Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
A Community of Prayer Champions, Praying Churches, Prayed-for Communities
Dear friends in Christ,
March is the time we focus on Government and the Military. Every month we dedicate articles, research and prayer strategies for the spheres of influence in our society.
During the month of April we are praying for the sphere of Business - Trade and Finance. Should you wish to include your prayer requests in the April newsltter, please send them to us by the 15th March.
Check the website for more information - www.prayerstrategy.org
We recently commenced a research to find out the challenges that are being encountered within the Spheres of Influence in cities and regions across the world. We asked people “What are the Challenges that are affecting the Spheres of Influence in your city, in your region, in your nation?”
Some of the initial responses we have received have been put on the website at http://prayerstrategy.org/challenges-part-1/
Please continue to send us the challenges that you identify and We shall acknowledge your contribution; include your name (we can post your contribution anonymously if that is your wish) and you may also include a link to your ministry website.
If you wish to be listed on the website (at http://prayerstrategy.org/prayerpartners/) as being in partnership in prayer with us, send us the link of your website (to firstname.lastname@example.org) and in also include the link to our website - www.prayerstrategy.org - on your website. We shall uphold each other in our prayers.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross”
The relationship between Christianity and politics is a historically complex subject as well as in modern politics between the Christian right and Christian left. All governments suffer from corruption, dishonesty, evil infiltration to rule, and false power. The only government that will never have any corruption is the Kingdom of God, which is in essence God’s redemptive reign.
God’s inspired revelation tells us that He will send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began (Acts 3:20–21). In the Bible God reveals to us that He will restore His government, His law and His way of life to this entire earth.
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16–17). All human governments will eventually end and Jesus will reign over everyone forever.
In Isaiah 9:6-7 we read:
“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
The Kingdom of God and Jesus the Ruler of all Governments
What does the Bible say about Government?
The Bible says the heart of a king is in the hand of the Lord. He can turn it however He wants, so your prayers are important. Pray it in faith, believing, and remember God watches over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). The apostle Paul urges us in 1 Timothy 2:1-3 to pray, intercede and give thanks for kings and all people in authority. This is God’s command to every believer today.
If you wish to read further about what the Bible says about Government, there is a good article at this link https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-government.html
“For the kingdom is the LORD’S and He rules over the nations.” Psalm 22:28
Who must we pray for?
Please refer to your own nation’s and region’s governmental structure and find out what are your Government portfolios and pray systematically for each. Examples are cited below for the Australian and USA governments.
We pray, in the Name of the Lord Jesus, for all Kings, Queens, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Vice Presidents, Deputy Prime Ministers, Ministers, Senators, all nation Cabinets, Chiefs of justice and Associate justices of Supreme Courts around the world, we pray for all parliaments around the world and their Members. We pray for the Defence Force and Military, Generals, soldiers, Chiefs, Air force, Navy, Military intelligence and surveillance, Security Officers, Customs, Border protection officers, people in special missions, police officers, detectives, Chief Police Officers, Police forces.
We pray for them to receive the wisdom of God, to act in obedience to that wisdom of the Holy One our Father in Heaven and in Jesus Christ His only Son, with the power of the Holy Spirit that proceeds from the Father and the Son to flow in their lives.
We pray for everyone working in the sphere of Government and Military to be unified in righteousness for the sake of their nations. We pray for protection to cover all law enforcement officers and the men and women of the military. We ask the Lord to give them His enlightenment to do His will on earth as it is in Heaven. Lord you have said as recorded in Matthew 18:18 that “Whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Therefore we bind the enemy from all earthy governments and its people, and from their families. Satan and all his demonic forces have no power or authority over them and though the gates of hell may come against them, they are behind those gates and cannot influence or whisper to any of them. We invite the Holy Spirit and loose the angelic host to encamp around all earthly governments including all their families and loved ones. Thank you for your Holy Ghost protection, guidance and for angelic intervention in concert with the will of the Spirit.
We pray for the salvation for all people employed in the sphere of Government and the Military so that they will be reconciled to God. We pray that they will come into contact with the gospel and that they will experience the love of God. We pray Lord to see more Christians in the political arena so they can be a true witness to You in their spheres of influence.
