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Heavenly Father,

There are intense battles going on around me right now. I can’t just idly stand by and watch people I love on the front lines being attacked without doing something to help. The situations can seem far beyond my control, too overwhelming for my meager strength and resources. They are! That’s why I have to bring those situations to You, Lord!  It may seem impossible or even none of my business to intervene…yet I know You can and want to work in each situation…and nothing is impossible for You…yet You wait for us to invite You to work, and to trust Your battle plans. That’s why I pray and bring the war to You. A dear friend gave me the movie “War Room” which I recently watched again…at just the right time! It re-inspired me to not take lightly my responsibility and honor of praying in every situation and circumstance, for all those around me, all the time. There are battles (both intense and minor) going on all the time. I cannot afford not to pray!

Someone I care about is fighting a major addiction that threatens their very life. I’m not going to simply stand by and hope they can overcome it on their own (because they can’t). A marriage is under a severe onslaught but I know it can come out stronger than ever. There is rebellion, disrespect and dishonor between parent and child, spouses, co-workers. Two couples I love long to be parents yet still have no child to lavish their pent-up love on. A single mom carries the load of bringing up children by herself. Other moms are fighting to get their children back after losing them due to poor choices. Ministers, missionaries, and believers are under attack for standing for Jesus. Our country and world are under siege. There are so many who do not realize they need You.

There is much to pray about. The battles are far beyond our capabilities. Part of our enemy’s scheme is to make us think we can do nothing; that our prayers do not make a difference (just because we don’t see the whole battle plan). Our foe wants us to feel defeated and render us ineffective so we will not fight. Father, I can fight and pray with absolute confidence because I know You have all authority and are fully aware of the enemy’s schemes. No matter what attack he plans, You can overcome it and make something beautiful from it. Father, help me to keep on fighting the good fight (both on the front lines and behind the scenes). I may be one wimpy looking soldier, but I know who holds the victory and who to bring the battle to! My strength is not in my prayers but in who I pray to!

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“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm, then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take up the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and request. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”    Ephesians 6:10-18

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, help me to keep praying for…

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Heavenly Father,

We have a wipe-off board posted on the back of the door at work in the ladies’ restroom that is used for fun communication. Someone starts a sentence. Throughout the day, everyone who visits the bathroom who wants to can add their thought to the ongoing list. Yesterday, on the last day of the year, someone wrote “What is your New Year’s resolution?” One of my co-workers started off the list with “Eat more junk food!” I have a pretty good idea who wrote that! Being a bit more on the serious side most of the time, I wrote “Love more deeply.” Over 35 years ago, I asked You to help me learn to love…and You have taught me more each year. I know it will happen in this new year as well. I want to love You more deeply… and love everyone else more deeply, too.

A Christian radio station has been inviting listeners to go to their website to list their resolutions. The DJ reported that the overwhelming theme is people want to spend more time with You, Lord. Obviously, the best way to share love is to share time and life together. In the last couple of weeks surrounding Christmas, I asked quite a few people, “If you could give anything to Jesus for His birthday, what would you give Him?” The main gifts mentioned were time and attention. Isn’t that what we all want from those we love?

Father, I can resolve to love You more deeply but as hard as I could possibly try, I can’t love without Your help. All love flows from You. You love each of us so much more deeply than we could ever comprehend. We will be discovering the depth of Your love for all eternity. I can spend more time with You and give You more attention: listen to You, follow You, enjoy You, obey You, worship You and willingly submit to You. As I spend more time with You, I will naturally fall more in love with You and will have an ever-growing love for others! So I joyfully resolve to surrender more of my life to You this year and watch expectantly as You help me love more deeply!

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“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed His love among us; He sent His One and Only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us…We love because He first loved us. If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And He has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” 1 John 4:7-12, 19-21

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, help me with my new year’s resolution to…