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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. (Matthew 8:3)

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If you have a friend who has been diagnosed with cancer, here is a prayer for him/her. The first is written for a female friend. If your friend is male, scroll below…

Father,

You love ____ dearly. You know the plans you have for her, plans to prosper her and not to harm her, to give her hope and a future (Jer. 29:11). This is your will! We know that all things work together for her good (Rom. 8:28), though all things in themselves may not be good. Cancer is not your will for her! Rebellious cells in her body are not your design or plan. Yes, we live in a broken world, but you are working to fix what veers from your purposes. We join you in resisting and fighting this disruption in our friend’s life! We thank you that you have already accomplished everything necessary for her complete healing. On the cross you became cursed, despised, rejected, sorrowful, and familiar with suffering as you took into and upon yourself all the brokenness of the world, including this disease. Now, by your own wounds she has been healed (Is. 53:3). When you submitted to death and rose from death to life you defeated the enemy. And if the Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead is living in ______, then the Spirit now gives life to her mortal body (Rom. 8:11). We believe this and ask now that your healing would be expressed realtime in ______. Let this word be made flesh in her (John 1:14). When you were here on earth, Jesus you taught us to enforce your authority over nature. You commanded us to leverage your Name and command creation to be restored according to your original design (Luke 10). We take up this assignment now for ______. We command her cells to obey the Word and will of the Lord! We command her immune system to rise and fight cells that do not belong. We curse the distorted mutations of your wondrous design. We cut off, by our faith, words, and Jesus’ authority, the capacity for cancer cells in _____’s body to spread. We say, “Praise the Lord, ______! May all that is in you praise His name.” And because it is impossible for rebellious cells to praise the Lord, they must be evicted now, and be replaced by good cells that can honor God! This is the mountain you instruct us to move by our words and faith. We don’t ask you to move it; we tell it to move in your Name (Mark 11:23) because your words in our mouths are as your words in your mouth. And now we thank you ahead of the evidence for your promised and completed victory. We have asked and believed that we have (past tense) received this answer (Mark 11:24). This is already done! Along the way, grant _____ peace and joy. This seems impossible, but grace is there for her. Give her certainty now of your determined outcome! Give doctors wisdom to work with you (whether they acknowledge that or not). Give _____ wisdom to know what adjustments to make in her daily life. And taken together, your work with all human cooperation, let this healing come here and now! We pray this in Jesus’ wonderful Name, because all your great promises are already “Yes!” in Jesus. And so in response we simply say,

“Amen! Let what is, be!” (II Cor. 1:20).

 

Father,

You love ____ dearly. You know the plans you have for him, plans to prosper him and not to harm him, to give him hope and a future (Jer. 29:11). This is your will! We know that all things work together for her good (Rom. 8:28), though all things in themselves may not be good. Cancer is not your will for him! Rebellious cells in his body are not your design or plan. Yes, we live in a broken world, but you are working to fix what veers from your purposes. We join you in resisting and fighting this disruption in our friend’s life! We thank you that you have already accomplished everything necessary for his complete healing. On the cross you became cursed, despised, rejected, sorrowful, and familiar with suffering as you took into and upon yourself all the brokenness of the world, including this disease. Now, by your own wounds he has been healed (Is. 53:3). When you submitted to death and rose from death to life you defeated the enemy. And if the Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead is living in ______, then the Spirit now gives life to his mortal body (Rom. 8:11). We believe this and ask now that your healing would be expressed realtime in ______. Let this word be made flesh in him (John 1:14). When you were here on earth, Jesus you taught us to enforce your authority over nature. You commanded us to leverage your Name and command creation to be restored according to your original design (Luke 10). We take up this assignment now for ______. We command his cells to obey the Word and will of the Lord! We command his immune system to rise and fight cells that do not belong. We curse the distorted mutations of your wondrous design. We cut off, by our faith, words, and Jesus’ authority, the capacity for cancer cells in _____’s body to spread. We say, “Praise the Lord, ______! May all that is in you praise His name.” And because it is impossible for rebellious cells to praise the Lord, they must be evicted now, and be replaced by good cells that can honor God! This is the mountain you instruct us to move by our words and faith. We don’t ask you to move it; we tell it to move in your Name (Mark 11:23) because your words in our mouths are as your words in your mouth. And now we thank you ahead for the evidence of your promised and completed victory. We have asked and believed that we have (past tense) received this answer (Mark 11:24). This is already done! Along the way, grant _____ peace and joy. This seems impossible, but grace is there for him. Give him certainty now of your determined outcome! Give doctors wisdom to work with you (whether they acknowledge that or not). Give _____ wisdom to know what adjustments to make in his daily life. And taken together, your work with all human cooperation, let this healing come here and now! We pray this in Jesus’ wonderful Name, because all your great promises are already “Yes!” in Jesus. And so in response we simply say,

“Amen! Let what is, be!” (II Cor. 1:20).

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You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal rock. (Isaiah 26: 3,4)

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Phil. 4:8)

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Father,

Thank You that as I fix my thoughts, You fix all that is broken in me. You give me perfect Shalom – nothing is missing, nothing is broken in my body, soul, or spirit. I trust in You, God. I trust in Your everlasting love for me. I trust in Your power to save me. I trust in Your loving care.

