Key Thoughts and Scriptures about what we can do in the midst of conflict:
Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV …And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
- God may have you give, advocate, or do other things, but we must start with praying.
- “Pray” (proseuchomai) is to interact with the Lord by switching human wishes (ideas) for His wishes as He imparts faith (“divine persuasion”).
- God wants us to pray His desires about situations, which releases Him to do His will.
- First, focus your attention on the character of God, then pray that those characteristics will be worked out in each circumstance and situation.
- If a scripture comes to mind, pray that scripture over the situation.
Isaiah 61:1-3 NIV The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
Pray on all occasions.
2 Samuel 20 NIV …Then the woman went to all the people with her wise advice, and they cut off the head of Sheba son of Bikri and threw it to Joab. So he sounded the trumpet, and his men dispersed from the city, each returning to his home. And Joab went back to the king in Jerusalem.
- When Abel Beth Maakah faced destruction, a wise woman arose to intercede.
- This woman had God’s heart to save the city, and to see justice done.
- Her intercession between Joab and the townspeople is an example of how God can use us to pray and intercede regarding situations all over the world.
I Samuel 25 NIV David, Nabal, and Abigail
- Abigail was another woman who stepped into the gap to plead God’s heart in the midst of a crisis.
- She sent gifts ahead (which is a prayer context representing worship), and when she came face to face with David she fell at his feet and repented for the offense -even though she had not been the one who instigated it; and she gently reminded David that his intentions were sinful (he was going to kill innocent people), and then she affirmed the destiny that God had for him.
- They were interacting with the Lord to switch human desires for God’s wishes – and He gave them faith to step out.
God wants all people to repent.
2 Peter 3:15 NLT And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved…
2 Peter 3:9 NLT The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
- So part of our prayer in each situation must be that people’s hearts are open to God and they put their faith in Jesus.
- But in God’s time, He will move to rescue the oppressed and vanquish wickedness.
James 5:16 NIV …The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
God also wants us to pray for the one.
- Miriam was interceding for Moses’ life and identity.
- God had a purpose for Moses’ life, but Moses needed to know his true identity in order to fulfill it.
- Right now, we have a whole generation of young people whose identities are under attack. But we can intercede for them.
- It is God’s will that they know their true identity. Each one has a God given purpose that can only be fulfilled if they know who God created them to be.
- Pray that God’s Word for their lives will be fulfilled and for protection from the lies of the enemy.
God wants you to bring your own needs and the needs of your loved ones before Him.
Matthew 15:21-28 NIV The Faith of a Canaanite Woman
- She would not waiver and kept humbly interceding in spite of every obstacle and argument against her daughter’s deliverance.
- Look to Jesus, persevere in humble faith, knowing that all you can do is bring that person to Jesus and trust His goodness.
Matthew 9:18-22 NIV The Woman with the Issue of Blood
- She recognized Jesus as the only One who could save her, heal her, restore her.
- And she did not let anything distract her or anyone prevent her from getting to Jesus.
- Her actions were her worship and her prayer of faith.
- You can go boldly to Him – ask Him to give you His perspective and reveal His desire for each situation so you can pray according to His will.
Hebrews 4:16 NKJV Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
But when you do not know what to do… and even if you think you know what to do…the first thing you need to do is pray.
Isaiah 9:6 NKJV …And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Psalm 37:23 NLT The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
Psalms 20:1-5 NLT In times of trouble, may the Lord answer your cry. May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm. Send you help from his sanctuary and strengthen you from Jerusalem. He remembers all your gifts and looks favorably on your burnt offerings. May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed. We shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. May the Lord answer all your prayers.
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