“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).
To pray “Your kingdom come. Your will be done” is to partner with God to replace evil with good, death with life, sickness with healing, etc. Turn this into a personal prayer. Name the areas in which evil, sin, or despair are active in your life. Then pray for the kingdom of God to come by renouncing the evil and replacing it with good.
The kingdom of heaven is the rule of God, a situation in which everything works God’s way. Think about what life would be like in heaven anytime you have a moment today. When you see things that are not at all like heaven, pray quietly for the kingdom of heaven to come to earth, right there. Spiritual warfare can be as simple as an act of kindness when animosity or sarcasm or a reprimand is expected. Pray for the things that make Jesus strong to become strong in each situation.
Lord Jesus, in Your kingdom, everything works as it should. Show me how to align my prayers with Your heart so that goodness will overcome evil, and so that Your kingdom will be more powerfully evident in my home, at work, in my church, and wherever I place my feet or open my mouth to speak.
Adapted from Power Praying: Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer by David Chotka. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise God, the Creator of the heavens. Thank God for his awesome handiwork, for the beauty reflected in the stars, the moon, the clouds, and the sun. Confess those times when you wondered if God was real and you questioned if he loved you. Commit yourself to praising the Creator of the universe as you see the stars, sun, moon, and clouds. Ask him to provide you peace, knowing that he cares for you.
Ask God to help you let go of those you worry about. They, too, are in his hands.
“God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.” —E. M. Bounds
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend