A passionate women from one of the local churches has committed to investing in youth outreach weekly throughout the summer. We are all excited by the energy, creative, and dedication that she brings to bless the Barberry Village community. We'll be posting more about this, including stories and pictures, but for now I wanted to share her prayer for the summer
Father for my children I pray that you guide me every day. Every step of the way. I have no hidden agenda except that they see you face to face. That their little hearts will know this great love. Let your words come out of my mouth. Show me your love for them. Rest your spirit on me. Flow it consistently out of me. Let me see them through your eyes. Open up this place. Rest your spirit in their heart. Give me your heart. But only enough that I do not break apart. Show me your love for them. Teach me how to teach them. Give me your thoughts. Let my life reflect you so much that they find you in me. God this is my prayer, that I walk every single step WITH you. You hem me in, behind and before. Go before me Lord. Let your love, your spirit, break their chains, break the bondages. Break them Lord. Bring your little ones to me. Call them by name. For you are Great. Mighty is the Lord. There is no one like you God. How precious to me are your thoughts Oh God, how vast is the sum of them. If I were to count them they would outnumber the grains of the sands.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is there your heart will be also.” “I tell you, do not worry about your life…Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?…See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field.. will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry…(about the details) for your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.”
And he sent them out in two’s. “As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” “And even the hairs of your head are all numbered…So do not be afraid” “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
“Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus called a little child and had him stand among them.. “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone cause one of these little ones who believes in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and drowned in the depths of the sea.” “If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my father in heaven.” “For where two or more come together in my name, there I am with them.” “It is written, my house will be called a house of prayer.” “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise.” “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you mind.”
“If I say, ‘I will not mention him or speak anymore in his name,’ his word is in my heart like a fire. A fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in. Indeed I cannot.”
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms..” Father continue revealing to us how you want us to pray for Barberry. Teach us how to pray against the spiritual forces of evil. God make light what is hidden and give me perfect wisdom. Protect my team, protect my kids, protect the Barberry team. Give us a warrior’s heart. Break the chains! Destroy the lies! “..Therefore put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes you may be able to stand your ground and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist…” Give me your truth God. Show me your truths. When I read your word open it to me so that it pierces my mind and heart. Show me what you long to reveal. Show me your ways Oh Lord, teach me your decrees. Give me understanding according to your word. Direct my footsteps. Let no sin rule over me. You are the one I seek. Expose the lies I’m not even aware I’m believing. “..with the breastplate of righteousness in place..” Help me live a life of purity. Purity of my hands, purity of my thoughts. Give me strength and steadfast persistence to live a life of righteousness, of purity. Careful little mouth what you say. “..and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace..” I choose to live for the gospel at any given moment. Yes Lord, speak to me and I will listen. Where you go..I will go, what you say..I will say, what you do..I will do. “..In addition to all this take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one…” I hold out my faith as a shield against the lies, the condemnation, the guilt, of the enemy. I hold out my faith against any lie that you are not good. Oh Lord I know that you are good. “Take the helmet of salvation..” Thank you for the cross. Thank you that I no longer have to live under the old covenant. Thank you for what has been given because of your life and death. Thank you Father. Thank you. God, how do I reveal this to your little ones? How Father? How do I show them…you? Open up their hearts Father. Let your spirit wash over them. Come to them as they dream, as they wake, and drift asleep. You are the only one that can truly speak to their hearts. God I ask that they will understand you in ways I have never known. “..and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God..” Father your words are a sword. Engrave them on my mind and heart that I may use them daily to destroy the enemy and encourage your people. “..And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel…Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” Father do not let me teach any word that is not of you. If I am not sure of a teaching or not sure that I accurately understand your word, I ask Father that you will point this out to me and that I will not teach it. Give me wisdom Father. Discernment. Whether I turn to the right or the left let me hear your voice behind me saying, “This is the way. Walk in it.“ A student is not above his teacher and a servant is not above his master. You are my teacher and I am your servant. Let me only go where you lead. Let me only teach what you have already taught.
Then with your truth, with your words, with your leading, with your spirit, with your love, make me/us BOLD and COURAGEOUS, stouthearted and persistent.
God all of us working at Barberry need to bathe ourselves in prayer. Put your spirit on us. Give us WISDOM. Protect us. Let your Holy Spirit FLOW out of us. I ask that multitudes will come to know you because of us. Cause this summer to be what it was always meant to be. What do you want out of this summer Father? God I ask that this summer will be the boiling over point of all the prayers that have been offered up in this place. That is what I ask Father! God, how big do you want us to pray? Pray for the impossible. Nothing is impossible for him who believes. I pray that every single person who wants you, longs for you, searches for you…finds you. Holy Spirit, this summer,
FALL on this place…