As You fix my mind, I fix my thoughts, by turning from all negativity to things that are true. I turn from fearful scenarios of what the future would look like without Your intervention. I will only think about things that are pleasing and joy-giving and lovely. I choose thoughts that are of excellent quality, thoughts that produce praise.

In short, Jesus, I keep my thoughts on You, my friend who sticks closer than a brother, my healer, my great defender, my Rock, my anchor, my steadfast hope, my joy, my life.

I refuse fear and worry! I take rogue thoughts captive and make them obey You, God. As I dispel every bit of anxiety that seeks to imbed itself in my mind, I will simply tell you what I need moment by moment. I will ask You for peace when I feel the panic rise. I will ask You for confidence when I feel my security slipping. I will say, as David did, “Lord, I am slipping!” And You will help me! For Your Word says in Psalm 121 that You will not allow my foot to slip. 

I will thank You continually for who You are to me, for all You have done for me, and for all You will do – even things I’ve yet to see manifest, for that is my sacrifice of praise.

As I thank You, I will experience Your peace that passes anything I can imagine, peace that passes any medication I can ingest; nothing and no one can give me the peace that You give. Your peace will stand as a guard over my mind, filtering out every negative thought, every fear, every lie.

Thank You for the mind of Christ. It is mine in Jesus. He died so that I could partake of His anointed mind. I thank You for the anointed mind of Christ, a steady mind, a fearless mind, a compassionate mind, a stable mind, a peaceful mind, a wise mind, a positive, optimistic, and joyful mind. 

Being full of Your Spirit, I cannot live in fear. Your love has driven fear out, so all day today I will confess that You are good and Your love endures. Your love conquers all fear. I receive the benefit of a fearless life: my life is full of Your power, Your love, and a sound mind, a sane and strong mind, a mind that is fixed. Fixed on You moment by moment, step by step, throughout this day and throughout my life.

In Jesus’ Name

Amen!

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6,7)

…We have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16b)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

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Let them make peace with me.
Yes, let them make peace with me. (Isaiah 27:5)

He [Jesus] lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. (Hebrews 7:25)

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If you are longing for someone to make peace with God, you are not alone. God is right there with you.

Jesus prayed over Jerusalem a few days before they sentenced Him to death:

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem… How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me” (Matthew 23:37).

Jesus didn’t call on angels to enforce His desire to gather the people of Jerusalem to His heart. He left them to their own free wills, to embrace or reject Him. They chose the latter.

Jesus is at the right hand of God, presenting Himself to the Father as the acceptable exchange for our sins, making it possible for anyone–everyone–to enter into fellowship with God for eternity. But people are stubborn. We prefer our own way of doing things, so we reject His offer of abundant life and set out to forge our own ways. We weren’t made to navigate life on our own. We need Jesus to light the way.

There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. (Proverbs 14:12)

If you are praying for someone to make peace with God, to find their way, remember that God is with you. Pray this plain and simple prayer…

Father,

I thank You for Your promise that if we pray anything according to Your will, You will do it. You have prayed the prayer I am about to pray, so how could it be anything but Your perfect will?

I place my loved ones before Your throne today, and I ask You in Jesus name to lead them down paths that will create in them a desire to make peace with You. May they turn from things in their lives that are leading them into darkness and dead ends, and may they lift their heads to see the light of Your glorious face smiling down on them.

Remind them that You’re not mad at them. Send people into their lives that will speak this truth: The Truth of the Good News that You are love and that Your love is the greatest force in the universe.

I trust in you to work to accomplish this, and my faith will not grow weak as I wait patiently for the fulfillment of all your promises concerning my loved ones.

In Jesus Name
Amen

 

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You are my helper and my savior. O my God, do not delay. (Psalm 40:17)

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We have a wonderful handyman. Halvor the handyman. He is 87 years old.

He works tirelessly; he can fix anything. He’s saved us thousands of dollars through the years, and we count him one of our dearest friends. When I call Halvor, I can count on his help. Whatever is broken is fixed faster than I anticipated, cheaper than I hoped, and better than it was before it was broken.

Just about the only thing he can’t mend is a broken heart, a broken relationship, a broken body, or a broken soul. That’s when I call for Jesus, my heavenly Handyman.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isaiah 26:3)

Perfect peace. Perfect Shalom. I have heard the Hebrew word shalom defined as, “Nothing missing. Nothing broken.”

Is something broken in your life today? Call your heavenly handyman. He’ll be there before you can say, “Amen.”

Father,

I fix my thoughts on you today. My mind is swirling a thousand directions and spiraling downward. You have promised that if I keep my eyes and my thoughts on You, I will have perfect peace. Your peace will fix my brokenness. Your peace will repair my soul and transform my mind. Your peace will recalibrate all that is whirling inside.

I receive You now, Prince of Peace. Come mediate between my emotions and my mind. I take each rouge thought captive, and I make my thoughts bow to Your truth.

Teach me Your truth. I have too often wandered from what is True, thinking I had some sort of artistic license to interpret things my way. I am sorry, Father. It’s Your way from here on, Loving Lord.

My whole self, spirit, soul, and body is Yours.

Dear Helper, help me quickly. Come to my aid and deliver me from trouble. 

In Jesus’ Name
Amen

 

 

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