Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
A Community of Prayer Champions, Praying Churches, Prayed-for Communities
This year's Seek God for the City campaign is just around the corner! Join in the prayers in this discussion thread. Click the picture for the Seek God for the City web page (at waymakers.org), where you can find more information about the prayer resources available.
A companion prayer guide for use with children is attached to this discussion. This children's prayer guide is also available on the SGFC web page as a free download and is freely reproducible.
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." -- Ephesians 3:20-21
Week 3, Day 24: Friday, Mar. 04
Father, no one can come to Jesus unless you draw him. Please draw many in our city and communities who do not know Jesus. Work through life situations, testimonies of friends and neighbors. Draw them by your lovingkindness. Place in nonbelievers in our city a discontent with the shallow things of this life. Cause them to seek the truth. Lead them to your Son, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Please raise up disciple-making men and women in our churches who will proclaim and live out the truth among their families, co-workers, neighbors. Keep us from being satisfied with getting people "across the line" - instead, find us faithful to your command to make disciples.
Father, please let your blessing fall on native peoples in our area. Heal the wounds and distrust that have been caused by mistreatment. See the needs of the native peoples. Call them to new life in you, and unite believers together for the sake of their benefit. Grant them honor in our communities. May your name be honored and worshiped among all the first nations in America.
Lord of the Nations, please continue to lead South Africa along the path of more progressive democracy and greater transparency in government. Please continue by your Spirit to heal the wounds of racial division in this nation. Put in place structures and people to guide the nation forward economically, socially, and spiritually. Thank you for the Christians you have raised to positions of leadership; please encourage them to lead with servants' hearts and give them the wisdom to guide the nation forward. Thank you also for the maturity of the South African church and for the ministries working in leadership training, church development, and youth ministry. Continue to grant great fruit to these ministries, that your word may be proclaimed to every people in South Africa and that it may accomplish the purpose for which you send it.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
Week 3, Day 25: Saturday, Mar. 05
Father, we long to see fulfilled the promise of your word that people from every nation, tribe, and language will one day worship at your throne. In anticipation of that great day, Lord, raise up Christ-centered worship among every ethnic group of our city - those who have lived here a long time and those who may be visiting from other places. Fill the worship leaders of our churches with your Spirit and with wisdom from your word to guide them as they lead us in worship. Energize us to worship you with passion, in spirit and in truth.
Thank you, Lord, for those who have devoted themselves to serve the public through law enforcement and through the legal system. Protect our judges, court workers, police and support personnel - keep them safe, and protect them from cynicism and discouragement. Work through them to bring your justice to our community. Make them your hand to keep order and defend what is right.
Lord of the Nations, thank you for the relatively peaceful secession of South Sudan from Sudan and for maintaining peace between these two countries, even in the midst of ongoing tensions. Please extend the peace so that it's more than just the absence of war, but a true recognition of each country and cooperation between them. Protect Christians in Sudan from Islamic persecution. Grant your grace and favor to those Christians; bless them and make them in turn a blessing to those around them, so that your name may be both known and honored by those who are currently far from you. Raise up strong leadership in South Sudan, and guide this country forward in righteousness and peace.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
Week 4, Day 26 - Sunday, Mar. 06
Father, long ago you promised that through the righteousness of one man - Abraham - the nations would be blessed. And indeed you blessed many through is direct actions and through his descendants. In our day, Lord, please give your people lives of righteousness that will be a blessing to many who are currently outside the faith. May our words and our actions point the way to you, showing people your love and grace and drawing them to your truth.
Cause us as a people to pursue righteousness in our communities. Touch our hearts with the injustices that touch your heart, and make of us a people who speak out for those who are treated unfairly, or who have been left behind by society. May your justice reign both in us and through us in our communities.
Father, please look with your favor on those in our city who are unemployed. Meet their needs in such a way that they know that it is you who provides for them. Cause them to rejoice in your provision. Draw them near to you and cause them to place their identity not in work, but in you. Reassure them of their worth in your sight - a worth not based on having a job but based on the blood of Christ. Please bless them in your timing with the right work, that they may use that work to glorify you. Alter the structures in our city that sustain unemployment; give our leaders wisdom to manage the economy in such a way that jobs become more plentiful and that meaningful work is available for everyone.
