Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
A Community of Prayer Champions, Praying Churches, Prayed-for Communities
Rolling Meadows (Chicago, IL suburb) clergy and city officials will host the community’s first prayer drive at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, May 5, starting in the parking lot of city hall, 3600 Kirchoff Road.
Rev. Phil Miglioratti of the National Pastor’s Prayer Network is organizing the event on the 60th National Day of Prayer, along with the Rev. Rande Smith, pastor of The Community Church of Rolling Meadows. Other churches are also involved.
Mayor Ken Nelson and Mayor-elect Tom Rooney will join the group, and everyone is invited.
After praying for people who work in local government, the caravan will travel to a nursing home, a school, a park and a business to pray for other aspects of the community.
“We’ll be focusing on bringing blessings to each of the different sites we go to,” said Miglioratti, who is based in Palatine.
There will not be any speeches, and the group will be at each site a maximum of 20 minutes, he said.
Among other local events for the National Day of Prayer, Living Hope Church at 777 Meacham Road in Elk Grove Village will have a service at 7 p.m. and Mount Prospect will have a prayer breakfast.
I had the honor of attending the Birmingham Mayors' Prayer Breakfast this year on the NDP, in Birmingham, AL. Mission Birmingham organizes and hosts the event, which is attended by mayors, pastors, business men and women, and lay people from all over the area. Since it was my first time to attend (per a friend inviting me and another friend letting me sit at his business' table), I wasn't sure what to expect. But any expectations I did have were blown out of the water. Most of the men that got up to pray recognized our desperate dependence on God, especially in light of the recent devastation in our state from the deadly tornado outbreak on April 27. The theme for the breakfast was of course II Chron, 7:14. Most of them prayed with such humility, but also such power and anointing.
Our speaker was Siran Stacy, who delivered a very powerful word. I was amazed at how the focus of the whole morning was right where it should be - on how big, great, powerful, and holy God is - worthy of praise no matter what; and how small, finite, weak, sinful, and desperate man is. That's not exactly very politically correct of culturally popular these days, but it IS the truth. I left there humbled, encouraged, and convicted. Mission Birmingham did an amazing job organizing this event, and I hope I get the opportunity to attend next year.
MAKE EVERY DAY A NATONAL DAY OF PRAYER: As you drive around each day when you pass a church take a second to pray for the pastor, the congregation, the community.
An Extraordinary Prayer Gathering for Minnesota Students
The UNITE prayer gathering on the National Day of Prayer at the University of Minnesota (Mariucci Hockey Arena) was in part the answer to years of prayers for spiritual awakening, especially on our college and university campuses.
This gathering was a unique partnership between Global Day of Prayer MN, Pulse Ministries, and Praise FM radio, all ministries in the Twin Cities with hearts for revival and spiritual awakening. In addition, the gathering was undergirded in prayer by the 10,000 Moms In Touch (MITI) groups throughout the U.S.
Bob Bakke (GDOP MN and Hillside Church) joined Nick Hall (Pulse) and Fern Nichols (MITI) to lead in prayer for spiritual awakening among students. Those gathered witnessed the generations coming together in partnership with God for the unfolding of His purposes. More than 2,500 students and adults cried out to God to send His Holy Spirit upon the earth and upon the campuses – to change them for the glory of Christ!
Here are some measurements of the evening:
As you can see by just these measurements, God was powerfully at work. Please continue to lift up our campuses in prayer for the greatest revival and spiritual awakening this nation has ever seen.
--submitted by Carol Madison, leadership team with Global Day of Prayer MN
In Cedar Rapids, IA, Serve The CIty (a coalition of 37 congregations and 10 ministries) and the Linn County Association of Evangelicals met in the downtown Greene Square Park to participate in the National Day of Prayer. We had 14 individuals from 13 ministries pray from the podium, while the over 100 attendees had frequent opportunities for prayer.
Activities included readings of various proclamations and statements by the founding fathers on the need for national prayer, each followed by prayer from the podium and individual/group prayer. Many of these prayers were focused on the national government. We also prayed the 2011 Prayer For America. These were followed by prayers for Families and Marriages, Youth, the Education System, the church (especially the congregations and ministries of the regional church), the Business Sector and the Economy, and the Media.
As every year, we did have a group of protestors from a local college. We have a good relationship with them and, in fact, we let them know of our event in advance and we jointly discuss procedures. We allow them to display their signs and their students have an opportunity to watch the church in Cedar Rapids in prayer.