Prayers for Syria

Abba Father,

Chemical attacks – images of children, women and men gasping for air in Syria. It’s been haunting me since I saw the video. Lord I pray you will be with those who have been exposed to the chemicals. Lord I pray you will continue to give strength to the relief and medical workers trying to provide care. Lord I pray you will increase the capacity of their lungs. Lord I pray you will give them wisdom on how they can save people.  Lord I pray you will be with all the workers and citizens who are moving the dead bodies. Lord I pray for survivors who are grieving the loss of more family and friends. Lord I pray you will give them peaceful sleep free of nightmares.

Lord it’s been wave after wave of attacks in Syria. Lord they are living in fear and violence. Lord they have no hope. Lord I pray you will be their comforter. Lord I pray for those who are resettled in different lands that you will be with them as well. Lord it was hard for me to watch, so I can’t imagine how hard it would be for someone to watch their homeland and citizens being destroyed. Lord be their source of hope. Lord please speak directly to their heart. Surround them in your love.

Lord I ask all of this in the name of Jesus – AMEN

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A New Home

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for my new home. Lord thank you for closing one door to one basement apartment I thought was my future home, only to bless me with a place double the size for the same price. GO JESUS GO! Searching for an apartment can be draining but I’m so happy with your gift to me. Lord thank you that I will be closer to my job. Thank you Father for the shorter commute. Lord thank you for all of my helpers this weekend. It was a lot of work climbing up and down the stairs but it was so worth it. My muscles are hurting, my feet would like not to take another step but my heart is filled with joy for a new beginning. THANK YOU ABBA!

Lord I pray you will bless my landlord and her family. Lord I pray you will bless all the prayer warriors who were circling my desire to relocate to a new home closer to work. Lord I pray you will bless all the folks that helped me move my stuff out of storage and my apartment. Lord thank you for making the rain stop when it came time to move all my items in my new space. Thank you for shifting the clouds so we could stay dry. It has been a long weekend but I truly feel blessed as I lay my head on the pillow at tonight.  I’m looking forward to my short commute to work tomorrow.

I lift up my prayer of thanks in the name of Jesus – AMEN

Job Hunters

Heavenly Father,

JOB HUNT – Lord a few friends and I are looking for new jobs. We are searching for jobs that match up with our passions and keeps us excited to go to work each day. Lord in the DC area, jobs are extremely competitive which makes it seem like mission impossible to get your ideal job. Lord then we settle for something that is not our dream job but something that pays the bills. Lord I pray you will guide and direct us to the right job. Lord I pray we will only apply for jobs that we see ourselves actually doing. Lord I pray we will not allow fear to write our story. Lord I pray we will remember that you are our providers and you will make a way. Lord I pray we will keeps our eyes on you and not our circumstances.

Lord my friends and I have talents and gifts  in a variety of fields. Lord I pray you direct each of us to jobs that will grow us professionally. Lord I pray we will enter into the process with open hands. Lord I pray we will walk into interviews with boldness and confidence. Lord I pray we will not believe the lies that say we are unworthy and not capable of doing the job. Lord I pray we will see our value and will speak of our skills with assurance that we can do the job. Lord I pray the rejection letters we may receive, Lord I pray we will not take it personal but will keep moving forward with the job search. Continue to guide our steps. I ask all of this in the name of Jesus – AMEN

 

Prayers for Temple De Hirsch Sinai

 

Adonai,

I recently heard of the hate crime of vandalism to Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle, WA. The graffiti says “Holocaust is Fake History”. Adonai I pray for the Jewish community in Seattle, Washington right now. Adonai I pray you will guide Rabbi Daniel Weiner on how to encourage his synagogue after experiencing such hate. Adonai I pray for a hedge of protection over him and his family. Holy Spirit I pray you will hover over the synagogue and restore your peace in the hearts of the community. Adonai I pray the synagogue will inhabit your praise and lament prayers. Adonai I pray they will remember that you will never leave them or forsake them.  Adonai give them the strength to forgive and walk into their healing. Adonai – may their hearts be filled with love, joy, peace, hope and not fear.

