A Prayer for Our Battle with ISIS – A Message from the Nation of the Cross for those Who Shed Our Blood

Lori 2016Lord, teach us to pray.

You are sovereign over all the earth. You are the beginning and the end. Our times are no surprise to you and so we praise you that you are a strong tower, a fortress, a bulwark at which we may gather when all around there is turmoil, terror, and pain. Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ, hear our prayer.

There is terror on the earth and you know it better than we. Brothers and sisters we’ve never met, who live far from us, these loved ones are under siege by those who are at war, not with us, but with You.

This enemy doesn’t value life. They show no fear of You. And they multiply daily. These are ones who have fallen under the deception of the evil one. They are victims of the ancient dragon who has sought to destroy humanity since our creation. And so, for this enemy we pray that you would deliver them from deception, free them from the bondage of rebellion and slavery to evil, silence the voice of the enemy in their ears – make them deaf to his commands.

Instead, may your Holy Spirit be free to work within them to convict, to correct, to convert, and to make a clear path for Jesus into their hearts and minds. Assault them Lord with the truth. Wherever they turn, may they encounter the truth of Jesus Christ. It is our prayer that they would repent of their evil ways, turn to you, and see the salvation provided by Jesus Christ on the cross.

Until that day that they bow their knees to Jesus, we pray that you limit their destructive capabilities. Throw their forces into chaos, confuse their communication, cripple their weaponry. May their courage falter, may their ranks dwindle, may they be ensnared by their own traps. Paralyze their forces and render them impotent to carry out their plans. Lord, hear our prayer.

Teach us to pray for the believers in the path of the blade.

For these loved ones, we ask for protection, for mercy, and for a spectacular sense of your presence with them. Grant them peace that you will care for their loved ones. Grant them unusual courage and strength to persevere. Comfort them in the midst of their sorrow, their separation from home and community, and in hunger and pain.

Lord, hold their hearts and minds in your loving arms. Cradle them to yourself as they witness atrocity, as they endure the unimaginable, as their worlds spin out of control. Just as David heard your voice in the wilderness when he ran from King Saul, let these, your children, hear your voice in the face of their captors. Be swift to offer them mercy. Lord, hear our prayer.

Lord, minister to the hearts of their loved ones. Provide for their basic needs when those who provided for them are taken captive or killed. Make the survivors deaf to the taunts of the evil one who would tempt them to bitterness or hatred or to turn from you. Make them resistant to the enemy’s attempts to tempt them to seek revenge. Help them to leave vengeance to you.

Quell their fears, Lord, and be the fire within them so their love does not grow cold in the face of such unbearable evil. Deliver them, Lord, from the path of destruction and grant them the joy of seeing their loved ones’ sacrifices bear fruit in that many hear their story and turn to you. May the enemy’s plan backfire, Lord, in that the blood of the martyrs bears the fruit of repentance in all who hear it told in every nation on the earth.

Lord, deliver us, your children who live far from this danger, those of us blessed with comfort, safety, and privilege, deliver us from complacency, mediocrity, and lazy faith. Galvanize us, Lord, not just to cry out against these crimes with our words but also with our actions. Incite us, Lord, to boldness in testifying to who you are, to greater fervor and faithfulness of worship, to active obedience to Your word, and to deeper love for those You love wherever we encounter them every moment of our day. Make us unafraid but rather make us joyful, hopeful, willing to live sacrificially, and energized in the face of persecution. Defend us against the hardening of our hearts, against doubt, against cynicism, against bloodlust, and against the weakness of hatred and revenge. Instead, make us more like Christ. Refine us through fire, fortify our faith through suffering, and inflame our love by letting us see Your face in the midst of these troublesome days. Open our eyes to see You at work, Lord, and let us be where You are.

You are our fortress. You are our stronghold. You are the Lord over all the earth and we await Your return with eager hearts. Finish Your work within us until the day of Your reappearance and enable us to bring You honor and glory until You come. You are God. You reign over all the earth. One day, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that You are God. Maranatha, Lord Jesus, come quickly, come.

In the mighty name of Jesus, we pray. And all God’s people said, Amen.

I welcome all believers everywhere to pray and to share this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. May God have mercy on us all.

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  1. Jan says:

    What a powerful prayer. I’m printing it out so I will have it handy during my prayer time. Thanks, Lori. Everyone should share this on Facebook!

    • Paula Wisdom says:

      Thank you for sharing your Godly wisdom. Reading this prayer makes me feel strengthened and relieved that others are having similar thoughts to mine.

  2. Brenda says:

    Thank you for this powerful, soul stirring prayer. I pray it will go viral and everyone who names the Name of Jesus, will cry out this prayer unto Him daily. It is a difficult thing to pray for enemies, but we are commanded to. Thank you again for setting the example. God bless you.

  3. Michelle says:

    Powerful, riveting, earth-shattering, heaven-moving prayer! Sharing! Thank you!

  4. Maxine D says:

    Amen and amen!

  5. Bashir says:

    Email: gospel2muslims@gmail.com / muslimsfoundjesus@gmail.com
    Sub: please pray for God’s help to plant more Churches among Muslims
    Dear Lori Stanley Roeleveld in Christ,
    Greetings to you in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
    We are very glad to share with you that our Living God has filled our hearts with His burden & vision in our lives to reach specifically to The MUSLIMS by The Gospel of Jesus Christ & plant House Churches inside Muslim community. While Muslim terrorist groups such as Islamic state , Taliban, Al Qaeda and Boko Haram are killing Christians in different countries, He is leading us to reach out to the Muslims for His own glory and help them to know that Jesus Christ is The Only Living God and Saviour.
    Our Lord Jesus is using us to fulfill His plan & will in and through our lives. Already Several Muslims men & women surrendered their lives to Jesus and they are following His teachings. They are witnessing about Jesus and their testimonies to their relatives & neighbors. God is adding more men & women to our worship services almost every week for His own glory.
    Militant Muslims are often torturing physically and trying to kill us and the believers from Muslim background for their new faith in Jesus. Even though we are facing heavy persecutions & threats by the Militant Muslims, but our Lord Jesus is using our lives for the extension of His Kingdom and He has protected us for His own glory. Militant Muslims are constantly trying to murder us. Our lives are in danger at this moment.
    We are in great need of your kind prayers in our own lives and for the persecuted believers. Humbly, we request you kindly pray for God’s protection from the hands of Militant Muslims. Please also pray that we might be always faithful to His call in our lives and grow in Him.
    It would be very nice if you kindly write few words for us.
    With regards,
    Bashir & Ayeasha
    KINDLY PRAY FOR: House Church Fellowship, Discipleship Ministry, Women Ministry, Children Ministry, Health Care Ministries for the women & Children and Compassion Ministry (such as Distributing Clothes & blankets to the poor children & Sarees to poor woman, Free tuition to the needy students, Feeding to the poor children , helping to the persecuted believers those who lost their sources of income & houses for their faith in Jesus, Educational help to the poor & needy students, Providing Nutrients for Malnourished children)