If I was a Community Pastor I would… #1 Pray
In his book, Let the Nations be Glad, John Piper talks about prayer as a “wartime walkie talkie not a domestic intercom”. (pp. 45-49). We need guidance, strength, supplies, wisdom and strategy from headquarters. Prayer is for mission. It is designed to advance the kingdom, not for calling the butler to turn up the thermostat. Pray as Jesus teaches us: for the Fathers name to be hallowed and for his kingdom to come – for prayer is the fuel to all our efforts.
“Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God…. is that they may be saved.”
(Romans 10:1 NIV)
- Praying for the different demographics in your community – pray for the salvation of individuals without ceasing and without growing weary. Make a list and be faithful for years.
In Kirribilli I pray for:
o The Lonely
o The Too busy
o The Wealthy
o The Keep up with the Jones’
o The Backpackers/ tourist
o The Workers
o The Business Owners
o The Unemployed
o The Cathollic Church
o The Chinese Christian Church
o Streets by name
o Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre
o The Schools
o Businesses & Organisaitons
o My apartment block
o The Prime Minister
o The Governor General
o The Theatre Goers
o The Kirribilli Markets – stall holders, goers, organisers.
o Greenway Housing
o James Milson Retirement Village
o Local people I Know
- Topics I pray about:
o Demographics best interests, perceived hurdles I see in locals to the gospel, relationships with them – for new ones & depth, for opportunities to love, serve, get to know and care for them.
o “Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Jer. 29:7
o For people to walk into church off the street, that we would be blessed to have “too many” visitors each week sitting under the sound of the gospel
o That my love be genuine for my community – for love sake not for duty/task sake.
o Events happening in the community and time to invest in relationships through these events.
o Families in the community – that God would strengthen family units and keep them together.
o The beauty of creation and the joy of community – that it would make people stop and think about the creator.
- Praying for leaders
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for local counselors, council community workers, member of parliament, Police, Harbour Bridge Security, and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (1 Tim 2:1-2)
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