Brothers and Sisters in Christ, my heart at this moment is fully alive! It’s as-if I was ambushed by the Holy Spirit.
My weekend was nothing special, in fact quite the opposite I would’ve thought. I’m not proud to say I exchanged church on Sunday and our monthly Men’s Group (Locker Room) on Saturday for 2 days at Magic Mountain with my friend of 30+ years and his son (my godson).
I actually felt a little convicted about replacing and not simply adding those activities to my weekend schedule but knowing how grace works I figured I was going to hold it against myself more than God was going to.
When I got home I was so exhausted I fell asleep at 4pm and slept for over an hour; one of those deep, creases and lines on the faces and drool on the pillow type sleeps (TMI, sorry).
When I awoke however I found myself hungering to press into the Waking the Dead material for next week and fired up Casting Crowns on Amazon Prime Music.
What God did with that space has been nothing short of a full-blown revival of Spirit; tears, praise, songs, worship… what a spectacular evening.
The major catalyst outside of the obviousness of God’s word and prayer is the following hand-out I created for the discipleship groups this week. It is nearly verbatim from the Waking the Dead Chapter 10 material however the act of typing out this document fed my soul deeply.
My desire is that you too may be inspired by God’s word and the suggested Daily Prayer to start each day claiming power and authority over the enemy who constantly pursues us.
A Warrior’s Prayers
Daily Submissions and Coverings
Paraphrased from Waking the Dead | John Eldredge | Chapter 10
“Because Quick Little Prayers Won’t Do It Anymore”
What follows is not a formula, but a model, an example. It might seem a bit more involved than the prayer most of us shoot up to God as we run out the door, but I promise you, this is fifteen minutes toward freedom! “
John Eldredge – Waking the Dead
Choose to Abide in Christ
This is not something that happens automatically, and we can lose connection with our Head (Col. 2:19) This is not a loss of Salvation, but a loss of that intimate connection to the Vine through which we receive his life!
Every morning we bring our lives fully back to Christ and under His Lordship. We must consecrate our whole being to Christ; Body (Rom 12:1), Soul (Luke 10:27), and Spirit (1 Cor. 6:17)
Lord hear my prayer
My dear Lord Jesus, I come to you now to be restored in You-to renew my place in You, my allegiance to You, and to receive from You all the grace and mercy I so desperately need this day. I honor You as my Sovereign Lord, and I surrender every aspect of my life totally and completely to you. I give you my body as a living sacrifice; I give You my heart, soul, mind, and strength; and I give you my spirit as well.
Cleansed by The Blood of Christ
Having consecrated ourselves, we now cleanse our lives with the blood of Christ-a very powerful weapon in this war. It washes us from our sins and the sins of others against us (1 John 1:9) It also disarms Satan (Rev 12:11).
The whole spiritual realm works under authority, so as we take our place under the headship of Christ, we extend our authority and covering over those who are under us.
Lord hear my prayer
I cover myself with Your blood-my spirit, my soul, and my body. And I ask Your Holy Spirit to restore my union with You, seal me in You, and guide me in this time of prayer. In all that I now pray, I include (my wife, children by name). Acting as their head, I bring them under my authority and covering, and I come under Your authority and covering. Holy Spirit, apply to them all that I now pray on their behalf.
We Humble Ourselves
Sin and Agreements are the major ways we give claim to the Enemy in our lives. Most sins fall under the category of:
Pride – Claiming independence from God, living in self-sufficiency
Idolatry – Giving our devotion to our fear or any part of the heart to something other than God
In this prayer we humble ourselves by declaring God’s rightful place in our lives. And we ask Him to search us so that we might confess any sin or agreement we’ve unknowingly made with our Enemy
Lord hear my prayer
Dear God, holy and victorious Trinity, You alone are worthy of all my worship, my heart’s devotion, all my praise and all my trust and all the glory of my life. I worship You, bow to You, and give myself over to You in my heart’s search for life. You alone are Life, and You have become my life. I renounce all other gods, all idols, and I give you the place in my heart and in my life that You truly deserve. I confess here and now that it is all about You, God, and not about me. You are the Hero of this story, and I belong to You. Forgive me, God, for my every sin. Search me and know me and reveal to me any aspect of my life that is not pleasing to You, expose any agreements I have made, and grant me the grace of a deep and true repentance.
God is Trinity, and we must learn to relate to Him as such. We begin with our Father, who has done so much for us in Jesus Christ.
Father Hear My Testimony
Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me and choosing me before you made the world. You are my true Father-my Creator, my Redeemer; my Sustainer; and the true end of all things, including my life. I love You; I trust you: I worship You. Thank You for proving your love for me by sending your only Son, Jesus, to be my substitute and representative. I receive Him and all His life and all His work, which You ordained for me. Thank You for including me in Christ, for forgiving me my sins, for granting me His righteousness, for making me complete in Him. Thank you for making me alive with Christ, raising me with Him, seating me with Him at Your right hand, granting me His authority, and anointing me with Your Holy Spirit. I receive it all with thanks and give it total claim to my life.
Now we turn to the Son and to His 3-great works on our behalf.
