What You and Wonder Woman Have in Common

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In the first few moments of the movie we watched her light up and ask hard questions as her beautiful mama told her stories at bedtime. Brave curiosity and fearless adventure twinkled in her eyes as she ran about and soaked in the activities and people of the all-female, Amazonian warrior-filled island of Themyscira.

Diana, princess of the Amazons, grew in skill, wisdom and stature, training as an unbeatable warrior. She loved justice. Loved peace. Loved goodness. It was all she knew… until the day a handsome American spy, Steve Trevor, crashed his plane in the waters off the paradise island and Diana dove in to save him.

As she grew to know Steve, Diana learned of the danger, death, destruction, and darkness in other parts of the world. Of the war to end all wars. Of atrocities, injustice and brokenness that crushed the innocent and eminently threatened all life.

The weight of angst and compassion within left her breathless.

Diana Prince, Wonder Woman, could scarcely fathom the thought, let alone the harsh reality of this type of evil.

This is what she trained for. This is what she existed for, to defend against and crush evil, to protect the weak. She had to stop the war. To look evil in the eye and snuff it out.

David felt a similar rage about the injustice that surrounded him when he penned Psalm 58. Not much warm and fuzzy going on here, just hazes of heaviness. Snapshots of darkness. Brutal pictures of brokenness that left him pleading for divine retribution.

“The wicked go astray from the womb;
liars wander about from birth.
They have venom like the venom of a snake,
like the deaf cobra that stops up its ears,
that does not listen to the sound of the charmers
who skillfully weave spells.

God, knock the teeth out of their mouths;
Lord, tear out the young lions’ fangs.
May they vanish like water that flows by;
may they aim their blunted arrows.
Like a slug that moves along in slime,
like a woman’s miscarried child,
may they not see the sun.”

(Psalm 58:3-8)

David wanted God to look evil in the eyes and snuff it out.

I do too.

In a day of advanced civilization, it seems impossible that humans would be sold into sex slavery and fly planes into buildings… inconceivable that missionaries would be gunned down by extremists, and churches and schools would be left in pools of blood on the other side of hate.

Yet, in spite of the jagged crevices of injustice that abound, we are not helpless.

You are not helpless.

Evil can and should motivate us to pray without ceasing.

And confidence can rise even in chaos because we cry out to a listening Lord.

We have authority in Christ to stand strong against forces of darkness, trusting that the One who made all things will eventually make all things right.


Holy Father,
When injustice and depravity overwhelm my heart, turn my eyes to see Your hope. Crush and contend with all that is evil in the world, Lord. You are the Healer of the broken and Friend to every sinner who knows the sorrow of each scar. Heal our land, Jesus. Give us wisdom, courage and confidence to trust Your eternal plans to avenge all darkness with Light.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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Write down or think through 3-5 evils in the world or in your life. Spend time in prayer asking God to crush them for His glory. Join in a time of powerful community prayer against evil by posting a prayer on the wall of my blog and reading through the prayers of others!

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  1. Prayers for my family. They are believers in Christ but He isn’t Lord of their lives. Some days it’s hard to be strong because I’m the only one praying and walking with Him. They’re 3 grown children living at home and my other 2 live outside Anchorage and have steady jobs. God is faithful always and so gracious. Thanks for praying.

  2. God I ask you to please bring my children to you and let them lead their children you also, Let them know that you are the only way. That you are trying to get their attendtion. Heal our marriage that we are slow to speak and quick to listen. they all depression and anxitey anway from everyone

  3. GOD BLESS YOI FOR THIS BLESSED WORD IM PRAYING FOR OUR YOUNG DAUGHTERS WHOM ARE BEING USED AND MISLEAD BY OUR YOUNG MEN USING THIER BODIES AND THE DRUGS AND SEX IM PRAYING FOR DELIVERANCE AND HEALING TONIGHT IN JESUS CHRIST HOLY NAME DELIVER MY OUT DAUGHTERS FROM THIS DARKNESS TONIGHT LORD IM TIRED OF IT IN MY HOME I PRAY FOR ALL MOMS WHOM FEEL THE SAME AS I

  4. Father God, with the authority you have given me as a believer, I come against the spirit of death and destruction that is plaguing my city. I speak comfort and healing to the families who have lost children this past week to the gun violence that is running rampant. I speak peace to the hearts of those who would repay evil with evil. Lord help us who are called by your name to not be afraid to take a stand against injustice in all forms – especially against women and children. I ask that you would bring back the church of Jesus Christ as a safe haven for those in danger and in need. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

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  5. Dear Lord, my heavenly Father, I come to you now and ask you to please put an end to all sickness and disease. To please stop all hatred in Earth, and to open doors of love and companionships to the lonely people of this earth, giving them comfort, a home, a true friend and let these friends lead them all to You so that they may know Your peace and mercy and grace and joy. May all who lack salvation in You turn and come to You our Lord and Savior who offers us all unconditional love and grace, Who meets all of our needs every day. May all the nations learn of You and Your great love and comfort and find You and receive Your salvation for all of our lives. I thank You, Lord for all You’ve already done and for all that You’re doing and for all that Your going to do. Thank You, Lord, for going ahead of us on our journey’s making our path’s straight, and for staying as close to each of us as our next breath. May we always keep our eyes on You and our focus on heavenly things. I ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen

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  6. Father, I ask that you confound and confuse those who operate in the sex trade. Destroy their plans and set the men, women, boys and girls free that are trapped. And, Father, I pray for those who suffer domestic violence. Bring peace into homes that are destroyed by anger, drugs and alcohol. Finally, Lord, I pray for our leaders. Help them do your will and seek justice for our nation. We praise you for your mighty works, in Jesus’ Name, Amen

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  7. Dear Lord, I know that you are God and that you are angry with the wicked everyday. You are almighty and you see the evil which prevails the earth. You see the senseless murders based on hate and ignorance. But if your people would stand and be light and salt we could turn this world upside down. My prayer is not for the wicked because they are deceived by the evil one Satan. But that those who are twice born would seek your face and turn from their wicked ways and stand for truth. In Jesus’s name a-men.

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  8. I’m so thankful to other great women of God who like wonder women. Step up and went to fight against injustices that is happening throughout this 🌎. They 👀 a need they gave their all to help. We as Gods children should all be about our Fathers business. For He will cover us that why we should always pray for God is our source in all things.

    1. May we all have compassion and show God’s love to all people. Thank You, Lord, for hearing our prayers, In Your Holy Name, Amen

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  9. Dear Heavenly Father, I am asking that the evil of selling children into slavery for sex be eliminated and those that are doing this see the evil of their desires. Help them see that their sin hurts these innocent children. I also pray for those addicted to alcohol and drugs and ask that their addiction be replace with a healthy lover for You and Your teachings. Finally, I pray for our leaders who are misguided by greed, power, and intolerance. Clear their thinking of these evil desires and replace their thinking with the teachings and justice according to Your Holy Word. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.

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  10. Dear Lord,
    Long before the practice of abortion was prevalent in this country, children were being ripped from the arms of their parents for profit. I pray that our nation would acknowledge her sinful past and pray for forgiveness.
    In the name of Jesus who died for sinners,
    Amen

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