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A Daily Prayer

**This is an excerpt from Interim Pastor Dave's sermon on Colossians 4:2-6 entitled, "The Essential Weapon in Evangelism: Prayer." May it enrich and bless your prayer life, as you seek to devote yourself faithfully to prayer!
Pray this out loud. You'll be encouraged by hearing your own voice as you worship!
Lord, I choose to worship and serve you today. I come into the presence of the Father, of Jesus Christ the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 13:14) by your prompting and at your invitation (Heb 4:16, Jn 6:37, 43). 
Along with the command of Jesus, I declare: “Away from me, satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only (Matt 4:10).”
I proclaim my only access to your throne is through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, whose shed blood has paid all the debt for my sins (1 Jn 2:2). In and of myself, I could never earn a right to go to heaven, or to enter your holy presence (Isa 64:6; Eph 2:8-9).
Jesus Christ is my Savior, my Lord, my God, and my Friend (Titus 3:3-8, Phil 2:8-11, Jn 20:26-29, Jn 15:11- 16).
Thank you, Lord, for sending the Holy Spirit. He has sealed, secured, and adopted me into the Father’s forever family (Eph 1:13-14, Rom 8:11,15-17, 38-39). Thank you, Lord, for the exaltation of the Lord Jesus by your Spirit (Jn 16:14), teaching me biblical and spiritual truth (1 Cor 2:10-14, Jn 14:26) and bringing me counsel and comfort (Jn 14:16-17, Jas 1:5, Isa 11:2).
Father, you are holy (Matt 6:9). You speak tenderly to my heart and welcome my embrace (Lk 15:11-32, Matt 6:5-8). Like your Son, the Lord Jesus, I long to bring you glory (Phil 2:11, Jn 8:29, Isa 42:8, 43:10-15).
Lord, I know I cannot find fulfillment unless I am rightly connected with you and experience your life flowing in and through me (Jn 10:10, Deut 30:11-20, Eph 5:18, Gal 5:16-25). So right now, I choose worship. I give you all of me (Rom 12:1-2). I love you, Lord, and want to serve you, your people, and your Kingdom purposes (Mk 12:28-34, 1 Pet 4:10-12, Matt 6:10).
I stand opposed to all that is unjust and unrighteous (Jer 9:23-24, Micah 6:8, Mt 6:33), choosing to make a positive difference in this dark world (Eph 5:8-14, 1 Pet 1:13-16, Matt 5:12-16).
I stand opposed to all satanic and demonic influences (Eph 6:10-20, 1 Jn 3:8). I know that satan is against me and against all Church and Kingdom growth. I accept my role as a warrior in this war (Rev 12:7-17, 1 Jn 5:18-20, Jn 17:15-18, Mt 16:18, Col 1:13).
In the name and authority of Jesus Christ who has died for sin and risen in power, in the name of Jesus who is seated in the heavenly places far above all principalities and rulers and every name that is named in this age and in the age to come, I rebuke you, satan (Jude 9, Col 2:15, Eph 1:20-22, Heb 1:1- 4, Isa 14:12-14). In the name of Jesus, I command any and all minions of hell who have targeted me, my family (name family members), my church family (here name particular church pastors and leaders), and those within my circle of influence (may name relatives, friends, co-workers, missionaries, Kingdom projects), to leave us alone today. You cannot touch us spiritually, emotionally, mentally, or physically, for I claim us for the purposes of Jesus Christ.
Only the Holy Spirit sent from on high has permission to influence me and those I have named today. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Josh 24:14-15, 1 Cor 6:19-20, 1 Pet 5:8-9, Jas 4:7, Eph 2:6, Lk 10:17-20).
Lord God, I want to be close to you (Ps 63:8, 42:1, Jn 15:1-12). I ask you to reveal all sin (what I have done and what I should have done — commission and omission) and shortcomings, that I might confess, turn from, change my actions, and lean into grace, all the while thanking you for the precious shed blood of Jesus (Ps 139:23-24, Ps 51:1-19, Rom 3:23, Jas 4:1-12, 1 Jn 1:5-10). (Pause and do this.)
Lord, I reject lies about my worth and my value; for you have declared me to be holy, “a glorious one” in whom you are delighted (Ps 16:3, Phil 2:15; Zech 3:1-5). Empower me today to “act like I am,” which is to live joyfully connected with you, celebrating who it is you say I am, “created in holiness and righteousness of the truth” (Eph 4:22-24, 1 Cor 1:2, 1 Jn 1:3-4). I want my life, from the inside out, to demonstrate that I love Jesus.
Lord, I humbly ask “that I might know you better.” I pray that the eyes of my heart might be enlightened so that I may know the hope to which God has called me, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power toward us who believe.
Out of your glorious riches, strengthen me and those in our church with power through your Spirit in the inner being. As Christ dwells in our hearts, by faith may we grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. May we know this love that surpasses knowledge – that we may be filled to the measure of the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever” (Eph 1:17-19, 3:16-20)!
Lord, I know this world will pull my heartstrings toward settling for less than true fulfillment. I know the evil one wants to take me down (and out). Grant me the discipline to pour biblical truth, spiritual insights, and true fulfillment into my soul. As Solomon taught, “Above all else, guard your heart; for from it flows the wellspring of life” (Prov 4:23, Prov 14:12, Ps 16:11, 1 Jn 2:15-17, Jn 17:14, Heb 12:1-13, Jn 10:1- 30).
May I devote myself to the practices you have instructed, modeled at the birth of the New Testament Church — Worship, Discipleship, Fellowship, Service, and Outreach (Acts 2:42-47).
Grant that I may be part of your “intent that now, through the Grace Bible Church family, the manifold wisdom of God might be made known...” (Eph 3:10). I will “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Eph 4:3). O God, I long for my life and the lives of all of us at Grace Bible Church to make a Kingdom impact, communicating that we’ve been eternally transformed by a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.
By your intentional grace, may we be found pleasing to God. May we be found extending encouraging grace to others. May we be found living out and talking about the saving Gospel of Jesus to those who have yet to find Him.
“Therefore, since we are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe” (Heb 12:28).
In and through the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
Pastor Dave Groleau

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