Prayer Guide

February 3, 2024

“I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.” 3 John 4

There are few things that bring a parent or grandparent more joy than to see their children or grandchildren walking in God’s truth:

  • Being selfless by helping around the home or helping family or friends.
  • Being humble when someone gives them praise.
  • Being pure in their dating relationships.
  • Praying about major life decisions.

When children show those and other aspects of spiritual maturity, it’s enough to make a humble grandparent proud. 



One of the qualities that God looks for in His children, one that really pleases Him, is when we pray for others. God’s children do that when they are mature:

  • Abraham interceded for Sodom and Gomorrah.
  • Moses stood in the gap for the chldren of Israel when God said He wanted to destroy them after their acts of spiritual unfaithfulness.
  • Daniel plead for Israel, asking God to show mercy on them.
  • Nehemiah wept and fasted for the restoraton of Israel.
  • Jesus prayed for us throughout His ministry—in John 17 (His high priestly prayer), in the garden of Gethsemane, and on the cross. And He prays for us even now—“He always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

So would you like to make the Father smile? Would you like for Him to know that one of His children “gets it”?

It’s easy. Pray for others. Intercede. Stand in the gap for those who can’t or don’t pray for themselves.

Specific ways you can do that are up next.

Pray for Bro. Steve

Pray for God’s healing

  • “Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for You are my praise.” Jeremiah 17:14
  • “I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, and have not let my enemies rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me.” Psalm 30:1–2

Pray for God’s peace

  • “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6–7
  • “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Pray for God’s blessing

  • “The Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24–26
  • “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:28–31

Pray for God’s glory

  • “For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17–18
  • “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” 2 Corinthians 4:7–10

Pray that Bellevue will be a catalyst for spiritual awakening in Memphis and beyond

“To be a catalyst for spiritual awakening” is part of our vision. It is the greatest need in Memphis and beyond. Every battle we fight is a spiritual battle! Paul tells us, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). Our greatest need is to be the people of God experiencing the power of God flowing through us.

  • Pray that God will revive His people. “Will You not Yourself revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?” (Psalm 85:6)
  • Pray that we will walk in both fear of God and faith that God will respond to believing prayer. “LORD, I have heard the report about You and I fear. O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy” (Habakkuk 3:2).
  • Pray that God will both revive present leaders and raise up new spiritual leaders, men and women who know that the living God is the only answer. “Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself. Then we shall not turn back from You; revive us, and we will call upon Your name. O LORD God of hosts, restore us; cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved” (Psalm 80:17–19).

Pray that spiritual strongholds will be broken

From the prayer for Memphis that we include here every month, you’ll remember these words, “Demolish every demonic stronghold of pride, violence, racism, poverty, crime, sexual immorality, drug abuse, sickness, religious formalism, fanaticism, legalism, liberalism, and traditionalism.” Strongholds are developed in lives, families, churches, and cultures where the truth of God is ignored or rebelled against and sin is not forsaken.

  • Pray that we will realize that both the problems and the solutions to what we face are spiritual. Drugs, violence, poverty, pornography, and intolerance all have their root in rebelling against God. “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4 ESV).
  • Pray that we will engage in spiritual warfare. To resist does not mean to ignore. To resist means to stand against. “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:7–8).
  • Pray that we will clothe ourselves with the armor of God. “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:13–17).

Pray for restoration of hope and joy in Christians and churches

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Life is difficult. We live in a nation in which politics divide people, the economy is uncertain, and violence is on the rise, and Christians and churches are not immune to those pressures. But God longs to “restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25 ESV).

  • Pray that Christians and churches who are living under a “spirit of heaviness” (Isaiah 61:3 NKJV) will instead be filled with “all joy and peace in believing” (Romans 15:13).
  • Pray Christians and churches will break free from the satanic strongholds that bind them—especially the spirits of fear and discouragement.
  • Pray Christians and churches will exhibit such Spirit-filled lives and worship that the world will know Jesus is alive.

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 those 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 occult 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 exceedingly and abundantly beyond all that we can ask or think. In Jesus’ name, amen!

Pray for city and county officials

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

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
Samuel A. Alito
Sonia Sotomayer
Elena Kagan
Neil M. Gorsuch
Brett M. Kavanaugh
Amy Coney Barrett
Ketanji Brown Jackson

Governor of Tennessee:
Bill Lee

Tennessee Senators:
Marsha Blackburn
Bill Hagerty

West Tennessee Congressmen:
Steve Cohen
David Kustoff

Memphis/Shelby County Elected Officials

 

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

City Council:

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

Shelby County Commissioners:

District 8: District 6:
Mickell M. Lowery, Chairman Charles Caswell Jr.
District 11: District 7:
Miska Clay-Bibbs, