PRAYER AND EDITING

It is Written new front cover #11_page-0001 (1)Sounds like a strange title for this post, no doubt. But the two words do have more  in common than you might think. If you are a regular reader here, you will know that I have written a book about prayer and am in the process of doing some final edits. If you are new here, now you know too.

It has been a little bit tedious as this current edit is to check all of my Scripture references and make sure they are correct. A good thing, too. I have found a few typos which created references which do not even exist, such as 1 Samuel 49, which should have been 19. I had also included a few which, on reading now, could not figure out why I had even chosen them. Out they went. I have another 30 pages to go to finish this edit.

Then comes the next edit. All of the concordance references. That, too, will be rather tedious as there are a lot of them, and footnotes are in smaller type so not as easy to read. But better to make sure now that they are correct than let them go through the publishing stage to find there are a bunch of mistakes. I’m sure I won’t get it perfect, but I do want it as close to perfect as I can come. It can be frustrating to read a book, check a footnote or Scripture only to find it doesn’t make any sense.

Next I will probably read the whole thing over again to check for any other type of errors. I have someone who has agreed to read and endorse the book, so I will probably send it to her before I do the that particular read-through. We can do that simultaneously. Since I have been working on this book for years—more than a decade—since before I even considered turning it into a book. Originally it was just a list of prayers I would pray on a semi-regular basis. I had no idea it would turn into a 350-page book!

When I read/edit, I always do it out loud as I find I can pick out errors much easier than doing it silently. Otherwise I can skip over without even seeing extra words, typos, missing words. I find these audibly much more quickly than visually. I think I tend to almost become hypnotized and sleepy if I don’t verbalize lit.

When I thought further about prayer and editing, it came to me that sometimes we need to actually edit our prayers. There is a possibility that we could be praying wrong prayers. We may be inserting too much of the flesh and too much of what we consider the answer should be. Perhaps we are analyzing the situation from a worldly standpoint and not praying according to the will of God. It’s time to edit.

Not that we want to get too tied up in knots as to how we pray. The exact words are not of such importance as the attitude of our hearts as we come to the Lord. But it never hurts to check our prayers from time to time to see if they line up with God’s heart and word in the situation or for the person we are praying for. Or if we are seeing ourselves rightly before the Lord. If our spiritual vision is twisted or clouded, our prayers will be the same and we will not see the answers we hope for. So an edit might just be appropriate from time to time to make sure we are still in alignment with God.

Prayer is our communication line with heaven and with our heavenly Father. You could call it a life-line. Without it, we have no connection to the source of life. So we need to be sure the lines are clear. This particular book is all about how to pray using the word of God. I have often been in prayer meetings where the leader would ask someone to take a particular verse and pray into it. I discovered that many people do not know how to do this. They will read the verse, but then seem to be at a loss as to how to turn it into a prayer. So my book was born partly for this reason. Then it expanded to a teaching on the different types of prayer we find in the Bible. It kept growing, together with personal anecdotes, until it is now almost ready to publish. I hope it will prove to be a useful tool for many people to enhance and deepen their prayer life.

So there you have the story, in a nutshell, of It Is Written: My Prayer Journey into the Heart of God.

Stay tuned for future announcements when it becomes available on Amazon.

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SPRING INTO NEW LIFE

Flowers spring 2011 011Spring. A time of awakening. A time of new life beginning. A time of the sprouting up of plants from the earth. A time of opening of buds and blossoming of flowers and greenery. A time of change from the often dreary, dark and cold days of winter into the warm sunshiny days which promise to follow.

Although spring is not my absolute favorite time of year (that would be summer), I love this new stirring of all nature as it prepares for the maturing of summer growth and, eventually fall harvest. This means increased rains in many areas as well as milder temperatures and sunshine (unless, of course, you already live in a tropical or semi-tropical area). I am fully aware that the rain is essential to spring growth, for is it not April showers that bring May flowers? Yet I am not fond of day after day of rainy and damp weather. That’s why I prefer summer–most years.

