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276 Nigerian girls and 276 saved in Paul's Maltese shipwreck

Someone from our church family, a very good CPA, posted this on our church network:

"As I was starting my devotions last night, I felt a nudge from the Holy Spirit to pray for the 276 girls kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram. As I began to do so, the number 276 triggered my vague recollection that the number saved after the ship carrying Paul to Rome was shipwrecked on a Maltese reef was around 276. Was it? I read Acts 27, and, sure enough, all were saved and the number was 276 (Acts…


Added by Steve Hawthorne on May 13, 2014 at 1:09pm — 1 Comment

What makes these prayers different?

Earlier today I was talking with someone who was ordering copies of Seek God for the City 2014 for eight churches of her community. She asked me how it was that I came to write and publish these prayers. “Could I tell that story and put the video online?” she asked.


My reply was “Yes. I think that might be a cool idea. We can do that.” (So watch for that…


Added by Steve Hawthorne on February 7, 2014 at 3:18pm — No Comments

FreshPrayer - Latest issue released from WayMakers

I've heard from friends who have enjoyed praying Seek God for the City this year, asking when we'll publish more. I am already crafting more prayers to be published in the future. But to help people form their own best prayers right now—or anytime—I created Fresh Prayer. Check the latest issue of FreshPrayer, posted on the WayMakers website ( as a no-cost, downloadable pdf. Every issue…


Added by Steve Hawthorne on May 23, 2013 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Two more special ways to pray in hope this year

As we close the 40-day period of Seek God for the City 2013, the team at WayMakers have heard from some of the thousands who used to the prayer guide to pray beyond themselves toward great things God has promised, many of them for the first time. Here are a few examples:

“I love that you can cover the world in prayer in 40 days.”

“It brought us together to pray strategically for our city.”

“Allowed us to focus on needs outside our four…


Added by Steve Hawthorne on April 10, 2013 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Does the app help?

Dear praying friends,

Have you taken a look at Seek God for the City 2013? What do you think? The days of united prayer begin this Wednesday, February 13 and continue through Palm Sunday, March 24.

Would you consider suggesting this great resource to your blog, network, or list of friends? Now is a perfect time to download the app and get ready to pray with many thousands of others. …


Added by Steve Hawthorne on February 11, 2013 at 6:53pm — 1 Comment

Pray greater. Time to seek God's face together



I want to pass on to you some of what I've been hearing from others. Even in the midst of reports in the continuing decline of morals or the disarray of some mission conviction, I've been encouraged to hear from several leaders who are sensing that Christians are responding positively, even eagerly, to their appeals to pray for their community and their…


Added by Steve Hawthorne on February 1, 2013 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Special prayer guide for the Muslim world

Dear praying friends,


I invite you to pray, using a special prayer guide called 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World. This annual prayer guide calls Christians from all over the world to pray for Muslims during Ramadan, July 20 to August 18, 2012. Ramadan is the special month of fasting and praying in which Muslims pray in special ways according to Islamic tradition.  




Added by Steve Hawthorne on June 13, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Help kids seek God for their city

Seek God for the City is designed to empower entire churches and even citywide movements to unite their prayers for a special 40-day season. Now the children’s companion guide is available—providing a way to equip children to pray along with each other and their families. The kids’ version of Seek God for the City 2012 is available as a free downloadable PDF file. You have permission to…


Added by Steve Hawthorne on January 25, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Hope amidst the noise: Pray steady and strong

I’ve been delighted with the magnificent photo on the cover of this year’s Seek God for the City. The beautiful city, bathed in light, with a river running through it, is Calgary, Alberta, if you’re wondering. Several friends have asked. Only a few days ago I had an insight about that image that I’d like to share with you.

As many do around the turn of the year,…


Added by Steve Hawthorne on January 6, 2012 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Day 2 GDOP and "Yet even now" moments

It's Day 2 of the GDOP season of continual prayer. You can find the topic here:

The prayer points are all about the uppermost passion and purpose of God: That He would be known so that He can be loved. Ask God to do something great for His name in your city, in the lives of your friends/family, in the relationships and work of missionaries, and really, just about everywhere.

You'll notice…


Added by Steve Hawthorne on June 3, 2011 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Don't wait to feel the zeal


I’m going to be stirring myself with expectancy starting this Thursday, June 2, as I pray through the ten days before the Global Day of Prayer. I made a decision yesterday. I decided that I am going to really go after these prayers in the ten-day prayer guide as if I really expected…


Added by Steve Hawthorne on June 2, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Why ten days of prayer?

A letter about the Global Day of Prayer from Stephanie Tucker:


We understand the value of gathering before God in repentance and prayer on the Global Day of Prayer. But why pray for ten days before the GDOP?

Since we gather on Pentecost, it is easy to recall the upper room prayer meeting. They prayed continualy for ten days. They weren’t praying about any particular problems or needs. They were…


Added by Steve Hawthorne on May 25, 2011 at 11:11am — 1 Comment

Great prayers in small gatherings

For years, the Global Day of Prayer has been becoming greater and smaller all at the same time. Around the world the gatherings have been smaller, but, in fact, there are many more of them.

There are still numerous major-size meetings underway. But many gatherings are planning to have two or three churches come together on June 12, 2011, Pentecost Sunday evening in…


Added by Steve Hawthorne on May 16, 2011 at 12:27pm — 1 Comment

Prayerwalking Guide for Sept 11 - English, and now Spanish too

Dear praying friends,

You may have seen the Prayerwalking Guide for Sept 11 that I posted recently. You can read below for more information about it. Now, a Spanish translation is available, too. You can download both of them here:…

Added by Steve Hawthorne on September 10, 2010 at 4:58pm — No Comments

A prayerwalking guide for Sept 11

Pray! Network friends, I want you to see this e-mail I recently sent:…


Added by Steve Hawthorne on September 3, 2010 at 12:38pm — 1 Comment

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