Monthly Archives: November 2010

Bless our city’s international students . . .

“The Lord protects and preserves the strangers and temporary residents. . . .” –Ps 146:9

Father God, we pray for the international students in our city at our universities, colleges, and schools.  May they find welcome in our city among us and may they find supportive families and friends around them.  We ask that you would protect and preserve them as they adjust to a different culture both at their schools and in the city.  Help them to prosper in their studies.

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Raise up modern day Esthers, Josephs, and Daniels…

“… who is to say that you have not come to the kingdom even for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

Thank you Father, that you are preparing your people, particularly young people, to step into positions of influence in business and media in order to further your Kingdom purposes.

Teach us to think and to act in ways that are consistent with your kingdom, even as we serve and live in this present age. May the principles, practices, and power of your kingdom become part of our daily lives and not just something we discuss in church. May your kingdom come, may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

May we draw people to You…

“…praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47 NIV)

The early church was a praising, life-transforming force in their city.  God gave them favor with the unchurched, and the result was that each day people came to Christ. 

Lord, we ask that you give each church in the Pikes Peak region “favor of all the people.”  Show us ways to solve problems in our neighborhoods so that the walls between the church and the world may come down.   We thank You that You will make us “salt and light” in such a way that people will be added to every church.

Thank you for entertainers and artists…

“Now therefore, our God, we thank You and praise Your glorious name and those attributes which that name denotes.” –I Chron 29:13

Thank you Father, for those who bring laughter, create beauty, express our common experience, tell our stories, and reflect your truth through arts and entertainment.  Thank you that you delight in giving us ideas for artistic expression and that you gave us so many ways to create.  Thank you that we can use our creativity to give praise and glory back to you!

Thank you for the families…

“Now therefore, our God, we thank You and praise Your glorious name and those attributes which that name denotes.” –I Chron 29:13

Thank you Father, for the families in our city, for the parents who love and care for their children and for the children who respect and honor their parents.  Thank you for those that commit to care for one another even in challenging situations, for those that reach out to help those who are challenged, and for those that open their homes to take in those who need a home.  Thank you that you place the lonely in families (Psalm 68:6).

Thank you for the military personnel…

“Now therefore, our God, we thank You and praise Your glorious name and those attributes which that name denotes.” –I Chron 29:13

Thank you, Father, for the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who are stationed in our city.  Thank you for their willingness to serve and to put their lives on the line for the good of our country.  Thank you for the discipline, respect, honor, and prosperity that they add to our city and its culture.  Thank you that they serve you in protecting our country and in protecting the freedoms of people in many places around the world.  Thank you that they come to serve and the only land that they ask to keep is a plot to bury the fallen.

Thank you for our city government workers . . .

“Now therefore, our God, we thank You and praise Your glorious name and those attributes which that name denotes.” –I Chron 29:13

Father God, we thank you for our city government leaders and service workers.  We thank you for those willing to serve in City Hall, County administration, and in the streets of our city, providing leadership, protection and city services.  We ask that you would prosper them as you prosper our city.  We thank you, Lord, for our city.