The Prayer’s of Black Women

January 5, 2020

There is no “reset” button in life. You can’t take anything back, and you can’t undo anything. All of your actions have consequences, and the things you say and do today will have a lasting impact on the rest of your life. You have to understand that, and you have to be aware of it while making your decisions.

Author Unknown

I’m still wrestling with naming my guilt a day later. I wonder how many others are doing the same. For some, such as me, the guilt that enters our thoughts was imposed upon us. And, thus, make it hard to name. It’s too bad those that wronged us have no clue how deeply their words and or deeds impacted our lives. Their actions tied us to emotions that are for better or for worse. Let’s pray!

Prayer

Artwork by Henry Lee Battle

Father God, bring clarity to imposed guilt. Amen

The Prayer’s of Black Women

January 3, 2022

And there will be a highway called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not travel it–only those who walk in the Way–and fools will not stray onto it.

Isaiah 35:8

Wow! When I discovered this scripture I had no clue it would minister to me. Mainly, because it was a random scripture I found and enjoyed. However, according to Michael J. Chan, “Isaiah 35 is a powerful poetic word of comfort for the mourning Judahite exiles, who lost their temple, land, and sovereignty.”

I felt I’ve lost everything I worked so hard to gain trying to help foolish people I thought needed saving. In the end I realized after my sacrifices all they needed were firm black and white choices. A revelation that came years after my soul began to cry loudly about the losses in my life.

In retrospect I was the foolish one. My good hearted nature leaves me with complex feelings of failure and mourning the wonderful life I no longer live. And the funny thing about my wounds is, I’m not alone. There are countless others feeling the same for many reasons of their own. Let’s pray!

Prayer

Photo by Henry Lee Battle

Father God, it’s a new year with endless possibilities. Walk with us on our Earthly journey keeping our feet from straying onto a fools highway. Amen

The Prayer’s of Black Women

November 29

God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning the sixth day.

Genesis 1:31, NIV

On headstones the most important symbol is the dash between the day you’re born and the day you die. The dash represents your courage to live. Most people don’t understand that. Sadly a ton of folks live their days scared. Their behavior is like gambling with scared money. If they lose at whatever is meaningful to them it’s hard for them to forgive themselves. As they pack up their marbles, hang up their towel or do whatever sends a clear message of defeat to their souls. As you live life, always be encouraged. The most important meaning for the dash is: Life is about living courageously! Let’s pray!

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PRAYER:

Father, God, please remove the fear that hinders me from living my best life. Replace it with your strength and your courage so I can see the plans you have for me. Amen

The Prayer’s of Black Women

November 8

They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever! 10 Your Majesty has issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold, 11 and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace. 12 But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.”

13 Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, 14 and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? 15 Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”

16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Daniel 3:9-18 NIV

I selected to share the above verses because they show how far people will go when they are filled with unclean spirits such as jealousy, envy and greed. Let’s pray!

PRAYER

Father, thank you for this new day that has new opportunities. Fill me with your love as you protect me from the evils of my enemies. Amen

The Prayer’s of Black Women

October 31

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.

Mark 10:25 NIV

The other day I asked my American friends how they would pray for people living in another country. I’ve selected to omit the name of the country. Well, anywho! No one answered. I guess their reply wouldn’t have gotten them noticed or favorable “likes” by a large audience. Was I disappointed? Yes. Why? Because my friends are always in church and or participating in Bible studies. So as I sat perplexed concerning praying for others God gave me something to pray about. He showed me that in parts of the world unknown to me, people don’t have clean drinking water. I can’t imagine such because the water from my tap is among the best in the world. It comes from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It’s hard! But! It is crisp clean and refreshing! And, as I see things now, clean water can be taken for granted. Let’s pray!

PRAYER:

Photo by Artis A. Harrison
Rocky Mountain National Park

Good day, Lord! Thank you for putting a need on my heart and the hearts of others to pray for clean water. It shows us that people can and do take clean water for granted. And having access to it make some people feel entitled. Forgive us of our sins. Help those of us that have the ability to think outside of the box and or access to resources continue to move forwards in providing clean water to parts of the world where drinking water isn’t possible. Help us make the impossible possible, Lord. Amen

The Prayer’s of Black Women

October 24

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV

Good morning from Denver, Colorado! It’s 5:13 in the morning. The Sun has yet to bless us with morning light in this part of the US. But! The light of day is coming!

I woke with the world on my mind and all that follows me. I thought about my public prayer as well as my private request to an unseen God. Among my thoughts is the question why do I follow a God the naked eye can’t see. The thought came after I realized why so many can’t believe in Him. Because! You can’t see Him. How do you know He’s there? Is the spirit in question a He or a She? That question right there is important to a ton of people. It’s a stumbling block for those that seek answers to believing in something greater than themselves. It’s caused folks to no longer follow Christ and or to believe there’s no God at all. But trust and believe He’s real! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Him during one of my darkest days.

