which You can truly thank Him in this person’s life). Yes, Father we speak of all Your wonders and glory in Your Holy Name (1 Chronicles 16:8-12). 

 

Because You are great and greatly to be praised — because splendor and majesty are before You — because strength and joy are in Your place, I come to Your throne on _______’s behalf (1 Chronicles 16:25, 27). 

 

You are the Lord Who looks down from heaven and sees every single fear, attitude and difficulty that surrounds them (Psalm 33:13). You have fashioned their heart (from the womb! Psalm 139:13, 16) and You understand how they work (Psalm 33:15). Their situation is not a surprise to You because Your eyes is constantly upon them and their family (Psalm 33:18).

 
You don’t just look. You care (1 Peter 5:7). Whether they feel like it or not, You are near to their broken heart and You promise to save them from out of the place where their spirit has been crushed (Psalm 34:18). Their afflictions are many — emotional, mental, physical, attitudinal — but there again, You have gone out on a limb with Your Word and You promise to deliver them out of ALL of these (Psalm 34:19). 

 

Your kindness always directs toward repentance (Romans 2:4). We know that in order for any type of change to come about, we must first do our part. We must humble ourselves, pray, seek Your face and turn from our wicked ways (2 Chronicles 7:14).

 

So, we come O Father, asking that You convict us of any disobedience which we have clung to.

 

  • Is there something You have told us to do that we are not yet doing — or something that You have told us not to do that we are still doing?
  • Is there an unforgiving heart still within either of us?
  • Are we harboring an offense and allowing it to grow bitterness within our own heart?
  • Is there any area of fear that we have allowed to be bigger than You? We come to Your light asking that You expose the secret places of our heart so that we can stand clean before You in our prayers (John 3:20-21). Selah.

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Thank You Father that when You shine the light of conviction upon our hearts, it is not for the purpose of shame, but of drawing toward Truth. Hallelujah! Thank You for being greater than our hearts and for knowing all things (1 John 3:20). So, as “seeing Him Who is unseen” (Hebrews 11:27), we have confidence to enter the holy place by the Blood of Jesus — drawing near to our Great Intercessor with a sincere heart in full assurance of Faith. Thank You for sprinkling our evil consciences with the sanctifying work of Your blood (Hebrews 10:19, 22; 1 Peter 1:2). Thank You that You do this continually (Hebrews 10:14).

 

As we stand before You, we recognize the adversary prowling about like a lion, seeking a weak place to strike (Job 1:7; 1 Peter 5:8). Father, _____ is so very tired of living out in the savannah with these wild beasts. You have promised to be their Refuge and Strength — very present whenever there is trouble (Psalm 46:1). Now would be a good time. You have promised to give Your angels charge concerning them, to guard them in all their ways (Psalm 91:11). They need insight into just where the entrance is for this divine refuge of peace (Psalm 91:1, 4). 

 

Like Elisha’s servant, I ask that You open their eyes to see the powerful angels of strength and provision surrounding them that are greater than this ginormous problem (2 Kings 6:15-17). If indeed, the heavenlies are full of strength surrounding _________, and Your Spirit within them is greater than the jaws of the evil one, then indeed, who can be against them? (1 John 4:4; Romans 8:31)

 

Please Father, open our eyes to see You in Your glory. Adjust our eyesight that we may be able to focus not on the here and now, but on these things which cannot be seen except through faith (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). Yes, Lord, increase our faith (Luke 17;5). And help us in the places of unbelief (Mark 9:24).

 

Now about that lion of (depression, disobedience, anger, fear, hatred….you name the situation) and that cougar of (defiance, disunity, promiscuity, deceit, disease….)  attacking this family. I ask that Your Spirit come upon us mightily as we pray. May our prayers connect with the prayers You are praying and go directly for the jaws of these beasts. Shatter their teeth in their mouth and break out the fangs of these young lions (Psalm 58:6). We ask in the authority of the Name of Your Son that the spirits of (deceit, hopelessness, defiance, disunity disobedience…) be torn apart (Judges 14:5-6). Come Father and strike this head of evil, laying him open from thigh to neck; take the weapons that (deceit, hopelessness, defiance, disunity, disobedience) are using against ______ and destroy evil with their own spears (Habakkuk 3:13-14).

 

We ask that in months to come, we would be able to circle back to this place and find the carcasses of these very scary places have actually produced sweetness. That indeed, out of the eater, something to eat would come and out of the strong, something sweet would come (Judges 14:8-9,14). Take these very things (name the difficult situations) — all these things that satan meant for evil, and reveal how You will work it for good “to preserve many people alive” (Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28).  

 

If You will open our eyes to see how truly large You are, how mighty, how all-encompassing — then, it won’t matter what kind of host encamp against us — our hearts will not fear! We will remain confident (Psalm 27:3). Heal souls as You heal these situations (3 John 2). Irregardless of the situations, may our emotions and thoughts dwell in the House of the Lord all the days of our lives (Psalm 27:4). Teach us how to see Your beauty and meditate on the indwelling Spirit Who fills our temple every moment (Psalm 27:4). Then our head can be lifted up above these enemies and we can offer sacrifices with shouts of joy from the midst of Your indwelling (Psalm 27:6). May this promise be our reality! In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

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