The Counterfeit

Abba Father,

Lord I come before you right now and ask that you will reveal to my friends when a man is a counterfeit quickly. Another broken heart among us, Lord please restore her heart. Lord there are men who check the box Christian but do not know you. Like the folks you mention in the Matthew 7:23 when you say “Depart from me. I never knew you.” Lord I pray your daughters will see your true character reflected in the life of their suitor. Lord the counterfeit man has learn the art of saying just enough to lead a woman down a dead end path. Lord give your daughters wisdom to see his true intentions quickly and the strength to walk away if he is not your promise for them.

Lord I pray your daughters to recognize when she is pursuing a counterfeit man out of fear of being alone. Lord if a man wants to marry a woman, he will pursue her. If he just wants to play games he will allow her to pursue him. Lord I pray the dream of being married will not cloud her judgement. Lord I pray she will learn to be content in the waiting and not settle for a counterfeit. Lord I pray she will keep a heart of flesh and not of stone in the waiting. Lord I pray she will know her worth and identity in you. Lord I pray she will wait for your timing and your number one choice for her.

Lord I pray for husbands for my friends not just boyfriends. Lord bless them with a true love that will last for generations. Lord bless them with a true love and not a selfish love. I ask all of this in the name of Jesus – AMEN

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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

Step of Faith

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Heavenly Father,

Stepping out of her comfort zone – WHAT A HUGE STEP OF FAITH! Lord I just want to lift up my courageous friend who is being bold and courageous like Joshua. Lord she is standing the gap for folks, conquering her fears and seeing you move in a mighty way. Lord I pray you will continue to WOW her on this adventure. Lord I pray you will send her sweet love letters that remind her of your extravagant love her. Lord I pray the Holy Spirit will speak through her as she encounters divine appointments. Lord  I pray you will give her restorative rest at night. Lord I thank you for the privilege of praying her through this adventure. Lord continue to provide a hedge of protection all around her. Lord continue to speak clearly to her during her quiet time. Lord continue to bring praise and worship songs to her mind throughout the day. Lord keep reminding her that you will never leave her or forsake her as she goes into uncharted territory. Lord continue to move in a mighty mighty way. I ask all of this in Jesus name – AMEN.

Tender Moments

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Heavenly Father,

It was such a tender moment to see. A dear friend holding her mother who has Alzheimer’s. Her mother has always had such a peaceful face with a radiant smile. Growing up she welcomed me into their home and served me such amazing food.  Love abounds is the best way to describe their home. Her abounding love is still pouring out of her as her mind begins to lose memories.

Lord I pray for her children and grandchildren who are painfully watching her slip away. Lord I pray they will always greet her with a smile like she always gives us. Lord I pray for an increase of tender moments with her. Lord I pray you will give them the courage to keep visiting even if it means she can’t remember their name or who they are. Lord I pray you will appoint a historian who will record down her story for their children and future generations.  Lord I pray for more time with her. Lord I pray for laughter and more joy. Lord I pray you will be the comforter for the family on the hard days.  Lord I pray you will continue to send her angels in her room and fill her heart with your love. Lord I pray you will hold my friend as she watches her mother struggle to remember things. Lord continue to wipe away her tears and fill her heart with hope. Lord I pray you will bless her and her family.

Lord I pray for husband who is watching the love of his life slowly walk away from him. Lord I am sure he would move heaven and earth to bring her back to him. Lord I pray you will comfort him as well. Lord I pray you flood his mind with their love story. Lord I pray there will be increase of joy and less sadness. Lord I pray you will become his best friend and that he will talk to you on the good, the bad and the ugly days. Lord I pray your loving arms would embrace him at night as he cries himself to sleep. Lord remind him that you will never leave him or forsake him. Lord I pray the Holy Spirit will hover over his home. Overflow his heart with your love Lord.

I lift up their family Lord and ask you to move in a mighty way. Lord bless their family and continue to go before them on this journey. I ask all of this in the name of Jesus –  AMEN

YOU ARE LOVED

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Heavenly Father,

Lord I pray all of us will be reminded on this Valentine’s Day – YOU ARE LOVED.  Lord I pray you will send out a special love letter to those who are being marginalized under this new administration. Lord I pray LOVE will conquer the fear and hate running rampant in our land. Lord I pray the truth of your love will shine through the lies.

Lord I pray for the individuals impacted by the travel ban, Lord give them a welcoming message of hope and encouragement  YOU ARE LOVED.

Lord I pray for the transgender youth who are being bullied and shunned please send them a message of truth – YOU ARE LOVED.

Lord I pray for the fierce and fabulous LGBTQ community send them a message of courage and strength – YOU ARE LOVED.

Lord I pray for the woman walking out of a Planned Parenthood office being shamed by her choice Lord send her the message of truth – YOU ARE LOVED.

Lord I pray for the woman who had her hijab pulled by a xenophobic man send the message of strength and boldness – YOU ARE LOVED.

Lord I pray for the Muslims kneeling in prayer at mosque, send a message of hope not fear –  YOU ARE LOVED

Lord I pray for the Syrian refugees who are fleeing their country due to persecution and hate who are resettling in a new land Lord send a message of hope – YOU ARE LOVED.

Lord I pray for the immigrants who are being targeted and deported Lord send them a message of peace and hope- YOU ARE LOVED.

Lord those in this administration who are spouting out hateful messages and promoting division in our land I ask you silence them. Lord you’ve called us to love even our enemies. So Lord send them a message too – YOU ARE LOVED. 

Lord I pray the sound of love will drown out the gonging sound hate. I ask all of this in the name of Jesus – AMEN