WHY I PRAY FOR YOU BY NAME
(This next 2 minutes may change your 2015)
I often send out messages to our LifeSong family and my friends via Facebook, text or email to encourage them, but most of all to tell them that I prayed for them that day. Every day I pray for my wife, children, family, staff and myself. Why is this so important? We live in a world where most of our attention and time are spent reacting to the physical world around us. The events of our relationships, jobs, finances and environment affect us on every level. I want you to consider a verse that if you take some time to reflect on it will rattle you to the core and drive you to your knees.
Eph. 6:12 “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
Behind the veil of this physical world is a world that is even more real than what we can see and touch. The spiritual world is not a world filled with ghost and goblins trying to scare people like some would suppose, but rather, it is a war. Right now there is a war happening in the spiritual realm for your heart and mind. They are fighting for the heart and mind of your children, your friends and your family.
Stop for just a moment and consider the evidence of how this war is affecting you and the people around you.
John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
This verse tells you the enemy wants to steal your life, destroy your life and ultimately separate you from God forever. The second half of this verse tells us that Jesus came to give us life and the opportunity to live life to the fullest.
How do we do that?
-The voice of God has to be louder in our life than the voice of the enemy.
-The truth of God has to be implanted in our heart.
-The Holy Spirit has to be in control.
-We need personal spiritual leaders in our life.
-Be on mission with other Christ followers in church using your spiritual gifts
-Give yourself to prayer
I pray for you because I believe it is a game changer. Often times as I listen to the Holy Spirit He tells me specifically how to fight for you. I believe as your pastor and because I love you it is one of the greatest ways that I can minster to you. When I pray on your behalf I believe that I am standing in the gap in the spiritual world and it is making a difference in your life. In 2015 I am committed even more to praying for you and ask that you go war with me. I hope you will develop your own prayer strategy and add my name to your list. I love each of you with all my heart and I am rooting for you each day to win spiritually!
1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.
Psalms 4:1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: you have enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.
Psalms 145:18 The LORD is near to all them that call on him, to all that call on him in truth.
Proverbs 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
Luke 6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
Luke 18:1 And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
James 4:3 You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it on your lusts.
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.