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

Crushed

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Abba Father,

Lord I am crushed in spirit by the news I received today.  I don’t know how to help or how to pray. I want to scream, cry and hide. Lord I don’t want to say those nice cliches or Christian phrases. Lord please filll my heart and with your peace. Lord give my mind a rest from the worry. Lord give me the strength to stand in the storm and not runaway. Lord I pray you will be their comforter and mines as well. Lord I pray for the wisdom and words to speak.  Lord I am speechless. Holy Spirit please intercede for us tonight. We need your hope and faith. I ask all of this in the name of Jesus – AMEN

Infertility

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Abba Father,

Her heart filled with joy as she read the word pregnant on the multiple test she took. He was already dreaming of future Sunday’s where he would teach his child  how to be a football fanatic. Yet when the pain came and she started to bleed she knew it was another miscarriage. Lord please be with her and her husband as they mourn another loss. Lord I pray you will walk with them through the grieving process as they wrestle with the question why can’t we get pregnant. Lord infertility causes such deep wounds, I ask that you send your healing presence to my friends. Lord I pray you will raise up a strong community around them to just love on them. Lord I pray you will help my friends to walk through the anger they have towards  you right now. Lord I pray you will strengthen their marriage as they walk through this tough season yet again. Restore their joy and fill their hearts with hope.

Lord I also want to lift up my other friends who battling infertility too. Lord they are losing hope. Each miscarriage or failed IVF makes me them question your will for their lives. They wonder if their dream of becoming a parent will ever come true. Lord it’s hard for them to hear of other couples getting pregnant so quickly and with what seems to be with such ease. Lord they have been trying for several years and still no child.  Lord I know adoption is a possibility but in their hearts they were dreaming of a child she could give birth to.

Lord in your word, you have blessed barren women with children and I ask that you bless them. Lord I pray you open up her womb and make it fertile Lord. I pray you will you bless them with a child. Lord I pray you perform medical miracles and realign their bodies so they can carry a child to term. Lord bless them all with a child. Lord I boldly ask that this be the year that they become pregnant and carry the child full term. Lord I pray you send them encouragement and hope. Lord I lift up my petition in the name of Jesus – AMEN

 

 

Why I March

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Heavenly Father

RAPE SURVIVOR – that is the reason why I am marching today. Even as I read those words the images from that night flood my mind in third person. I always picture it as an outer body experience. Lord I am taking a stand for all the women who are survivors like me who need stronger laws to prosecute their perpetrator. Lord I am going today to say – IT’S NOT OKAY!

Lord I pray for the women who are on their journey of healing. Lord it took years for me to heal and to let go of the shame.  Lord I pray they will not blame themselves. Lord I pray for the anger that comes and ask that you help them let it go. Send them an outpouring of your love and words of affirmation. Lord I pray for their future relationships that they will be able to be touched without flinching. Lord I pray they will discover the intimacy as it was intended to be.

Lord I pray for the women who are survivors of date rape – it was someone you trusted that raped you. I am living testimony that you are a God of restoration and healing. Lord you have taken my cold stone heart and made it flesh again. Lord I pray each survivor will one day forgive the man who violated her so she can be set free from that night of pain. Lord I pray for the girls on college campus who are told that if they didn’t wear certain clothes then mix messages wouldn’t have occurred. Lord I pray they will not subscribe to that lie and remember NO MEANS NO. Lord I pray for the woman that was drugged and didn’t have a voice at all and woke up to discover the horror of all that happen to her body.

Lord I pray we will take the time to learn the reason why people have decided to march. Lord I pray you send a hedge of protection around your daughters and sons. Lord I pray for all the prayer warriors walking that when we sense the Holy Spirit highlight folks that need prayer that we will be bold and speak life over them.

Lord I stand on the promise in Isaiah 61:3 (NIV) that you will turn our ashes into beauty.

    and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendor.

Lord I pray for an outpouring of your healing oil over all that are attending. Lord I pray they will see that YOU LOVE THEM and that you are with us. Lord I ask all of this in the name of Jesus – AMEN.

Cancer Sucks Lord

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Abba Father,

I just learned of another friend being diagnosis with cancer. This is the third time she is fighting cancer Lord and I have to be honest that WHY question keeps circling my head. She dreams of a family and being a mother yet now has to put the adoption process on hold once again. Lord as someone who yearns to be a mama my heart is breaking for her dream being deferred once again.

Lord she is trying to keep hope alive but you can see the fear in her eyes and helplessness in her voice. Lord I come before you right now and ask that you be with my friend. I pray you will send her your peace Lord. I pray for her husband, family and friends who do not know what to say. Lord I pray all of us will continue to love on her through this next journey. Lord HEAL HER and rid her of cancer once and for all.

Lord I also want to pray for a group of us who just put to rest a dear friend who lost the battle with cancer. Lord she was so young and many of her friends and family members are furious with you for bringing her home too soon. Lord I know you are sovereign and there is a reason for everything. I just want to go on record saying CANCER SUCKS LORD and I hate seeing so many of my friends battling it.

Lord please send more of your peace into the lives of those who are facing cancer. Lord I pray for more wisdom to be given to the doctors treating patients with cancer. I pray for the families who are watching their love ones battle another round of chemo or radiation treatment. I pray for an increase in remission rates and complete healing Lord. Lord may you be our comforter through this process.

We boldly ask all of this in the name of Jesus.  AMEN

Breathing for the Brokenhearted

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Heavenly Father

It says in your word that you are close to the brokenhearted. Lord as someone who has experienced such deep brokenness I ask that you will fill my friends lungs with the ability to breathe deeper. Crying often feels like I’m gasping for air and fighting to keep my head above water. I feel numb and wonder if I can endure the pain. I wonder if something beautiful can come through all of this pain.

The answer is YES yet my heart has grown weary. So Lord I come before you and stand in the gap for my friends and ask boldly for you to send the Holy Spirit to comfort my friends.

I pray you will remind them that you are collecting all of their tears

Psalm 56:8 (NLT)

You keep track of all my sorrows.[a]
    You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
    You have recorded each one in your book

I pray you will remind them that those broken pieces will turn into a beautiful mosaic ONE DAY.

Isaiah 61:3 (NLT)

To all who mourn in Israel,[a]
    he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
    festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
    that the Lord has planted for his own glory.

I pray you will surround them with songs of praise so they can take their eyes off of the situation and back on you. Even if they are mad at you and all they want to do is cuss you out. Lord I pray they will utter the words of anger to allow for healing to begin and to stop bitterness from setting in.

Heaven Father the enemy likes to whisper lies in our ears that you don’t care about our heartache. However we are standing on the promise found in Psalm 34:18 and petition for you to help us breathe again. Lord I am partial to the Message translation for it’s how we talk to each other but I also like the New Living Translation.

The Message (MSG)

18 If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there;
if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.

New Living Translation (NLT) 

18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
    he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

No matter what translation we embed in our hearts, Lord I pray for my friends will begin to take deep breaths again. Lord I pray that you will make your presence known in such a way that healing becomes the path my friend takes. Lord I pray you will send hope and joy. Lord I pray for deep breaths of you to fill their lungs Lord. I ask all of this in the name of Jesus – AMEN