Lord of the Nations, may your justice, righteousness, grace, and truth prevail in Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Bulgaria. Spread your word throughout these lands. Break down the barriers - whether cultural, social, religious, geographical - whatever they may be - break down the barriers that keep people far from you. Strengthen your church in these lands to be both proclaimers and models of the gospel, so that your word may be known by every people group in these countries. Make your church a channel of your blessing throughout these lands, so that many who are far from you will come to know and worship you.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
Week 4, Day 27: Monday, Mar. 07
Father, you are a righteous and just God, and you care about justice for the oppressed. Please intervene to put an end to individual and systemic injustices in our city. Reach out your arm to restore those who have been oppressed. Give to our leaders both compassion and wisdom to address areas of injustice and to enact and enforce laws based on your standards of righteousness.
Please guide and guard the paths of teens in our city and communities. Lead them not into temptation, but deliver them from all kinds of evil. Bring necessary endings to patterns, habits, relationships, and activities that are leading them down paths of darkness. Replace these with relationships and activities that will guide them into your light. Bring into their lives trusted mentors. Restore any broken relationships with parents and open the lines of communication. Give our teens boldness to follow you and to love you with all their hearts, minds, souls, and strength.
Lord of the Nations, revive your church in the Canary Islands, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, the Faeroe Islands, and Finland. Purify your church and your people - lead them to fully put off the old in order to put on the new. May their changed lives and their hearts of grace and compassion draw others who are currently far from you into your presence. Bless your church in these lands, and make her a blessing to those around her. Raise up righteous leadership in each of these countries - make the people's hearts glad by the integrity of their leaders. Send forth your word to every corner of these countries, and may it accomplish the purpose for which you send it.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
Week 4, Day 28: Tuesday, Mar. 08
Lord Jesus, you promised blessing and satisfaction for those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Please cause us to hunger this way for your righteousness. We have settled for lesser things, Lord - walked in a way that betrays divided loyalties and lukewarm hearts. Lord, our lives don't differ that much from the lives of others around us who are far from you. We have bought into the pull of our culture, rather than resisting that pull to follow you. We have sought comfort, not a cross. Forgive us, Lord. Free us from the delusions of sin. Restore to us the joy of our salvation, the intensity of our first love for you. Transform our lives and through us, our communities.
Please free those, Father, who are enslaved to drugs, alcohol, and other substances. Heal their minds and bodies. Bring alongside them wise counselors and the support that they need. Draw them to yourself and away from the path of destruction.
Lord of the Nations, spread the word of your righteousness through the countries of France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, and Ireland. Call your church to holiness - not the kind of holiness that looks down on others but the kind that honors you, who are perfectly holy. The kind of holiness that will show your beauty to those far from you and will draw them to you. Distinguish your church from the world, especially in lands where that line has been blurred. Call your people to fully put off the old and put on the new in Christ. Purify your church; sanctify your people by the truth of your word. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Week 4, Day 29: Wednesday, Mar. 09
Father, please pour our your Spirit in our city - for the renewal and revival of your church and for the salvation of those far from you. Empower your church to preach the word faithfully and to reach out to our communities with compassion and grace. Bring to yourself entire households at once, so that families together may rejoice and worship you.
God of mercy, please have mercy on the depressed in our city. Bring them healing of mind, body, and soul. Please provide the help they need - counseling, trusted friends, and above all, the presence of your Spirit as you draw them to yourself. Dispel the lies of the evil one in their lives; free them from any bondage that keeps them in depression.
Lord of the Nations, thank you for opening doors for the spread of the gospel in Kosovo. Thank you for the responsiveness of children and young adults, and for the work of mission agencies and churches there. Please continue to keep this door open, and grant wisdom to ministries there to use their opportunities effectively and wisely. Break through the barriers keeping Muslims in Kosovo from coming to know you. Draw to yourself entire households, and cement and strengthen their faith, even if they face opposition. Plant your church in every corner of this country, that your word may be available to every community.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
Week 4, Day 30: Thursday, Mar. 10
Lord Jesus, you have promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against your church. Fulfill that promise in our day, Lord - enable your church to boldly move forward in our city and communities, breaking down the walls, gates, and other barriers erected by Satan and by the world. Strengthen weak congregations into powerful forces for your kingdom. Overcome any fears we may have by reminding us of your greatness and increasing our faith in your provision and protection.
