“Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith” (2 Thessalonians 3:1-2).
Satan hates to see prayer happen. He knows that when we pray, God is up to something. So he does everything he can to keep us from prayer. We need to learn to fight back. We need, as Ephesians tells us, to put on the armor of God. Then we need to keep “praying for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18).
As we pray for our pastors, leaders and friends who are working for the kingdom, we need to remember this request as well. Satan continually sends messengers to try to distract, thwart, and stop the work of God from happening in a church or ministry. We need to develop a habit of coming against those “evil men” that Satan manipulates to do his work.
Father, I lift up my pastor to You right now. I know he is under attack. Protect Your shepherd, Lord. Send angels around him to keep Satan’s evil men from distracting him. In the mighty name of Jesus, I come against anyone in my pastor’s life who is doing the work of Satan to thwart, harm, or distract. I declare: You cannot hinder him any more, in Jesus’ name! Lord Jesus, empower and enable my pastor to be effective for Your kingdom. Open doors so Your gospel can spread through his life and our church. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
–Taken from Praying like Paul (Learning to Pray the Kingdom for Those You Love) by Jonathan Graf (Click on the title for more information on this resource).
Praise God for not leaving you “as orphans” but for giving another helper to be with you forever (Jn. 14:16, 18). Give thanks for God’s presence and power, and trust him to continue to energize you, keeping you on the right course. Confess the times you are dissatisfied or frustrated in your walk with the Lord. Commit yourself anew to God and let his Spirit help you in your weakness, especially in prayer (Rom. 8:26). Ask him to reveal himself to you today in a new and fresh way.
Pray that your family and friends will have the joy, peace, and stability that comes from knowing God personally and spending time daily with him (Col. 3:15-17).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).