At Urban Life we have started a series “Battle for My Heart”, where we are looking at the war for the rulership and worship of our hearts. One of the greatest weapons of warfare we have to help us triumph over the schemes of the enemy is PRAYER! Paul encourages us with this in Ephesians 6:18 when he speaks on the Armor of God – pray in the Spirit, pray on every occasion, stay alert & be persistent in prayer, pray with purpose… pray, pray, pray and then pray!
We have begun to have a look at Crafted Prayers in our preach team meetings (inspired by Graham Cooke’s book, “Crafted prayer). Simply put, crafted prayers are petitions that have been intentionally constructed to help us pray according to God’s Word, to pray according to His will and pray prophetically.
If we are praying God’s will we know that we can expect to see God answer our prayers. We don’t pray for an answer but pray with an answer. They are prayers that can help us grow in our faith (faith comes from hearing God’s word- Romans 10:17) and to persevere in prayer until we see something happen!
Here is a prayer that we have crafted for this series. Pray it for yourself, for your family, for the church, pray for our meetings and pray for your friends. Pray persistently and pray with purpose. Can you imagine the power of praying this together in unity?!
P.S. Remember our monthly PRAYER BLAST is coming up – 4th March from 6:30-7:30pm!
Bring the kids, leave work early, push through the traffic, do what you must to come & join your voices for an hour of powerful prayers. It will be worth it!
Jesus, we declare that you are King over all, seated at the place of honour, at the right hand of the Father in the heavenly realms. You are far above any ruler, authority or power – not only in this world but the world to come. All things are under Your authority and you are the head over everything for the church.
We thank You that Your death & resurrection has given us victory over sin and death. There is nothing that can ever separate us from Your love. Even though we face a real enemy we can stand firm against his strategies because the battle has already been won. We do not have to be discouraged or fearful because in You we have victory!
We want to live our lives in complete surrender to You – knowing that you are both our Saviour and our Lord. Our desire is for your rulership alone in our lives. You are the one true God, the only one who is worthy of our worship.
Spirit of God, come and search our hearts and bring to light the things that battle for our affections. We want to walk as children of the light, discerning what is pleasing to you.
Lord we have no strength to change ourselves. We realise our great need for You. And so, we come before You – humble yet confident – drawing near to Your throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
We ask for a great anointing upon the Word and that those who shepherd will have skilful hands and hearts of integrity. We ask that every beat of the drum and every voice lifted in praise will be a mighty weapon destroying the work of the enemy. We ask that people will encounter Your mighty presence that brings freedom and your generous kindness that turns us from our sin.
We pray that the enemy will lose ground in the battle for our hearts and that we would gain ground for your Kingdom, that you would lead us on the path to Life and deliver us from the evil one.
Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory for all eternity!