Make your church victorious in all the lands where your people are significantly persecuted for their faith. Break down those gates of hell - whether they come from extremists, from governments, or even from neighbors and family. Strengthen your church around the world collectively and each congregation individually to become a prevailing church - one where you are glorified and one that contributes to the advancement of the kingdom.
Father in heaven, please take hold of all the lives of the fathers on earth among us. Teach fathers in our midst what spiritual leadership of their families really means. Give them hearts of servanthood for their families. Grant them favor in the eyes of their wives and children and give them wisdom to lead their families in righteousness. Forgive the fathers among us who have neglected their walks with you and neglected or abused their families - forgive, and cleanse. Strengthen fathers to forsake paths that are not beneficial for their families. May their fatherhood increasingly look more and more like your Fatherhood over time, that you may be honored in each family.
Lord of the Nations, please strengthen families in the countries of Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Portugal. In each of these lands, Lord, lead families in righteousness. Convert entire unbelieving households to the faith, so that your name may be worshiped in houses and communities throughout these countries. Give to the governments of these lands wisdom to enact and enforce what will make families stronger. Spread your word throughout each of these countries, to every people group. Raise up a thriving church among each people, Lord, so that no one in these countries is without a witness to your grace and compassion.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
Week 4, Day 31: Friday, Mar. 11
Father, you are the one who establishes leaders in their roles. You raise them up, give them responsibility, and call them to account for that responsibility. Thank you for our leaders, Lord. Please protect them from all temptation - from greed, from special interests, from the deceitfulness of wealth and power. Grant our judges wisdom to rule justly, and our lawmakers your guidance to enact laws that reflect your righteousness. Purge any corruption from our system, Lord. In this election year, raise up leaders with hearts of servanthood, integrity, and humility.
Please also remind business leaders in our community that they will one day account to you for the opportunities with which you entrusted them. Establish them and their businesses in righteousness. Grant them your favor for conducting business fairly and equitably. Bless the fruit of all their efforts to be a blessing to our communities.
Lord God, please strengthen our agricultural workers. Give them a sense of the importance and value of their work. Strengthen both their bodies and their minds for the work you have given them. Bless our farmers with favorable weather and good growing conditions. Please watch over migrant workers and take care of their needs. Call many from the agricultural community to yourself by your grace and compassion.
Lord of the Nations, thank you for the work you continue to do across Russia. It's so encouraging to read that two-thirds of the population identify as Christians when only a few short years ago that would have seemed impossible. Truly, Lord, what is impossible for men is more than possible for you.
Please raise up leadership for your church in Russia. Train and educate pastors and other church leaders. Break down the authoritarian molds of the past and bring about a style of leadership that suits the Russia of today. Raise up indigenous forms of church, education, and worship that will truly represent Russian faith. Work through the discipleship schools, seminaries, and TEE programs to ground leaders in your word. Grow your church in Russia in depth of discipleship.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
Week 5, Day 33: Sunday, Mar. 13
Lord of reconciliation, please reconcile to yourself people of every race and ethnicity in our city. Plant vibrant, culturally relevant, kingdom-focused churches in every culture. For those who have come from lands where the Gospel is not freely proclaimed, please draw them into contact with your word and with your Son.
Make of your church an agent of reconciliation in our communities. Teach us as your people to value every culture, to respect the differences among us and celebrate the uniqueness you have given to every people group. Where there are lines of tension, please give your people courage to reach across those lines to build bridges.
