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ARE YOU EXPERIENCING ANY OF THESE? PRAY!

Father, we want to trust You for our future, our families, our health, and our attitudes. God you are a good God. Help us know the truth of who you are so we can trust You at this uncertain time.

Family is a foundational—one of the three institutions God set up, as the Bible tells us.  It is important to Him.  It is also a critical and valuable part of any society.

As our nation has endured attacks on the family through the legalization of same-sex marriages and many challenges to parental rights with our children, is this quarantine an opportunity to further shake the family?  How is COVID-19 affecting families on a practical level?  How can we as the body of Christ intercede for families and marriages at this time?

Here are a few areas we felt led to pray about as it pertains to uplifting families in prayer:

  1. IRRITATION AND TENSION
    An abundance of time together can be stressful. With diminished personal space in our homes, and working and living all together in the same home, we can be easily irritated. Irritability brings arguments, unkind words, tension, and anger.

INSTEAD, PRAY FOR GRACE IN OUR HOMES

2 Cor 12:9: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

James 4:6: But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

 

  1. FINANCES CAUSE STRESS
    Concern about the future of our jobs, savings, investments, retirement accounts, and our finances, in general, brings great stress to families. Many Americans are being furloughed, hours reduced, unable to work. This stress and the uncertainty of the future can bring a spirit of lack and poverty into our homes.

INSTEAD, PRAY GOD WOULD PROVIDE AND WE WOULD TRUST HIM.

Phil 4:19:  And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

 

  1. DEPRESSION
    Even temporary depression can creep in as we face uncertain futures. Depression can cause us to have a false grim view of reality, feel hopeless and weighted down, and even affect how we deal with others. Depression can even keep us from wanting to read our Bible and pray.

PRAY THAT A SPIRIT OF DEPRESSION AND DESPAIR WOULD BE BROKEN AND INSTEAD, A SPIRIT OF JOY WOULD TAKE ITS PLACE.

Romans 12: 12: Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Philippians 4:4:  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

 

  1. FEAR
    Fear is all around us right now.  Our news is filled with it.  We are struggling with it ourselves. Our kids are feeling it. With life interrupted on an unprecedented scale, so many people are fearful–not only of the virus itself but of the effect this is having on their lives and our nation.

INSTEAD, PRAY TO TAKE OFF THE YOKE OF FEAR and REPLACE IT WITH THE SPIRIT OF PEACE, AND CONFIDENCE IN CHRIST.
This is something we need to be very deliberate about, and actively remove the yoke of fear on a daily basis.

John 16:33:  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

1 Peter 5:7:  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Philippians 4: 6: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

How do we practically pray these prayers?  It is as simple as renouncing the spirit that is currently affecting us, and asking God for the provision His word tells us about. Like this:  “In the name of Jesus I renounce the spirit of fear in my life.  God, Your word says that I should not be anxious about anything, but that I should pray, be thankful, and present my needs to the Lord. I ask You, Lord to give me a spirit of peace in my life. You are the source of peace, Father, and I ask You for that peace that passes understanding.”

Another way to keep these harmful thought patterns and attitudes into our lives and our homes is to proclaim the word of God in our houses.  Worship music is a great way to do that!  When we soak our homes in worship and prayer, we are making an inhospitable place for the enemy to reside. Use this extra time at home to dig in deep to a bible study, extra time in the word, or listen to a teaching. IFApray has some great devotionals and teachings available to you for free on our website.  Personal connection is important at this time.  (Yes, even introverts need personal connection, lol.)  Take time to FaceTime or video chat a friend.  Pray together. Ask how others are doing. We are in this together–we need each other.

We’d love to hear from you–share how you are working to overcome the “new normal” we find ourselves in at this moment.  How has God directed you to pray at this time?  What would you say to encourage others who are struggling with these issues in their families? SHARE BELOW!

 

 

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5 Replies to “ARE YOU EXPERIENCING ANY OF THESE? PRAY!”

  1. Father,
    Thank you for this space where we can learn truth about what is happening and then focus on you together. We are able to see the challenges through the lens of scripture and who you are. We lift up the family to you. Strengthen your people through your Word and prayer.Help us to truly set apart Jesus as Lord in our hearts so that our behavior is shaped by that fact. May others who don’t know you come to see their need of you during this time. Help Christian homes to be a beacon of grace and love and represent you well as we all face this challenge.

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  2. Please pray for protection for children in homes with parents who are abusive in any form. As these kids are forced to stay at home, they have no reprieve from abuse. Also pray for women in the same situations with abusive children or adults.

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  3. Thank you all for answering the CALL that God put in your hearts to organize this “Intercessors For America” to pray for our nation, especially for our current President (Administration) to COVER him and Vice President (their families) including every heart and soul that IS working to ADVANCE God’s Kingdom here on earth.

    Thank you for covering every areas of our life. And God BLESS you all and every heart and soul that participates this movement for His will be done on earth as it is in heathen!

    And praying for the enemy’s eyes to BE open to God’s TRUTH and their hearts SOFTENED to the things of God for Jesus died for them too! And His death is NOT in vain!

    Praying that God will CONTINUE to expose the works of the darkness and its dark agents, and advocates in high places in every sector of our society in the MIGHTY Name of JESUS that is ABOVE every name!

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  4. I used to lead Lighthouses of Prayer… Pray, Care, Share many years ago in my church in New Jersey. A simple application like this for your neighbors, family, businesses etc. Whatever your sphere of influence is , pray consistently. That is the ground God has given to you with authority to pray. We can’t know what is going on inside these homes but the Spirit of God will lead you.
    It’s simple but incredibly effective. Then as we join with IFA together we have greater national and global authority.

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  5. The Lord has me reading Psalms. Although I’ve read it before, this time it’s almost like I’m dissecting it. I read it then I journal my response to it and then I journal a prayer as well as pray out loud. I’ve been gone now for 3 weeks due to the virus. His word has truly been my refuge of strength and courage. I know God’s still on His throne and even though we may not see it, or feel it, He’s still working on our behalf because he loves us and has promised to never leave us or forsake us. I’m choosing to stand on the truth and not be shaken. 1 Cor 16: 13-14 Be alert, be courageous, be strong; STAND firm in the faith and do everything in LOVE.

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