Spring is a time, also, for the stirring of hearts, the renewal of hope and faith. It is a time of the blossoming of love. Countless weddings take place in the spring months, and particularly in June. Weddings speak of new beginnings, the promise of blossoms and new life to be produced through these new relationships.

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What has seemed dead for so long has come to life again in nature. This brings hope to heavy hearts that life can once again return to them. Senses are reawakened by this breath of life. It is time to shed the spirit of heaviness and receive the garment of praise from the Lord of all life. To allow His rain to shower us with blessings. To allow His love to soften the hard places in our hearts. To allow His joy to awaken new senses. To allow His peace swallow us up in His presence.

A time of renewal. What needs to be renewed in your life? Do you need to work on your prayer life? Your relationships? Your spiritual walk with God? Or do you need to review and revamp your business? Your career? Your job? Your marriage? Perhaps even your geographical location? Regardless of where your particular need lies, spring is a great time to make any changes necessary to improve life in any and every aspect. 

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Do you have a dream to awaken? Do you know what steps you must take in order to see that dream come to fruition? Is there something you have set aside for whatever reason that you know now is time to bring it back out of storage? There is no time like the present. There is no time like springtime.

Let’s together do a life-check to see if spring has come into our lives again this year. Let’s check where we need to do some weeding, fertilizing, watering, new planting, tilling of the soil of our hearts and lives. Now is the time. Now is the hour. Let’s be busy on improvements wherever we can. 

What is the Lord saying to your heart? Stop. Sit still. Listen. Ponder. Act.

I’m not sure what prompted me to write this, but here it is. I hope you have enjoyed reading it and I hope it has spurred you on to find your place of reawakening and blossoming so that, in the future, your life will provide a great harvest for the Lord.

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PRAYER OF COVERING Part 7-The Armor of God

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Ephesians 6:10-18

We all know about the armor of God. We have read about it in the Book of Ephesians where the Apostle Paul explains to the church at Ephesus what this armor consists of. You have probably even seen small replicas or photos of the armor. I have heard people say we do not need to do warfare prayer. If that were so, then why do we need armor? Why do we need weapons? If the Lord did not intend for us to engage in spiritual warfare, He would not have provided the equipment to protect us and to fight with against our enemy. And He has more than adequately equipped us with all we need.

There is a danger here, however, and we must learn to understand just who our enemy is. Paul wanted the Ephesians to recognize that we do not fight against flesh and blood. We must not look at people as being the enemy though the enemy may be using them for his purposes. It is the spiritual forces and powers in this dark world that we must do battle with. Our weapons are spiritual so we may accomplish this and come out on the victory side. With God on our side, and when we choose His side, we cannot lose the war.

I have also heard it taught by many who would have us believe that we have no armor, no protection, for our backs. But the term “full armor” actually means panoply, or a complete covering. It means we are wrapped up in that armor. Can you even imagine a breastplate that only covers the front of the body? How would it stay on? Tied with a ribbon around the soldier’s neck? No, the breastplate has a front and a back so we are fully protected. Our God does not leave us vulnerable in any area. We only become vulnerable when we neglect to put on that armor, when we lay our weapons down.

Following is the final part of the Prayer of Covering.

May I always conduct my life with integrity, Lord—in full measure, innocent[ly[, blameless[ly], upright[ly] (see Proverbs 10:9).

