Prayer Guide (Week 2)

Wednesday Night Prayer Guide 

Theme: Influence

All Saints Church vision is to earn the right to influence all who believe, doubt and seek in Queen Anne and Seattle. Our focus will be praying to influence the city, nation, and the world. We are aware of the issues and challenges many are facing in Seattle and around the world. (Trafficking, slavery, poverty, disease, homelessness, financial instability, lack of leadership).

So, how do we have influence? We believe we must ask God for wisdom, mercy, kindness, and love. 

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples, but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. (Isaiah 60:1-2)

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.(1 Tim 2:1-2)

  • Read the passages two or three times
  • This time, let your mind and heart go to a place where you can feel the impact and meaning of the text.
  • Which word or sentence did you feel the most impact? 
  • Use this work or sentence to fuel your prayer.
  • Incorporate this into your prayer for our Church, friends, co-workers, neighbours.
  • Let the Holy Spirit bring to mind a person, or cause and pray using these words.

Here is a guide in praying for those who have influence in our city and country:

First, Pray for elected and appointed officials(1 Tim 2:2). We talk and complain a lot about politicians, but do we pray as often as we should, as often as we are compelled to pray by scripture? We should pray, not only that our leaders would use their power well on behalf of the people (Rom 13), but also for the well-being of their families. My suggestion is that we pray for all leaders, not just the ones with whom you agree.

Pray for public servants and first responders. Around the country, at this very moment, millions of men and women wear a uniform and have pledged to protect us from harm. Police officers, fire-fighters, paramedics, search and rescue teams and others put their lives on the line every day. Pray for wisdom and discernment, pray they would use their power well, pray for their families.

Pray for racial justice. It is clear that there is still much work to be done in our country to heal from our racial wounds and to see more racial progress. We should pray for more unity in our communities and in our country and for leaders who unite, rather than divide. Pray for just laws to address racial disparities. Pray that the church will lead the way, showing by its steps toward racial reconciliation, a glimpse of the kingdom, where God will gather every nation, tribe, and tongue

Pray for the recognition of human dignity. Everywhere we look, we see violations of human dignity, from the horrific rhetoric some leaders are using to talk about immigrants and refugees, to the violence erupting in the neighborhoods in our cities. Pray for laws that see value and worth in every human life.

Finally, Pray for the church. The most powerful institution on earth is the church of Jesus Christ, made up of people from every nation, tribe and tongue. Pray for God’s people to unite together around the good news of the gospel and to commit to living on mission for him in each community. Pray the church would embody the kind of other-worldly values of the Kingdom and point people to the hope found only in Christ. Pray that the influence of love and justice would prevail. 

Author: Bill Berger

Hi, my name is Bill Berger, Founder and Teaching Pastor at All Saints Church. I enjoy conversations with all who believe, doubt, and seek as it relates to God, Jesus, and religion. I am currently in a Ph.D program that is looking towards a Nomadic Theology tracing lines of flight for Pentecostal/Evangelical Church in Seattle. I am married to Sue, we live and work in Seattle serving the church we love, All Saints Church. We are always happy and grateful when we are spending time with our 4 children and their families, especially our 2 grandchildren! We are die hard Denver Broncos fans! It is always orange and blue in our house. We follow Oregon State Beaver Basketball, and hope that the Seattle Mariners make it to the World Series in our lifetime.

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