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~ MODEL PRAYERS ~

"Lord, teach us how to pray..."

        Jesus did so many wondrous things while on earth. While speaking in parables and basic principles to the masses, He provided detailed teachings ("expounded all things", Mark 4:34) to His inner circle of disciples. However, interestingly, there is no record of any of them asking Jesus to teach them how to walk on water or pull coins out of a fish's mouth. The only request on record is that of being taught how to pray. This underscores the mission and purpose of our prayer warrior ministry. Prayer is so essential and fundamental to our spiritual practice.

        I begin by posting the model that Christ presented, with my short elaborations in brackets. The other prayers that follow came through me during quiet times.
 


Our [our!] Father Who is in the heavens,
May Your Name be kept holy, [holy in us and through us].
May Your Kingom come [in us, through us, about us],
May Your Will be done on earth [in our lives],
as it is always done in the heavens.
Give us each day our daily bread, [You are our bread of life].
Forgive our sins, as we forgive those sins against us.
Keep us safe from temptations [to sin, to be distracted from You],
and deliver us from evil [in all its forms and avenues].
Amen. (Matthew 6)


        When Christ was asked how to pray, He provided the perfect model of what has become known as the "Our Father" prayer. Certainly, He meant for us to embellish on the structure and elements of this prayer with our own content. Below are other "model" prayers to ponder and use as you are led.

        First, let me present the theme scripture of our Prayer Warrior Ministry in prayer form:

        Lord, God Almighty and All-loving, let your strength make me strong. Let me put on all of your armor which You have provided, so I can defend myself against the assault and trickery of evil. You warn us through the scriptures that we are not fighting against humans, but against the forces, authorities and rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world. Let me never stop praying, especially for others. Let me always pray by the your power. Let me stay alert and keep praying for your people. In the Name of Christ, Amen. (Adapted from Ephesians 6:10-18
 


My Gratitude and Praises, Lord!

You declare through your prophets, Your wondrous creation, and in my heart,
"I am the Lord, your God."
The Lord of all is my God. What a gift You offer me!
A blessing is a prayer of gratitude for Your perfect will, goodness and love.
Let me always offer a blessing at the grand table of Your gifts:
A new day, renewed strength of Your Spirit in my weakness, of a drink of
water for my body, a splash of sunlight for my eyes, Your Presence in all.

The greatest gift of all is Your incomprehensible love.
Your Son the Christ declared, "Behold, I make all things new!…Come, you
who are blessed by My Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the
foundation of the world!" A New Covenant between You and me!
I find it so overwhelming that You, my Creator, would ask me, to be Your temple,
Your new dwelling place. That Your ask, You offer, but You don't force.
You have such love and respect for us, Your children! Beyond my understanding.

You, the All Mighty, offer to dwell in me. I am overcome with awe, humility
and joy that the Holy of Holies is open to me! Incomprehensible.
Your scriptures declare "We are certain that God will hear our prayers when
we ask for what pleases Him…We are sure that our prayers have already been
answered…We know that Jesus Christ the Son of God has come and has shown
us the true God. And because of Jesus, we now belong to the true God Who
gives eternal life." (1 John 4 & 5.)

I pray in humility, gratitude and holy fear. Humility in my need to be vigilant
in surrendering to the dictates of Your Kingdom; Gratitude for the inexplicable
ways You love, trust and guide me. Holy fear that Your Name be made holy and
honored in my words and deeds, that I always speak and act in Your Name, not mine.

My Father and Creator, I ask of You nothing now. I only pray my gratitude for
Your filling me with Your love and gifts. I bask in Your love and my gratitude.
My thanks exceeds the expression of these words, so I rest in You now,
offering my heart and spirit to You, for that's all I have and all You want.

In the Name of my High Priest, Jesus the Christ, and through the intercession
of Your Holy Spirit, Who gratefully brings these prayers to You with the "groanings
that cannot be uttered," with the words that have no sound, I pray. Amen.
 