I now put on the full armor of God—Jesus Christ Himself (see Romans 13:14)—that I may be able to stand strong today against all the schemes and trickery of the devil (see Ephesians 6:10-17). I put on the helmet of salvation—Jesus is my Salvation (see 1 Corinthians 1:30)—to protect my mind in every spiritual battle. I put on the breastplate of righteousness—Jesus is my righteousness (see 1 Corinthians 1:30)—to protect my heart, my spirit and my back from the onslaught and ambushes of the enemy. I wrap around me the belt of truth—Jesus is the Truth (see John 14:6)—to protect the workings of Your Spirit in my inner man so truth abides and prevails within me at all times. I put on my feet the shoes of the preparation of the gospel of peace—Jesus is the gospel (see 1 Thessalonians 3:2), and He is my peace (see Ephesians 2:14)—that I may be fully provided for and ready to go where You call me to go, refrain from going where You do not want me to go, and that wherever I go I will, as a peacemaker, take with me Your peace and the truth of the gospel. I choose to take up the shield of faith—Jesus is the Author and Finisher of my faith (see Hebrews 12:2)—He is my faith (see Ephesians 3:12 KJV)—and, according to Your Word, not one of the flaming darts of the enemy will be able to penetrate that shield but will all be extinguished. I take hold of the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God—Jesus is the Word (see John 1:1)—which “…is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). By the power of the name of Jesus I will use this sword to cut off from my life those things which are contrary to Your Word and Your purposes for my life. In the authority and truth of the Word of God I will use this sword to expose the lies and deceits of the enemy. By the power of the blood of Jesus I will use this sword to defuse and defeat the work of the devil in my life and in the lives of my family and friends. Motivated by Your love and in the power of the Holy Spirit I will use this sword to bring life and deliverance, hope and freedom to myself and others, and glory and honor to Your name. I take up the weapon of all-prayer in order to intercede in heaven’s courts and war on behalf of myself and others because Jesus, as my example, is at the right hand of God interceding for me (see Romans 8:34). I put on the armor of light—Jesus is the Light of the world (see Romans 13:12; John 9:5). I take up the weapons of righteousness (see 2 Corinthians 6:7). I put on the breastplate of faith and love—Jesus is love—(see 1 Thessalonians 5:8; 1 John 4:16). With these I go forth in victory into this day in the name of Jesus.

I hope you have enjoyed this series of posts on the Prayer of Covering. I have enjoyed sharing it with you and trust the Lord has blessed you and shown you how you can perhaps add this prayer, or a similar one you choose to pray for yourself, to your prayer life. I would like to be able to pray this prayer on a daily basis, but being an intercessor for my church, there is so much to pray for some days that I only have the time to pray it once in a while. But I do feel the power behind it when I do make the time, and it is never wasted time. I not only pray it for myself, but often for others, either specific people or for the whole church.

If you have not read the previous six posts in this series, please go here for the beginning. Click here for Part 2. Part 3 is here. You will find Part 4 here. Click here for Part 5 and Part 6.

I cannot give even an estimate of when my book “It Is Written: My Prayer Journey into the Heart of God”, from which this series is taken, will be published. It is my hope to be able to have it available before the end of 2019 or perhaps sooner. I will let you, my readers, know when it is published.

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PRAYER OF COVERING Part 6-The Memory, Attitudes and Motives

Memories can be good, but they can also be very destructive. Abusive words and actions can take root very deeply in our memory, both conscious and sub-conscious. They can be very difficult to root out, and they often leave a gaping wound in the heart, a wound that is hard to heal. And they have power to dictate our own words, actions and attitudes even years after becoming embedded in our minds. It takes an encounter with the Lord to heal that kind of wound and to erase the negative results from them. The best protection we have is the blood of Jesus. If we daily ask for the covering of the blood over our memories, we have a better chance of not being affected by them and also of protecting ourselves from adverse events becoming a stronghold in our minds. We need to learn how to make good memories to counter the not-so-good remembrances.

Our attitudes and motives influence our lives either for good or otherwise. And they can be greatly affected by our memories. When our memories take us into dark places, our attitudes and motives often sink down with them. We need to take active steps to prevent our thoughts from the negative. Memories are confined to our minds, but attitudes eventually spill over to others through our words and actions,and motives can adversely affect our treatment of others. When we develop wrong motives, others can be hurt. It is good to do regular attitude checks and to monitor our motives. Here again, the blood of Jesus is the answer to keep our attitudes and motives in line with the Word of God and His purposes for our lives. The blood is powerful and we must avail ourselves of that power daily.

