Personally Striving, Prayer

My Refuge & My Fortress

This morning I was all prepared to publish my second post on budgeting.  Before I published however, I checked my email.  Bam!  I was hit with another email describing the attack of the enemy on a family.  I wept and cried out to God.  Lately I have received a lot of prayer requests.  Families under attack – marriages, children, finances.

First, let me say that when I receive a prayer request I pray.  I pray and intercede.  Prayer is a serious weapon used to defeat the enemy, bring comfort and joy to the heart, and invite peace into the chaos.

When I attended Redeeming Love Family Church in Fayetteville, NC I learned how to pray with power and authority.  I learned how to pray the Word of God.  Power!  In order to pray God’s Word, you have to know God’s Word.  It has to be etched on your heart.  Pastor McKinney taught on this often.  In addition, during every service at Redeeming Love Family Church we decreed and declared Psalm 91.  Not one verse, the whole chapter.  I will admit that I was intimidated when I realized I was to commit the entire chapter to memory.  Then I thought of all the songs I have committed to memory.  Surely, I could commit one chapter of God’s Word to memory.  And so I did.  I felt a change in my prayers.  I felt like they were a true weapon of war.

I’m not saying that every prayer has to be long and filled with scripture.  Sometimes you just don’t have words.  Sometimes, “Jesus, help!” is all you can manage.  There is nothing wrong with that, but at some point you need to mature beyond “Now I lay me” and “God is great, God is good”.  You need to pray God’s Word.  You need to pray intentionally.

Lately, I have been heavy in prayer and praise.  I would love for you to join me in decreeing and declaring Psalm 91.  (Take a peek at Psalm 92 as well.  Great stuff!)

I have also been listening to the following songs:

Oceans – Hillsong UNITED
Moving Forward – Israel Houghton
Hallelujah – CeCe Winans
Waging War  – CeCe Winans
Victory – Tye Tribbett

Join me in prayer and praise.  Let’s keep the enemy under our feet!

Always Striving,

Joce

P.S.  I’d love to know what scriptures are you currently declaring?
What songs are you meditating on?  🙂

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