Thank God for the people and circumstances He used to ensure we’d hear the gospel. Pray for us to maximize any opportunities we are given. Ask God to help us be mindful this week and at Trunk or Treat next Sunday. Pray for us to be bold and wise as we strive to lovingly share the gospel with our community.
This week we are praying for Birmingham Urban Young Life. Young Life is a Christian ministry with a mission to introduce adolescents to Jesus and help them grow in their faith. Urban Young Life serves the students of Restoration Academy, Putnam Middle School, Banks Academy, and Woodlawn High School. Their office is located on the campus of Huffman Baptist Church. We are also praying for Mt. Signal Baptist Church in Chelsea and their pastor, Ben Deloach.
Day 1: Pray for every student within the influence of Urban Young Life to have the opportunity to meet Christ and grow in their relationship with Him. Pray for boldness for our leaders in presenting the gospel and for the Lord to even now be softening the hearts of the students.
Day 2: Pray for the students involved with Urban Young Life to have a positive year. Pray for safety, health, and perseverance at their work. Pray for new positive friendships to form.
Day 3: Pray for the families of the Urban Young Life students. Pray they would also be touched by the love of Christ and their lives would be transformed as a result.
Day 4: Pray for the Urban Young Life leaders to be filled to the overflow with the love of Jesus so they can continue pouring out into the lives of teens. Pray for them to be consistent in their service so their relationships with the students can deepen.
Day 5: Pray for new leaders in the Birmingham area to feel the call to mentor students in the urban community. Pray for Christians to feel the burden to mentor, pray, and love students in hard places.
Day 6: Pray for the gift of financial sustainability for Birmingham Urban Young Life. Pray for Sedrick Moore, the Executive Director, and the Board of Directors as they seek to steward well the resources provided for their work.
This week we are praying for the crisis happening in Israel and Palestine.
Day 1: Men, women, and children are facing unspeakable horror in the Holy Land. While this region has a history of unrest, the escalation of violence demands an urgency in our intercession. Ask God to have mercy on the millions who are suffering and comfort those who have lost loved ones. (Psalm 121:1-2)
Day 2: Amid the chaos of rockets and violence and destruction, the lost are living and dying in darkness. While the nations rage, God is still in control and near to all who call out to him. Pray for God to use current events to draw the lost into a relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ.
Day 3: Believers are walking through this crisis with non-believing neighbors, friends, and family members. Pray for believers to have attitudes of peace and courage. Pray for the peace that comes from Jesus to be evident in their lives and for non-believers to ask questions and have hearts softened to hear the Truth. (Joshua 1:9)
Day 4: Pray for the Church. Pray believers from diverse backgrounds will put aside any differences and be united in their love of Jesus and of others. Pray for the Church to be a beacon of light in the chaos and darkness. (John 13:34-35)
Day 5: Pray for international aid workers. Ask God to use His Church to pour out love and support to those who are suffering and in need on both sides of this conflict. Pray for aid to make it into the areas affected.
Day 6: While we pray for relief from this conflict, we know ultimate peace comes in Christ alone. Ask God to bring His Kingdom to this place and that his name will be great among the nations. Pray the peace of Christ will rule in the hearts of believers. Pray for an end to this conflict.