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Thursday, December 24, 2015

An eBook of Prayers

Father, can you hear me?


I pray this eBook blesses you tremendously.
In Him,
Shatanese Reese

“Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.”
Psalm 4:1

May I pray for you?


Dear Heavenly Father, I come humbly before you right now, interceding on behalf of my friend who is hurting. Please remove the sense of despair that she feels. Remove the emptiness that threatens to overtake her. Remind her of your love and your ever-present peace. Your word tells us to cast our cares on you and to leave our burdens at the altar. Thank you for being the center of all peace and healing.

Father, help her to forgive those who have hurt her. Help her to see the situation through your eyes. Romans 8:28 tells us that all things will work together for our good according to your purpose. While all she may feel right now is pain, help her to see that there is purpose with her pain. Allow her test to be her testimony.

Father, I thank you in advance for your peace that passes all understanding. I thank you for the peace that is washing over my friend right now. I know that she can sense your presence all around her. I know that she wants to cry. She wants to lash out. She wants to curl up and not feel this pain anymore. Touch her father. Invite her to crawl into your lap. Remind her that you are in control and that you will erase all tears. Help her to see and feel you by those around her. May she see kindness in both strangers and those who are close to her. Help her to see that you care about every detail in her life.

Father, only you know for how long she has carried this hurt. Take it away, Lord. Take it away…remove it right now. Cleanse her body and relieve her of this burden. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

Father I pray for my friend’s health situation.

You know the doctor’s report that he recently received. You know how troubling the news is. You know the fear that has gripped his heart as a result of this news. You know the generational curses he has fought against throughout his life. Be with him right now, Lord.

Lord, you know what efforts he has attempted to keep his body on track. You know the exercises, the diets, the sacrifices, the health goals. Give him renewed strength. A new sense of passion and purpose to keep his body in top shape.

Gently remind him that his body is a temple. Help him to make choices that will elongate his life. Surround him with people who will hold him accountable and help him achieve his health goals. May he approach food, exercise and daily living as a way to honor you.

Father, we pray against diabetes, high blood pressure, HIV, heart disease, prostate, breast and all other cancers. We rebuke leukemia, thyroid issues, sickle cell anemia and liver ailments. We pray against heart attacks, strokes, hypertension and dementia. We pray against migraines, miscarriages, skin diseases and arthritis. We bind high cholesterol, lung disease and kidney failure.

We pray that our bodies align with your word and that all parts are working in divine order. We pray that our focus is not on what hurts but instead on what is working and we invite total healing. Father, thank you for allowing us to bring our issues to the altar instead of worrying. It is in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

I thank you for the peace my friend is experiencing right now. May it feel as a warm blanket around his body, totally enveloping him in your perfect peace. Thank you for the effervescent feeling your peace offers to all who accept it.

You offer peace that passes all understanding. However, peace seems so elusive at times. It is hard to grasp and difficult to maintain. There are so many things that threaten to rob us of your peace; strained relationships, financial troubles, problems at work, issues in our bodies, and tormenting thoughts in our minds.

Help us, Father. Your word tells us, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8) Help us to keep our focus on you at all times ….to keep our eyes on the eternal prize.

Father, thank you for coming into our space right now, meeting us right where we are. We can feel your peace surrounding us wholeheartedly. We know you are near. We can feel ourselves relaxing and breathing easily. We feel our minds releasing negative thoughts and quieting the inner voices. We feel our muscles releasing the toxins that keep us uptight and rigid. We feel our shoulders relaxing. We know you are here and we thank you for being bigger than us.

We thank you for loving us. We thank you for providing for us. We thank you for knowing what is best. We thank you for being YOU. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Keep her family safe, Father. I pray for her parents, her siblings, her children, her friends who are like family, her cousins, her aunts and uncles and her grandparents. I pray for her nieces and nephews, her in-laws, as well as her family who is near and family who is afar. I pray for her grand-children and her grandchildren’s children. Keep them safe from all hurt, harm and danger. Protect them from anything that threatens to impact their lives and their destinies negatively.

May they see your presence in all events. Help them to understand their purpose and live their lives fulfilling that purpose. I pray they tap into their talents to help others and to further the kingdom.

If there is a time when conflict arises, may it be resolved quickly to keep the enemy from creating a stronghold. We rebuke any discord that exists in the family and instead pray for peace. May they seek you when they face trouble. May each family member acknowledge you in all facets of life. I pray love abounds during every interaction.

