Jan 07

Friday Prayer Focus

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PRAYER FOCUS: City, World, Justice 
SCRIPTURE: Listed below 

1 Peter 2:11 tell us that Christians are “exiles” and “sojourners,” and that in a profound sense, this world is not our home. Philippians 3:20 says that our “citizenship is in heaven.” That doesn’t mean we don’t care about our city and our world, it means we realize that we are now citizens of a new Kingdom, one to which we owe our primary allegiance. It means we live out those “new creation” ethics here and now, in our city. 

In the Old Testament when God was disciplining his people and allowed them to fall captive to Babylon, this is how he instructed them to live as exiles: 

Jeremiah 29

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. 

Seeking the welfare of the city where we dwell is in an inherently Christian thing to do. 

Our city has divisions that, at times, seem to run below the surface, and at other times, are much more prominent. Generational, socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic divisions have no place in the Kingdom of God. It is impossible to share the gospel with someone you hate. 

Pray for ten:eighteen. 

Pray that the church of Vancouver might be united and prepared for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Pray for the peace and prosperity of our city. 

Pray for the two most prominent, current problems in our city: for the housing crisis and the fentanyl crisis, that God would grant wisdom to the leaders of our city to know what to do. 

1 Timothy 2:1–4 

1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Romans 13:1

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

Pray for our Mayor and Council Members and the officials who lead our city.

Pray for our Premier, the MLAs, and the officials who lead our province.

Pray for our Prime Minister, the MPs, Senators, and the officials who govern our nation. 

Give thanks for them and pray that they may lead us well. 

Isaiah 58

“Is not this the fast that I choose:

    to loose the bonds of wickedness,

    to undo the straps of the yoke,

to let the oppressed go free,

    and to break every yoke?

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry

    and bring the homeless poor into your house;

when you see the naked, to cover him,

    and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,

    and your healing shall spring up speedily;

your righteousness shall go before you;

    the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;

Reading all of Isaiah 58 would be a great idea, but even from the excerpt we see above, it is apparent that God has called us to consider justice in this world as we fast. 

There are too many justice crisis’ in our world right now to list in the space below, but consider visiting International Justice Mission’s website and scrolling through some of them as a means of guiding your prayers. The list is heartbreakingly long.