Dreams (poem by me)

Your human experience
leaks into my dreams…
Your burdens, your despair,
Your hopes, your prayers,
And you thought
You were all alone.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”—Matthew 5:3

Would you pray in agreement with me for those affected by recent flooding?
PRAYER: Lord, I pray for the families here in the US who have lost loved ones in the floods. Please comfort them with Your love. Please provide for those who have lost homes and belongings due to the rain. Have mercy on us, Lord, and move the rains quickly from us. Forgive us our sins. We praise You for Your care and concern for those who are in despair. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

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Prayer for Malawi

 

Wildflowers in Malawi

by Kim Bond

Lord,

I pray for Your country that You love—Malawi.

Thank you for these beautiful African people;

they are like wildflowers sunning themselves in a field.

Rain down a rich blessing on the poor in this nation

for You have made them heirs to a divine inheritance.

Heap Your love, mercy, and grace as high

as the magnificent Mount Mulange

for Your love is as deeper than Lake Malawi.

We praise You that You have populated

this land with a large number of Christians.

Make them swift as the antelope to carry Your Word

to every corner—from swamp to shore.

Quadruple the number and size of fish drawn out of its waters,

and likewise quadruple the number and size of disciples

raised up by Your missionaries across its land—

from Mzuzu in the north to Blantyre in the south.

Extend the free gift of salvation to the

unreached people of Gujarati, Kachchi, Swahili, and Yao.

Bring an end to the disastrous flooding

according to Your enduring and everlasting kindness.

Weave together a quilt of cooperation among missionaries, officials, and others

to improve the quality of life for its people especially in the areas of

economy, communication, and infrastructure.

Raise Your hand to halt the AIDS/HIV epidemic,

and heal those on beds of suffering with Your loving touch.

Shine Your righteous light in every corner

so every man, woman, and child knows that

calling on Your glorious Name gives power to the weak,

wisdom to the foolish, and hope to the hopeless.

Thank You, Lord, for hearing our prayer.

In Christ’s Name,

Amen.

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Wings Like Eagles: A Prayer Book (free ebook)

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Thank you, readers, for encouraging me by “liking” my blogged prayers. All of the prayers have been edited and compiled into one free ebook which can be read online or downloaded by clicking right here: WINGS LIKE EAGLES. I pray they are anointed to impact our dark world in an undeniable way and draw you closer to the Lord. Glory to God! Draw Near’s other free ebooks can be found by clicking here: FREE EBOOKS. Thanks for reading and stay blessed.

Our Provider (prayer)

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(Join me in prayer about finances.)

Lord,

We pray over our finances today,

We know You are our Provider,

And we trust You for our daily bread.

No matter what we earn, owe, or own,

We know we have great value as Your children.

Guide us to earn enough, save enough, and spend shrewdly.

Inspire us to use our money to bless You and others.

Help us to pay our bills on time,

And repay money we have borrowed.

Help us never to covet someone else’s salary, property, or status;

Our reputations are in Your hands.

Help us to overcome the temptation to borrow

For the sake of frivolous indulgences and extravagant living.

Deliver us from sins that consume the resources

You have lavished on us with great affection.

Help us always to be generous with the church

So the Lord’s people will be adequately

Equipped to further the message of salvation

And minister to our brothers and sisters in Christ.

We remember the poor in our prayers today,

And ask that You would comfort them.

Open the door of opportunity for us

To bless the poor in ways that honor You;

For when we do, we lend to You,

Our Almighty Lord and Master.

In Christ’s Name, Amen.

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Wholesome Endeavors

1 JOhn 4 7(Join me in prayer about modern and future scientific advancements.)

Lord,

Thank You for the Christian contribution to scientific advancement

Especially those made in medicine, healthcare, and technology.

We pray You would continue to inspire new innovations

To improve life and alleviate human suffering through Your servants.

We pray mankind would take a stand against

The unethical and illegal use of scientific advancements,

Especially those related to pharmaceuticals, food production, and medical procedures.

We pray mankind would turn away from

Sinful and illegal behavior made convenient by technology

Including communicating for the purpose of hacking, terrorist activity, and human trafficking.

We pray Your people would fear You enough

To avoid involvement in unethical or questionable research

But would continue to pursue endeavors that promote

Wellbeing for all including the sick and impoverished

For we know whatever we do for the least of these

Has been done for You, our Beloved Lord.

In Christ’s Name, Amen.

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Enlightened Parents (prayer)

James 1 5

(This is a prayer for parents to pray for themselves and other parents in their child’s life.)

Lord,

I pray for myself, the other parent, and any stepparents involved in our child’s life

That we would guide them to a lifestyle that glorifies Christ.

Fill our mouths with gentle words when we should speak kindly,

And help us to stand firm when we should be assertive.

Inspire us to be a good example to our children,

And motivate us to keep our word to them

So they will trust in Your Words

As they read them and consider them.

Remind us to teach spiritual concepts

As we teach life skills.

Prevent us from holding them back

When we need to let go.

Give us spiritual insight and wisdom

To understand their problems

So we can communicate enlightened counsel.

Allow us never to forget that

Our children need parents

Long after they have left the house.

Teach us the way to be loving parents

In every stage of their lives.

Help us to let go of selfish sins

So our children do not adopt our sinful ways.

Allow us to leave a legacy to the next generation—

Let it be our upstanding, godly children

With a passion to serve You, Lord.

In Christ’s Name, Amen.

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Treasure Love (prayer)

1 Tim 1 5

(If you are married or want to be married one day, please join me in prayer for your spouse.)

Lord,

Help us to always treasure our spouses (or future spouses),

And think of them fondly

With gratitude for the person

You created them to be.

Open our hearts to marvel at

The ways they reflect Your glory.

Help us, oh God, to stand by our vows

And to be the spouse You want us to be.

Renew our love every day,

And give us Your eyes to see

The beauty within one another.

Give them health to live out the plan

You have for their lives.

Help us to order our priorities

According to Your Word.

Inspire us to turn from sin

And to be good parents or mentors.

May we live in faithfulness

To each other and to You

And love one another

Unselfishly and sacrificially

As You love us.

In Christ’s Name, Amen.

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