Pray against the spirits of this age, which hold so many captive. This spirits of licentiousness – do whatever you want – and lust, rule much of our daily lives and preoccupy our thoughts.
Forgive me. I am a creature of fleshly weakness and of spiritual cowardice. In my anxiety, I seek comfort in fleshly comforts rather than leaning on You. I am timid in naming the spirits of Baal and Asherah, Molech, and anti-Christ when I clearly recognize the work of their hands.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
I thank You that Christ Jesus did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage. I thank You He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness and being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross!
I praise You Father for the exaltation of Christ Jesus to the highest place. At the name of Christ Jesus the spirits of licentiousness, lust, narcissism, hatred, arrogance, deceit, and lies must bow their knees. At the name of Christ Jesus the spirits of Baal, Asherah, Molech, and anti-Christ must bow their knees. I proclaim the lordship of Christ Jesus in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. Amen. (Philippians 2)
Pray for the deputies and bishops as they begin to look toward home. Pray that conservative deputies and bishops will not be taken captive by a spirit of despair. Pray that they will sow joy and peace in believing in the final two days here and then back home.
To all deputies, bishops, journalists, and visitors who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:7)
James 1:2-4. “Consider it all joy my brethren whenever you encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations….” Let this scripture guide your prayers and understanding of the difficulties we are undergoing in this Church. Consider it all joy? Yes, count it wholly joyful. The Scripture continues, “Be assured and understand that the trial of your faith will produce endurance, steadfastness and patience.” God is in these times. This passage affirms, “God is in charge and nothing happens by chance.” By these actions, the faithful will gain endurance, patience and the ability to persevere. For this we praise God.
We praise You, Lord God, for the privilege of living in this time and in these circumstances. We hold high the banner of Christ. We thank You for all of Your tender mercies, for the endurance, steadfastness, and patience that You have bestowed upon us. Holy is Your name. Amen.