[Please work through yesterday’s prayers before doing today’s.]

Yesterday, we acknowledged that to be the church for Jesus in our communities we need to be forthright about our own sin, and repent. We also did this as individuals. We then received God’s forgiveness. It is in the righteousness of Christ that we are forgiven; and it is in righteousness of Christ that we stand boldly against forces of darkness.

Today we will stand in our identity as The Church and do spiritual warfare for our communities. Read Ephesians 6:10-18. Mentally and visually put on your armor.

Notice how many times the passage tells us to stand. Most battles for the church (and individuals) are are not about “going to war“. The war comes to us. Jesus was not the aggressor. Jesus was the immovable Rock. There are times when God leads us out to specific battles, but most battles are in our midst.

As Ambassadors of Christ in our churches, we pray the following in the name of Jesus:

  • We stand against all forces of violence our neighborhoods, and instead we declare peace.
  • We stand against every sort of human trafficking in our neighborhoods, and instead we declare safety and security.
  • We stand against all forces of addiction in our neighborhoods (drugs, pornography, food, materialism), and instead we declare freedom and self-control.
  • We stand against all forces of self-hatred, hopelessness, and suicide, and instead we declare the love of Jesus into these hearts and minds.

When you are finished, pray this prayer:

Our Father in Heaven, we thank you for your sovereignty and the mighty power of your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. We pray in the name of Jesus to be released of any sadness, fear, anxiety, sorrow, doubt or other negative emotional conditions. We are not called to carry as burdens the emotions of those we pray for, so we bind whatever forces would try to burden us. Thank you for your grace, mercy, power and love. Amen

…but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:57-58