Monday, August 4, 2014

Prayer for the Woman in Ministry

Dear Woman in Ministry,

 This prayer is for you. I’m praying for you today because I know how valuable you are to the kingdom of God and I know your tender heart for God’s purposes.

Lord, bless my sister with the peace that passes understanding. When things get busy and life is crazy with demands that seem unending, remind her to sit at your feet like a Mary (instead of a Martha; Luke 10:38-42). Give her the peace that passes understanding as she lays her burdens at your feet (Philippians 4:6-7). Remind her that Your burden is easy and Your yoke is light (Matthew 11:28-30) and gently guide her to the cross where she can unburden herself and trust in You.

Father of our hearts, give this woman grace. Grace to respond kindly to those who criticize or judge unfairly, because You know Lord that those people are hurting and need Your grace as much as the rest of us. Mostly, give her grace as she judges herself. Let her know the overflow of Your grace (2 Corinthians 9:8) when she makes mistakes and when she drops the ball, or gossips, or hurts someone’s feelings, or doesn’t communicate well. Pour out your grace on her and remind her that You don’t use perfect people; You use people who are broken and poured out for You.

Lord, guard her heart from the arrows of the evil one. May Your cloak of righteousness protect her from the temptations of the world: temptations to lose heart, to give up, to despair; or to find comfort in any place other than You. Guard her mind, Lord, from the thinking of this world and the lies of Satan (with the helmet of salvation). May she keep her mind focused on You and take every thought captive, committing her inner dialogues to You (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Shield her all about with the protection that comes from faith. Let her hope be in You, for You will not let her down. Oh Lord, please protect her marriage and make her home a refuge from the battles she fights for You. Guard her children and pour out Your blessings upon her home as she commits her life to You, Lord.

Give her a spirit of readiness, that she would be willing to serve You when You call. Oh Lord, give her wisdom to distinguish between what opportunities are from You and which are only going to be more BUSYness. Grant her compassion for the lost, the hurting, the helpless. Give her Your eyes and Your heart for the world that she might say, “Here I am Lord, send me ” (Isaiah 6:8).

Above all, Father, make her a woman of prayer, an intercessor for the people You love. May she battle for their hearts in prayer and be a warrior alongside You to see victory for Jesus. God, strengthen this woman You have chosen to serve You. Make her courageous and powerful for Your glory (Ephesians 6:10:18).

Dear Lord, use this woman to further Your kingdom, to glorify Your name and to spread the truth of the gospel far and wide. Lord, make her wholly YOURS, committed to Your purposes and completely sold out for You. May she fall deeply in love with Your Lord, that all her service to You becomes merely an act of pure love (2 Corinthians 5:14). Pour out Your love, Your grace, Your truth upon her: fill her with Your Spirit so that she lives only by Your Spirit and not in her own flesh (Galatians 5:16).

Fill her. Use her. Strengthen her. Empower her. Bless her. Protect her. Live in her and work through her.

By the power of the risen Lord, I pray. AMEN

P.S. Did you need me to pray anything else for you? ;)

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