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I claim the protecting power of the blood of Jesus over my memory. Consecrate my memories past and current, and reverse any damaging repercussions which have occurred because of them. Clear my mind, conscious and subconscious, of all memories which have occurred because of them. Clear my mind, conscious and subconscious, of all negative influence which has hindered my progress in Your ways. Help me to dwell on the good memories when I think about the past (see Proverbs 10:7). Help me to extract from every memory all that is beneficial to my life today, and to discard all that is unprofitable.

I claim the protection of the blood of Jesus over my attitudes, Lord. May my attitudes line up with Your Word. Help me in every area of my life to have the same attitude of humility, submission, servant-hood and love that Jesus displayed when He left heaven to be born in human form (see Philippians 2:5-8).

I claim the protection of the blood of Jesus over my motives. Your Word says that You weigh our motives (see Proverbs 16:2). Purify my motives, Lord, and root out all that are formed on a foundation other than Your Word: selfish motives, motives fueled by greed, wrong attitudes, mistaken understanding, wrong advice, misinterpreted concepts, misguided opinions, wrong information, anger, fear, bitterness, arrogance, jealousy, self-promotion, ungodly outside influence, old or current wounds I have not dealt with, complacency, or offenses or prejudices—personal or transferred from others. May my attitudes and motives be based solely on Your unbiased, unconditional, unlimited, unchanging love.

I hope in some way your spirit has resonated with this part of the prayer. I pray that we would all experience a renewal in our memories, attitudes and motives so our lives will continually line up with the principles the Lord has set before us. I pray for the protection of the blood of Jesus every day, every hour, every moment in each of our lives. I pray for the cleansing that comes from the blood. May we all walk the path the Lord has ordained for us as we become more and more like Jesus. He is coming again. May we all be ready.

Thank you so much for dropping by and reading this post. If this is your first time here, I hope you will browse through some of my other posts. If you have not already read the first five parts of this series, please click here for the first part; Part 2; Part 3Part 4; and Part 5. I would really appreciate it if you would leave a comment in the box below and I will respond to it. If you are new here, please introduce yourself and tell me a little bit about yourself. If you are not already following my blog, please take a moment to click on the “Follow” button at the top to receive e-mail notifications of new posts. 

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PRAYER OF COVERING Part 5-The Emotions, Creativity and Will

I have grouped emotions, creativity and will into one, first because it is short, and secondly because they seem to fit together. Our creativity probably depends a lot on our emotional state and on our will. Do I want to create? Are my emotions stable enough to follow through with creative ideas?

When our emotions get out of control, we have a problem. We do not make wise decisions if we are overcome with anger, sadness, guilt, hopelessness, bitterness, or any other negative emotion. Our minds do not function in a rational manner but we think from the viewpoint of that emotion. We can even allow good emotions to run rampant and cloud our judgments. Some people hold in their emotions, either from fear of losing control or of what others will say or think. None of these possibilities is good. The Lord has made us emotional people for a purpose, but those emotions should be under the control of the Holy Spirit.

Our creativity comes because of the Divine Creator who has given us, as Christians, His Holy Spirit, a creative Spirit. But we can use our creativity for the wrong purposes as well. Our talents should be used for the glory of God and to be life-giving to others. It is our choice how we use that creativity.

Our will also has to be “tamed” so we can obey the Lord and choose to do His will rather than our own. The human will can be very stubborn at times. Like Lucifer, we say, “I will…” We make it all about “me” rather than about the Lord, and get ourselves into  a lot of scrapes and sometimes serious trouble because of that. So we need to pray to keep our emotions, creativity and will in line with divine purpose. So here is the prayer. If this is the first part you are reading, you might want to go back to the beginning and read each part in sequence: Prayer of Covering, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

I claim the protection of the blood of Jesus over any ungodly emotions which may begin to rise up in me. Sanctify my emotions today, Lord. I pray that I will not yield to or act out of any ungodly or out-of-control emotions. Yet may my emotions not be stifled from healthy expression. Help me to respond to every situation as Jesus would. May the emotions I experience be pure in Your eyes.