Adonai we pray for the people who decided to write those hurtful words on the building. Adonai you’ve called us to love our enemies.  Adonai I pray you will pursue their hearts. Adonai where there is hate I boldly ask that you soften hearts and make it flesh. It says in Ezekiel 36:26 -” I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” Adonai I pray the bomb threats will stop and that the police will be able to track down the accusers. AdonaiI pray for the Jewish community and pray there will be a increase of love not hate. Adonai we lift up all these petitions to you. AMEN

Seek Wisdom

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Heavenly Father,

It says in Proverbs 15:2 (MSG) “Knowledge flows like spring water form the wise; fools are leaky faucets, dripping nonsense.”  Lord I seek your wisdom and guidance on how to thrive in a society where a government says my black life doesn’t matter and my voice as a woman should be silent. Lord I pray you will send me a few older and wiser spiritual woman mentors. Lord I need someone who has survived a hateful period in history and were still able to hold onto their joy. Lord it feels like the leaky faucets are making a louder noise than the voice of the wise.  Lord guide us through this time of uncertainty.

Lord I have not a clue how to fight back or speak life into this type of oppression of so many marginalized groups. Lord I don’t know how to pray about the increase of hate crimes in our nation. Lord white men who hate people for their skin color and religion are feeling justified in their killing or attacking minorities. Lord their actions are sending out a spirit of fear which is not of you at all. Lord it says in your word that love is the answer yet how do we build trust with our neighbors when they are fearing for their life. Lord how do we both walk in courage and hope? Lord I have not a clue how to do this so I seeking your wisdom in Jesus name – AMEN

Be a Life Vest

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Abba Father,

Lord please bless all the encouragers today. Lord I pray you bless the person who loves to send notes. Lord I pray you bless the person who likes to give creative gifts to brighten someones day. Lord I pray for the person who sends a prayer to remind a person that they are never alone and that you are always with them. Lord I pray for the person who sees a sad friend or co-worker and ask if she can give them a hug or pray for them. Lord I pray for the person who prays blessings over someone who keeps coming to their mind. Lord all these folks are on an adventure with the Holy Spirit to spread your love. Lord may you continue to bless those doing kingdom work.

Lord please give your encouragers strength to continue to make a difference in a hurting word. Lord show them how their words of encouragement often feels like a life vest covering our hearts and lifting us up out of a funk. Lord send them confirmation that their words matter to the people who receive them. Lord rather it’s a thank you note, text message or phone call can you send encouragement to them so they keep showering their family, friends, neighborhoods, our nation and our world with love. Lord I thank you for the warriors who seek to speak life over people.  Lord continue to bless them.  I ask all of this in Jesus name – AMEN

Can We Talk?

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Heavenly Father,

Lord I love my friends especially the ones who are brave enough to have those hard conversations with me. Lord I recognized I’m a strong willed daughter who has to feel like she has a choice in the matter. Lord I recognize that out of spite I sometimes will do the opposite of what I should do to prove a point. Lord I realize my pride can sometimes come before wisdom. So Lord when my friends started to approach me about my recent life decision I was flattered by the gentleness they used to help me out of my comfort zone.  Lord it was like when you break up with the wrong guy and your girlfriends finally take a deep breath and say I knew he wasn’t the one for you.  LOL.  Lord thank you for their boldness and willingness to speak the truth over me.

Lord thank you for sending me friends who want to see me grow and not stay in my comfort zone. Thank you Lord for the friends who have been sending verses and Ted-Talks, and words of encouragement. Each message felt like a love letter from you. All the messages had the same theme, I’ve created you for more than what you are currently doing. I love that you love me that much God that you send me messages from unexpected routes. Lord please bless each person who prayed over my circumstance and gave words of wisdom. Lord continue to use them in mighty ways for they are truly in sync with the Holy Spirit. Lord I pray you will continue to move mountains in their lives. Lord send them special love letters that remind them how much you love them. Lord I am truly blessed beyond measure and thank you for the amazing prayer warriors in my life. I ask all of this in Jesus name – AMEN