“Raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” Ephesians 2:6
“For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.” Romans 8:19
Father, may your people in this city receive a fresh revelation of who we are in you. Show us our true identity and empower us to walk in it. May the false pictures of ourselves fall away so that we live as sons and daughters of the King, empowered to extend your realm, the realm of heaven, throughout our city.
“Is this not the fast which I choose,
To loosen the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the bands of the yoke,
And to let the oppressed go free
And break every yoke?
“Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry
And bring the homeless poor into the house;
When you see the naked, to cover him;
And not to hide yourself from your own flesh?” Isaiah 58:6-7
We pray today for Partners in Housing and Restoration House that help individuals and families who need temporary or transitional housing, and assistance in achieving self-sufficiency. Partners In Housing is part of Winfield Scott Stratton’s legacy which included the creation of a home to care for the Pikes Peak region’s poor. Restoration House is a Christian ministry. We pray for both these civic and Christian resources that together they would successfully provide the homeless or those facing homelessness with a pathway to becoming self-sustaining. We also pray for community support for these organizations and those individuals and families that they serve.
“Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser,
Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.” Proverbs 9:9
Lord God, we pray today for Pikes Peak Community Action Agency with a mission to increase the capacity of low-income individuals and families to be self-sufficient. We pray for success in breaking the cycle of poverty for those they serve and that our surrounding community would support and integrate these emerging participants in our city life.
“Train up a child in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Today we pray for Urban Peak Colorado Springs, located downtown, which helps homeless and at-risk youth overcome real life challenges by providing essential services and a safe community, empowering them to become self-sufficient adults. We are grateful for this kind of resource in our community and pray that our city’s most vulnerable youth would be able to benefit from Urban Peak’s resources. We also pray for wisdom and provision for the leadership and staff of Urban Peak.
“Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.” James 5:17-18
Lord God, as our county moves into recovery from the Black Forest Fire, we pray for other counties across our state that our dealing with fires. We pray for protection of lives and structures, and for the resources to fight the fires. We also pray for the kind of community cooperation and support that we have benefitted from in El Paso County. Lord of the wind and the rain, we cry out for rain and steady moisture in our drought-ridden state.
“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
Today we pray for Tri-Lakes Cares a community-based, volunteer-supported, resource center purposed to improve people’s lives through emergency assistance, self-sufficiency and relief programs, education and other social services. Last week, the Pikes Peak Community Foundation Emergency Fund disbursed the first $10K of their fund to Tri-Lakes Cares in Monument for immediate relief to Black Forest Fire victims. We pray that the grant will help Tri-Lakes Care serve the fire victims well as they continue their broader service to the community.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
We pray today for the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region that has served our community since 1878. We are grateful that the YMCA is currently offering day camp for children of Black Forest Fire evacuees and is welcoming evacuees, frontline responders and residents impacted by the poor air quality to refresh, recreate and shower at eight facilities at no charge. We ask that our area YMCA would continue to serve this community as a Christian organization as noted in its name and that it services would reflect the love and mercy of Jesus.