Do you have a son, a husband, or a brother in Christ who is hurting right now? If so, I wanted to provide you with a sample prayer you can lift to the Lord to pray glory and fire down for your hurting brother.
I have a passion for the hurting warrior princes and princesses in the Body of Christ.
God's people are so precious, and He died for every single one. But when a brother or sister is hurting, sometimes they don't know they can go to the Father–or they might even feel hopeless, like they have no reason to live anymore.
But all that can change as we to the Lord in prayer on their behalf.
When you go to the Lord in prayer, praying with the heart of the Father for people who are either unable or currently unwilling to pray for themselves–and even praying for people who do know how to pray and ARE praying, but they just need lots of help and support–God moves. It is His heart to answer and help; He just needs us to pray, so He can have permission to move in a person's life, change their heart, and raise them up.
Intercession is the heart of God.
He is always looking for someone to stand in the gap before Him for the land. He is always looking for someone to intercede for their husband, wife, neighbor, brother, sister, cousin, or friend. He is always looking for us to be like Jesus, and Jesus' whole LIFE was an intercession for mankind.
Jesus came to the earth as a Man, lived a perfect life, and died so that we wouldn't have to–because we couldn't. Jesus paid the price that we couldn't pay. His entire life was an intercession for us; He stood in the gap between us and Father God and bridged the gap with His open, bleeding arms. And when you stand in the gap between God and a hurting brother or sister, you become an intercessor with the heart of Jesus.
Interceding with the heart of Jesus will get your prayers answered.
And because so many of us in this community have sons, brothers, husbands, friends, or even acquaintances who are hurting, I wrote a prayer for a hurting warrior prince below. (I am also writing a prayer for a hurting warrior princess, for the sisters who need prayer; and I will publish that for you soon.)
Never forget that every human being is made in the image of God, and God has a redemptive purpose for everyone–no matter how dire their current situation may be.
The purpose and plan of God for every person is to redeem them unto glory. The purpose and plan of God for every hurting heart is to:
- restore; and
Righteousness and justice are the foundations of His throne, but remember that justice must take into account the blood of Jesus. And if God did not cover us in His mercy, He would be doing an injustice unto His Son, Jesus, who paid the price for our sins. He disciplines us and there are consequences for our actions, but God also covers us with mercy at the same time because of the blood of Jesus.
The blood of Jesus is why mercy triumphs over judgment, and that's why we can always pray for God's redemptive purpose to come forth.
It's always about the blood of Jesus, and it's always about the heart of God for every person and situation. Yes, even in the worst times. Even during the ugliest situations. Even when dealing with the toughest people …
Our job is to pray in the perfect will of God: for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
So do you have a hurting brother today who needs prayer? If so, look at them with the eyes of Jesus.
See them as the warrior prince they are, even if they happen to be wallowing in the mud right now.
See them with the eyes of the Father, who has HOPE and love and an eternal plan to fulfill in their life … even if the world predicts that there is no hope for this brother.
See them as the Father originally intended for them to be, living as Father originally intended for them to live. And using the prayer below, join with me to call into existence the things that Father has ordained from the foundation of the world. Call those things that be not as if they already were.
Pray this Biblical prayer with me over the hurting warrior prince in your life:
“Father God, I come before You in Jesus' name.
Father, thank You that You're alive and hearing me pray. Thank You that Your ear is tuned to the righteous, and You are listening to my cry right now. Thank You that I can boldly come before Your throne of grace, where I may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Abba Father, I come to You not for myself, but for ________(insert name of the brother for whom you are praying).
Your Word says that You seek people to stand in the gap before You, so I desire to stand in the gap before You today on behalf of my brother. My brother needs help, Lord, but I don't know if they know how to pray or even have the courage to pray at all. So Abba Father, I lift my brother up to You right now.
Abba Father, You see Your son _______ (insert name of the brother for whom you are praying). You see where he is, and only You know his heart.
Father, You see the shame that covers him right now. You see the pain in his heart. You see the disgust he feels toward himself, and You see all the attacks of the enemy on his life.
Father, You also see deep inside his heart like no one else can.
You see the inner hurts, the pain, the sinful parts, and the clean parts. You see it all, and You are the only one who does.
Lord, my brother doesn't know what to do, and I don't know what to do either. I definitely don't have the answers that he needs. But Father, You do. So Abba Father, I come into alignment right now with Your Word. And standing in the gap before You for my brother, I speak to my brother and his situation and I say:
- Will of God, come forth in this situation in Jesus' name!
- Kingdom of God, come!
- Redemptive purpose of God, come forth and be manifest on earth and in this situation exactly as it is in Heaven!
Father, I know that it is Your will that my brother prosper and be in health, even as his soul prospers. But first and foremost, his soul has to prosper.
So Father, I pray for my brother's soul–his mind, will, and emotions:
- That his mind, which is the mind of Christ, would think the thoughts of God.
- That he would not be conformed to this world, but that he would be transformed by the renewing of his mind, that he would prove and demonstrate to the world what is Your good, acceptable, and perfect will.
- That You would work in my brother right now both to WILL and to DO for Your good pleasure.
- That You would give him wisdom from above, which is first pure, then peaceable, willing to yield, and full of mercy and good fruit.
- That You would give him godly and Biblical understanding in all things.
- That my brother would hear the voice of the Lord behind him, saying, “This is the way; walk in it,” and that he would always obey You and never turn to the left or to the right.
I pray that my brother would move into the secret place of Your presence and glory right now.
Wherever he is, whatever he is thinking, and whatever he is doing, I ask that You would move him supernaturally out of the pigpen and bring him to himself. I ask in Jesus' name that he would come to the realization that he might as well come back to You, even though he's not worthy–and that You would remind him that none of us are worthy and we all depend completely on the blood of Jesus.