Lord, we thank you for the family members who are no longer here. May we remember their presence fondly and learn from the lessons they shared with each day of their lives. May we focus on all of the positive memories and strive to leave a similar legacy with our remaining family members. May we never take a relationship for granted. For those of us who may not have families, may we feel your love even more so during this time.

Lord, if there is a family member who does not have a personal relationship with you, may we be a representation of your love, forgiveness and mercy. May they see you in us. It is in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Sadness is heavy. It is weight intensive and all-consuming. Father, she is sad and her heart is heavy. Her outlook on life is bleak and she does not see the promise of a better day. Touch her, Father. Touch her in a way that she knows it is you. Touch her fears, her grief, her insecurities and her disappointments. Touch her failed attempts, her dreams and her regrets. Touch her broken heart and broken promises.

Extend your hand to her and invite her to your side. May she feel the veil of sadness lifting from her shoulders. May she instead feel your presence like the warmth of the sun stretching outwardly. You tell us to bring our burdens to you and to instead take on your yoke. Thank you for carrying our loads.

Father, if she needs professional help, please send her the individuals who will offer the assistance she needs.

May they not simply empathize but may they also identify any debilitating patterns or negative self-talk. We pray for total healing of her mind, emotions and physical well-being. We thank you for restoring any relationships that were negatively impacted because of the overwhelming feeling of sadness that has been prevalent in my friend’s life.

Thank you for hearing our prayer. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds. James 1:2


Father, I am thankful for my friend’s life. I am thankful for all that you have done for her this year. If you did not do one more act and she would be just fine. You have blessed her beyond her dreams and expectations and for that, we are thankful.

Thank you for providing food. Thank you for providing shelter. Thank you for providing the means to make ends meet. Thank you for health. Thank you for allowing her to be in her right mind. Thank you for mending broken relationships on her behalf. Thank you for your grace and mercy. Thank you for the Holy Spirit who rules and abides in her and each of us who believe in you. Thank you for the ability for her to use her senses.

If she did experience life-altering situations during this year, thank you for allowing her to see another day. We see it as another day to get it right and try again. You are Holy. Magnificent. Glorious. And for these reasons and so many more, we are thankful.

Psalm 23:1-6

About the Author:

Shatanese Reese is a freelance blogger who resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband and their six children. She enjoys walks on the beach and colorful sunrises. Shatanese’s goal is to find the extraordinary in every day moments. Follow Shatanese on FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, and Periscope.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Twas the Night Before the Presentation...

'Twas the night before the presentation, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The dishes were drying by the sink with care,
In hopes that soap suds would not reappear;

The younger children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While the older two were working to bring home the bread;
Daddy in his gear, was taking a lap,
And I had settled down for a quick late night bath,

When all of a sudden I thought I heard a clatter,
I sprang from the tub to see what was the matter.
Away to the laptop I went like a dash,
Turned on the Dell and inserted the flash.

The glare of the night lamp had become a glow
Gave the computer screen an eerie halo,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a message on the screen, "Your report is not here",

With a frantic glance around, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be the stick.
More rapid than eagles my fingers they came,
I then jittered, and shouted, and called the programs by name;

"Now, Microsoft! now, EXCEL! now, ACCESS!  Please FIX IT!
On, POWERPOINT! on OUTLOOK! Oh what is the culprit!
To the top of the keyboard!  I may have to reinstall!
Now virus away! virus away! virus away all!"

And then, in a twinkling, I heard the system reboot
I began prancing and jiving with each little toot.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
 I could hear the programs return with a bound.

 Then hubby returned, worn from head to foot,
His clothes were soiled with sweat and gym musk to boot;
A bundle of towels he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes -- how they twinkled! his locks how merry!
His cheeks were flushed, his lips boysenberry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as black as coal;

 A Fitbit clenched tight between his teeth,
His towel it encircled his neck like a wreath;
He had a broad chest and a flattened belly,
That did not shake, when he laughed unlike jelly.

 I told him what happened, pointing to the laptop on the shelf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to work,
And pushed all the buttons; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of the Dell,
And giving a nod, a corrupted file he could tell;

He sprang to his feet, to the laptop he gave a whistle,
And away the viruses flew like the down of a thistle.
But all heard me exclaim, as he chased away my fright,

Shatanese Reese is a freelance blogger who lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and their six children.  Shatanese enjoys walks on the beach and color-rich sunrises.  Her goal is to find inspiration in the every day happenings of life.  Check out Shatanese on YouTube