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A Prayer Before You Go

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A Prayer Before You Go

It’s Launch Week around here. And what a week it’s been! Wowzers. The book, Can You See Me, Now? Good news for the lonely, left out, and less than is officially out in the world. The launching process involves a lot of people across months. For these souls, I am eternally grateful, including my launch team leader, my launch team members, and my prayer team. Honestly, the whole thing can be overwhelming and scary. You don’t know how it’s going to turn out. Like a lot of situations familiar to you, there are times when our course of action is downright frightful. Before we go, prayer must take priority. As God would have it, there is a prayer of preparation before you go.

“When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the LORD your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.”  Deut. 20:1

Moses is in the midst of giving instructions to the people. This is a particular people who have been called to take over the Promised Land one battle at a time. Against warriors. Giants. And vast kingdoms with resources that make the wandering Israelite people look easy to wipe out. Naturally, the response from God’s people is fear. And here God acknowledges this. At the same time, or you could say, in the same breath, the people are told not to let fear prevail, and why.

Because the LORD your God is with you.

No. There is no denying in the text that what you and I go up against is often greater than our own resources and strength. God sees what we see: more and bigger bad guys. Realistically, victory of any sort looks impossible. But obstacles of this variety are not to push us to frenzied terror, just because they are real. We are told, not to be afraid.

Then what Are We to Do?

Instead, we are to remember our God is the same God who has rescued and delivered us time and time again. God’s intent is that you come through to the other side of the situation victoriously.

The part I love is that God seems to know we can’t get there on our own.

Moses doesn’t just leave it with the directive not to fear. He involves non-fighters in the battle. To reinforce the call to trust in the God who leads, the spiritual leader is to come forward and give a charge—an encouragement for Who God is, for what He can do, and why he will do it.

And when you draw near to the battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people and shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them, for the LORD your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’Deut. 20:2-4

What Does Praying Before You Go Look Like Today?

Today, I think this looks a lot like praying before you go. For instance, during the forty days leading up to this week’s book launch, my closest spiritual leader, my husband, prayed and fasted. He’s not a writer. He isn’t on my prayer team. But he does play a prominent role in what I do as God leads. So he prayed before I went.

Chad will admit that it wasn’t a time filled with personal mountaintop experiences. In fact, he often communicated it didn’t feel super spiritual at all. It was obedience to encourage and empower those within his realm of responsibility to trust God in the unknown and the scary, to remember His history in my life, and remind me that it is God, Himself, who fights for me to give me victory in whatever He has called me to.

I believe that God saw to it that we have this obscure set of instructions to change situations, to successfully navigate what lies beyond us, and allow us to experience the impossible.

Today I want to offer you this same prayer, not as one who is spiritually over you, but rather as one who is helping to cover and encourage you. May you be strengthened with courage and in faith to move out into whatever God has called you to, unafraid.

But I encourage you to write these verses down. Keep them close. Don’t be afraid to ask one of your spiritual leaders in your life to give you a similar charge before you go.

A Prayer Before You Gobefore you go

Lord Jesus,

Remind my friend today of your presence. Remind her that it is You who is going before her to battle. You are not shielding yourself behind her or casually watching from the sidelines. You are in the fight, leading. You are ready to do what needs to be done for Your glory and our good. Remind her of what you have brought her through. Calm her fears, Lord. Give her the courage to trust you in the impossible and the strength to take that next step. I ask that you be faithful to your word. Do what you promise and fight for her. May the battle make your name great.

In your precious name, Amen.

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Asking for Blessing

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Asking for Blessing

Have you ever prayed for a blessing? Is it narcissistic, or might it be exactly what God entices us to do? If you had asked me a few years ago, I would answer that it seems self-seeking and inappropriate. But today, the evidence in Scripture outways my feelings on the issue. The bottom line is that there exists a precedent for asking for a blessing and asking big.

Consider God’s appearance to Solomon:

At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” 1 Kings 3:5

Then Jesus makes the same offer to a blind man:

And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.”Mark 10:51

Somehow I am able to argue my way to figure that was then and doesn’t mean now and me. But then I noticed Caleb, the one who, with Joshua, believed God would give the Promised Land over to the Israelites. It is said of Caleb that he had a different spirit and followed God wholeheartedly, so he was able to enter the land while all others save Joshua, perished.

Two Times Blessing

Two times in Scripture we learn that this same Caleb has a daughter who was given in marriage to a valiant warrior. For a wedding present, her father gave her some property — but it didn’t have any water. This beloved daughter goes to her father and does the very thing I wouldn’t think to do. She asks for a blessing. 

And she got off her donkey, and Caleb said to her, “What do you want?” 

She said to him, “Give me a blessing. Since you have given me the land of the Negeb, give me also springs of water.” And he gave her the upper springs and the lower springs. Joshua 15:18-19

The fact that we have this exchange recorded two times in the Bible communicates, we should take notice. Here is a daughter, dearly loved, who just received a fabulous present. But in order for her to make the best use of it, she needs water. Does she sulk, complain, or cry? No. Although she hesitates by trying to send her new hubby on the bold errand, her father directly addresses her–the daughter he loves.

