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The Warrior’s Prayer

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The prayer Janet (from my last post) gave me to pray over my mother is called The Warrior’s Prayer and subtitled, A Prayer for the Unrepentant. I prayed using her name but I’m typing it here with blanks so readers can copy it for their own use. I received this prayer in steps and found that praying each step in its written order made it easier to pray the next one. I’ll post the prayer and then a short commentary on the steps.

Here’s the prayer…

Dear Heavenly Father,

  1. I pray that ________________ will take one step closer to You today.

  2. If ________________ glories in her (or his) shame (sin, pride, etc.), I pray it will utterly frustrate her (or him) to the point of complete repentance.

  3. I pray that ________________ will come to fruition of the purpose for which you made and sent her (or him) to this earth.

  4. And, I pray that we will enjoy Your eternity in peace together. (I added… Beginning while we are still together on this earth—even right now.)

I knew I was short on time, so I prayed the entire prayer with Janet, and it brought me a breakthrough in my heart. Whether you pray all the steps at once or pray each one until it frees you to move on to the next step, I am certain you will find comfort in the words.

The first step is simple. It’s especially helpful to have a simple prayer when you need to pray for someone who has hurt you, even more if you find forgiveness difficult. It’s easy to pray for someone to step closer to God because, if you love and follow Him, you know how much He can change things. Everyone could be closer to the Lord and asking Him to draw someone even by a small step begins a process of hope.

Next, praying that a hurtful person’s sins will frustrate them can actually feel a little comforting. You’re not asking for punishment of the unrepentant person, so you’re not feeling revenge or bitterness in your heart. But you are asking for what you would hope punishment would accomplish, so you get a similar relief. When I prayed it, I felt free to pray the blessing in step three.

Step three reminds us that each person on this earth is here for a purpose designed by Our Lord and Creator. It acts on the hope started in step one. If you are praying this prayer for someone daily, you may need to spend days praying just the first two steps before you can speak this step from your heart.

Step four is the culmination of the first three steps. When you are dealing with someone who seems determined to continue walking in sin, envisioning them standing with you before God’s throne and praising Him together can free you to love that person from a deeper and more loving place. It covers the hurt and pain with mercy and grace you know only God can give and makes it easier to continue in prayer.

The recipient of your prayer does not even need to know you are praying. When the words begin to work and you witness a visible change, you can decide then if you want to share that you’ve been praying or keep this treasure to yourself.

January 4, 2019 Posted by | Nonfiction | 4 Comments



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