NEIGHBORHOOD PRAYER GUIDE

The following is a suggested prayer to use at your neighborhood prayer groups. The Lord’s Prayer provides the framework. Have each person in the group pray one of these prayers. Along with praying for residents in the neighborhood pray for local school, leaders, and churches. Stretch out your hands towards the neighborhood. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead.

Our Father who art in heaven…

Lord, we know that you are a father to us, but many people in this neighborhood do not know that. A lot of them are from broken families and have never felt the love of a father. Reveal yourself to them as a loving gracious father who is pursuing them! We pray that you would heal broken families and comfort those who are hurting.

Hallowed be thy name…

Lord, there is so much evil and darkness in this world, but we want to be the light in our neighborhoods. Let our lives be a reflection of your love and humility. We don’t judge our neighbors, but we love them and extend grace to them while speaking truth. I pray that people would be drawn to us because of our love. Every place our feet tread on, we claim as your kingdom. This neighborhood is part of your territory. Let your name be glorified here.

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven…

Jesus, we know you are coming back soon and your will is for everyone to receive salvation. We pray for every soul in this neighborhood would come to know you! Use us as your vessels to carry the gospel and teach us how to be bold in sharing our faith!

Give us this day our daily bread…

Lord, we may not worry about having enough food, clothing, or shelter, but everyone in this neighborhood worries about something. Holy Spirit reveal to them that you supply all their emotional, physical, and spiritual needs. Use their needs to draw them closer to you. Teach them that they can surrender their fears and worries to you.

And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us…

Lord, teach these precious people that you offer forgiveness to them. Graciously convict people of their sin and at the same time remind them that there is no condemnation in Christ. All those carrying heavy burdens of guilt for things they have done in the past and present, I pray they would release them to you believing with confidence that they are forgiven. Let them offer the same love and forgiveness to those around them.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one…

Lord, there are many people in this neighborhood who are in bondage to sin. They have fallen into the trap of the enemy and are seeking freedom in all the wrong ways. Your word says you always provide a way out of temptation (1 Cor 10:13). Provide a way out for those who feel hopelessly stuck in their sin and addiction. Teach them that they can only find true freedom by being in relationship with you.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Lord, bring everyone person in this neighborhood out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of light so that one day we can all worship you together! We pray for local schools, politicians, and churches that they would have a positive influence in this community. We pray that you would be glorified here from this day forward.