Monday, July 18, 2011

AKA: The Lord of Hosts

In Christ you can win the battle you now face:
whatever bad habits you need to break
whatever temptation you need to resist
whatever discouragement you need to overcome
whatever doubt you need to defeat
whatever bruise or wound or scar you need to have healed
whatever sins you need to have forgiven
whatever holy habit you need to form
whatever faith you need to feed
whatever selfless act you need to do
whatever sacrifice you need to make
whatever loving kindness you need to show
whatever courageous word you need to speak
The Lord of Hosts is here with his heavenly armies to give you the grace you need

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Prayer for Battle

Battlefield Prayer -- Arthur Bennett

I bless You that the issue of the battle between yourself and Satan has never been uncertain, and will end in your victory.

Calvary broke the dragon’s head, and so I contend with a vanquished foe, who with all his subtlety and strength has already been overcome.

Whenever I feel the serpent at my heel may I remember Jesus - whose heel was bruised, but who, when bruised, crushed the devil’s head. So because Christ conquered the enemy I rejoice that He rules as the Lord of Hosts our Mighty Warrior.

So Lord I pray that you will
Heal me of any wounds received in the great conflict;
if I have been stained by sin,
if my faith has suffered damage,
if my hope is less than bright,
if my love is not fervent,
if some creature-comfort occupies my heart,
if my soul sinks under pressure of the fight.
Heal me I pray.

Lord, You alone are the One whose every promise is balm, and every touch life-giving.
Draw near to me, your weary warrior
Refresh me, that I may rise again to fight the good fight, and never tire until my enemy is trodden down.

Help me to stay so close to You that through your power I may overcome Satan, unbelief, the lust of the flesh and the lure of this world.

Give me a fresh drink from Your eternal fountain that lies in your unchanging and everlasting love and decree.

Then my hand will never weaken,
my feet will never stumble,
my sword will never rest,
my shield will never rust,
my helmet will never shatter,
my breastplate will never fall,
as my strength rests in the power of your might.

Adapted by GHT