Category Archives: Prayer

Prayer — May 2012

Join us in praying radical prayers for the Metro Richmond area….

What do we pray for?  We Pray for the Transformation of Metropolitan Richmond:

For the more than one million people living in this historic capital city of Central Virginia, including the jurisdictions of Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and the surrounding counties and towns.

May’s Prayer List Follows:

Pray for the Churches and Religious Institutions of Metropolitan Richmond.

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, Jews or Greeks, slaves or free, and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. (I Cor. 12:12-14)

May 6, 2012.  We pray for the Churches and religious institutions of Metropolitan Richmond: That the true light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ may awaken and heal every heart in every corner of Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and the surrounding counties and towns.

May 13, 2012.  We pray for the Churches and religious institutions of Metropolitan Richmond: For all pastors, ministers, missionaries, and servants of Christ; for all religious communities, abbeys, orders, brotherhoods, sisterhoods, religious societies, and para-church organizations.

May 20, 2012.  We pray for the Churches and religious institutions of Metropolitan Richmond: For seminaries, bible colleges, and schools training persons for vocations in ministry; for the students, faculty, and staff of these institutions.

May 27, 2012.  We pray for the Churches and religious institutions of Metropolitan Richmond: For a spirit of unity, mutuality, cooperation, reconciliation, reform, and common ministry among the Christian community.

Provided by…Metro Richmond at Prayer

This is a cooperative, covenanted effort of churches in Metropolitan Richmond. We pray together each Sunday for the common concerns of our Metropolitan Richmond community.

Please use the Sunday themes however the Spirit leads.  We do not tell one another how to pray.  We only covenant to pray together in one accord for God’s transformation and healing of our metropolitan city.

Coordination of this effort is provided by Richmond Hill, 2209 East Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23223.

Prayer — April 2012

Join us in praying radical prayers for the Metro Richmond area….

What do we pray for?  We Pray for the Transformation of Metropolitan Richmond:

For the more than one million people living in this historic capital city of Central Virginia, including the jurisdictions of Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and the surrounding counties and towns.

April’s Prayer List Follows:

Pray for the Spirit of the Resurrection in Metropolitan Richmond.

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in you that which is pleasing in his sight.

(Hebrews 13:20-21)

April 1, 2012.   We pray for the Spirit of the Resurrection in Metropolitan Richmond: For a spirit of love, cooperation, peace, community, and commitment to all people in God’s name.

April 8, 2012. (Easter)  We pray for the Spirit of the Resurrection in Metropolitan Richmond: For a spirit of hope, of possibility, of eternal life, and of commitment to the redeeming power of God who brings new life out of death to people and communities.

April 15, 2012.  We pray for the Spirit of the Resurrection in Metropolitan Richmond: For a spirit of justice, righteousness, equality, and mutual benefit.

April 22, 2012. We pray for the Spirit of the Resurrection in Metropolitan Richmond: To remove any spirit of contentiousness, prejudice, greed, jealousy, or enjoyment of others’ troubles.

April 29, 2012.  We pray for the Spirit of the Resurrection in Metropolitan Richmond: For spiritual renewal, leading to prayer and care for all regardless of race, national origin, religion, income, or neighborhood.

Provided by…Metro Richmond at Prayer

This is a cooperative, covenanted effort of churches in Metropolitan Richmond. We pray together each Sunday for the common concerns of our Metropolitan Richmond community.

Please use the Sunday themes however the Spirit leads.  We do not tell one another how to pray.  We only covenant to pray together in one accord for God’s transformation and healing of our metropolitan city.

Coordination of this effort is provided by Richmond Hill, 2209 East Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23223.

Prayer ~ February 2012

Join us in praying radical prayers for the Metro Richmond area….

What do we pray for?  We Pray for the Transformation of Metropolitan Richmond:

For the more than one million people living in this historic capital city of Central Virginia, including the jurisdictions of Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and the surrounding counties and towns.

February’s Prayer List Follows:

Pray for the Coming of God’s Kingdom in Metropolitan Richmond. 

Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:9-10)

February 5, 2012.  We pray for the coming of God’s Kingdom in Metropolitan Richmond: For a spirit of unity and cooperation among all people in all jurisdictions.  We pray that all would earnestly seek the common welfare of this metropolitan city.

February 12, 2012.  We pray for the coming of God’s Kingdom in Metropolitan Richmond: For healthy economic development, which enhances the Metropolitan community, employs the unemployed, and contributes to the common good.

February 19, 2012.  We pray for the coming of God’s Kingdom in Metropolitan Richmond: For redemption of the divisions, prejudices, pettiness, despair, and discrimination of the past.

February 26, 2012.  We pray for the coming of God’s Kingdom in Metropolitan Richmond: For enhancement of our common life in Jesus’ Name through the Holy Spirit, and for the resurrection of metropolitan Richmond as a modern metropolitan city of hope for the world.

Provided by…Metro Richmond at Prayer

This is a cooperative, covenanted effort of churches in Metropolitan Richmond. We pray together each Sunday for the common concerns of our Metropolitan Richmond community.

Please use the Sunday themes however the Spirit leads.  We do not tell one another how to pray.  We only covenant to pray together in one accord for God’s transformation and healing of our metropolitan city.

Coordination of this effort is provided by Richmond Hill, 2209 East Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23223.

Lord of the Harvest

The Next Billy Graham Might Be Drunk Right Now is MUST read, yet thankfully a short read, and a powerful reminder for all of us.  Yesterday, in the post Neighbor 1:  Hurting, we were reminded that anyone who hurting is our neighbor.  Today’s read also reminds us that this same hurting person could be the next Billy Graham, Paul, or CS Lewis or just someone that is evangelizing our children in the future.  All the more reason to make time for the hurting people in our lives.

This reminds me of the importance of praying the “other” prayer that Jesus taught us to pray.  Of course, He taught us to pray the Lord’s Prayer.  But, in Luke 10 He also taught us to pray to the “Lord of the harvest”…

2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

At this time, there weren’t many Jesus Followers at all.  So, where would the workers come from?  That’s right…the Harvest!  So, we are called to pray for the Lord of the Harvest to raise up workers….from the harvest.  Let’s pray that kind of prayer!!! The author, Russell Moore, leaves us with…

And, be kind to that atheist in front of you on the highway, the one who just shot you an obscene gesture. He might be the one who evangelizes your grandchildren.

In addition, as we find ourselves frustrated with the “church”,  we also need to be praying for her.  And as one commenter to Moore’s post, Lucy Newnes, stated….

Be kind to that “Christian” sitting in the pew, the one who just slandered the Pastor, and held back his tithing. He might someday be the next Paul, or Billy Graham, or Charles Colson who would evangelize your grandchildren. With God, nothing is impossible. Focus on the Lord and be FAT – Faithful, Available & Teachable.
When you are living an incarnational or missional life, it is imperative to pray. Actually, as you know, prayer is integral regardless of the life you live.  :)
 

Lord Jesus, I praise your name!  You are awesome!  Thanks for teaching us how to pray and modeling it for us.  I, humbly, come to you as one whose life was once swirling the drain…and you lifted me up out of it.  Thank you for not only saving me from that life, but thanks for giving me the opportunity to glorify your name and serve in your name.  Your Word says that the “harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few.” Today, I come to you praying on behalf of the people who don’t know you.  Lift them up out of the swirl. Draw them to you. Use us.  Use me.  May we, filled with your Spirit, do our jobs of planting and watering, and when appropriate…harvest, too.  Prepare us to disciple others…disciple making disciples. In the Lord of the Harvest’s name I pray.  Amen.