Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
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1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 - "Be joyful always. Pray continually."
As we approach Labor Day weekend, I want to encourage you to watch for opportunities to pray throughout the day today and each day to come.
The heart of praying on site (OnSite prayer) is to observe people and circumstances around, then invite God to work in those lives or circumstances. Some examples of how this can be done during the normal course of a day...
* If you eat out, pay attention to your servers and people seated elsewhere in the restaurant. Quietly pray for individuals to have a (S)piritual (A)wakening or (F)resh (E)ncounter with Jesus Christ. This is called a SAFE prayer. It's effective without necessarily needing to know a prayer recipient's position before God. For more about this: http://prayerleader.com/content/view/859/69/
* As you drive to/from work (or any destination, really), pray for people jogging, walking their pets, walking with their children; pray for students of schools as you drive through school zones; pray for the drivers ahead and behind you in traffic (not just those that cut you off in traffic!), etc. The SAFE prayer is a quick and effective prayer for these people and children. You may also ask God to lead you how to pray for these people as you encounter them in passing. Just be sure to pray after He shares how He'd like you to pray for that person/those people!
My friend, Dennis Conner, wrote an excellent article in PrayerConnect magazine (July/August) with these ideas, and many more for praying continually (Pray Without Ceasing). Visit www.prayershop.org to order a copy.
I was encouraged to receive a message from a ministry partner in Houston, TX last night. She shared that she'll be in Washington D.C this weekend to attend a friend's wedding. While strolling about town, she plans to pray on site- in front of the White House, the Capitol Building, or wherever else she goes. That, my friends, is an example of taking prayer wherever one goes- and inviting God into peoples' lives and places wherever we go! Whether in Washington D.C. or looking out at your neighbor's house across the street, you too can pray on site. I encourage you to try this form of prayer today and throughout weekend!