Pray For Our City
It goes without saying; we are in a hard season. The death of Walter Wallace and the ensuing and current violence has only added to the weight of what has made this season peculiarly heavy. Unfortunately, this is a recurring theme in our nation. Maybe you’re angry. Maybe you’re confused. Maybe you’re numb. Maybe you’re wondering what you can do. I’ve certainly felt all of these. In the midst of it all, I’m certain of a couple of things; All that makes for trouble, injustice, violence, sickness, and death in the world is because of sin, and our Savior bore all of its weight in His body on the tree and then rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. He died because He is not indifferent to the needs in our city. He sees them. He is compassionate. He desires that all would come to Him and find pasture in the safety of the Good Shepherd. And, He is sufficient to hear and answer the prayers of His people on behalf of Philadelphia.
Here are eleven pray points to aid your time of prayer for our city.
- Pray for that the Lord would continue to send out laborers into our city, to proclaim the Gospel and be the hands and feet of Jesus–showing compassion to the harassed and the helpless. Our city needs the Good Shepherd. (Matt 5:13-16; 9:35-38)
- Pray that the Lord would save and that we would see revival in our city. (Ps 80:19; Is 57:15)
- Pray for the salvation, healing, and comfort of those who are suffering directly as a result of the incident on Monday, October 22nd — the family of Walter Wallace, the thirty officers who were injured amidst the ensuing violence, and all who were harmed during the riots on Monday night and Tuesday morning. (Ps 34:19; Psalm 23; Matt 11:28-30)
- Pray for healing, help, and hope for those who suffer from mental illness–depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, suicidal thoughts, etc. (Ps 34:17-20; Matt 4:24; Is 41:10)
Pray for our city government and our state legislatures to work to pass and enforce laws that uphold justice and promote the dignity God ascribes to all His image-bearers. (Prv 21:15; Is 1:17)
- Pray for those the Lord has given to help uphold justice and punish evil (police, those in authority, the courts (1 Tim 2:1-4)
- Pray for the Lord to grant wisdom and strength to mental health workers. (Ps 105:4)
- Pray for the protection of all in our city, that life would be preserved and the LORD would work to stop violence and people would seek peace and be granted repentance. (James 3:16-18; 2 Cor 7:10)
- Pray for those who are angry and wanting to repay harm for harm–that they would trust in the One who has committed to completely and perfectly avenge all evil and injustice in the world. (Rom 16:20; Deut 32:35; Rom 12:19)
- Pray for all believers, throughout our city, to walk in righteousness, justice, and honor the Lord. (Col 3:7-10; Mic 6:8)
- Pray for the Lord to return. (Matt 6:10; Rev 22:20; Hebrews 13:14)