Father, thank you for those whom you have called to protect our country as part of the military. Please look on them with your favor. Keep them save in travel, in conflict, and in all their duties. Make your word precious to them as they risk their lives. Give chaplains and other spiritual leaders special wisdom to serve and to honor you in the sight of our armed forces. Strengthen military families through moves and times of separation - make these special times of your blessing and favor on them.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
Day 34: Monday, Mar. 14
Father, we long to see you bring peace, reconciliation, and restoration to broken relationships - whether in families, in churches, in neighborhoods, in businesses, across racial, ethnic, or social lines. Please reconcile people of all neighborhoods and families in our communities to yourself, and make your church an agent of reconciliation in our city and our communities. Open the eyes of believers to opportunities to be reconcilers and peacemakers. May your name be honored through the efforts of your people to bring peace.
Lord, the family was the very first institution you created, and we know you love to see families working well. Please bring restoration to broken family relationships; comfort to families who are grieving loss; provision to families in financial need; and over all, salvation to families that are far from you. Draw entire families to yourself, Lord God, like you did with the family of the jailer in Philippi. Turn the hearts of parents to their children and children to their parents. Bring hope to families as they turn to you.
Lord of the Nations, please halt the spread of Islam in Egypt, Iran, and Iraq - and especially of Islamic extremism. You have promised that the gates of hell could not prevail against your church. Fulfill that promise in these nations, Lord, so that your name may be known widely among those who are currently far from you. Strengthen your church in the midst of persecution - not just to withstand it, but to overcome it with your grace, compassion, and mercy. Change the times and leaders of these countries and open doors for the Gospel to spread.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
Week 5, Day 35: Tuesday, Mar. 15
Father, please restore the children in our city and communities to their parents. Please bring humility and repentance where wrong has been done, and a spirit of forgiveness. Heal past wounds of both parents and children, and bless these relationships going forward. Lead parents in our communities to bless their children with your love, grace, and hope. Protect our children from paths that lead to temptation and danger; instead, grow their hearts for you, and lead them on paths of righteousness. Again we pray for the salvation of entire families in our neighborhoods.
Lord God, please bless the laborers in our community. Bless them with safe workplaces, positive friendships, and meaningful work. Bless them by ensuring that they are treated with justice and dignity. Bless them by providing for their needs, especially in a changing economy. Above all, bless them with the hope that is in Christ Jesus.
Lord of the Nations, please look down on Israel with your favor and blessing. Give her leaders wisdom in perilous times. Bring peace between Christian, Jew, and Muslim - with mutual respect and honor. Bring fair solutions to the issues that divide. Bless Israel and make her a channel of your blessing to surrounding nations and to the foreigners in her midst.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
Week 5, Day 36 - Wednesday Mar. 16
Father, you call us to live at peace with all people as far as it depends on us. Please forgive your children when we don't live up to this high standard. We confess, Lord, that when we're wronged, we want justice and not mercy. We don't like having our rights trampled on, and we want to punish those who have made us suffer. We feel the same when we see stories of those around the world who are persecuted for their faith. Our natural tendency is to react with anger towards ISIS, Boko Haram, the North Korean regime, and all who unjustly persecute your people.
Lord, you have called us not just to live at peace with others but to actually be those who make peace. Empower your church to be at the forefront of true peacemaking - not just ending wars and conflicts but truly reconciling people, first to you and then to each other. Give us grace to pray for our enemies both near and far away. Change the hearts of those who oppose you, and empower those who are suffering persecution to remain faithful to you and to bless their enemies.
Father, please look with your favor on high-profile athletes. Lead them not into temptation, Lord, but deliver them from evil. You have given them much; teach them how to be accountable for all you have provided. Specially bless the believers among them with your favor, so that other athletes may come to know you and so that your word may spread. For students in school preparing for athletic careers and for the coaches who guide them - grant your special wisdom. Restrain the tendencies toward self-indulgence. Raise up positive relationships that will keep them on the right path.
Lord of the Nations, please let your special favor fall on Lebanon as this country takes in so many thousands of refugees and provides safe haven for them. Provide this country with the resources needed to take care of the refugees; bless Lebanon's economy to the point that the refugees turn out not to be a burden, but a channel through which your favor rests on Lebanon. Grant her leaders wisdom, righteousness, and compassion as they make decisions that impact both the refugees and their own citizens. Open doors for the Gospel to spread throughout this country, and call to yourself many who today do not know you.
In Jesus' name. Amen.