Lent Prayers: Take sole possession of our hearts

March 16, 2010

Lord Christ, almighty Saviour, we cry to thee for aid against our strong enemy. O thou who art the Stronger than the strong, deliver us, we pray thee, from the evil one, and take sole possession of our hearts and minds; that filled with thy Spirit we may henceforth devote our lives to thy service, and therein find our perfect freedom; for the honour of thy great name.

— another one of the Lenten prayers that Kendall Harmon has recently posted at TitusOneNine

Nefarious, vile, and depraved

March 16, 2010

The Lord’s Resistance Army finds a new safe haven in Darfur:

The LRA originated in northern Uganda during the late 1980s. In addition to committing widespread atrocities in Uganda, throughout the 1990s and early 2000s the LRA served as a proxy for the Sudanese government in its war with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, or SPLA, in southern Sudan. In 2005, Kony publicly stated that the Bashir government supported the LRA as a proxy force to destabilize the south, a charge that Khartoum continues to deny despite considerable evidence to the contrary.
“The Khartoum regime’s principal tool of war during its 21-year reign has been support for marauding militias such as the Janjaweed, the Murahaliin, and the Lord’s Resistance Army,” said Enough Co-founder John Prendergast. “Facing no consequences for this destructive method of governing, it is unsurprising that the regime is again providing safe haven for the LRA. Absent a cost for this, we will likely see the LRA unleashed again later this year to destabilize the referendum in southern Sudan.”

Our regular readers know that we have prayed much against the LRA on this blog. God has placed this burden on our hearts. I don’t often address Satan in spiritual warfare prayers, but Psalm 149 teaches us that it is our honor to execute the Lord’s judgment.–JW

We praise You, Lord, and rejoice in Your glory. We speak new prayers and sing new songs in adoration. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. You will beautify the meek with salvation.

Who is President Omar al-Bashir that he should indiscriminately slaughter Your children? Who is Joseph Kony that he should defy the living God by using His name in the service of death? They have abducted, enslaved, raped, maimed, and killed Your children.

Let the high praises of You be in our mouths and the two-edged sword of Holy Scripture in our hands.

God has exalted Jesus to the highest place and given him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee must bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

We who believe in Jesus Christ exercise our authority to establish God’s kingdom on earth. We declare to all the mountains and obstacles that block the dismantling and dissolution of the Lord’s Resistance Army and the evil regime in Khartoum, “Become a plain.”

Jesus Christ came to destroy the works of the devil. We say, “Devil, get under our feet and crawl on Your belly. Eat our dust because that is the only thing you are allowed to eat. We bind Your rulers, authorities, powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms with chains and fetters of iron.”

Oh, Lord, it is Your good pleasure to give gifts to Your children. You want us to ask and seek. Withdraw Your sword from its scabbard and command it to destroy this evil stronghold.

Take pity on Your people. Take pity. Amen.

Psalm 89:14; 149; Jeremiah 47:6-7, Philippians 2:9-11, 1 John 3:8, Genesis 3:14, Luke 11:9-10

This menu includes many prayers regarding the LRA.

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