Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
A Community of Prayer Champions, Praying Churches, Prayed-for Communities
When you pray: give praise, declare truth, request help, confess sin (personal and corporate), ask questions (for discernment), pray from your seated-with-Christ position (Ephesians 2:6)
1 – Read, then affirm Jeremiah 29:7: “We will seek and pray for the prosperity of the city.”
2 – Read Psalm 22:27-28 then declare God’s promise that “All the families of the nations will remember and turn to the Lord.”
3 – Read Matthew 9:36 then pray we would “see the crowds and have compassion on the harassed and the helpless.”
4 – Read Luke 19:10 then declare “Jesus has come (to your community) to seek out and give life to those who are lost.”
5 – Read James 5:16-18 and pray for many more Christ followers to confess and acknowledge that “tremendous power is released through the passionate, heartfelt prayer of a godly believer!”
6 – Read Habakkuk 2:1-2 and declare, “Lord, you have told us to ‘Write the message on a billboard, large and clear, so that anyone can read it at a glance and rush to tell others.’ We have obeyed. May many thousands who read the message be led by your Spirit to explore truths about God.”
7 – Read 1 Peter 2:12 and commit us to “live honorable lives as we mix with unbelievers so they will see our beautiful works and have a reason to glorify/explore God.”
8 – Read Mark 5:19 then commit to “tell others how much the Lord has done for you.”
9 – Read Luke 19: 1-5 and ask the Lord to lead us to persons, like Zacchaeus, who are eager to see Jesus.
10 – Read Romans 5:8, rejoicing “Christ proved God’s passionate love for us by dying in our place while we were still lost and ungodly” and pray we will do the same to those we meet, invite, and when we share our Jesus story.
11 – Read Jeremiah 9:24 then give praise that we know the God who shows faithful love, justice, and righteousness on the earth … and that many who are lost would explore and delight in the gospel of the one true God.
12 – Read 1 John 4:16 and pray, that like us, many we invite will “come into an intimate experience with God’s love, and trust in the love he has for everyone. May they explore and discover God is love.”
13 – Read Titus 3:8 then pray on behalf of your church, that “we who believe in God will be careful to devote ourselves to doing good works, knowing it is always profitable and beautiful to demonstrate God’s love to others and to invite them to explore God.”
14 – Read Jonah 4:11 then petition the Lord on behalf of our city, that like Nineveh, “there are many in our neighborhood/community who cannot tell right from wrong. Yes! show your concern through our invitations to explore the faith, hope and love of our God.”
15 – Read John 17:20, 21 and plead for many neighbors-coworkers-students to ask “Would you take us to see Jesus. We want to see him.”
16 – Read Matthew 28:17-20 then declare that “we will go in his authority to make disciples of all peoples (ethnicities & affinities & communities).”
17 – Read Micah 6:8, agreeing with the Lord that he has told us what he wants from us: to do justice, love being kind and to walk in humble obedience to our God.”
18 – Read Luke 6:27,28 then affirm we will “listen to you, and will love our enemies and do something wonderful for them in return for their hatred. When cursed, we will bless. When bullied, we accept it as our mission to pray for them.”
19 – Read 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 and thank God “for the wonderful message of reconciliation” and for the honor of being “Christ’s ambassadors; God making his appeal through us, ‘Come back to God!’”
20 – Read Matthew 21:10 then ask for the whole city to be stirred and to ask “Who is this?”
21 – Read Isaiah 49:6 then believe and receive God’s promise to “make us a light to all peoples, to bring God’s salvation to every place (neighborhoods/communities; homes and schools).”
22 – Read Mark 11:17 and ask that your congregation will pursue with greater passion our Lord’s admonition to be identified as a “house of prayer; paying for all people (ethnicities).”
23 – Read Daniel 9:3 then ask the Lord to give every congregation across the city Daniel-like men and women, old and young, who turn to the Lord to ask for help; even expressing our dependency with fasting.
24 – Read Luke 19:41, 42 then pray we would, as Jesus did, “see the city, burst into tears, weeping over Chicago.”
25 – Read Matthew 23:23 and confess we have often “neglected justice, mercy, and faithfulness.” Ask for leaders who equip us to do justice, become known for mercy and integrity.
26 – Read John 8:2 then remind Jesus he “sat down to teach as the people gathered” and invite him to the group you participate in.
27 – Read Mark 12:30-31 then plead for the Church to realize we are commanded to “love God and love our neighbor;” one great commandment, not two different commands.
28 – Read Genesis 16:18-33 then pray for your community/city the way Abraham interceded for Sodom: “Please forgive me Lord for daring to speak to you like this [God is actually very pleased with this prayer] … please save our city, bring peace, reveal Christ as Lord and Savior …”
29 – Read Matthew 7:7, then whenever you pray, Ask the Spirit to lead you in who and how to pray. Seek by being still & silent, in scripture. Knock; pray boldly when you know how to pray God’s will.
30 – Read Luke 19:37 and express to the Lord we will “joyfully praise God for every miracle of a transformed life.”
31 – Read Philippians 4:9 then commit to “keep putting into practice all you have learned, so the God of peace goes with you as you invite others to explore God.”
Prepared by Phil Miglioratti, Explore God Chicago Co-Chairman
Pray.Network Founder • Prayer Consultant, Illinois Baptist Churches • Mission America Coalition Cities