I've been challenged lately to pray Scripture back to God. He inspired it. He meant it. I can hold Him to His promises. There is such freedom and power in praying Scripture- because, what He has written is obviously His will, and as I bring His Word back to Him- I believe He will honor it.
So, let's practice, shall we? Join me in praying Isaiah 45 for Heritage International School, and for Josh as he begins his ministry there as Campus Pastor:
And loose the armor of kings,
open before him the double doors,
So that the gates will not be shut:
Go before him
And make the crooked places straight;
Break in pieces the gates of bronze
And cut the bars of iron.
Give us the treasures of darkness
And hidden riches of secret places,
That all may know that You, the LORD,
Who call us by our name, Are the God of Israel.
You are the LORD, and there is no other; There is no God besides You.
Gird us for battle, we pray!
That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting
That there is none besides You.
You are the LORD, and there is no other;
You form the light and create darkness,
You make peace and create calamity;
You, the LORD, do all these things.’
Rain down, you heavens, from above,
And let the skies pour down righteousness;
Let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation,
And let righteousness spring up together.
You, the LORD, have created it.
Woe to him who strives with his Maker! We pray for those who don't know You!
You have raised Josh up in righteousness, direct all his ways;
May he build Your city
And let the captives go free!