ALL GOD'S CREATURES
The root word of creature is create.

 
In addition to, or instead of using a prayer list, we can find inspiration for prayer in the things around us.
 
In the book of Jonah, the Assyrian king led the people of Nineveh to such a dynamic level of national repentance that he demanded even the animals fast and wear sackcloth. Whenever we see any animal, we can pray,
 
Father,
may America and nations throughout the world,
both leaders and citizens,
embrace such a radical passion for repentance!
    

Around the House

My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young - a place near Your Altar,

Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in Your House;
they are ever praising You.
Psalm 84:2-4 NIV

While reading Psalm 84, it stirred something deep within me. I wanted to be as the mother bird that built her nest at the temple, raising her young there. I never wanted our children to perform a ritual exercise of religion, but rather willingly, selflessly serve God and others. I wanted them to turn the world upside down with an all-consuming faith and love.
 
I journaled this prayer and began to pour out my heart in the summer of 2002. By fall, God had led us to Church of the Highlands where we drove over an hour to be there every Sunday and Wednesday and more... It would take a large room filled with bottles to store the tears I shed, pleading with God to move us closer to this church until we finally moved within a fifteen-minute drive in 2015. That's right, thirteen years.
 
I now understand God's wisdom in the season of waiting. The Presence of God, the messages, and the people there have defined our lives ~ and I would never trade this for anything... Anything... 
 
Had I backed down, we would have missed it - a church that launched in a Birmingham high school on February 4, 2001, and exploded with growth and influence so that they now have a global impact in fulfilling The Great Commission... We would have missed our son-in-love Matthew, meaning "gift from God" along with four amazing grand-angels... And I tremble to consider what darkness might have gripped our family if I had not stood fast, praying... relentlessly, desperately praying...
 
And this prayer continues...
With my whole being, body, and soul, I will shout praises with joy to You, the Living God. My soul faints with longing to enter Your Courts. Even the sparrow builds her nest there, raising her young at a place near Your Altar. Lord God, that is where I desire to be, and it's where I long to raise my children - not positioned on comfortable pews observing from a distance, but deep within Your Courts near the holy Flames of Your Altar - the place of sacrifice. May families throughout the world delight to pursue Your glorious Presence, and may You enjoy their praise. May our weakness melt away as we stand in Your mighty Power against the prince and principalities of the air. May our hearts and minds be driven by a desperate desperation to fulfill Your sovereign Desire while here on earth. For Your Honor and great Glory I cry out from the depths of my innermost being...
(Inspired by Psalm 84:1-5) (Written in 2002)    
BIRDS ~ BIRD FEEDERS
Faithful Father, no matter what we ever may face, please hide our families in the shelter of Your holy Wings (Ps. 91:4)...
 
Father, please keep the evil one far from all spiritual seed that's planted within human hearts today (Matt. 13:4)...
CATS ~ DOGS
Prayers for all who own them...
Those who love them...
Those who hate them...
Those allergic...
Veterinarians, animal shelter staff...
For all who maliciously abuse them...
PETS
Consider naming your pet something that inspires prayer. Our indoor cat is named Whisper. When I see her, 
Father, I want to hear Your Voice,
even when You whisper... 
 
Our black cat is Bethany, meaning "House of God." When I see her, 
Father, I want my house to be
Your house, a house of prayer
for all nations.  
The calico is Bonnie, meaning "beautiful." She inspires thanksgiving for our treasured friend Bonnie, and we're reminded that God makes all things beautiful in His time (Ecc. 3:11). 
To address issues we were facing, I spent seven hours praying and anointing our house with oil. Both girls had very disturbing nightmares. Bees swarmed our shrubs - the noise so loud I could hear it indoors. Our cats had kittens that week; they all abandoned their young. Stray dogs killed other kittens, scattering their dead bodies across the yard. A car struck our favorite male cat. And so, I began standing against any assault of the enemy of all souls on any part of our 80 acres. Jesus demonstrated that demonic spirits do enter animals, as Mark 5 recounts their entering a herd of about 2,000 swine, running down a steep cliff, and drowning in the sea.  We do not pray for the salvation of our animals, but we pray that satan not have any access or power over them. It has made a difference.

