Begin with worship.
Before praying, read through our Lord’s own prayer in Matthew 6:9-13, and then write down a list of ways to give praise to God based on those timeless phrases. For example: for some of the other great names of our Holy God; for the blessings that are ours now because we live in His Kingdom; for examples of His declared will that guide your life; for the “daily bread” blessings He has given you; for the wonders of His forgiveness; and for the provisions given us to overcome temptations. Now use your list to guide you in time of personal worship to Him.
Praying for spheres of societal influence
Here are some suggestions for prayer for nine important areas where followers of Jesus are called to make a difference. In addition to these specific requests, pray that in each of these spheres, God will raise up Christ-followers who will find each other and band together to be salt and light and to bring a bold witness into these spheres.
Pray for Christian teachers, administrators and students, especially those you may know by name, to shine brightly and offer hope to those around them struggling to manage in distance or hybrid learning environments.
Pray for local and state officials by name, asking that God will use them to bring about peace and security to their communities as they discover their own need for a greater connection with God.
Pray that struggling Christian business owners, supervisors, and employees can use their influence and godly character, despite the challenges Covid-19 has brought to them, to bring about a new spiritual openness in their places of work.
Pray for Rhode Island’s new Family Policy Council, asking God to give them wisdom in drafting workable ideas and favor and influence in state government, leading to family friendly laws and policies.
Pray for God to raise up men and women of influence in the broadcast, social, and print media who can be sources of light and truth in southern New England.
6. Public Safety/Military
Uniformed public servants are facing unique threats, hostility, and challenges resulting from family and moral breakdown. Pray that the stresses they face would cause them to turn to God and eternal truth for answers.
7. Healthcare \ Social Service
Nurses, doctors, and others in helping professions meet people daily at their points of greatest need. At the same time, they face overwork, tension-filled demands, and pressure laden work environments. Pray that God will open doors for Christ-like caring and sharing the good news with those who have lost hope.
8. The Church
Pray that the churches in our region will be able to rise above the challenges that restricted meetings and program closures have brought about. Ask God to lead them towards fruitful ministries to people in need. Along the way, ask God to help them and their pastors discover a new unity that transcends denominational distinctives and ethnic diversity.
9. Racial Harmony
The racial and ethnic tensions in our society, including in the Rhode Island area, are well known. Pray that we can model a new way as the separation between white, black, and Latino pastors, churches, and believers is broken down and believers demonstrate how people can love ALL of our neighbors.
Praying for the advance of God’s church:
1. Through your witness: Lift up before God the people in your own sphere of influence. Ask God to show you how to demonstrate Jesus’ love to them this month and give you eyes to see the doors He opens to sharing words of life with them.
2. In your community: Pray for other local church ministries in your town. Pray for their peace, the blessing of God on their work, and for God to add to them the fruit of gospel witness.
3. Through the power of corporate prayer: Pray that more churches and prayer networks will join us in the coming months to plead with God for the awakening of His church and the advance of the gospel in our cities and towns.