A PRAYER FOR REDEMPTION

Jesus, I hear You calling me. I feel You loving me. I know about Your ultimate sacrifice for me.
I come to You just as I am and with all that I am. My sins violated the Father
and I am so sorry. I repent of them and ask Your forgiveness.
I love You because You are Love Itself and You loved me first.

I surrender my entire self and respond gratefully to Your invitation to live in You and have
You live in me, now and forever. I pledge to You and announce to all that You are
my Savior, Redeemer, Friend, Master and High Priest.
Cover me with Your redemptive blood and fill me with Your Holy Spirit.
Heal and transform me from being darkness to being light, the light of the world.

I am willing to let Your Spirit take over every part of me and pray for Your grace to help me
let go of self-indulgence, self-promotion, self-interest and rather make You the center of my life
and complete obedience to You, as Your servant, my passion.
I know Your friends are to be my friends, and Your enemies are to be my own.
Your ways will be mine. I know You will discipline me for my own spirit's sake.
I accept all this while I embrace You and am nurtured by Your infinite love and mercy
and sustained by my complete faith and trust in You, in the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Come Lord Jesus, live in me as I live in You. I love You.
I will follow You every day of my life, a life without end.
Thank you for loving me into Your kingdom! Amen.
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A PRAYER: BREAKING THE STRONGHOLDS
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(1. Affirmation of our Redemption through Christ Jesus)
Lord Jesus, I come to You, just as I am.
Please forgive my sins as I am sorrowful and repentent.
In Your Name and grace, I forgive all others of their sins against me.
I have invited You to be Master of my life, to live in me, and I in You.
Thank You for responding with the Gift of the Holy Spirit Who procedes
from You and the Father. I empty myself daily so Your Spirit can possess
me all the more, transforming me, healing me, and strengthening me
in body, soul and spirit. I love You, Lord Jesus! I praise You!
As sheep follow their sheperd, I will follow You every day of my life.
I am gratefully Your servant.
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(2. Preparing to enter the Holy of Holies)
Our Father, through our High Priest, Your Son the Christ,
and through the intercession of Your most Holy Spirit,
I know You hear our prayers and I am so grateful!
You told us, Your children, that whenever we are in need,
we should come bravely before Your throne of mercy.
There we will be treated with undeserved kindness and
we will find help. (Heb. 4:16.)
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(3. In the Holy of Holies)
Father, I am here, bravely, humbly and gratefully before
Your throne, in Your Holy of Holies, open to me by the
incomprehensible love of our Lord the Christ.
Christ gives me courage and confidence so I can be before You in faith.
(Eph. 3:12.)
Because of Christ, all of us from all over this earth can come to You
by the same Spirit. (Eph 2:18.) Thank you, my Lord and my God!
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(4. Preparing to address the strongholds)
My prayers in this sacred moment in Your Presence
focus on breaking the strongholds of evil in all their forms,
expressions and ways. I begin with myself, confessing
my sins to You, my Lord and God, and asking Your
forgiveness and renewal of my soul and spirit, which
You are so eager and ready to provide to those who ask.
In Your mercy, forgiveness and love, I know I am cleansed and
thus free of any handles that the powers of evil could
otherwise grab to pull me away from You and Your will.
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(5. Addressing the strongholds)
By virtue of the ambassadorial power given me by You,
that whatever we would bind on earth would be bound in
heaven, and by the power of the Holy Spirit in me, I pray You rebuke
and render powerless over me Satan and his diabolical emissaries.
Our Lord, You taught us that Satan has always been a
murderer and a liar. There is nothing truthful about him.
He speaks on his own and everything he says is a lie. Not only
is he a liar himself, but he is the father of all lies. (John 8:44.)
I know about his ways and I call upon the Holy Spirit and
the wisdom of discernment of spirits to recognize his lies
regarding the endeavors I pursue in Jesus' Name, regarding
the prayers I offer for healing, reconciliation, restoration of our souls
and deliverance and protection from evil.

