Prayer Guide

Pray that God's people don't take a vacation from God

Most people will take a break, in some way, this summer. Some will go camping, many will go to the lake, or they might visit out-of-town relatives or friends. Probably most will take a week (or perhaps more) of vacation. However, while Jesus told His disciples to, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while“ (Mark 6:31), He did not invite them to find rest apart from Him. While we all desire and need time away, let’s pray that we don’t do that at the expense of drawing apart from the living God.

May our time away be refreshing in spirit, soul, and body. “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.” Psalm 23:1–3NLT

May we use the opportunities God gives us to share Jesus. “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” John 4:3

May we make sure and bathe all that we do in prayer. “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain.” Psalm 127:1

May we use some of the “free time” to read an inspiring book. “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” Ephesians 5:15–17NLT

May God’s people be faithful to tithe whether they are attending church on a given day or not. “But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” Deuteronomy 8:18

Pray for Christians to abide in Jesus

Pray for every member of Bellevue, for Christians you know, and for other believers that are a part of His Body.

Jesus commanded, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is gloried by this, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My disciples.” John 15:4–8 (emphasis added)

We are, in many ways, adjusting to a new normal. COVID-19 interrupted our lives. About the time that was settling down, inflation, high gas prices, and the war in Ukraine shook the nation and the world. When change at an escalated level happens in our lives, it is easy to drift, to get so busy trying to keep up, trying to figure out what is next, that you don’t “keep the main thing, the main thing.” Apart from an intimate relationship with Jesus, we will do nothing and accomplish nothing.

Pray believers will abide in the Word of God.

  • To read, study, and feed our souls on it daily
  • To live our lives based on the truth of the Word of God, not on what we see or feel
  • To focus on the promises of the Word of God, not the impact of inflation

Pray believers will live in a spirit of prayer.

  • To begin our days in prayer
  • To pray the Word of God back to God
  • To turn every challenging opportunity into a time to call upon the Lord

Pray believers will bear much fruit.

  • To begin our day in an intimate relationship with Jesus
  • To share Jesus with people
  • To live lives characterized by “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22–23)

Pray for God to bless the economy

The impact of inflation, supply-side issues, and the war in Ukraine have been felt across the state and the nation.

“Praise the LORD! How blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever (Psalm 112:1–3, emphasis added).

  • Pray employers and employees will both be brought to a fresh awareness that God is our Source.  
  • Pray those who have looked to money and what it falsely promises (security, satisfaction, and significance) will be brought to repentance.
  • Pray God will supernaturally bless those who are looking to Him for His provision.
  • Pray the “Red Sea” (where God’s people were trapped between the Egyptian soldiers and  the Red Sea with seemingly no way out) of financial moments people have experienced would not be wasted but would be turned into testimonies of praise.

Pray for Memphis

Rather than simply reading the words of Bro. Steve’s Prayer for Memphis, please take time to verbally pray for our city using this prayer as a guide.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Memphis. Thank You for strategically locating our city in the middle of this nation, so we can be a catalyst for revival and spiritual awakening. Please pour out Your Spirit on Memphis,Shelby County, the Mid-South, and beyond. Help every Christian and every Bible-believing, Jesus-loving, Gospel-preaching church to Love God, Love People, Share Jesus, and Make Disciples. Demolish every demonic stronghold of pride, violence, racism, poverty, crime, sexual immorality, drug abuse, sickness,religious formalism, fanaticism, legalism, liberalism, and traditionalism. Replace them with love, joy, peace,patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self- control, blessing, mercy, grace, hope, healing, liberty, and freedom. Destroy the stronghold of religion in Memphis that has a form of godliness but denies the power thereof. Give us churches that believe in the Bible and preach salvation only in Jesus Christ. Let Your Kingdom come and Your will be done in Memphis on Earth as it is in Heaven. Bring pastors, lay leaders, and congregations together as we pray for this city. Bless our governmental leaders, schools, and economy. Please send good jobs to Memphis. Keep casinos, strip clubs, and occultic activity out of Memphis. Do a work of revival in Memphis that can only be explained by Your presence and power and do it all for Your glory. Call Your people to fervent, united, visible, extraordinary prayer. May the latter glory of Your Kingdom in Memphis be greater than the former, and please grant Memphis Your peace. Do exceeding and abundantly beyond all that we can ask or think. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Pray for political leaders

We have been commanded to pray, “for kings and all who are in authority” (1 Timothy 2:2). 