On the Farm

Jesus said,
"How often I have longed
to gather your children together,
as a hen gathers her chicks
under her wings,
and you were not willing."
Matthew 23:37 NIV

CHICKENS
While this verse speaks of Jerusalem, this could be said of all who resist Jesus. I've been there...
Oh God, may our hearts be willing to be gathered under Your Wing,
close to Your Heart, protected in Your Presence...
COWS
Whether milk or meat, we can be thankful for these products and for those who supply them.
Father, bless the dairy and cattle farmers... Protect their time
and investments... Bless their families... 
I pray for my friend Holley who allowed me to use photos of her animals.
In some religions, cows are deemed sacred and are protected, resulting in the starvation of people while the animals roam freely in the streets, also creating dangerous, unsanitary conditions. Let's pray...
Some nations boast of their chariots and horses, but we boast in the name of the LORD our God.
Psalm 20:7 NLT

HORSES
May our families not trust in education, skills, experience, money, strength, government, but rather put their trust and make their boast in the Name of the Lord our God (Ps. 20:7).
Father, help us to remain faithful
to our mission of fulfilling
The Great Commission, regardless of
our circumstances, until Your work
is completed here on earth.
Maranatha... 

I saw heaven standing open
and there before me
was a white horse, 
whose rider is called
Faithful and True.
With justice He judges 
and wages war.
Revelation 19:11 NIV

LAMB ~ SHEEP
Father, You told Peter, "If you love me, feed My sheep."
May we be moved with love for You and compassion for others to care for the sheep You so deeply love and long for - to hear their cries, searching for and rescuing as many as possible, bandaging their wounds, and feeding them both physically and spiritually. Grant us opportunities to be Your hands and feet...
May we live with a profound sense of urgency to rescue those who are lost, that there may be great celebration in Heaven and on Earth...
I sleep with a sheep. Whenever I get up during the night or change positions, I can feel my sheep and am moved to pray,
Father, please help us to recognize Your Voice and follow wherever You lead. Speak to us day and night even as we sleep. May we not recognize the voice of those bearing dark doctrines...
May we follow you closely, listening carefully for Your slightest Whisper (John 10)...
We are Your sheep and the people of Your pasture. We enter into Your gates with thanksgiving and into Your courts with praise (Ps. 100:3-4).
After Bible study each morning, I put my sheep on my Bible next to my chair, a visual reminder that prompts me to this prayer each time I see it throughout the day. I collected the sheep in the photo when touring the Billy Graham Library with Melissa Ann, Michelle Cox, author of ​Just 18 Summers, and Wayne Atcheson, director of the library. So in addition to the prompts described here, this sheep reminds me to pray for my friends, their expanding influence, and for the Billy Graham organization.
TOY SHEEP
Give the children in your life a toy sheep, teaching them sheep prayers. I give sheep to parents of newborns so that as they tuck their babies into bed, this prayer covers their family. If they're not Christians, I pray for hearts inside the homes of everyone to whom I give sheep. Regardless of age, I give sheep to individuals struggling with hearing God's Voice regarding relationships, life decisions, or vision... 
You can modify these prayers to cover elected officials, news media, cultural influencers, individuals who do not yet know God...
When I see any sheep, I pray that we all hear God's Voice.

At the Zoo

APES ~ MONKEYS
For the fall of Darwin's evolutionary heresy... For the expanding wisdom and influence of scientists who are Christians...
CAMELS
When Abraham's servant was sent to find  a wife for Isaac, Rebekah was the answer to his prayer. She  took the time to draw  water for a stranger and the ten camels he brought with him. Camels may go many days without water and then drink as much as 25 gallons in 10 minutes, up to about 40 gallons in one session. This young girl may have drawn about 400 gallons of water!
Father,
may our children be the answer to the prayers of many strangers.
May they selflessly respond to the needs of others
with great strength and endurance... 
 
And Rebekah's obedient generosity led to a blessing we may apply to our loved ones today. 

May you become the (spiritual) mother of
thousands of ten thousands,
and may your offspring
possess the gates of their (spiritual) enemies (Gen. 24)...
ELEPHANTS
An Asian elephant has small ears; the African has large ears. Prayers for the people of Asia or Africa.
This photo memory inspires me to pray that the hearts of parents be knit to their children and the hearts of children be knit to their parents... That they communicate willingly and openly... For unity within homes and hearts...
And those of us from Alabama may feel motivated to pray for the University of Alabama - Roll Tide!
FLAMINGOS
Flamingos are named from the Latin and Spanish word "flamenco." This means fire, which refers to their bright colors. These colors come from the pigmentation in their foods. So how can seeing a flamingo inspire prayer?
 
