Wednesday, July 20, 2011
PRAYING FOR MEMPHIS
When Praying For Memphis, begin by thanking the Lord who is "guarding the city" right now! Psalm 127:1 says, "Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain."
1. Pray for Spiritual Awakening in the Churches in Memphis
Pray the Scriptural prayers found in Eph 1:15-21, 3:14-21; Phil 1:9-11; Col 1:9-14; 1 Thes 3:10-13, 5:23; 2 Thes 1:11-12, 2:16-17, 3:1-5; Heb 13:20-21.
When you pray these Scriptures, insert the name of congregations and assemblies in your city, asking God to bring the fullness of Jesus' life into the church.
2. Pray Against the Spiritual Strongholds of Darkness over Memphis Ephesians 6:12 teaches of the constant spiritual battle in the heavenlies. There are actual strongholds that the enemy has over geographic areas (see Dan 10:10-13).
Command the "rulers, authorities, powers of this dark world, and the spiritual forces of evil" in the north, south, east, and west of your city to "give up" those people held in spiritual bondage (see Is 43:5,6). Praise the Lord that people will come to Jesus from the four sections of your city. (Lk 13:29
3. Pray for the Leadership and Authorities in your City
Such as the Mayor, the City Council, Police Chief, School Board, etc.
1 Tim 2:1-4.
4. Ask God to Bless Memphis
Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted- Proverbs 11:11 The greatest blessing God can send is Jesus Christ, who will turn people from their wickedness, and bring them salvation - Acts 3:26.
5. Pray for the Welfare of your Memphis
Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper. - Jeremiah 29:7
6. Pray for the People of Memphis to Turn to God
Remember what Nineveh (read Jn 3:1-10) and Samaria did (John 4:39-42).
7. Pray for Peace and Prosperity for Memphis
8. Pray for Memphis to Support Righteousness and Goodness
When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy. - Proverbs 11:10
9. Pray for Memphis to be a Testimony of Righteousness