A Prayer for One with Covid or Who is Ill…(by me)

A prayer for one with Covid or who is ill…

Cause them to breathe deep and easily,
We pray coughing and headaches would cease,
That recovery would occur speedily,
And they’d be cool, cozy, and at peace.

Bestow energy and keep them coherent,
Let them feel relaxed and have rest in their soul,
Knowing they’re being overseen by Your Holy Spirit,
Trusting You have all things under control.

Let no one pass before their ordained time,
And until then live a joyful existence,
Because Your Son’s blood paid for our kind,
Our souls cling to You with no resistance.

(I pray in agreement for your ill family and friends.)

Drunkenness (blog by me)

Christians who enjoy drinking alcohol are quick to say Jesus drank wine. It is true that drinking wine is not a sin, but becoming drunk with alcohol is a sin (see Ephesians 5:18). All Christians should avoid drunkenness, but people with a family history or personal history of alcohol abuse should avoid drinking alcohol altogether. Alcohol can become a serious problem.

When people get drunk, they care less about behaviors that they would normally control. Studies have now shown that not only does alcohol make you practice less self-control while you are drunk, but alcohol abuse actually damages the part of the brain that is responsible for self-control so you become less self-controlled even when you are sober and are less likely to say no to alcohol when you are tempted again. Some people even theorize this drunken state opens up a person’s soul and brain to the influence of evil spirits.

Do you have problem of with alcohol abuse? There is still hope! We know the Great Physician, who is Jesus Christ Himself. He can heal your body of any damage caused by alcohol, deliver you from this spiritual trap, and give you a new life free from alcohol. Are you ready to be set free? Let’s pray! Lord, I confess I have become drunk and that is a sin. Forgive me for my drunkenness. I commit my life to You and promise not to drink alcohol again as long as I shall live if You deliver me from this spiritual trap I am in. You are a good God who cares about me and has great plans for my life. I trust You for my healing and deliverance. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

When I was a non-Christian, I used to drink alcohol every weekend. My goal was always to become drunk. To me, it was fun although waking up hungover was excruciating. Most of the time, I drank with my friends. Sometimes I drove drunk, said stupid things, or vomited in front of people, all of which was completely embarrassing. After I became a Christian, I vowed not to drink again because I knew my relationship with alcohol was not healthy. Consistent with my family history and personal history of alcohol abuse, I could not limit myself to just one drink. I fell back into this sin after a couple of years of abstinence from it. However, it was different. I almost couldn’t even become drunk no matter how much I drank. Most notable, it wasn’t fun anymore at all. So I recommitted myself to the Lord with my vow and am now completely (and happily) free from alcohol. God is good.

Sexual Sin (blog by me)

Sexual sin is a spiritual trap that includes a wide variety of activities from viewing pornography to premarital sex and various forms of sexual perversion. God has made it clear in the Bible that sex is for one man who is married to one woman. Any sexual activity outside of that constitutes sin. Sex can create spiritual bonds that are difficult to break.

Just like the other spiritual traps, persons are first tempted, then try it, and soon are caught in it. In order to be delivered from it, one must first admit they want help. Some people are proud of their sexual sins and delight in them. This is not the type of person that will find release. One must acknowledge that it is a sin, decide they want to be freed from it, and ask God for deliverance. Then our merciful God will reach down and set the person free.

Are you caught in the spiritual trap of sexual sin? Start the process of getting free with this prayer: Lord, I admit I guilty of sexual sin. Forgive me and deliver me from it. Help me to live a pure life according to Your plan for marriage and sex. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

Sorcery (blog by me)

Sorcery sounds like something from the movies, but it is widely practiced in modern times. It is called by other names like witchcraft and magic. However, it is all the same thing – manipulating the supernatural realm to accomplish one’s own means. It does not matter if you are doing it to gain things selfishly or if you are trying to do something nice for another human being. The same result is accomplished. You have exerted your will over God’s will.