Father, I plead the blood of Jesus against the spirit of self-pity that is attacking my brother.
In the name of Jesus, I speak to that spirit of self-pity that is tormenting ______ (insert name of the person for whom you are praying) and I command it to leave him alone right now. I speak to those demon spirits of death and suicide that are tormenting him also and I command them to leave in Jesus' name. Father, fill my brother with Your Holy Spirit where those things were right now in Jesus' name. Fill him with the Spirit of LIFE in Christ Jesus.
I speak to my brother's soul right now and I say, “Soul, line up with your spirit, which is filled with God's Holy Spirit, right now in Jesus' name.” I bind my brother's soul to You, Father, and to Jesus Christ, His Bridegroom.
Abba Father, I speak to my brother's spirit right now and I say:
- Let faith arise, in Jesus' name.
- Let hope spring up inside his body, soul, and spirit, in Jesus' name.
- Let the manifest love of the Lord cover my brother from head to toe right now, in Jesus' name.
I speak to my brother's soul and spirit, and I command them to open to Holy Spirit and receive His ministry, comfort, instruction, wisdom, and conviction of sins right now–wherever my brother is and whatever he is doing.
Abba Father, my brother is a warrior prince.
You have made him such, and You have called him before the foundation of the world. He is royalty because he is Your son, even if he is away from You or on a path upon which You did not desire for him to walk.
So Abba Father, in Jesus' name, I speak to the eternal destiny that You have for my royal brother, and I command it to manifest right now in his life in every area. I speak to the finished works that You have prepared and finished for him before the foundation of the world, and I command them to manifest in Jesus' name.
Abba Father, Your Word says that Holy Spirit will convict us of sin, righteousness, and judgment. So I ask right now:
- Convict my brother of his sin in any way that You know he needs convicting.
- Show him how to repent and make things right in any area where repentance and making things right are needed. Give him wisdom, Lord!
- Give my brother hope. Show him that You will shepherd him through this process. You will instruct him and teach him in the way he should go; You will guide him with Your eye upon him.
- Make him humble. Help my brother to humble himself before Your Word in every area, both the easy parts and the hard parts.
- Show him what Jesus looks like, and what true holiness looks like in every area–but especially in this situation.
- Show him Your heart for this situation, and show him Your thoughts about this situation.
- Give him a deep yearning for You–a hunger and thirst for righteousness.
- Give him a deep inner desire to be CLEAN, and show him the cleansing power of Your Son Jesus' blood like my brother has never seen it before.
- Show him that there is NO hope if he remains in sin, but there is ALWAYS hope if he will turn to You and receive Your help, submitting to You humbly and with nothing held back right now.
Abba Father, Your Word says that the man who isolates himself seeks his own desire and rages against all wise judgment (Proverbs 18:1).
So Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, I ask right now that You would move supernaturally on my brother's heart and show him his need for community and help. Show him his need for accountability and transparency. Show him how grievous the sin of self-isolation is, and bring him into relationship with the right people right now.
Abba Father, I pray that You would bring my brother into contact with the right people, but deliver him from the wrong people. Bring him true friends that he can lean on right now–friends who will speak words of truth and life into his heart. Help him to open up to receiving wise counsel. Surround him with favor as with a shield as he follows You in this. At every step along the way, confirm to him that he is doing the right thing by entering into community with Your people that You have sent into his life.
Abba Father, send Your angels to protect my brother, Your warrior prince, right now.
I pray that my brother would dwell in the secret place of the Most High right now. I pray that he would open his lips and confess out loud that You are his refuge and his strength; that You are his God, in whom he trusts.
Abba Father, deliver my brother right now from the snares the wicked one has set to bring him down. Deliver him from diseases, sicknesses, and dread afflictions of every kind. Cover him with Your feathers, and let him find true and peaceful refuge under Your wings right now.
Lord, I pray that my brother would embrace Your truth right now in every area, and that Your truth would be a shield to him.
I pray that he would not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the enemy's arrows that fly by day. I pray that he would not dread waking up, nor would he dread going to sleep. I pray that he would sense Your presence and affection right now, and that he would feel and know Your love more than he ever has in his whole lifetime.
I ask also, Abba Father, that You would deliver my brother from destruction. Rebuke the devourer for his sake. We decree and declare–You and I together, Lord–Your Word over my brother: that a thousand may fall at his side, and ten thousand at his right hand; but it shall not come near him. Only with his eyes shall he behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Lord God of Heaven and earth, I ask in Jesus' name on behalf of my brother:
- That no evil would befall him, nor shall any plague come near his dwelling.
- That You would give Your angels charge over him, to keep him in all his ways.
- That Your angels would bear my brother up in their hands, lest he trip and fall over any obstacles whatever.
- That my brother would TREAD and TRAMPLE on the enemy, the roaring lion, who is seeking to devour him.
- That my brother would tread and trample upon the serpent, the enemy, which is seeking to beguile him.
Abba Father, I pray that my brother would rise up in the virtue, strength, and power of holiness right now, in Jesus' name.
I pray that he would set his love upon You again. I ask that You would also and therefore deliver him. I ask, because it is Your will for ALL Your children, that You would set my brother on high again, for he does know and understand Your name.
I ask in Jesus' name that You would be with my brother in trouble; that You would deliver him and honor him; and that with LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG life You will satisfy him and show him Your salvation.
In Jesus' holy and precious name I pray, amen.”
My friend, did you pray this for a brother of yours–for a warrior prince who is hurting and doesn't know who he is in Christ right now? Did you pray this for a brother whom Jesus loves, but who does not know how to receive the love of Jesus right now? If so, leave a comment below and confess your faith in God who hears and answers your prayer!