A Prayer for the Dreamers

Something tells me Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech was one of the top Google searches this week. I love teaching my students about what he stood for and how he impacted the world.

MLK was a dreamer, but he was unwilling to keep the dreams confined to his head and heart.

He took courageous action.

He recruited partners of like mind.

He was a world changer.

I have a few dreams hidden in my heart, but they’ve been buried by layers of disappointment, loss, and a history of giving up when the going gets tough. But I find myself in a new, more hopeful place in life! I’m ready to try again. I’m ready to start dreaming again and to do the hard work to see those dreams become reality. The leg work and the “knee” work. When God births a dream in your heart, He’s the most important one to talk to about it!

Has God conceived a dream in your heart? If so, this prayer is for you.


Thank you for the dreamers. Those beautiful souls who balk at the thought of just going through the motions of life. They want every single day to matter. They want to go as far as You’ll take them. They want to leave their fingerprints on this world.

When a dreamer’s dreams are conceived by You, miracles happen. The dreams You birth in the hearts of Your children are the stuff world change is made of.

Dreamers need courage.

Give your dreamers the courage of Joshua and Caleb. When the rest of the Israelites were quaking in their sandals, Joshua and Caleb were positive they could possess the Promised Land.

The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them (Numbers 14:7-9 NIV).

On the glorious day when Joshua and Caleb’s dream came to fruition, You challenged them to “be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9 NIV).

Give your dreamers the courage to take productive steps forward, even when no one believes in them. Give them the courage to keep going when the obstacles seem too great. Keep the goal, their own land flowing with milk and honey, instilled in their minds. Your courage has a beautiful way of making the “giants” shrink before their eyes.

Dreamers need kindred spirits.

Joshua had Caleb. David had Jonathan. Paul had Timothy.

Give your dreamers a network of people who “get it.”  As You give them endurance and encouragement, give them the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice they may glorify Your name (Romans 15:5-6).

Even Jesus had friends who supported Him, served alongside Him, and shared in His suffering. From Lazarus and his sisters to Peter and John, Jesus received the blessing of camaraderie.

Dreamers need Your power to change the world.

Renew the strength of your dreamers, Lord! Increase the power of the weak. May they mount up on wings like eagles; may they run and not be weary; may they walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:29-31).

Beautiful God of hope,  fill them with all joy and peace as they trust in You, so they may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

May their dreams be fulfilled by demonstration of Your power so the praise will go to You and not human wisdom and ingenuity (I Corinthians 2:4-5). May Your power be made perfect in their weakness (II Corinthians 12:9).

“I pray that the eyes of [their] hearts may be enlightened in order that [they] may know the hope to which [you have] called [them], the riches of [your] glorious inheritance in [your] holy people, and [your] incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength [you] exerted when [you] raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 1:18-20).

What a cause for awe, Lord, that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is working in your dreamers to bring your divine purposes to completion! Your power, no one can fathom!

“[You] can do anything, you know—far more than [we] could ever imagine or guess or request in [our] wildest dreams! [You do] it not by pushing us around but by working within us, [your] Spirit deeply and gently within us” (Ephesians 3:20-21 MSG).

Lord, give them courage, give them kindred spirits, and give them supernatural power to live out the dreams You birthed in their hearts.

 May this world be changed by dreamers who bear your name, including me.

In the powerful and precious name of Jesus I pray, AMEN

 What dream has God given you to live out? I’d love to pray for you!

Invitation to Pray| Pray Without Ceasing Tip of the Week

I got a special piece of mail a few weeks ago. It wasn’t in a bill-size envelope. It wasn’t in a junk mail-size envelope. It was in a lovey-dovey-size envelope. I got a wedding invitation!

I met Amber when I first moved back to Louisiana. She was the smiling and enthusiastic music teacher, and I was the wrung-out and overwhelmed substitute at a local Christian school. The thought of watching her speak her vows to her sweetheart makes me smile.

Her invitation has been sitting in my room for a couple weeks, but the other  day, the Lord whispered into my heart.

What if you prayed for Amber and Wyatt every time you saw that invitation?

Hmmm, what if?

Planning a wedding is a joyous but stressful time. I’m sure they could use my prayers about that.

Shifting from being single to married is exciting but challenging. I’m sure they could use my prayers about that.

Gaining a son or daughter-in-law is a huge blessing but a tremendous adjustment. I’m sure Amber and Wyatt’s parents could use my prayers about that.

And then there’s the whole Satan thing. I know from experience that the evil one wants Christian marriages to crash and burn. I have no doubt this precious couple needs all the prayer they can get.

So Amber and Wyatt’s wedding invitation is displayed in my bathroom. Yes, my bathroom. When I get ready in the mornings and clean my face in the evenings, I like to pray for folks.

I have a couple names written on my mirror in green dry erase marker (right above my weight-loss log). Mainly friends going through challenges that need concentrated prayer. I also have a prayer card for a man named Muthu I got from the Voice of the Martyrs. He’s a Believer in a country where persecution is rampant.

And now I have a beautiful invitation to a beautiful girl’s special day leaning up against my mirror. And I vow to pray for her and her sweetheart and their parents on these days leading up to the wedding day.

Here’s my prayer for them today.


Marriage is a beautiful picture of our relationship with you. The love. The commitment. The intimacy.  It touches me deep to see this beautiful couple begin their life together. 

Cause these days leading up to the wedding to bubble over with joy, happiness, and laughter. Help them to keep all the preparations in perspective and to not get stressed over things that won’t matter in the long run.

Surround this precious couple with godly people and solid couples who can share practical wisdom, and help Amber and Wyatt to soak up every ounce of it. 

Help them to pray together as if their marriage depends on it. Because it does.

Help them to dig into Your Word as if they’re digging for hidden treasure. Because it is.

Help them to listen to Your voice as if  You’re leading them down a narrow path. Because You are.

keep Your hand on Amber and Wyatt and they keep their eyes on You.

In Jesus’s name I pray, AMEN

Next time you receive an invitation, don’t just write the event in your calendar and toss the invite. Tack it up where you’ll see it or tuck it in your Bible, and commit to pray for the sender until their special  day arrives. There’s no greater gift than prayer.