I claim the protection of the blood of Jesus over my creativity. Sanctify my talents and giftings, Lord, so that all of my ideas and inspirations will be birthed by the Holy Spirit. Give me the knowledge, wisdom, understanding, tools, motivation, strategies, ability and perseverance I need to stir them up and carry them through to completion for Your glory (see 1 Timothy 4:14).

I claim the protection of the blood of Jesus over my will. Consecrate it so it may become one with Yours. Empower me to do Your will, Lord. May I willingly and deliberately abandon my own fleshly desires, opinions and will at the foot of the cross and leave them there permanently. Give me courage to always allow You to fulfill Your will in my life. May I never settle for anything less (see Mark 3:35). Help me to cooperate fully with what You are doing day by day in my life.

Amen!

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PRAYER OF COVERING Part 4-The Mouth

Our mouths often get us into trouble, and need protection from speaking out what might be harmful, silly or just useless remarks. Jesus tells us that every idle word we speak will be judged (see Matthew 12:36), so we need to take care to prevent wrong words from spewing out. Paul also warns us about coarse and foolish jesting (see Ephesians 5:4) which is unprofitable and does no good. If you haven’t read the first three parts of this series, you might want to click here to read the first part, Part 2, and Part 3. It doesn’t really matter what order you read these in, but you might want to read at least the first part for an introduction to the series.

I claim the protection of the blood of Jesus over my mouth. Help me to put a muzzle on my mouth today, Lord (see Psalm 39:1). Set a guard over my lips (see Psalm 141:3). Let the Holy Spirit filter out any corrupting, negative, unclean, unwholesome, unhealthy, harmful, antagonistic, poisonous words, idle words, unproductive words, self-righteous words, idle words, unproductive words, self-righteous words, words of accusation, condemnation or any other words which carry death, before they come out of my mouth. May I speak only words of life, encouragement, gratitude, appreciation, healing words, words which build up rather than tear down, words appropriate for the need of the moment so that only grace would flow to those who hear (see Ephesians 4:29). Tame my tongue, Father (see James 3:8). Touch my lips with a coal from off Your altar so my words will be clean and pure and carry only life (see Isaiah 6:6, 7). Father, as Jesus spoke only what You gave Him to speak (see John 12:50; John 14:10), so may I speak only what You give me to speak. Be my mouth today, Lord, and teach me, as You did Moses and Aaron, what to say and do in every situation (see Exodus 4:12, 15).

James tells us that the tongue is a fire and world of of iniquity which can set the course of our life on fire if we fail to keep it under control (James 3:6). And we cannot control the tongue without the power of the Holy Spirit. Proverbs 18:31 tells us that death and life are in the power of the tongue. That is serious indeed. James 4:11 tells us not to speak against a brother or judge him. By these scriptures, it looks as though our tongues can get us into a lot of trouble if we let them loose.  I am sure we have all had experiences when this has happened to us and we have done damage to someone either deliberately or simply because we did not take care what words we used. Most of us have also probably had words unleashed on us that have wounded us, sometimes just temporarily but sometimes very deeply. We know without doubt that it is God’s purpose and desire for us to keep our tongues under control.

If you are anything like me, you probably speak at times without thinking and then wish you could take back what you have just said. Here we see that our mouth and mind work together, so the prayer of covering for our mind is just as important as the prayer of covering for our mouth. I often use this word picture: Take the word “WORDS”, move the “S” from the end to the beginning, and you have a “SWORD”. Swords kill and wound. I want my words to bring life, healing, joy to those I speak them to. I want to guard my tongue, my words, and through the Holy Spirit to have control over my tongue. I’m sure you want this, too.

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I hope you are enjoying this series on the Prayer of Covering. I pray that you are having a wonderful Easter weekend. May the Lord bless you richly. Remember, He is Risen!

