Historically Christians have put deep time and thought into prayer. That art is almost forgotten.
Most prayers these days are either short and simple with efficiency in mind or an emotional overflow that is a bunch of random thoughts. Neither is wrong necessarily, but the deep intentional prayers of the past are nearly gone.
I wanted to offer a prayer that has been on my heart. A prayer theologically woven together within the tapestry of Scripture, one designed for spiritual warfare.
If you are in the middle of a difficult season I challenge you to pray this prayer continually.
A Prayer Warrior’s Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, I confess You are my Creator and Lord over all. [John 1:3-5] You are sovereign over my (name your struggle or concern by name).
I confess that You are also my Savior, that You have ransomed me with Your blood. [Matt. 20:28; 1 Cor. 15:3] I have been bought with the blood of Jesus Christ; my life and my body belong to God. [1 Cor. 6:19–20] Jesus, I submit myself to be made whole and holy because of your sacrifice on the Cross. Your work covers all my brokenness. I lay (name your area of struggle or concern) at your feet Jesus because only you can bear the weight of it. [Rom. 6:23]
Jesus you are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness [1 John 1:9]. I ask You to cleanse me of my sins of (name things specifically). Jesus you have made me pure and therefore I reject any lie about myself that doesn’t produce the fruit of your spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. [Gal. 5:22-23] Those lies are now broken by the cross and blood of Jesus Christ [Col. 2:13–15].
I can now present myself pure and holy because of what you did on the cross. [Rom. 12:1; Rom. 6:12-14] I commit to make time in my life to continually learn your ways and live them out, for apart from you I can do nothing. [John 14:21, John 15:5] I will do this through (Name specific things you will do to continue to grow in your faith. Examples may be prayer, daily Bible reading, volunteer work, or even church attendance.).
Lord Jesus, I thank You for offering me total and complete forgiveness. I receive that forgiveness now. I choose to forgive myself and forgive those that have hurt me. (Be specific here; name people, and forgive them.) I release them to You. I release all my anger and judgment toward them. Come, Lord Jesus, into the pain they caused me, and heal me with Your love. I now bring the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ between me and (name your concern or struggle). I commit to seek out Godly counsel and accountability to encourage me and pray over me. [James 5:16, Heb 10:24, 1 Thes. 5:11, Prov. 27:17, Gal. 6:1-5]
Restore the joy of salvation in my spirit. [Psalm 51:12] Jesus, let your peace wash over me and guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. [Phil. 4:7] I now turn my mind towards what is true, noble, right, pure, and lovely before you. [Phil. 4:8]
I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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This was developed partially from the incredible work of John Michael Cusick, Timothy Keller, Dawn Colaw, Oswald Chambers, C.S. Lewis and my own experiences from years of helping people in many counseling sessions.