Praise God for His good gift of emotions. Ask Him to help us all trust how His Word reveals He feels about us. Pray we will all grow in our affection for Him. Pray we will be willing to pour our hearts out to Him about all the emotions we feel.
This week we are praying for the Shelby County East Camp of the Gideons International. The Gideons are an association of Christian business and professional men and their wives dedicated to telling people about Jesus by sharing their personal testimonies and distributing Bibles and New Testaments in hotels, schools, hospitals, and other strategic locations. They currently minister in 200 countries and territories around the world. We’re also praying this week for First Baptist Church of Pelham and Pastor Daven Watkins.
Day 1: Since the pandemic began, only about half of the hotels in our area have opened again for Gideons to be able to come and place Bibles in rooms. Pray for more hotels to reopen and allow the Gideons to place Bibles in every room, and that God’s Word would touch the many lives that visit those rooms.
Day 2: Pray for the upcoming Shelby County Fair, happening October 19-23. Pray for many to come to know the love of Christ as Gideons are distributing Bibles there. Pray for the Bibles to be placed into the hands of those that need them most.
Day 3: Pray for more volunteers to join with Brook Hills members and other followers of Christ who are serving as Gideons in our area. Pray specifically for more active business and professional men to join the local Shelby County Camp by contacting Brook Hills member, Thomas Olsen, at .
Day 4: Pray for more churches to join the Gideons in their mission to distribute Bibles around the globe. Pray for more churches locally to be open to promote the ministry. Pray for new financial supporters to rise up out of the Body of Christ.
Day 5: Pray for Gideons International as they seek to reach into public school systems across the country. Pray specifically for the Shelby County School System to allow Gideons to begin distributing Bibles to all fifth graders. Pray for the leaders making these decisions to have their hearts softened to the idea.
Day 6: Pray for the Gideons’, “Life Book,” distributions. Gideons provides thousands of copies of “Life Book'' for both high school and middle school students each year, but they ask students to be the ones to distribute them to other students. Pray for students to rise up to the call to pass out “Life Books'' and to disciple their friends. Pray for students to recognize the lostness around them, and to have strength to reach out to their unbelieving peers. Pray for the students receiving these books to already have their hearts softened and be ready to hear the Word of God.
This week we continue to pray for the Desert City Initiative, and specifically for the local churches that exist in the city. There are many healthy international churches in the Desert City, made up of believers from all over the world. These churches have a unique opportunity to shepherd believers living and working in the Desert City, but also to engage the nations from all over the world who have come from countries where access to the gospel is limited. Join us this week as we pray for God to continue to use the church to bless the nations in the Desert City.
Day 1: Praise God there is religious tolerance in the Desert City and churches are permitted to gather. Pray for churches across the Desert City to continue to find favor with authorities and receive permission from the government to meet.
Day 2: Like the rest of the world, the pandemic has created many challenges for churches in the Desert City as the number of people who can gather in one place has been restricted. Pray for the restrictions to be removed so that more people can attend and begin to come back to gather for worship.
Day 3: There are many areas around the Desert City where there is no church presence. Pray for churches to be planted across the city in the many neighborhoods that do not currently have a church.
Day 4: Pray for churches to grow disciple-makers and send them all over the world to make disciples.
Day 5: Pray for the elders and leaders of these local churches. Pray for God to continue to give wisdom in how they shepherd people and strengthen them in the Word. Pray for God to sustain these leaders as they give their life to the work of gospel advance in the Desert City.
Day 6: Pray for God to be glorified in the lives of believers who are living in the Desert City. Pray for God to use His church to display and declare His glory to the nations who do not know Christ. Pray for a movement in the Desert City through the local church.