PRAYER OF COVERING Part 3-Ears and Eyes

Today I am grouping two sections into one: ears and eyes. They seem to go together naturally. What we look at and what we listen to can have a powerful impact on our lives for good or for evil. We do have the ability to choose what we see and hear to a great extent and so help to protect ourselves from negativity. The problem is that some of the bad stuff we have no control over, such as billboards or other public things that just pop up in our range of vision while we are out and about. And the same goes for what we hear when in public places. We cannot control what other people talk about or the kind of language they use. So we need the protection of the blood of Jesus to not only cleanse us but to protect us from those things making inroads into our souls and spirits.

I claim the protection of the blood of Jesus over my ears, physical and spiritual, that the voice of the enemy will not penetrate into my mind or inner being. I will be cautious today about what I listen to (see Mark 4:24). By Your grace I declare I will not pay any to or entertain any half-truths, insinuations, roaring, whisperings, suggestions or lies from the devil. I claim the cleansing power of the blood to cleanse me from anything from the enemy which I have, in the past, allowed to enter my ears. Block my ears today from receiving anything with which the devil would try to beguile me—amuse, deceive, distract, divert, mislead, occupy or cheat me—and give me ears to hear and a heart to receive everything that You, Lord, have to say to me (see Matthew 11:15).

I claim the protection of the blood of Jesus over my eyes, physical and spiritual. Keep me from looking at things not pleasing to You—ungodly television programs and ads; unholy e-mail or internet sites and videos; movies; magazines; books. Protect me from those things I cannot help but see in the natural as I go about my daily life. Keep the defilement from penetrating into my mind and my spirit. I claim the cleansing power of the blood to remove every trace of influence of those ungodly things which, uninvited, impose themselves on my eyes and ears as I move about in public places—drive or walk down the streets, go about duties at work or school, walk through the stores, sit in restaurants, doctors’ offices and elsewhere—and as I interact throughout the day with those people who hold mindsets and worldviews which differ from mine. Protect my spiritual eyes. Cause me to see Jesus always (see Hebrews 12:2) and to be aware of, sensitive and responsive to what You are doing, and what the enemy is attempting to do, in my life and the lives of those around me. Lord, grant me a new awakening and clarity of spiritual vision, because it is written that without it Your people will die (see Proverbs 29:18 KJV).

Let’s make a conscious, deliberate choice to take care what we look at and what we listen to in our own homes, and to make good choices as to where we go in public places to lessen, when possible, the potential of seeing and hearing that which would contaminate our souls. As I said before, there are places we have to go where we have no choice but to be there. This is a good prayer to pray for our own protection and the protection of our families when there is no other option, such as work, school, doctors’ offices, stores and the like. Let’s do all we can to keep ourselves pure in the Lord. Let us fill our eyes and ears with good things so there is less room for anything else.

I hope you have enjoyed Part 3 of my series on Prayer for Covering. If you have not read the first two parts, click on Prayer for Covering for Part 1, and click here for Part 2. Just a reminder that this book is not yet published.

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PRAYER COVERING Part 2-The Heart

If you have not read the beginning of this prayer, click here before reading Part 2. This section concerns the covering of our hearts. Our hearts are very vulnerable, and can be easily wounded. Those wounds can take a long time to heal, and they often leave scars. People with wounded hearts often act out of their pain to wound others. We have to care for our hearts and keep them under the cover of the blood so they do not become hardened. We need hearts that are soft and malleable so the Holy Spirit can shape us and change us into the image of Jesus Christ.

It is Written new front cover #11_page-0001 (1)I claim the protection of the blood of Jesus over my heart. Let the things on which my heart ponders today be acceptable to You, Lord (see Psalm 19:14). Melt every last vestige of hardness and coldness in my heart with Your love until my heart becomes a deep, deep well of Your love ever flowing from me, and until my life pours out to You in continual worship. Lord, I want to know the overwhelming presence of Your love ruling in my heart. I do not just want to talk about it, hear about it, read about it or imagine it, but I want to daily experience it personally filling me every moment, and overflowing continuously out of my heart and life back to You and out to others. I do not ask You to enlarge my heart, Lord, but to enlarge Your place in my heart. I do not ask merely for more of You, Lord, but I offer You more of me—my whole being—so there is more room in my life for You. Consume me with Your love until my heart is wholly Yours, until there is nothing left there but an anointing of Your love, Your presence. Help me to access Your love in all its fullness. I want to feel Your heart beating within my heart.