She asks for a blessing.

Specifically, a spring of water. Her father gives her two.

This my friend, is what struck me. The Bible offers us this simple story of a girl given a wedding present, who goes back and asks for more. Does she deserve it? No. But can she more fully live out God’s purpose for her if this need for water is met? Yes. Is this a father who loves giving good gifts to his children? As the only man designated as someone who loves God wholeheartedly, I believe we can say yes.

God sees you and me in the same light this father viewed his daughter. When she asks for such a bold and right blessing, he gives her twice as much as she requested.

That is the kind of heavenly father you and I have in Jesus.

A question for us is then, are we asking like a beloved daughter? In light of the examples given us in Scripture, you and I have the privilege of asking our father for a blessing. It is a good and right thing to pray. Today, I would like to do just that.

A Prayer for Blessing

Lord,

Today we bring to you our desires. Not simply our needs, Lord. On the basis of the precedent weasking for blessing have in Your Word, I am asking, on behalf of my sister, that you give her a blessing. In Your own way, I ask that you communicate how beloved she is to you. Show her her worth in Your sight. Grant my request on her behalf. We know more from You is undeserved. You have given enough. But what if she has a field and it needs a water source to do and be everything You have ordained? What if You wanting her to trust You enough, believing You are good enough to give a blessing for the asking? On the basis of Who You are and what You have done in the past, give her a blessing.

In the glorious and powerfully able Name of Jesus,

Amen

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Bay Area Day 21

Bay Area Day 21

Prayer Guide for John 19:

Together, we made it! What a journey this has been across the past three weeks. This 21-Day season of prayer put forth by Pastor Brian Haynes, at Bay Area Church has been one I will not soon forget. We have been praying and fasting one meal each day leading up until Easter. You can hear more about this 21-Day emphasis by listening to a message here. To help us center more I created a printable prayer guide to fit along with the readings. 

You will find this final day, Day 21: John 20, below, with room to write notes, journal your thoughts, and prayers during this time. NOTE: Today’s Bible reading was too long to include in the printable. I have linked it here to Biblehub.com

To download the printable journal, just click on the graphic and a link to a PDF version will pop up. There are two options: Bullet Journal if you like your lines spread out and a more classic style.

Bay Area Prayer Guide Day 21

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I am so thankful to have been on this journey with you. I would love to know how God revealed more of Himself to you during this time. What truths were made vibrant? What did you learn? Did anything become more clear? I so want to know! So don’t be shy in posting below. It’s such an encouragement to us all.

I’m so thankful to be in this season with you.

If you would like to start at the beginning, you can find Day One HERE

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Bay Area Day 20

Bay Area Day 20

Prayer Guide for John 19:38-41

Oh my goodness! I am so glad you are here because you almost missed it! Yes, you did! This is the final week of the 21-Day Prayer journey with Bay Area. Tomorrow is the final day of a season of prayer put forth by Pastor Brian Haynes, at Bay Area Church. We have been praying and fasting one meal each day during this special season until Easter. You can hear more about this 21-Day emphasis by listening to a message here. I created a printable prayer guide to fit along with the readings. 

You will find Day 20: John 19:38-41 below, with room to write notes, journal your thoughts, and prayers during this time. NOTE: Today’s Bible reading was too long to include in the printable. I have linked it here to Biblehub.com

To download the printable journal, just click on the graphic and a link to a PDF version will pop up. There are two options: Bullet Journal if you like your lines spread out and a more classic style.

Bay Area Prayer Guide Day 20

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I’m so glad you are joining in because we need to pray and pray fervently. Check back here each day for your daily download. I’m thankful to be in this with you!

If you would like to start at the beginning, you can find Day One HERE

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Bay Area Day 19

Bay Area Day 19

Prayer Guide for John 19:1-37

I am so glad you are here because you almost missed it! Yes, you did! This is the final week of the 21-Day Prayer journey with Bay Area. If you are just now joining me, we are in the midst of a season of prayer put forth by Pastor Brian Haynes, at Bay Area Church. We have been praying and he even invited us to fast one meal each day during this special season until Easter. But don’t worry. It’s not too late. You can jump-start your participation by hearing more about this 21-Day emphasis by listening to a message here. I created a printable prayer guide to fit along with the readings. 

You will find Day 19: John 19:1-37 below, with room to write notes, journal your thoughts, and prayers during this time. NOTE: Today’s Bible reading was too long to include in the printable. I have linked it here to Biblehub.com

To download the printable journal, just click on the graphic and a link to a PDF version will pop up. There are two options: Bullet Journal if you like your lines spread out and a more classic style.

Bay Area Prayer Guide Day 19

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I’m so glad you are joining in because we need to pray and pray fervently. Check back here each day for your daily download. I’m thankful to be in this with you!

If you would like to start at the beginning, you can find Day One HERE

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