If we consult God’s will by prayer and receive what is granted, we know that true good has been accomplished. Trying to do good outside of God’s will results in disaster because we are not all-knowing. Throw away the crystals and whatever other things you use in ritual and take up prayer and God’s Word (see Deuteronomy 18:9-15) to do good the right way. Ready? Let’s pray about it.

Lord, I confess I have been trying to accomplish my own will by supernatural means. Forgive me and help me to live a new life by faith in Jesus Christ. Help me to depend on You for all I need. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

Necromancy (blog by me)

Necromancy can be defined as communicating with the dead. It is forbidden in the Bible (see Leviticus 19:31 and Deuteronomy 18:9-12). In modern times, we might call a professional necromancer a medium. However, there are lots of people who attempt to contact the dead for good and evil reasons. The Bible does not excuse the practice based on intent. It simply and clearly forbids the practice. Even if the psychic or medium refers to God or has a picture of Jesus on the wall or calls himself or herself a Christian, please heed the warning to stay far from every medium.

Aside from the practice being forbidden, there is no guarantee that the medium will be able to contact the spirit of your loved one. In fact, it is far more likely that the spirit contact will likely be an evil spirit pretending to be your loved one. Evil spirits can have personal knowledge about your family simply by having existed in your family for generations through generational sin patterns.

If you have been trying to communicate with the dead by yourself or through a medium, it is important to confess and repent right now. Please join me in prayer: Lord, Forgive me for communicating with the dead. I break all contact with the dead and evil spirits right now in the Name of Jesus Christ. Deliver me from all evil for You are an awesome and Holy God. In Christ’s Name, Amen. I’m sure you miss your loved one, but God is still your best choice for both companionship and guidance in this life since He is alive for eternity, loving beyond all others, all-knowing and all-powerful. God bless!

Divination (blog by me)

Divination can be defined as trying to learn the future by using supernatural means. It may sound like an ancient practice that is no longer used, but the truth is that it is still commonly used by people every day. Anytime a person calls a psychic, visits a fortuneteller, gets their palm read, reads a horoscope, consults angel cards or tarot cards, uses numerology or tries to learn the future by using any supernatural means, they are guilty of divination.

Deuteronomy 18:9-15 tells us these practices are detestable to the Lord. In fact, the Lord says the nations that were driven out for their wickedness practiced divination. Whether you use divination for good or evil makes no difference. The supernatural means to receive future information is not given by God. There is no energy in the universe whereby people may gain wisdom. There is only God and His angels versus Satan and his demons.

Christians make their appeals directly to God by prayer. He is the One who dispatches His angels. We have no business calling on them just as the US President has no right to call on British troops. They only respond to their own leader’s commands. When humans try to foretell the future by summoning God’s angels or energy, they are actually summoning Satan’s demons who are willing to do their bidding for a price. You will never know that price until you have paid it, and the practice of divination will be driving you further from the God who loves you so let’s turn and repent with the below prayer.

Lord, I confess I have practiced divination. Forgive me for this sin. I break off any communication with any entities besides You, Lord. I will remain faithful to You in my heart, soul, and mind. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

Rebellion (blog by me)

It is easy to spot rebellion in a toddler. As soon as you ask them to do something, they respond with No! While it is healthy for a toddler to go through this stage, it is a process of maturation to grow out of this stage. Older children and adults should be able to recognize that rules and laws were put into place to protect us. However, there is something inside that just nags at some of us and wants to do things the way we think is right.

Older children and adults with a problem of rebellion may get in trouble at school, get fired from work, have difficulty in relationships, receive lots of tickets or even end up in jail. There is a time to plead for justice, such as when the rules are laws are in contrast to God’s Word. However, Christians should learn to obey authority in most circumstances because it will discipline us to obey God.

