Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
A Community of Prayer Champions, Praying Churches, Prayed-for Communities
I'm praying for a prayer movement. I have been for years. I long to see God call His churches, His own people, to pray as we have never prayed, as we have never dreamed of praying before. And in an effort to encourage you to join me in this prayer let me spell out what I am asking God to bring about.
I would like to see churches across America and beyond assigning prayer lists to their members, setting up 24 hour prayer rooms and organizing small group prayer meetings praying for every member, for every visitor, and every person God has brought them in contact with. As Jesus asked His disciples in the garden if they could not even pray for an hour, I would like churches to encourage members to spend extended time in prayer every day.
Of course, if prayer like this begins to spread across the country the enemy of our souls will be upset. He will begin fierce attack upon us. We need the Bible, the sword of the Spirit and the armor of God, with our prayers. People will need a firm grip on God’s word. We need to pray for our pastors and for the teaching ministry of our churches. I want us to encourage people to memorize Scriptures and pray over them. This will be an essential part of a prayer movement.
I would love to see churches begin praying for their neighborhoods. Could we set goals to prayer-walk every street in every town in America. We ought to hunger to pray for every home, business, and institution in this country. I would like to see groups committed to pray for every church and every pastor in every town and every state. I would love to see teachers’ prayer meetings in every school. I would love for groups to pray for children in schools. We also need people to pray for universities and college students. Some of the greatest prayer meetings could be held among college students getting serious about prayer. Over the years I have heard many people complain about what is taught in colleges. I remember hearing someone talking about an evangelical college that they thought had lost its spiritual fire. I wanted to argue with them because I thought they were not seeing everything God was doing there. In fact both of us should have spent all our energy praying for the students, administration and faculty of that school.
I have been burdened that Christians put too much faith in our politics. But we do need to pour our hearts out in prayer for government leaders. We could pray earnestly for the Supreme Court of the United States. We need to pray for our President, for congressmen, even local politicians. I hunger for God’s people to pray even for politicians we believe are evil? I pray for such a movement of God in our hearts.
A prayer movement will call us to pray for the entire world. I would like every church and every believer to pray for hundreds of missionaries going out from us to the ends of the earth. I would like to see prayer centers with rooms devoted to praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters and for people groups in every part of the world.
Of course, I don't know what God will bring about or what it will look like. I suspect some of you envision facets of such a movement that I have not mentioned or even thought about. I would like you to share what you see with the rest of us. I fear God will have to allow us to see great tribulation before we get this serious about prayer. However He works, I pray tol see such a movement. But, even if God does not bring about a prayer movement, or if it does not happen in our lifetime, I want to pray for it, and urge people to pray as we would in the midst of such a movement.