The scriptures tell us, "God's own Son protects them
(His children) and the devil cannot harm them." (1 John 5:18.)
I choose to live on the Bread of Life and drink the Living Water.
Holy Spirit, expose the lies, disguises, deceptions, sneakiness,
ugliness and violence of the evil ones.
I pray for the binding up and casting out of the powers of darkness
from all aspects of my life, relationships, ministries. I pray for
the powerlessness of evil over the Body of Christ
and the fulfillment of our merciful and loving God's will for us.
I know You, Holy Spirit in me, is pleased to receive these prayers
and do this work of binding and casting evil away from us,
for I call upon You in the Name of our Lord, the Christ.
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(6. Prayers of Affirmation)
I pray the Scriptures: "Lord, I am humble in the presence
of Your mighty power, and You will honor me when the time comes.
You care for me so I turn all my worries over to You.
I am on guard and I stay awake. Our enemy, the devil,
is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack.
But I resist the devil and stay strong in my faith.
I know all over the world Your followers are suffering just as I am.
But You show undeserved kindness to everyone.
That's why You had Jesus Christ choose us to share in Your eternal glory.
We will suffer for a while, but You will make us complete, steady, strong and firm.
You will be in control forever! Amen." (1 Peter 5:6-11.)
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(7. Prayers for guidance, protection and of praise)
Our Father, increase Your grace and protection upon
all those committed in Your service. Endow all of us with
the power and strength of Your blessing as we work as Your servants.
May all who see us see You in us and glorify You.
Guide us and help us guide others in the way of salvation and
spiritual maturity as we sing praises to You and
to Your boundless mercy and love with one voice.
In the Name of Jesus the Christ and through the power
and intercession of the Holy Spirit, I pray. Amen. So be it.
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        Please note: This prayer is meant to be offered slowly, personally and contemplatively, pausing frequently to listen to that "still, small voice" of God. The structure is important: The first 3 sections are a preparation and entry into God's Presence, the Holy of Holies. Please pause as long as you need to feel that Presence. The 4th section is important preparation to pray against the armies of darkness. Please pause after those for as long as you need to feel empowered by the Holy Spirit. If you don't feel confident of this empowerment, it's best to not continue, or begin again, proceeding slowly. The 5th section is focused on prayers to break the evil strongholds. Many words are general (i.e. ministries, work, relationships, sin, etc.) and you should interject your own specifics here. The 6th section are prayers of affirmation adapted from scripture. The 7th and final section is a petition of grace, blessing and praise, an important way to end and remain in quiet contemplation of God's love, power and protectiveness.
Please contact me at Reflections@prayergear.com with any questions or comments about the use of this prayer.

        Finally, regarding the timing and forms of how our prayers are answered, let me end with this declaration from God: "My thoughts and My ways are not like yours. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, My thoughts and My ways are higher than yours. Rain and snow fall from the sky. But they don't return without watering the earth that produces seeds to plant and grain to eat. That's how it is with My words. They don't return to Me without doing everything I send them to do." (Isaiah 55:8-10.)
 