We need to take our obedience to God very seriously because 1 Samuel 15:23 tells us rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft or divination. When we rebel as a matter of habit, we are falling deeper into sin. Sin takes us farther from God. In order to stop the cycle of rebellion, we must confess and ask God’s help. Let’s pray together. “Heavenly Father, I am guilty of rebellion. Forgive me for it. Give me an obedient heart so I can serve You as You deserve. You love me and care about me and feel grieved when I turn from You, and I only want You to be pleased with me. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

Spiritual Traps (blog by me)

Since creation, men and women have been tempted to do wrong against God and others. James 1:13 tells us God does not tempt us to do evil, but we know the Enemy of our souls does tempt us. The first time we sin, we feel conviction. The second time, it is a little less. After the sin has become a habit, we no longer even think it is wrong.

Nearly everyone of us can identify with some spiritual trap. One is pursuing money as a main goal in life. Another is rebellion against authority and God. Yet another is sex outside of marriage or other forms of sexual perversion. Drunkenness and/or drug use is yet another spiritual trap. Dabbling in the occult, witchcraft (regardless of intent), and New Age practices are some others. Trusting in other religions is one more, and this is not an exhaustive list.

All of these spiritual traps lead us away from God. They are types of unfaithfulness. God has the power to deliver people from these traps if they call on Him. If you are stuck in one of these sins, confess your sin to God and call on the Name of Jesus Christ for deliverance. God is waiting for you to call on Him. Do it today!

What God Thinks of You (blog by me)

When you are faced with troubles, it can be tempting to think of God as an angry entity who despises you and cannot wait to punish you. However, Scripture tells us otherwise.

Have you ever watched a groom staring with intense love into the eyes of his bride? Isaiah 62:5 tells us that is how the Lord looks at us, and that He rejoices over us. God is overjoyed to know you, and He does know you. He knows everything (good or bad) we have ever done and all of our thoughts and motivations. You are known and loved by the God of the universe.

Think of a loving parent caring for his child. Hosea 11:4 tells us the Lord is like one who bends down to lift up a child. He leads you around with cords of human kindness. He is directing you down the path of His perfect will. All you must do is follow.

God’s wrath has been completely and totally turned away since Christ paid for our sins. The Son of God successfully reconciled our relationship with His Father. There is nothing holding God back from showing His true nature to you, and that true nature is love. He has great plans for the rest of your life and even better plans for your eternity with Him. It is safe for you to trust Him with absolutely everything. That includes the rest of your life and even your very soul.

Oil of Joy (blog by me)

Isaiah 61:3 promises “…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes…” It is merely an act of our will to claim this gift daily. We tend to put on ashes every time our circumstances become unfavorable—when we are dashed on the rocks of rejection or come face-to-face with trouble or tumble down a hill of disappointment. Yet we forget to put on the crown of beauty every morning and embrace our identity as children of the living God. Even if we have to go through the motions of physically putting on an invisible crown to receive that identity, we should because we embrace our new nature when we do it.  

And continuing with Isaiah 61:3, “the oil of joy instead of mourning…” In the same way, we can choose to put on daily the oil of joy. Bathe in it! Shower in it! The stores of heaven are full of joy, vats of it, and it has been given to you. Receive it. Joy has a sweet aroma of life that will attract others who operate in a spirit of depression.  

Similarly, let us put on what is in the next verse… “a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” We can cry with those who cry, but then we can lay that down at the cross with all of our earthly problems and put on that garment of praise in the midst of those challenges. Let us lift His Holy Name in praise when we are troubled. 

And finally, let’s turn once more to the promise in Isaiah 61:3, “They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” When I was unsaved, even my good intentions had bad outcomes, my decisions were poor when I was able to make a decision at all, and my free time was used up entertaining myself. That was my rotten fruit. With the Holy Spirit in me now, even my accidents have good outcomes, my decisions are based on the omniscient Lord’s guidance, and my free time is dedicated to being obedient to the One who loves others. That is my good fruit. The Lord has planted us to bear good fruit and not for our sakes or even for others, but for His own glory—for the display of splendor of Him who loved us first.   

Christians who are already wearing the armor of God can also put on the crown of beauty, oil of joy, and garment of praise. Then we have don’t rock on the waves of circumstance but stand firm on our identity and reflect the attitude that comes with being a child of God.