Fighting for Your Family and Friends in Prayer

by | Nov 9, 2021 | Battles, Prayer | 18 comments

Would you like to add some punch to your prayer life? Sometimes we come to God not knowing what to say. Our words fall flat. Our faith feels weak. How can we change that?

God provides two powerful resources. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us and helps us in our weaknesses (Rom 8:26-27). God’s Word guides and empowers our prayers. But how do we know which Scriptures to turn to when we need them?

I’m delighted to introduce you to a good friend and author Tara Furman and her new book, Prayer Made Simple. This book organizes Scriptures under topics for easy reference. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed using it in my personal prayer time. Here’s Tara to tell you more.

Fighting in Prayer

After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, ‘Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.’” Nehemiah 4:14

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the social and cultural influences facing our families? Do you worry that the spiritual and moral values the world propagates will have an effect on the people you love?

Nehemiah was a powerful leader of God’s people living in Judea following their return from exile in Babylon. God commissioned him to lead the rebuilding of the wall around the capital city of Jerusalem. Nehemiah’s enemies, however, didn’t want the wall rebuilt, so they were relentless in their attacks, hounding, bullying and trying to intimidate Nehemiah and the people.

Yet, instead of exhibiting fear, Nehemiah took a stand and refused to be intimidated. He knew that no matter how overwhelming his enemy may be, his God was bigger and greater. His God was able to do immeasurably more than He could ask or imagine.

Following his own lead, Nehemiah redirects the people to ‘not be afraid of all the enemy was doing. To remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and to fight for their families and homes…’

Following Nehemiah’s Example

This same exhortation is applicable for us today. The best way to fight for the hearts and minds of others and protect them from the world’s luring pull is through prayer.

But how do you start? How do you fight in prayer?

By opening God’s Word and praying it back to Him.

The best way to fight for the hearts and minds of others and protect them is through prayer. But how do you fight in #prayer? By opening God’s Word and praying it back to Him. Share on X

When we don’t know what to pray, God’s Word provides direction and power. Praying Scripture can and does move mountains – BIG mountains in the lives of our families and the people we love deeply.

While we can’t change the social and cultural influences facing our loved ones, we can fight for them in prayer. Remember, praying His Word back to Him is the most effective way to touch others and make a difference in their lives.


Tara is the Founder and President of Knowing God Ministries. For over a decade, she has been speaking to women’s groups across all ages and denominations. Tara has written and published several prayer journals, Bible studies and books. She resides in Cary, NC with her husband and is a new empty-nester. Her passion is to help women grow in their personal relationship with Jesus.

You can connect with Tara at

About Prayer Made Simple

Prayer Made Simple is a prayer tool that helps women move forward in their prayer life. This little book will teach anyone to pray with confidence because it enables you to pray God’s truth over the lives of the people you love.

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  1. Melissa Henderson

    Amen. My husband got this book for me as a Christmas present. But, I don’t think I can wait that long to read it. 🙂

    • Debbie Wilson

      Melissa, I agree! You’ll want to take it out and use it. 🙂 So good to hear from you.

  2. Ann J Musico

    This book is definitely on my list to purchase – looks like a wonderful tool and so very practical in this day we find ourselves in. I visited the website too – a treasure trove of wonderful resources – I will be visiting often. Thank you, Debbie, for sharing!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Ann! Knowing God is a wonderful ministry and Tara is a good friend.

  3. Theresa Feimer

    This is exactly what I’ve been working on, the power of prayer. To pray with power. This book is definitely one that I am buying. Thank you! It’s amazing how God works, putting this in front of me saying “Here”…I am so excited to start my next journey with God and this book as a tool. Thank you Debbie for sharing this book with us. God is working through you.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Theresa, I love hearing how God answers prayer. I’m enjoying the book and am so excited to hear it is what you are looking for too.

  4. J.D. Wininger

    So enjoyed meeting Ms. Tara and for being introduced to her book. Most certainly one I’ll be looking to add to my library. Prayer is perhaps our greatest weapon in battling for our faith in this darkened world my friend. Thank you both!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, J.D. It helps me to have something to guide my words and wondering thoughts.

  5. PaulaShort

    Debbie thank you for sharing Taras beautiful message today. I’m going to have to add this to my to be read list. Blessings.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Paula, it is a gift to yourself that benefits others. 🙂

  6. Lauren Renee Sparks

    Praying scripture is my fave way to come to the Father. This sounds great!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Lauren, I have found it very helpful.

  7. Anita Ojeda

    Thank you for letting us know about Tara’s book! It sounds like a powerful, yet easy-to-use tool for our prayer lives.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Anita, I’m enjoying Tara’s book. It has become part of my quiet time bundle.

  8. CJ

    So true! I am so thankful for those who intercede on my behalf! Their prayers lift me through.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Amen, C.J.!

  9. Nancy E. Head

    Sounds like a great resource. Thanks for the information and encouragement!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Nancy.

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