Father, let Your fire burn within us, fire that moves us to stand up, stand strong, and present Your beauty to the nations.
Your Word is our food. Above all, may our favorite food be to do Your sacred Will.
GIRAFFES
The people of Africa... Awakening in Africa... Thanksgiving for every memory with our children and grandchildren exploring zoos, celebrating the breathtaking imagination of our Father Creator...
KANGAROOS & KOALAS
Australia - for a dynamic anointing to rest upon the Church in Australia, for ever-expanding influence in igniting the Greatest Awakening...
LIONESS
Seeing a lioness reminds me of page 16 of Lisa Bevere's book Lioness Arising - that we rise to gather strength, greet and groom others, rise to hunt, rise alongside other lionesses, rise to move the young to safety, confront enemies that threaten the pride, and rise to walk with our King.
The righteous are as bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1 NIV
LIONS
Please grant us the favor of David and Daniel to prayerfully take our stand against spiritual adversaries… Move us to be vigilant at all times for like a roaring lion, the devil is stalking the earth, seeking to steal or devour everyone and everything to which he is permitted access… 
Help us to stand firmly, praying unceasingly for all who are suffering throughout the world (1 Pet. 5:8-9)…
LORIKEETS  
~
They’re a favorite at the zoo because they’ll swop down, rest on our hand, and drink the nectar we provide. But they can teach us some valuable lessons as Christians.
We, like the lorikeets, can be confident when approaching others – not because of what they have that we can get from them, but because of what we have that we can give to them. Jesus.
What if we were as welcoming to the world as we are to the lorikeets? What if, when reaching out to others, we offer them a smile, joy, hope? Wouldn’t we be more effective?
Add to this list and share your ideas with your children and grandchildren.
   PEACOCKS
~
These are truly fearfully and wonderfully made. Their tail feathers may reach a span of six feet, shedding them after every mating season. They can make their feathers quiver, emitting low-frequency sounds that we cannot hear, seeking to attract specific females.
~
May all who know You and those You are drawing to Yourself be attracted to the sound of Your Voice throughout the silence of each night and above the shouts of every cultural distraction...
King Solomon imported peacocks (1 Kings 4:29), inspiring prayer for wisdom (James 1:5).

Just as You gave King Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sands on the seashore, Father, we need such wisdom to fulfill Your Great Commission in these very Last Days to which You have appointed us.
And so for such wisdom we plead...

Peacocks are the national bird of India and may remind us to pray that the name of Jesus be exalted and adored there.

Peacocks eat young snakes, including cobras! They do not allow them into their territory.

May we be faithful to protect our homes and spiritual territories from the intrusions of satan, our enemy, crushing him rather than consuming him.
And while peacocks may appear prideful of their appearance, the Bible instructs us,
 
Be humble. Be gentle.
Be patient.
Tolerate one another
in an atmosphere thick with love.
Ephesians 4:2 ICB
PANDAS
For Christians in China - strength and passion, as many are persecuted because of their faith... For Awakening to spread like wildfire among the Chinese... For the leaders of China to embrace their King and their God... And for America too, as Chinese Christians are praying for us to experience the fire so that our lukewarm Church will become hot, as it should be.
TIGERS
Prayers for the people of Asia... Those of us from Alabama may be inspired to pray for our Auburn University Tigers - War Eagle!  (Tigers/Eagle - I know it's confusing - Alabama's Crimson Tide has an elephant mascot and Auburn Tigers have an eagle. Pray for us in Alabama.)
It's me...
wearing the ultimate concealer of bags and wrinkles. 
ZEBRAS
Prayers for the people of Africa...
Prayer can become as natural as breathing. Have fun with small children - pray for all wearing striped clothing.
We can also think of Jesus, Isaiah 53:5 -
"By His stripes, we are healed."
 
ZOOS
for biologists - those who study life... 
Protect impressionable minds from seeds that distort
the Truth about the origin of life. 
Let everything that has breath give You praise...

In the Wild

DEER
We lived in a small house decorated in "Early American Hunting Lodge." Tim's deer suspended from the dining room walls moved me to pray,
As the deer pant for streams of water,
please grant me, my family, my friends,
my church, and people throughout the world
 an insatiable thirst for You, O God (Ps. 42:1)...