Starting with The Cross. The constant barrage of the Enemy’s lies wears us down over time, and we forget what is true. By entering into the work of Christ daily, we appropriate in a fresh way all he has already done for us. After all, Christ told us to take up our cross daily, for we must “put to death the misdeeds” of the flesh (Luke 9:23; Rom 8:13)
#1 Jesus Hear My Testimony of the Cross
Jesus, thank You for coming for me, for ransoming me with Your own life. I honor You as my Lord; I love You, worship You, trust You. I sincerely receive You as my redemption, and I receive all the work and triumph of Your Crucifixion, whereby I am cleansed from all my sin through Your shed blood, my old nature is removed, my heart is circumcised unto God, and every claim being made against me is disarmed. I take my place in Your cross and death, whereby I have died with You to sin and to my flesh, to the world, and to the evil one. I am crucified with Christ, and I have crucified my flesh with all its passions and desires. I take up my cross and crucify my flesh with all it’s pride, unbelief, and idolatry. I put off the old man. I now bring the cross of Christ between me and all people, all spirits, all things. Holy Spirit, apply to me (my wife and/or children) the fullness of the work of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ for me. I receive it with thanks and give it total claim to my life.
#2 Jesus Hear My Testimony of the Resurrection
Jesus, I also sincerely receive You as my new life, my holiness and sanctification, and I receive all the work and triumph of your resurrection, whereby I have been raised with You to a new life, to walk in newness of life, dead to sin and alive to God. I am crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me. I now take my place in your resurrection, whereby I have been made alive with you, I reign in life thorough You. I now put on the new man in all holiness and humility, in all righteousness and purity and truth. Christ is now my life, the one who strengthens me. Holy Spirit, apply to me (my wife and/or my children) the fullness of the resurrection of Jesus Christ for me. I receive it with thanks and give it total claim to my life.
#3 Jesus Hear My Testimony of the Ascension
Jesus, I also sincerely receive You as my authority and rule, my everlasting victory over Satan and his kingdom, and I receive all the work and triumph of Your ascension, whereby Satan has been judged and cast down, his rulers and authorities disarmed, all authority in heaven and on earth given to you, Jesus, and I have been given fullness in You, the Head over all. I take my place in Your ascension, whereby I have been raised with You to the right hand of the Father and established with You in all authority. I bring your authority and your kingdom rule over my life, my family, my household, and my domain.
And now I bring the fullness of your work-your cross, resurrection, and ascension-against Satan, against his kingdom, and against all his emissaries and all their work warring against me and my domain. Great is he who is in me than he who is in the world. Christ has given me authority to overcome all the power of the evil one, and I claim that authority now over and against every enemy, and I banish them in the name of Jesus Christ. Holy Spirit, apply to me (my wife and/or my children) the fullness of the work of the ascension of Jesus Christ for me. I receive it with thanks and give it total claim to my life.
The Holy Spirit
Now we turn to the third member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. For as the Bible says, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor. 3:17). We want all of the freedom that the Spirit of God gives to us, and we want all of His work in our lives.
So we honor Him as Lord, and choose to walk in-step with him
Holy Spirit Hear My prayer
Holy Spirit, I sincerely receive You as my Counselor, my Comforter, my Strength, and my Guide. Thank You for sealing me in Christ. I honor You as my Lord, and I ask You to lead me into all truth, to anoint me for all of my life and walk and calling, and to lead me deeper into Jesus today. I fully open my life to You in every dimension and aspect-my body, my soul, and my spirit-choosing to be filled with You, to walk in step with You in all things. Apply to me, blessed Holy Spirit, all of the work and all of the gifts in Pentecost. Fill me afresh, blessed Holy Spirit. I receive You with thanks and give You total claim to my life (and wife and/or children)
Final Preparation for the Day
Having given the Triune God His rightful place in our lives, and having received all that God has done for us, we turn now to some final preparations for the day:
Father Hear My Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank you for granting to me every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus. I receive those blessings in to my life today, and I ask the Holy Spirit to bring all those blessings into my life this day. Thank you for the blood of Jesus. Wash me once more with His blood from every sin and stain and evil device. I put on Your armor-the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the readiness of the gospel of peace, the helmet of salvation. I take up the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, and I wield these weapons against the eveil on in the power of God. I choose to pray at all times in the Spirit, to be strong in You, Lor, and in Your might.
Father, thank you for Your angels. I summon them in the authority of Jesus Christ and release them to war for me and my household. May they guard me at all times this day. Thank you for those who pray for me; I confess I need their prayers, and I ask you to send forth your Spirit and rouse them, unite them, raising up the full canopy of prayer and intercession for me. I call forth the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ this day throughout my home, my family, my life, and my domain. I pray all of this in the name of Jesus Christ, with all glory and honor and thanks to him.
Pause…. Breathe…. Rest for a moment….
Whatever you are thinking right now, whatever you are feeling, let me assure you-this is not beyond you; this is not too hard; this is not just “for others.” This is the normal Christian life, laid out for us in the Scriptures and by example of the saints down through the ages.
“Quick little prayers aren’t going to do it anymore”
The one simple test is this-try reading this every morning for a week or two, pray the prayer and watch for the results yourself.
Never stop praying.
1 Thessalonians 5:17