A Personal Prayer from Sarah
This “blessing” is a prayer that I prayed over my family about 11 years ago when we were living in the projects in Illinois. John and I were working 3 full time jobs and a part time job, had a 21-hour course load in college and were having babies every 2 years. We were down to nothing. We had very little furniture in our home—our children were sleeping on mattresses on the floor. The row house had cockroaches we could not get rid of. We did not have enough food. We had been in the projects for 12 years. I was on empty and saw no way out. About 7 years after praying this prayer, I got my Young Living starter kit. Two and a half years later, we sit on the cusp of Diamond. The Lord has answered my prayer!
Before I give you the prayer (the best that I can remember it!) let me give you the verses where it came from.
Moses and the Glory of the Lord: Exodus 33
12Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ 13If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.”
14The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
15Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
17And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”
18Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”
19And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”
21Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.
(Skip ahead to verse 30):
The Radiant Face of Moses
29When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. 30When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. 31But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. 32Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai.
33When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. 34But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord.
Note: the prayer below is in my own words. It is not something taken from scripture. It is something I prayed at my lowest point, begging my Lord and Savior for release.
First, let me tell you why I prayed it. Moses waited 40 days to see the face of God, and when God appeared and spoke to him, His glory was so incredible that Moses wasn’t even able to look upon his face. The blessing of being able to be in the presence of God was so profound that even others couldn’t look upon Moses’s face, and he had to wear a veil. All Moses wanted was to see God. The answer to that prayer was prolific and affected all those around him.
That was the blessing I prayed upon our family. I prayed that we would receive something so incredible from God that it would create a ripple effect that would also bless our families, our friends, our acquaintances, and people that we did not even know just because of an answer to prayer for release. That God would respond to our prayers for physical, financial, relational, mental, spiritual, time, and emotional release. After more than 30 years in poverty, we prayed that God would wipe it all away, and for once, we’d be able to pour into others the way that they had been able to pour into us. We so desperately wanted to be givers—but we had nothing to give.
Our goal now is to live on 10% of our income and tithe 90%. It’s to be totally debt free. To have a home with good internet so we can run our business more effectively. And to give God the glory for every drop of blessing upon our family. He gets the glory for it all. Without him, there is no Oil Ability team and no Gameplan book and no duplicatable system. It all goes back to an answer to a prayer and the provision of a God that deeply loves us.
The Moses Blessing
This is that prayer. It consists of 4 elements: Thanks. Praise. Requests. And more praise, because that is how I talk to my Lord and Savior. I have pulled out the parts where I wept over our personal story—because I want you to be able to pray this over your own family, as often as you need to.
God, I am so grateful. I am thankful for your provision. I am thankful for the way you have always taken care of me. There has always been enough—we have never starved, we have never “not” gotten through situations. And I know it’s only because of your protection and provision over my life. So before I press for requests— I have to come to you in total thankfulness for how you have never left me, and never ever forsaken me. You have kept your promises to me, and stood by me through all my bad decisions and all the times you have given me direction and I did not listen.
You are Jehovah Jirah. You provide. You are Elohim—the ruler over all. That means ruler over debt, ruler over my home, ruler over my children and my spouse and my marriage. You are Yahweh—my Lord and Master. That means I trust you. I submit to you God. You get the glory for what happens in my life—every single drop of it, returned to your feet. I have provided for because of my faith and trust in you.
Lord, I am broken. I am weary. I have so little left. I have been going at this pace for so long that I don’t remember what a normal pace feels like. I never get ahead. I feel like I am treading water. And I need your help. If there is anything I’ve held back from you, God, I ask forgiveness and release it. I know that you are my Provider!
God, I am praying the boldest prayer I’ve ever prayed in my life. I am praying release in every facet of my life. I am praying for more of *you* in everything that I do. I need release from the bondage my physical body can no longer keep up with—I need more rest, better health, better food. I am praying for a spiritual explosion in my life, that I cannot deny you’re in every details- I hear your voice everywhere, see you in all of it. I need wisdom, God. Because the way I have been living cannot be your plan for me. It’s survival. I call it out. I am DONE with poverty. Poverty OVER.
I am praying for a release from the financial bondage in my life—even if it’s been generational. You do not call your children to live like this. We are supposed to be pouring into the widows, the sick, the poor. God, how can I do that when we do not have enough to make it? When our car keeps dying—our savings account with months of saving, gone in the next emergency. Lord, I NEED your help. I hand all my finances over to you—100 percent. I am done running my own money. Every penny belongs to you. I am just a steward. Everything that passes through my hands belongs to you and you alone. My first fruits—my first 10 percent—will forever be given back to you, faithfully. And after that, Lord, speak to me and tell me how you want *your* money handled.
I am praying for the Moses blessing upon my family—a blessing that is so great, that our friends and family—our acquaintances and even people we have never met—are blessed just by our paths crossing. I am praying for our fountain to overflow onto others—solely because *you* are in our lives. I ask for release of it all—emotional, spiritual, physical, relational, mental, financially—all of it. I am praying for emotional release from all that I carry on my shoulders—the memories, the blackness of the things that have happened in the past. Wipe it all away. Make the memories carry no more pain. When you are there, everything shines with you. I need more you. I just want to focus on you—and look forward, and not behind me, to where I have been.
Let me not forget who I am, but keep my feet on the path you have for me, always moving forward. Always stretching. Always growing. Always being challenged and always growing closer to you. I want to be in fields working for you God, not in the bulrushes watching the workers. My period in the bulrushes is OVER.
God you are FAITHFUL. You are perfect. You miss nothing. You promise in your Word to turn all things for good—ALL things—not just a few. You have a plan and purpose for every friendship, every business transaction, every new leader, and every moment of my life. You make no mistakes. And I TRUST in you. I TRUST your plan for my life. This is the moment—right now—where I release what I am holding on to, the things I think I can do better then you—and hand it all over. All of it. I hold nothing back. Because your dreams are so much bigger than mine. And *nothing* is impossible with you. Nothing.
So my life is yours, God. Give me wisdom. Thank you—in advance—for answering my prayer. I am free. I am free. I am free. I am free. I am free.
Poverty OVER. It’s time for your plan. Mine isn’t working.
“For I know the plans I have for you—says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.
I give it all to you, Lord. My spouse. My family. My time. My hands. My voice. My feet. My talents. My gifts. My finances. My friendships. My faith. God, I lay it all at your feet—to be used for your glory. And I ask for release. Release me to do what I have been called and created to do. No more survival mode. I am YOURS.
In Jesus name—