Having had Lyme Disease, please pray for all suffering with this or other diseases - that every cell in their bodies be made whole and holy.
Yahweh my Lord is my strength;
He makes my feet like those of a deer
and enables me to walk
on mountain heights!
Habakkuk 3:19 HCSB
EAGLES
"Come live in me, all my life take over. Come breathe in me and I will rise on eagle's wings." Hillsong - lyrics to "Eagle's Wings," one of my favorite life songs.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord

will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary, 
they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:30-31 NIV

He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings 
you will find refuge;
his faithfulness 
will be your shield and rampart.
Psalm 91:4 NIV

FISH
May our children
and grandchildren daily
be motivated to turn from
the things of this world
to follow and serve You
as fishers of men,
feeding the True Bread of Life
to the multitudes
(Matt. 4:19-20)...
 
This has become my family "fish prayer."
LIZARDS
~
My grandsons love catching lizards! The Bible says,
A lizard can be caught
with the hand,
yet it is found
in king's palaces.
Proverbs 30:28 NIV
 
So, when I see a lizard, it inspires me to pray,
Father, please let this be my family, friends, and church... Please send us to individuals who have great influence and authority.
May we walk with wisdom and opportunity to speak Your Words of Light and Love and Truth to those who influence multitudes who walk in darkness.
Every breath for Your honor and glory and praise...
SNAKES ~ WOLVES ~ DOVES
In this world we are as sheep among wolves. Help us to be shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. Holy Spirit, anoint and empower us for the task of fulfilling The Great Commission. Strengthen us to face any persecution in a manner that will turn vast multitudes to You (Matt. 10:16)...
May we flee from every form of temptation, just as we would flee from a snake (1 Thess. 5:22)...
The God of peace will soon crush Satan
under your feet.
The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
Romans 16:20 HCSB     

Insects & Arachnids

ANTS
May we daily consider the efforts of the ant, undertaking God-sized, God-inspired tasks far greater than we, in our humanness, are capable of performing. Move us to be faithful, courageous, industrious, and diligent - giving all for the expansion of Your great and glorious Kingdom (Prov. 6:6).
BUTTERFLIES ~ MOTHS
It's become common for people to flit from one relationship to another, establishing dangerous patterns. I did this, a very painful season. Not wanting my girls to make similar mistakes, I decorated their rooms with butterflies and prayed they would remain within a spiritual chrysalis, completely covered in holiness, and completely surrendered to God's calling upon their lives.
Father, 
please keep our children and their future marriage partner in a similar chrysalis, protected from temptation, all awaiting Your perfect timing regarding every detail of their destinies... 
Father, bring them to a level of spiritual maturity and beauty before they attempt to spread their wings to fly... 
We lift up this generation of young people. May their passions be wholly devoted to You, waiting faithfully as You work out Your Will within them and through them...
It's difficult to protect our children's eyes and minds and hearts in this culture. We can't even go shopping without exposing them to lewd images. Desensitizing will destroy them - and so we must fight in every way possible to protect them.
 
Father,
please help us to hold our children
fast within a spiritual cocoon
or chrysalis
until they're ready to fly
only within the realm
of pure holiness. 
 
        Today's headlines:
~A rapper mutilated his body and attempted to jump from an apartment to his death.
~A young actress/singer was hospitalized for emotional trauma - she's recognized for her use of drugs and alcohol. 
 
This pathway leads only to greater bondage and greater destruction. They're trapped in a dark spiritual and emotional dungeon and don't even realize it. As we fight for our children and their friends, let us fight together for these.
He has made everything beautiful
in its time.
Also He has put eternity
in their hearts,
except that  no one can find out
the work that God does
from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 NKJV   
Sell your possessions and give to those in need.
This will store up treasure for you in heaven!
And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe;
no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it.

Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be also.
Luke 12:33-34 NLT

Lord, we want ​​You to be the Treasure that we long for, the Treasure that we live for. Quicken our hearts always to purposefully live for Eternity, free and unhindered by earthly trinkets or distractions. Move our hearts to avoid all impulsive spending. May we be content with the blessings You have given us, sharing freely with those in need, investing faithfully in the expansion of Your Kingdom...
ROACHES
May all sin be as revolting to us as roaches…
SPIDERS
May we not be entangled by the activities of this world that we may please Him who enlisted us as soldiers (2 Tim. 2:4)...
TICKS
Having had Lyme Disease, I urge you to pray for all suffering with this or other tick borne diseases - that every cell in their bodies be made whole and holy...
Father God, please open the eyes of scientists and students and of people everywhere - that they recognize You as Creator  and fall in reverent wonder. 
Bring division among evolutionists, resulting in great confusion to their "theories" - may Truth be revealed in exciting new ways... 

In the beginning God created...
Genesis 1:1 NIV
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