Several years ago I had a powerful vision during a church prayer meeting. I saw a pair of hands holding a heart and gently massaging fragrant oil into it. The vision lasted for several minutes at the time, but has never left me. There have been various applications for this over the intervening time, and whenever I remember it, it still affects me. I believe that is what the Lord wants to do with each of our hearts. If we allow him to do this, His healing hands will bring wholeness to our hearts so we can move forward in our relationship with Jesus and also with our relationships with the people in our lives. Lord, may we all yield to your tender touch.

I hope you enjoy these short excerpts from the Prayer for Covering in my not-yet-finished book It Is Written. Please let me know what you think in the comment box below. I always love to hear from my readers. If you are not already following my blog, please take a moment to click on the “Follow” button at the top to receive e-mail notifications of future posts. Thank you for taking time to read this post.

Be blessed today and every day. May the peace of Christ dwell in your hearts and minds.

PRAYER OF COVERING

I thought I would share, in sections, the prayer for covering from my book It Is Written: My Prayer Journey into the Heart of God which is still in progress. Each section is a unit in itself, so here is the first part: the covering of our minds. Our mind can be a very fertile place for dark things to brew, so we need to take care to keep our minds under the cover of the blood of Jesus to protect us from all that comes against us from the world and from our enemy so they can be filled with the things of God.

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So spread Your covering over me now, Lord, for You are my Redeemer 

Ruth 3:9

I claim the protecting power of the blood of Jesus over my mind and my thoughts. Father, I choose today to think only on those things which are true, good, lovely and pleasing to You—positive, faith-filled thoughts—thoughts originating in and producing only life. (see Philippians 4:8). Help me to keep my mind pure (see 2 Peter 3:1 KJV), to keep it focused on You so that I might live in Your perfect peace (see Isaiah 26:3). Holy Spirit, I pray that You would nudge me when my thoughts turn to unworthy things, when I begin to meditate on unprofitable subjects which disturb my peace, grieve You, and could open the door to the enemy. Help me to renew my mind today that I might not come into agreement with—or walk in the ways of—my own fleshly instincts, the lures of the devil, or of the ways of the world, but that I might be changed—like a butterfly as it is transformed from egg to larva to pupa to adult—so I might examine and yield to Your will for me, and learn what You consider to be good, acceptable and perfect (see Romans 12:2). Lord, I know it is written that Your thoughts are higher than my thoughts (see Isaiah 55:9), but it is also written that I have the mind of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 2:16) because He lives within me. Lord, I ask that Your mind would truly be operative in me today, that my thoughts would be those which come from Your heart. Let Your Word judge my thoughts, Lord (see Hebrews 4:12). Deal with any that do not line up with Your Word and with who You have declared me to be in Christ.

What we think about is a choice. Colossians 3:2 tells us to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things. But we do need, at least in the beginning, to train our minds to make the right choices of what to dwell on. It can become a lifestyle if we work at it. If it were not possible, the Lord would never have told us to do this. However, we need the help of the Holy Spirit often to get into this mindset. And without God’s covering, we will not reach this point in our spiritual life. To do this, we need to be consistently reading the word and be in meaningful prayer, prayer that not only puts forth our requests, but also allows the Lord time to speak to us.

The mind is the best place to start in seeking covering for specific parts of our life. We will also look at our eyes, ears, mouth, attitudes, motives and more. Watch for the next most important part, covering for our hearts.

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Have a wonderful weekend. I pray God’s covering over your lives to protect you and keep you close to Him.

