Praying Beyond My Little Circle

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Do you believe in the power of prayer?  It is the most powerful weapon we have as disciples of Jesus Christ.  But, can I be honest with you???? I have not been praying powerful, strategic or effective prayers.  The thought of becoming a Prayer Warrior is scary and intimidating.   
 

Do you use a Prayer Journal?

My Prayer journal is filled with requests for my husband, my children, my lost family members and friends and the ministries I am involved in.  This year God has been convicting me to pray bigger – to pray beyond my little circle – and change the world.
 

Have you seen the Power of God answering Prayer in your Life?

When I look at my life I see a lot of amazing changes and blessings.  
  • My marriage is healing.  
  • My children are growing up to know the Lord.  
  • The ministries I am involved in are on the right track (as far as I can see anyway).
 
BUT.  When I widen the lens of my focus in my life I see the World around me and I get overwhelmed and discouraged.  I see a Nation divided.  It makes me feel hopeless like my voice won’t matter.

When God’s people feel Hopeless the enemy wins.  We serve a God of Hope

The enemy will try to keep you down- ineffective – and NOT fighting the real battle.  Hopelessness is a tactic he uses.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm” Ephesians 6:10-13 NASB

My voice does matter… when it is praying.

There is a real battle happening in this world.  Do you see it?
 
In the “Spiritual” realm there is a real battle happening. God calls it out and names some of the players so even though I don’t understand it, I can believe Him and operate in that… even if I have no idea what He’s talking about.
The problem is, we get confused about who we are fighting, why we are fighting and what we are fighting for!
  • We spend too much time fighting for our preferences.
  • Other people look like the enemy

When Christians acknowledge the real battle and identify the real enemy we can fight with real Power. 

What are Christians fighting for in the Spiritual Battle? 

  • The salvation of the World
  •  True revival in the church

The problem is, we get confused , not for the lost nation around us to live like they are saved!

 
Fighting for our Nation to begin humbling itself before God. We should desire a nation that will begin confessing it’s sin, longing for our Nation to turn from it’s wicked ways. Only then will God will hear from Heaven and heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

 

I see a very cool example of how praying affect this Spiritual battle in Daniel 9-10.

 
The Prophet Daniel had been studying the scrolls written by the Prophet Jeremiah…  say that 10 times fast ;o)  In them he saw that the Babylonian captivity had a time limit.  He began praying this prayer that could easily apply to our nation right now.  I want to give you an excerpt from it and challenge you to read the whole prayer in Daniel 9:4-19.

I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed and said, “Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and loving-kindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments,we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances.Moreover, we have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers and all the people of the land. “Righteousness belongs to You, O Lord, but to us [a]open shame, as it is this day—”

19 O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.””

When he finishes praying he has a vision. It troubles him so much he goes into a state of shock, fasting and praying in desperation for 3 weeks!
 

He sees something that gives clarity about this “Spiritual” battle that we can not see.

12 Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia” (Daniel 10:12-13 NASB).

This Angel had been trying to come to Daniel for 3 weeks but another “spiritual” being had been fighting with him.  As Daniel persisted in prayer and fasting another Angel came to aid in this battle.
 
Now, to be clear, I am not a Theologian or great Bible Authority, but I can see the scene.  

Use your imagination with me please.

Picture the physical ancient world. A King of Persia is ruling and dictating from a throne room some thousands of years ago.  He is dressed in a purple robe, sitting pensively having a scroll read to him.  He may be deciding what new law to approve over his people.
 
Superimpose a spiritual world above him… sort of ghostly because no one else can see it.  There is a “spiritual” king of Persia whispering in the “physical” kings ear, agitating him as he hears about the Jews in Babylon… An emotional environment created so that this King will dictate harm to God’s people.
 
Then ascends an Angle looking as though he is on an important mission for God.  The king of Persia jumps at him – sward drawn and the battle ensues.  The prince is a seasoned warrior and the angle is alone.  Until, after much fighting, another angel appears to help.  The first angel is free to finish his mission, knowing he must return to release the 2nd angel.
 
End Scene…
 A real battle is happening over a ruler of a Nation.  A Spiritual battle is happening unbeknownst to him – influencing the way he governs.
 
It leads me to believe that those kinds of battles are happening today, influencing MY NATION.
 
The Bible tells me to pray.  It tells me specifically to pray for my leaders.  I was convicted by my “little circle” of prayer.
 
I don’t like the direction my nation is traveling, but I have not been fighting for the direction I want.  We have been fighting the people around me… leaving the spiritual battle unaffected.
 
I was Challenged to begin intentionally praying for my Nation and it’s leaders.  
 
Below are some of the verses I have begun praying. Let’s begin fighting the real battle together!

Pray for Revival among the local Body of Christ and throughout our Nation

“Lord your word says “24 The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, 25 with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:24-26 NASB)

“41 Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41 NASB).

“11 To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 NASB).

“14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land”(2 Chronicles 7:14 NASB).

Pray for our Leaders Nationally

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:1-2 NASB).

“Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory” (Proverbs 11:14 NASB)

Pray for my City and State Authorities.

I am in KY.  To find yours, go here.

“7 Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare’” ( Jeremiah 29:7 NASB).

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity”(1 Timothy 2:1-2 NASB).

I also lift up our Police Officers, Fire Department and EMS workers in this section.  Without their service, we would not have the nation we love so much.  They need to be covered in prayers for encouragement, support and protection daily.
 
BreakPoint has an especially amazing 6 part prayer list that really drives this home.  Check it out here.
 
I highly recommend the resources below for more direction on this topic.

10 scriptures to pray for out Nation.

Things we should pray according to the Bible.

in HIM,

Tiffany Montgomery

Tiffany of Hope Joy in Christ inspires Christian Women to grow in faith, live out Biblical Marriage Principles and raise Godly Children.  Join the Wives Only Facebook Group here or keep up with her through Pinterest.

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