Ephesians

New Testament Reference

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Lord of Harmony

Thank you for the music…beautiful music stirs our souls…it lifts our spirits.  There is something about magnificent music…every instrument and every voice working in unison to produce a message of uncommon commitment to a worthy cause that is found nowhere else on earth.

The enemy knows this power.  In response, we hear from the darkness, discordant, jarring sounds and angry lyrics, screeches that attack our peace and disturb our hearts.

Teach Your children how to make beautiful music together and the beauty and the hope of our song drown out the sounds of this world. May the beauty and power of our orchestra overwhelm even the most glorious solo.  May the joy of our melody shine Your light into the darkness.

AMEN

Scripture: “When you meet together, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, as you praise the Lord with all your heart.” Ephesians 5:19

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Graceful Lord

When You rebuke me, Your words are bold…but gentle. You lead me without vitriol or crudeness. You are teaching me to learn to speak without cursing or using Your name in a vain attempt to magnify the impact of my words.

In America, across every form of communication, swearing and cursing are commonly used to turn our words into weapons. Our vulgar conversations are appalling and childish.

Our coarseness is required to:
get a cheap laugh
to batter our opponents into submission
to cover the weakness of our position.

My father taught me…”Only uneducated folks swear…intelligent people know how to speak forcefully without cursing.”

Lord, help me to control my speech and the thoughts behind my words. May my speech always be truthful, gentle and God-honoring.

AMEN

Scripture: “Stop all your dirty talk. Say the right thing at the right time and help others by what you say.” Ephesians 4:29

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Father of Love and Peace

I am blessed to bask in Your love and peace that surpasses all understanding.

I am confounded by the way the enemy distorts our language and defines the idea of real love. Our public debate has be defiled by coarse and vile language.

Volume has replaced reason and personal attacks have replaced facts and logic. It is called “hate speech” to insist there are only two genders…to define promiscuity as counterproductive and counterfeit “love”…to understand that compassion sets healthy boundaries. The truth…a loving mother does not subsidize her child’s drug addiction. A loving parent does not submit their preschool child to gender-altering surgery. True love trains and restrains and YES disciplines the object of its love. Unleash Your Spirit among us and teach us how to truly love one another.

AMEN

Scripture: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29

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Father of Forgiveness

When I see the immorality and degradation of our culture on display in our headlines: shared on our social networks and mainstreamed in our educational institutions, I’m sickened at what we’ve become.

Then I see my own fallen state and how much You have forgiven me and I am deeply ashamed by how I am complicit in our fall by choosing to remain comfortably remote rather than risk backlash by speaking truth to this madness.

Violence…grooming…hedonism…corruption are NOT okay…yet I haven’t engaged the enemy from my knees as I should.

Help me remember our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the prince of darkness. My best strategy is to put on Your spiritual armor; drop to my knees; seek Your help; forgive those lost in this darkness and stay faithful to Your call.

AMEN

Scripture: “When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father…” Ephesians 3:14

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Guardian of Justice

Your word says it is possible to be angry without sinning. I lift this prayer to You angry in my soul for the injustice and corruption overtaking America.

Injustice surrounds me. We have endorsed child mutilation as a solution to gender issues. The AMA has been corrupted by big money to the detriment of patient care. We have chosen violence as our first option to resolve our differences. We have become no better than worshipers of Baal…only our idol is money.

All of this and more has created an unjust society and the resulting pain and heartbreak anger me.

Please temper my anger with wisdom that I might bring solutions not simply hot rhetoric to the public debate. May I learn to speak lovingly at the moment of my greatest anger.

AMEN

Scripture: “Be angry, yet do not sin. Do not let the sun set while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” Ephesians 4:26-27

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My Strong Fortress

You have destroyed every tool in the enemy’s arsenal to intimidate me to silence.

When Christ conquered the grave, His kids were set free from the tyranny of fear’s greatest weapon.

Why am I so reticent to boldly respond to the lies and deception that are spreading darkness and evil across America? Don’t I know that the silencing of God’s children in the face of the direct assault on the throne of heaven we are experiencing today in America represents a key pillar in the spiritual battle we face?

Do I not know that if I cower in fear before the bullies; the bullies win?

Teach me to be a spiritual warrior filled with Your grace and unmoved by the threats of the servants of darkness. Empower my heart to stand unafraid.

AMEN

Scripture: “So put on all the armor that God gives. Then when that evil day comes, you will be able to defend yourself. And when the battle is over, you will still be standing firm.” Ephesians 6:13

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God Almighty

Thank You for loving and caring for me. I come today with a deep concern about the condition of my heart. With the issues surrounding us today in America, I find it too easy to become cynical and unloving.

The divisions we face, the distrust between us, the unbelievable loss of our humanity makes it more difficult…and more imperative I look to You every day for purpose, hope and security.

The problem is I find it all too easy to lose sight of this truth. You have said, “…we struggle not against flesh and blood..” our enemies are the spiritual forces of darkness in this world.

Help me have the heart of Jesus…help me remember the everyday people around me are lost and deceived. Correct me when I forget!

AMEN

Scripture: “We struggle not against flesh and blood but…against the world forces of darkness…” Ephesians 6:12

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Father of Abraham. Isaac, Jacob and Messiah

I have fallen short so many times…but You are always there to lift me up and put my feet on solid ground. Thank You for Your faithfulness to me.

The rich and powerful of our country have walked away from You and have led so many astray. My heart breaks at the path many Americans have chosen. It is the easy way…go along to get along…but it leads to destruction and ruin.

Our coarse and selfish culture has hardened us to one another and created deep divisions among us. We are acting as if we no longer need You. We walk in darkness and hopelessness. We need You desperately. Reveal the way back into Your presence.

This very moment, cleanse me and make me part of Your solution.

AMEN

Scripture:
“Though you were once far away from God, now you have been brought near to Him because of the blood of Christ.”
Ephesians 2:13b

A Most Dangerous Prayer

What Inspire & Ignite is asking Prayer Warriors to do is not without risk. We are asking the King of Kings’ knights to take on…on a daily basis…the spiritual forces of darkness that have brazenly invaded our communities.

The enemy is not much bothered by the prayers of most Christians. Most Christian’s prayers are not a threat to his empire of evil. Most often, our prayers are requests for loved ones, health concerns, and everyday events in our daily lives. God encourages us to lift those prayers to His throne…but they are not of much concern to Satan.

>However, If you dare to challenge his deceit and bring light to bear on his agenda by engaging your heavenly Father’s help to restrain him, Satan will take notice. When you call on the King of Kings to intervene on your behalf, confronting the darkness and evil of Satan’s plan to bring pain and destruction upon humanity…if you dare to stand against his lies and evil, which are hurting innocent lives and blinding mankind to the truth of Jesus and Heaven, the Satan will take notice.

It is a dangerous thing to stand against the agenda of the devil. The Bible warns us of the threat that the enemy poses.

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:11-14)

To become a Prayer Warrior for the King of Kings…to serve at His Round Table…to build up the wall and stand in the gap will require courage and faith, faith in your salvation, and in your Father’s heart for those who stand for Him. Do not take this challenge lightly. It may not always be easy…it will always be right to stand in the gap for our communities.

Remember as you pray each day for God to rescue America from the forces of darkness…DO NOT FORGET to lift up all of your brothers and sisters of the Round Table…ask for God’s protection for their sake, as they battle the forces of evil at work all across our country.

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