MORNING PRAYER

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In the morning You will hear my voice.

I was wondering what my next post should be about. Last Thursday, I was the guest on a podcast with Chaplain Gray Stallworth. You can also find him on his blog or on FaceBook. The topic was how to develop a disciplined prayer life. The recording will be available tomorrow, so I will post it when I can. I thought, since prayer is such a huge part of my life that perhaps I should share with you a prayer I wrote some months ago and pray almost every morning when I get up. At first I thought it would be good to wait until tomorrow morning to post this. But I thought, maybe some would like to know about this before morning so they can be prepared to pray it. So here it is.

Morning Prayer

I want to say, “Good morning,” to You, Jesus, and to tell You how much I love You. Thank You for Your great love for me. Thank You that You care about everything that happens to me. Thank You that You are watching over my life and always interceding for me. Thank You for this day and for Your presence with me. Let me hear Your lovingkindnesses this morning. Thank You that they never cease and Your compassions never fail.

I ask for Your discernment today—for my own life and in all my dealings with others. May my eagerness to serve You and minister to others not hinder, distort, misplace or override that discernment.

Help me to let You be God fully in my life today.

May I bring glory to You in all I say and do.

Show me Your will for me for this day. Teach me the things I need to know. Reveal Yourself to me through the Word, prayer, meditation, dreams and visions, my circumstances and the words and examples of others.

Give me a humble, repentant heart throughout this day. May I be quick to confess, repent and seek forgiveness. Give me grace to be quick to forgive all.

Help me to bless others today.

Keep me from hindering Your work. I choose to obey You today. Forgive me when I fail, and redirect me back to Your path.

Help me to enter into the secret place with You. Teach me how to live from that place.

May I never move outside of the unity of Your purpose.

May I never grieve Your Holy Spirit.

Keep me committed to and on track with Your call on my life for today.

Help me to put aside every doubt and fear and to lay down every burden.

May I not give offense to or be offended by others.

Help me to guard my mind today, and to think only on those things which please You.

Help me to watch over my heart today to protect it against every attempt of the enemy to muddy or stop up the flow of the springs of life.

Prevent me from coming into agreement with the enemy. Keep me always alert to the devil’s tactics.

May I sow only good seed into good soil in order to reap a good 100-fold harvest.

Keep me continually connected to Your power.

Help me to communicate clearly to others that which You have clearly communicated to me to be shared with them.

Help me to be a strong support to others today. Show me specifically who and what You want me to pray for today and help me to pray aright. Help me to understand and empathize with the hearts of those You want me to minister to and pray for.

Strengthen me to never give up, especially when the way is difficult or seems to be at an impasse. When the way is smooth and easy, keep me from becoming careless and complacent. Keep me in balance throughout this day.

I choose to put on the full armor of God today. I declare that my weapons of warfare are ever ready for use. May I always be prompt, adept and accurate at using them.

Apply the blood of Jesus to my life today to cleanse me and protect me from the enemy. May the angel/s You have assigned to me keep me continually moving forward on Your path, fulfilling Your will, and keep me far from anyone or anything which could be detrimental to me, or to others through association.

Make me pure and holy.

Prompt, perfect, protect and process my prayers today so they prevail. Filter them all through Your Holy Spirit so they come before Your throne of grace according to your will, not my own—free from all fleshly intent or error. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

I would encourage you to use this prayer if you like it and to use it on a daily basis. If you do not already have a designated prayer time, I would suggest that first thing in the morning, if it fits your schedule, is the best time to start. This prayer is a good launching pad into deeper prayer. Think about each separate section and expand the prayer. Meditate on it’s importance in your day, in your life. If you already have an established prayer time, then you may want to simply incorporate this prayer into that time. I will be publishing a book of prayers sometime, hopefully later this year, and this will be one of the prayers in it. Please feel free to share it with your friends, on your social media sites or to reblog it.

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Have a wonderful day. May the Lord richly bless you as you go deeper in prayer and relationship with Him.