26 SCRIPTURE –BASED PRAYERS TO PRAY FOR BISHOP FOREMAN
Courtesy: Pastor Keva Hampton
Harvesters…these are the 26 Scripture based prayers that were mentioned by guest speaker, Pastor Keva Hampton during Pastor Appreciation Month. Use these to pray for our Bishop daily as he leads us into what God has ordained.
Isaiah 43:26 Put Me in remembrance [remind Me of your merits]; let us plead and argue together. Set forth your case, that you may be justified (proved right).
When you pray for something once, God heard you and He answers you. You must then stand on His word by putting Him in remembrance of what it is that He’s promised you and what it is that you’ve prayed for. It’s not that God forgets, but you must be diligent and consistent.
You don’t have to pray for things more than once. Once you pray, you then thank God for what it is that you’ve prayed for by reminding Him of His Word to you. That’s what Jesus means when He says to knock and keep on knocking. The first knock is to establish the fact that you’re there. Every knock after that is a reminder, not an introduction. To pray from something more than once is unbelief. You pray once and everyday thereafter you thank God for it.
What does standing on God’s Word mean? It means that you send a reminder to the heavens and to every enemy that God will come through and if He said it, you must believe it, and that settles it.
Prayer is an essential weapon that believers have. It is a primary source of communication with God. A strong devotion to prayer is essential to living a victorious Christian life. If there is no prayer, there can be no power with God. Most simply, prayer is communication between God and you. Prayer is not limited to the four walls of a church building, or limited to kneeling or having any special trinkets, beads, or other items.
Christ gives us a very good example of how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13 AMPLIFIED.
9Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name. 10Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven (left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors. 13And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
When you start praying, start with worship and praise unto God for who He is. Next, we want to declare that we wants God’s will to be done through our prayer and not our own. Sometimes we can pray for things that aren’t God’s best for us and when we commit our prayers to God’s will, we keep ourselves from getting things that aren’t good for us. Another key to our prayers not being hindered is forgiveness. When you’re praying for something be sure to seek forgiveness from God as well releasing those that may have hurt you.
Un-forgiveness is a prayer blocker. 14For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.
Don’t Complain to God. God already knows what we have need of and prayer is not meant to complain, but rather it is meant for us to ask and then thank God for those things. You pray for something once and then every time after you thank God that He has answered your prayers. Even if it doesn’t happen overnight it doesn’t mean that God forgot about you or didn’t hear you, it just means the appointed time hasn’t come. Since you’ve committed your prayer to God’s will, it’ll be done in His timing, which is always right. Don’t go to God with your laundry list of complaints, go to Him with praise. Like the old adage, you get more with honey than with vinegar.
Seal it in Jesus’ Name. While Christ was on the earth, prayer did not need to be sealed In Jesus’ Name, but once He ascended to the right hand of the Father, we need to seal every prayer in His name. The Bible says that He stands in the presence of the Father making intercession for us and when we seal our prayers in Jesus’ Name, it authorizes God to move on our behalf. Amen is simply a closing word to stand in agreement with God’s will.
Attach Scripture to Your Prayer. Pray the Word of God over your situations and circumstances. Find scriptures throughout the Bible that correspond to what you’re believing God for. God is moved by His word and by faith. Not by emotions. For instance, if you are trusting God for financial increase, don’t pray “Lord, increase me like how the Dow Jones went up 400 points in one day!” That doesn’t move God. Instead pray, “Lord, your word declares in Malachi 3 that if I was faithful with my tithe, offering, and first fruits, you promised to open the windows of heaven and pour me out a blessing that I wouldn’t have room to receive.” That prayer moves God.
Make a Prayer List. Make a list of things that you cover in prayer on a daily basis. Knock and keep on knocking. The first knock is to acknowledge your petition and every other knock is to thank God for bringing it to pass even if you haven’t seen it yet.