Prayer of Power and Humility

The Lord, my God, Your scriptures declare
"If anyone lives in Christ…all things become new." (2 Cor. 5:17)
This renewal makes us "ambassadors for Christ." (2 Cor. 5:20)
You, our God, use one of our most powerful titles in our world.
All the resources, powers of speech and powers of decisions of the nation are invested in the ambassador.
What unfathomable responsibility You have invested in us!
How is it possible that You trust us to be the ambassadors of Your Kingdom?
Your Kingdom is all-powerful, all-pervasive.
From inside the atom to beyond the infinite expanse of the heavens,
Your Kingdom reigns and manifests its glory and wonders.
If, as You say, we are the ambassadors for Christ, for the Word,
through Whom all things came and still come,
then does not Your Kingdom speak when we do?
Does not Your Kingdom act when we act?
When the ambassador speaks and acts in the name of his nation,
and not that of his own, all the power of the nation lives in him.
Upon hearing Your proclamation of our ambassadorship,
of the infinite power and resources of Your Kingdom invested in me,
my heart wants to pray in humility and gratitude and holy fear.
Humility I need to ever be vigilant in surrendering to the dictates of the Kingdom,
that I may always speak and act in Your Name and not mine.
Gratitude for the inexplicable ways You love me, and trust and guide me.
Holy fear that, as Jesus taught, Your Name be made holy and honored in my words and deeds.
Holy fear lest any circumstance, event, thought, action,
would bring dishonor to Your Name and grieve Your Spirit.
Thus, the Lord, my God, guide me and possess me that when
I pray, speak, write, decide, act, and even sip water, I always give acknowledgment,
lest I steal power and creation from the Creator, and always in Your Name,
for such is the sacred covenant between the ambassador and his Kingdom and loving King.
Amen. So be it.
 

Prayer for Indwelling and Deliverance

Holy and All-Loving Heavenly Father, let me not dishonor
Your Most Precious Gift of Your Word's infusion into all of humanity,
through the passion, agony and unfathomable depths of the Love
of Your Very Being in the Presence of Your Son, the Christ.

To resist Your All-Loving, inexplicable desire to indwell fully in me,
through Your Most Holy and Omnipotent Spirit,
to not fully incorporate Your Most Compassionate Son's instructions
to deny myself, to be crucified with Him, in my heart,
so Your Most Holy Spirit can live within the deepest core of my soul,
is to dishonor Your Most Compassionate Gift.
It is to waste the most Life-Giving food of Your Very Body and Blood,
and the sanctification of Your Living Water.
It is to grieve Your All-Loving Ever-Present Spirit,
and to continue the Sorrowful Passion of our Lord, Jesus.

Heavenly Father, in my adoration of Your Infinite Mercy and Love,
in my awe of Your Creative Beauty and Power,
let me be clothed by the Most Sacred Blood of Your Son.
Let me consume His Body and be transformed and sanctified
by the garment of His Blood, so as I walk through this world,
as I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
as I am stalked by the armies of the night,
the tracks I leave will not be my own.

Most Holy Father, let all who pursue me, for whatever reasons,
see only the tracks of Your Son's Most Sacred Blood.
And at the end of the trail, may they not find me, but You.
May they not see me, but You in me. And thus may they also
willingly surrender and receive Your Most Precious Gift.
So healing and reconciliation with each other and You will reign,
and with one voice we will honor Your Holy Name,
and bow in Your Presence in overwhelming awe, adoration and joy.
 

Prayer of Gratitude

Heavenly and Eternal, Infinite Father of All-Power
and All-Love, my Creator, today I ask of you nothing.
Today, I bask in Your incomprehensible love.
Before Your Incarnation on earth in Your Son the Christ,
Your dwelling and focus of worship was deep within the
great temple of Jerusalem, in the Most Holy of Holies,
into which sinners like me were not permitted.
Your Son the Christ announced, "Behold, I make all things
new!…Come, you who are blessed by My Father.
Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the
foundation of the world!"
Indeed a New Covenant between You and me!
I find it so overwhelming, so inexplicable, that You,
Almighty Father, would humble Yourself to ask me
to be Your temple, Your new dwelling place;
that You ask, You offer, but You don't force.
You have such love and respect for Your creation!
This is beyond my understanding.
That You, Creator of all things, the All-Mighty,
would ask to dwell in me through Your Holy Spirit,
fills me with awe, humility and joy.
The Holy of Holies is open to me! Incomprehensible.
You fill me with love. How can I dare to dishonor You
by refusing Your invitation and Gift?
That is my prayer today. A humble offer of thanksgiving
that cannot be contained or expressed in words.
Amen.

Written by John S. Hilkevich, Ph.D.


 


John S. Hilkevich, Ph.D.
Spiritual Resource Services
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