Covering our Community in Prayer. June 7 27, 2015

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1 Covering our Community in Prayer June 7 27, 2015 Walk it. Bike it. Drive it. Pin it. Share your photos, experience and thoughts #streetbystreet2015 fhmin.org

2 ON YOUR MARK. Soon our church will embark on an exciting opportunity as we begin to pray through our community street by street. Life is busy so busy sometimes. We are so consumed with our daily activities that we don t see the cashier, children playing on a playground, or people we pass on our walks. We are praying for God to send a wave of spiritual growth across our neighborhoods, cities, schools, and businesses so that people will hunger and thirst for Him and experience God in deeper ways. We are asking God to open our hearts and minds to see each unique individual just as He sees them fearfully and wonderfully made and that we would be able to invite them to know God more fully. Together, full of compassion and extending God s everlasting love, we will unite and be love to our community.

3 GET SET. This initiative is to get us praying on-site with insight. This means praying in the very places where you expect your prayers to be answered. It is a deliberate and planned time of focused prayer. We d love to see this done in whatever is most exciting and capable for you be it walking, rollerblading or driving! You don t need to approach your neighbors or co-workers or to even know their specific needs. (In fact, prayer-walkers and prayerdrivers are those who are on the scene without making one.) Perhaps you feel like you have two left feet when it comes to prayer walking? No worries. We will be right alongside you. The following pages will be a guide for you each day. Pin it! Be sure to place a pin on the map in the church concourse to show where you are praying!

4 GO! Our mission is to cover our area street by street. While we do this, we will be praying the following: BLESS: A Helpful Acronym The word BLESS can remind us of five important ways to pray for our neighbors: Body Pray for their health, protection, and strength. Labor Pray that God would bless their work and provide for their income needs. Emotional Pray that God would give them true joy, peace, and comfort. Social Pray that they would have healthy relationships with their spouse, children, and friends and that God would provide them with true friends. Spiritual Pray for their salvation, that they would come to faith in Christ and overcome spiritual strongholds.

5 Youth Week June Please cover our youth in prayer this week as they serve our community during the day and worship and sleep at Fair Haven Church each night. This is a great spiritual experience in the lives of our teens. Pray that our students will grow in their love for Christ and develop a lifelong passion for missions and helping others to know Christ. Pray for all children and youth Who are bombarded with the media, pressures, have a difficult home life, or are homeless. Living in poverty, abuse, hunger, and family tension. That they will hunger for God and His righteousness and have the courage to stand up for Him. That they will know Jesus early in life. That they will have people around them who will love them, support them, and help them live a life for Jesus.

6 LAST MINUTE HELPFUL TIPS! STEPS FOR PRAYER WALKING IN A GROUP: If you are praying with a small group, begin with a group prayer. Walk in groups of two or three. Plan your routes ahead of time to cover as much of the area as possible. Pray aloud in a quiet conversational voice if you feel comfortable doing so. Or pray silently, letting your prayer partner(s) know what you are praying about. Don t call attention to yourselves. If anyone asks what you are doing, be prepared to respond, We are praying God s blessing on this neighborhood. Is there any special request we can pray for you? Be open to opportunities that may grow out of your experience that will allow you to interact with and bless people. Plan to walk for about 30 minutes. If it is too far or long to walk, you can prayer-drive around the neighborhood instead. Afterward gather to share your prayers, observations, and experiences. What did you learn about the neighborhood? Where did you see God? Choose landmarks Pray around schools, businesses, ballparks, and churches.

7 STEPS FOR PRAYER WALKING ALONE: Pray before you begin. Ask God to give you eyes to see and the ability to focus on praying as you walk. Walk, run, bike, rollerblade, drive, etc. Take along a few verses to pray. Set a goal for how many miles you want to walk and pray. Journal to record your steps, what you saw, things you prayed. Take notice of your body as you are praying through the neighborhood. Remember you have the power of the Holy Spirit inside of you and using the power of prayer to believe God will do great things. Speak your faith out loud, claim victory in Jesus and that He will do a great work where you are praying. Choose landmarks Pray around schools, businesses, ballparks, and churches.

8 More Ideas for Prayer: We pray for those Considering abortion and those living with regret. Who need jobs. Facing financial difficulty, poverty, and hunger. Living with anxiety, fear, mental health issues, and hopelessness. Experiencing loss and grief. Enduring physical pain and ailments. Needing all types of healing. Struggling with prejudice. Struggling with addiction. Whose relationships and marriages need restoration. Where pride prevents humility. Who need Jesus.

9 Pray That God will bless the people you meet and the people in the homes and buildings where you walk. For the needs of the people. These include physical, psychological and spiritual needs. That God will free and protect people from the evil that affects their lives. That God will send workers into their lives to point the way to Jesus. That people will believe in Jesus and that they will grow spiritually to become mature Christians. That God will renew their minds and hearts in Him. That God s purposes might be fulfilled and that many will be sent out as workers for Him. That the Holy Spirit will guide and teach them, and they will have teachable hearts. For sex trafficking to be stopped and for those involved to be healed. Pray for strength for law enforcement and for justice to take place. Pray for Muslims to know Jesus. Ramadan, Islam s annual month of fasting, takes place from June 18- July 17. Pray the Lord s Prayer for the neighborhood (last scripture in this booklet). Scripture Pray verses out loud for the neighborhood. Thank God for what He is doing and what He will do!

10 Powerful verses to pray I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:6-7

11 For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind! 2 Timothy 1:7 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31 The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health. Psalm 41:3 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

12 For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Joshua 1:3 The Lord s Prayer: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Matthew 6:9-13 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

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