Thank You Lord for covering all people mentioned above, with the blood of Jesus. Acts 2:38-39 says, “…Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
Thank You Lord for the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the intercession of our High Priest Jesus Christ as our advocate (Romans 8:27) in your holy court. Thank you for the gift of faith. Your Word promises us (per Mark 11:23,24) “Whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! And does not doubt at all in their heart but believes that what they say will take place, it will be done for them.” For this reason you told us, “whatever we ask for in prayer, believe that it is granted to us and we will get it.”
We declare and decree holiness and purity in all earthly governments and ask Lord to let your will be done in each one on earth as it is in Heaven. Amen
For Peace Among the Nations
Almighty God our heavenly Father,
guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth,
and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness,
that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
For Sound Government
O Lord our Governor, bless the leaders of our land,
that we may be a people at peace among ourselves
and a blessing to other nations of the earth.
Lord, keep this nation under your care.
To the President/Prime Minister and members of the Cabinet,
to Governors of States, Mayors of Cities,
and to all in administrative authority,
grant wisdom and grace in the exercise of their duties.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.
At first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things
I did wrong, deciding whether I merited Heaven or Hell when I die.
But later, it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride;
It was like a tandem bike, and God was in the back, helping me pedal.
I don’t know when it was that He suggested we change places,
But life has not been the same since.
When I was in control, I knew the way. It was rather boring and predictable;
I took the shortest route to travel between two points.
But when God took the front seat, He knew delightful paths; up mountains, and through green gullies, through rocky places, and all at break-neck speeds! All I could do was to hang on. Even though It looked like madness, He said “Pedal!”
I was worried and asked, “Where are you taking me?” He laughed and didn’t answer me, and I started to learn to trust.
I forgot my boring life and entered into an adventure. When I said, “I’m scared!” He’d lean back and touch my hand.
He took me to people who had gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance and joy. They gave me their gifts to take on my journey – our journey. And we were off again.
He said, “Give the gifts away. They are extra baggage, too much weight.” So I did – to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light.
I didn’t trust him at first in control of my life. I thought He would wreck it. But He knows bike secrets. He knows how to balance, take sharp corners, how to avoid rocks. And I’m learning to shut up and pedal to the strangest places.
I’m learning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face.
And when I’m sure I can’t do any more, He smiles and says, “Pedal!”
Fr. Guy Carlson – a retired Jesuit priest
Prayer requests received from the Christian Military Fellowship – Canada and the Bhhop Ottawa Burning Hearts House of Prayer
There are many new ideas at hand – featuring special guests from all over Australia – to once again, impact the culture of this region and even beyond. Please continue to declare God’s revelation, wisdom, creativity and energy over those of us leading this movement.
They especially need wisdom, grace, resources to do this work effectively.
We hope to bring different groups and activities happening across our region as the months go by. We so appreciate your “oneness” with us being God’s people where He places us.
We continue to pray for you also.
Thank you for seeking God with Scripture directed, Spirit empowered prayer, as you continue to live in resurrection life.
Wealth with Purpose www.wealthwithpurpose.com is running the Stewardship Summit 2019.
Wealth with Purpose has a passion to see Christians use their money to invest in eternity and to ensure that Churches and ministries are fully funded. The goal of the summit is to raise up fully funded Churches that are released to do the ministry that God has called them to do.
There are three clear aims for the Summit:
If you would like to find out more about the Stewardship Summit 2019, or to register to attend go to www.stewardshipsummit.com.au
Each year we celebrate Pentecost, the birth of the Church, by gathering together as one body, giving thanks to the Lord and praying for each other's needs and the the needs of the region.
This year Pentecost is on June 9 and we will be celebrating Pentecost Eve in Sydney's North:
7 to 9pm on Saturday the 8th June 2019
Chatswood Catholic Church
94 Archer St, Chatswood NSW 2067
Celebrations of Pentecost are being held all around the world. We encourage you to do likewise in your region - contact all your local church and prayer leaders and encourage them to join together on Pentecost Eve for time of prayer in one accord.
More inormation can be found at http://www.transformingsydney.org/Pentecost.html
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The Prayer Strategy for the Spheres of Influence is an independent national and international ministry. We work in equal collaboration with other prayer movements in Australia and overseas, but we do not 'follow' them. Our information, research and strategies are inspired by the Holy Spirit and carefully discerned. We hope to continue our fellowship with you and with Jesus in our midst.
God bless you,
Prayer Strategy for the Spheres of Influence