By Dan Woodworth
Editor’s note: In the midst of the circumstances in which the human race currently finds itself, Dan Woodworth felt inspired to write a powerful prayer and to share it with our readers. Below is a brief segment of the full prayer. If you would like to read the entire prayer, email Dan at [email protected].
Thank You, Lord, for this beautiful day that You have given to us. We speak Your Resurrection Words in Psalm 118:24 – This is the day that You have made! We will rejoice and be glad in it!
And in Philippians 4:4 – We rejoice in You always and again we will say rejoice!
Thank You, Lord, for Your Resurrection Words in Psalm 23 – Loving Lord, You are our Shepherd. We have no lack. We don’t need a thing. We have everything we need. You have bedded us down in Lush Meadows, pastures of tender green grass. You lead us beside Restful, Healing Waters. True to Your Word, You let us catch our breath. You point us in the right direction. You restore our souls. You lead us in the Paths of Righteousness for Your name’s sake. Yes, though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil because You are with us. Your rod and your staff comfort us. You prepare a table before us in the presence of our enemies. You anoint our heads with oil. Our cups run over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives and we will dwell in Your house forever!
Thank You, Lord, for Your Resurrection Words in Psalm 91:2-4 – Daddy in Heaven, holy is Your name. You are our refuge. We trust in You and we are safe. That’s right – You rescue us from hidden traps, shield us from deadly hazards. Your huge outstretched arms protect us. Under them we are perfectly safe; Your arms fend off all harm.
Thank You, Lord, for transforming all fear into faith and fulfillment, all hurt into hope and healing, all pain into peace and power, all shame into significance and security, and all trauma into tranquility and triumph.
Thank You, Lord, for Your Resurrection Words in James 4:8 – As we come near to You, You always come near to us! And in Galatians 5:22-23, we see what happens when we live Your way. You bring gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard — things like affection for others (love), exuberance about life (joy), serenity (peace). We develop a willingness to stick with things (patience), a sense of compassion in the heart (kindness), and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people (goodness). We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments (faithfulness), not needing to force our way in life (meekness), able to marshal and direct our energies wisely (self-control).
We thank You for Your Great Grace Power Packs that we receive in the following Scripture:
Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because I am your Living Lord. I’m striding ahead of you. I’m right here with you. I won’t let you down; I won’t leave you.
Psalm 91:14 – If you’ll hold onto Me for dear life, I’ll get you out of any trouble.
Romans 4:17 – You are the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being the things that do not exist. You created us in Your image and we have Your creative power to do the same.
Ephesians 3:20 – Now unto You, You are the One who is able to carry out Your purpose and do superabundantly more than we can dare ask or imagine, infinitely beyond our wildest hopes, dreams and prayers, according to Your Resurrection Power at work within us.
Colossians 1:9-11 – Thank You, Lord, for filling us with the full knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, that we may walk worthy of You, fully pleasing You, being fruitful in every good work, increasing in the full knowledge of God, empowered with all Resurrection Power according to Your glorious might unto all patience and endurance with joy.
We plead the blood of Jesus Christ over us. Thank You for filling us with Your Living Word and Your Spirit. We thank You, Lord. Amen.
Dr. Dan Woodworth earned his Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree from the King’s University in Los Angeles in 2009. His passion is to encourage and empower people with the transforming power of hope and healing to become all they are created to be. He and his wife, Irene, have planted three churches. They are in the process of creating a cross/cultural, cross/generational healing community solving pressing problems in Boise and beyond. He may be reached at [email protected], or visit his website at www.danwoodworth.org.