Preparation Prayer Guide

Week 8: Pray for the West End

One of the ways we pray for people is to look at the exhortations and declarations in God’s Word, and pray them back to Him. Simply put, it is reading portions of Scripture in a spirit of prayer and letting the meaning of the verses become our prayer. We often find in the Bible prayers that include quotes or references to other Scriptures.

We have a tendency to pray the same things over and over. Praying passages of Scripture forces us to pray about a rich variety of issues affecting the lives of people. Also, often God will bring to mind specific passages as we are praying for someone, things we would not have thought of otherwise. When we pray Scripture, we can have a much greater level of confidence that we are praying in accord with God’s will.

This week as we are praying for the people on the West End, we will be looking at specific passages of Scripture, and praying God to make those passages a reality in the hearts and lives of our neighbors.

Psalm 119:33-40

33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes;

    and I will keep it to the end.

34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law

    and observe it with my whole heart.

35 Lead me in the path of your commandments,

    for I delight in it.

36 Incline my heart to your testimonies,

    and not to selfish gain!

37 Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;

    and give me life in your ways.

38 Confirm to your servant your promise,

    that you may be feared.

39 Turn away the reproach that I dread,

    for your rules are good.

40 Behold, I long for your precepts;

    in your righteousness give me life!

Father, I pray that You will teach us, including the friends we haven’t yet met who live on the West End, Your truths and Your ways.  I ask that You will give us the understanding we need to embrace Your truths with our whole heart.  Father, take our attention from selfish gain and worthless things and place it firmly upon You and Your Word, the things that please You.  Even now be creating in the hearts of our neighbors a willingness and a desire to know You, to learn Your Word, and through Your Word that they may experience LIFE.

Psalm 33:8

“Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!”

When we stand in awe of God, we are reverencing or adoring Him. As we adore God as He deserves, we are in a state of worship. We worship Him for His power, for His goodness, and for His mercy. We worship Him for what He has done for us. God has revealed Himself to us in His Word. As we read the Scriptures, we are able to understand His attributes, and we are able to see Him in His true magnificence. When we are truly in awe of God, we forsake meaningless desires and attachments and we reverently regard the true and living God for who He is. 

Through the teaching of the Word, and by expressing the love that Jesus has for us, let’s pray that we, as well as others, will see the majesty of God. Let’s pray that He opens eyes and hearts, and brings about revival in all of Greenville.

PRAY:

Lord God. As we read Your Word, help us to see Your majesty and magnificence. Help us to start each day worshiping You for who You are; a God that deserves to be reverenced and worshiped for Your greatness. As we pray for our community, please open their hearts so that they will see Your majesty. As they see Your majesty, we pray that they humble themselves and come to worship you.

Habakkuk 3:2

“O Lord, I have heard the report of you,
    and your work, O Lord, do I fear.”
“In the midst of the years revive it;
    in the midst of the years make it known;
    in wrath remember mercy.”

When we suffer afflictions or adversity, there can be comfort in knowing that God is at work. In God’s mercy, He does not treat us as we deserve: as sinners beyond redemption. He has fulfilled His promise of provision for us through His Son, Jesus Christ. Those who return to Him in humiliation and prayer, accepting the wonderful gift He has given us in His Son, will be shown great mercy, not wrath. All of God’s dealing with His people are part of a wonderful and perfect plan. 

We have a wonderful opportunity to show others in the West End community the wonderful love of Jesus Christ. As we seek to serve them, let’s show them the great mercy and goodness that He has shown to us.

PRAY: 

God, as we seek to share Your message in the community, help us to share the mercy that You have shown us to others, through the wonderful gift of Your Son, Jesus. 

Romans 8:35-39

5 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Christ’s love for us is so powerful, that there is nothing that can take it away. Our Mighty God, who controls all things, cannot be manipulated, and cannot be forced to stop loving us. As His children, we are eternally His; He will not allow us to be taken from Him. Christ has secured our position with Him because He is our Lord and Savior. Troubles, tribulations, persecution, war, or poverty will never change this fact.

We may face some trials as we begin our ministry anew in the West End. Take heart in knowing that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and HE LOVES US! As we seek to build His kingdom, let’s help our community to see His love through us.

PRAY: 

Mighty God, You have saved us and promised us an eternity with You. Help us to lead others in our community into Your protective arms. Help us to show the firm and secure foundation You provide for Your children.

Proverbs 11:10-11

“When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
    and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
11 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
    but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.”

Good people will in turn do good in their family, church, and community. Good people are a blessing to those around them. Through their kindness, their care and advice, their example, their prayers, and their service, good people are a blessing to those they serve. It is only through the blessings that God provides that good people can help others. It is only because God first loved us, that we can show love to others. God has placed us in a community where there will be wicked people that try to influence others for bad. Let’s be a church of Christ-lovers who influence the community for good, for the sake of building God’s kingdom.

PRAY: 

Lord, we love You and we want to influence our community, and our city for good. Help us to be aware of the needs of our neighbors and help us to be a blessing to others for the sake of Your Holy Name. Help us to be good, mirroring Your righteousness, for Your glory.

Matt. 9:37-38

“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’”

We have been placed in a community that is ripe for the harvest. Sadly, for one reason or another, not many who say that they love Jesus will “labor for the kingdom.” It is our responsibility not only to be willing laborers, but also to earnestly pray for others to have a heart’s desire to tell people about the saving grace of our Lord, Jesus.

PRAY:

Lord, help us not only to be willing laborers in the community, but make us prayer warriors, earnestly seeking Your grace so that others will affect our community for Your glory.