My brother had died. He was the only sibling I’d connected with. Perhaps because we lived in the same house, we shared the same parents and we shared some of the same abusive experiences. Well anywho, he’d died. I was questioning God as to why He would take the only family member that loved me. I remember telling Him that I had a whole family that He could have selected from. And, yet, He takes the only one that loves me. I was puzzled by His choice, until now.

As I was praying and sobbing with tears filling my eyes and leaving me with no vision over my brother’s death, I felt a warm and very large spirit enter my home. It connected with my tiny soul. It was so big that after it joined our spirits together I felt it’s presence outside as well as inside the house. As trouble brews over my many decisions concerning my mom’s assets, I was reminded of this particular day. There’s nothing of great concern so big that God can’t help His children navigate through and enter new promise lands. Let’s pray!

PRAYER:

Father, God, it’s a new day filled with opportunities no matter our current circumstances. Remove the scales off our spiritual eyes that causes us to be blind to your many blessings. Showing each individual that reads this prayer the opportunities you have for them. As you give the doer your strength and perfect plan to claim blessings and move into promises lands. Amen

The Prayer’s of Black Women

October 23

Everyone has friends or at least everyone should have friends. When I was younger and in my twenties I had a friend that baked me a birthday cake each year. And every year I missed the message God of the Universe was sending because of emotional pain. I’d been through so much mentally. My existence wasn’t important, at least to me. Yet, to this friend and to God, I was a diamond in the rough. She, like God, saw through my pain. Her kindness displayed that I was worthy to be loved. My friend is now off and living her best life. It’s been years since we’ve gone to lunch or even talked. She’s extremely occupied with traveling, family and running the family business.

My life was changed with riches of the heart because of birthday cakes! Let’s pray!

PRAYER:

God of the Universe, today and everyday I visit with you. I tell you my sorrows, my joys and about the pain of others. As I remember to thank you for your many blessings. Today, I thank my friends and I thank you for the gift of friendship. Each has played important roles in my life. Wherever they are I pray your favor over them and those they love. I continue to ask for your favor upon me and my family and our descendants. Amen

The Prayer’s of Black Women

October 17

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

While I studied for my Masters In Divinity I learned a very helpful tool. How to apply knowledge centuries old to a current situation. It seems in Deuteronomy Israel had gotten scared again. Once before they became full of fear and refused to fight for the land God said belonged to them. As a result, they spent years wandering in the wilderness. OMG! That sounds familiar! Well anywho, the land that was promised to them was occupied by mean and horrible people. And adding to Israel’s fear was the large army. I’ve had to face a few giants and found myself shaking in me boots! But! God, being God, gave Israel and Joshua another chance to claim what He freely gave them. So to ensure they didn’t run scared again God gave them a pep talk. He assured them several times He would be with them. A practice He continues today. Let’s Pray!

PRAYER

Lord, forgive me. I’m only human. As I read the above scripture I thought about all my missed opportunities because of fear. Then I thought about the opportunities that returned. My life is richly blessed because I entered into the land you reserved for me and my family. I thank you for those blessings each and everyday. I pray you continue to be with me and never forsake me. Always giving me your courage to secure and keep the blessings you said were mine. Asking you to continually do the same for my children, their children and our descendants. Amen

The Prayer’s of Black Women

October 11

15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

John 17:15-17 NIV

Father God, thank you for the blood of the lamb. It purifies, anoints and sanctify your children and those that follow the redeemer. We praise you for the gift that keeps on giving. Amen

The Prayer’s of Black Women

October 9

14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood!

2 Peter 2:14 NIV

There is nothing worse than a person or a group of people that see things one-sided. They are quick to set boundaries to the foolishness of their own hearts. They rob people of joy and rights of passage because of their delusional ways and beliefs. And, more often than not, leaving a pile of ashes symbolically where a person once stood. A change in their behaviors and the community they thieve within can only become healthy and constructive through prayer. So! Let’s pray!

PRAYER:

Father, here I am again. I’m so grateful you made yourself available to me and others 24/7. We need access to you around the clock. This you know! Well, today I’m praying for toxic people, groups and communities. Sadly, toxic folks are mad men begetting more mad men. As they join together and destroy the lives of others seeking fulfillment that only last temporarily. Put a hedge of protection around those they seek to ruin. Cover everyone involved with the blood of the lamb. Speak peace to the hearts and minds affected and or infected with things that are common to humans. Amen