  • Pray those who are saved will lead with righteous values and will share the Gospel of Christ with other political leaders.
  • Pray the pressures of leading will cause lost politicians and judges to call on Jesus to be saved.

President of the United States:

  • Joe Biden

Vice President of the United States:

  • Kamala Harris

Supreme Court Justices:

  • John G. Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States
  • Clarence Thomas
  • Stephen G. Breyer
  • Samuel A. Alito
  • Sonia Sotomayer
  • Elena Kagan
  • Neil M. Gorsuch
  • Brett M. Kavanaugh
  • Amy Coney Barrett

Governor of Tennessee:

  • Bill Lee

Tennessee Senators:

  • Marsha Blackburn
  • Bill Hagerty

West Tennessee Congressmen:

  • Steve Cohen
  • David Kustoff

Memphis/Shelby County Elected Officials:

Mayor:
Jim Strickland
City Court Clerk:
Myron Lowery
Director of Police:
Cerelyn “CJ” Davis
Shelby County Mayor:
Lee Harris
Director of Fire Services:
Gina Y. Sweat
Shelby County Sheriff:
Floyd Bonner, Jr.

City Council:

District 1:
Rhonda Logan
Super District 8-1:
JB Smiley, Jr.
District 2:
Chairman, Frank Colvett, Jr.
Super District 8-2:
Cheyenne Johnson
District 3:
Patrice J. Robinson
Super District 8-3:
Martavius Jones
District 4:
Vice Chair Jamita Swearengen
Super District 9-1:
Chase Carlisle
District 5:
Worth Morgan
Super District 9-2:
J. Ford Canale
District 6:
Edmund Ford, Sr.
Super District 9-3:
Dr. Jeff Warre
District 7:
Michalyn Easter-Thomas

Shelby County Commissioners:

District 11:
Chairman, Eddie Jones
District 5:
Worth Morgan
District 13:
Pro Tempore Brandon Morrison
District 6:
Willie F. Brooks, Jr.
District 1:
Amber Mills
District 7:
Tami Sawyer
District 2:
David C. Bradford
District 8:
Mickell M. Lowery
District 3:
Mick Wright
District 9:
Edmund Ford, Jr.
District 4:
Mark Billingsley
District 10:
Reginald Milton
District 12:
Van Turner

Monthly verse

“For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’ So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?’”
Hebrews 13:5–6 NLT

Monthly prayer highlights

Middle School Camp
May 30–June 3

Pray for Bellevue's 6th–8th grade students while they are in Ocoee, Tennessee. This year's theme is focused on the power and authority of Jesus as they study the book of Matthew.

CampOutrageous
June 20–23

Pray for children in Pre-K–5th grade as they attend Bellevue's Vacation Bible School. This year, children will hear foundational, biblical truth from the book of Genesis as they learn about the life of Joseph. 

Beach Week
June 27–July 1

Pray for Bellevue's high school students as they travel to Panama City Beach. Pray also for the staff and volunteers as they lead this next generation to place their confidence and identity in Jesus Christ.

Missions Projects This Month

  • New Mexico (May 29–June 4)
  • Colorado (June 4–11)
  • Honduras (June 11–18)

Pray that doors would be opened as teams share Jesus from Memphis to the ends of the earth.

Focused prayer

Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting (June 12–15)

Pray for the churches coming together for the SBC Annual Meeting. Pray that God would be glorified through unity of the Body.

Pray for Bro. Steve

Bro. Steve covets your prayers! Below you will see guidance that God gave Joshua as he was leading the children of Israel to a place where none of them had ever been before. Please pray these verses over him and pray for wisdom, courage, spiritual power, and God’s blessing.

“No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:5–9

Resources

Use these resources to pray for Bellevue, Memphis, and the world.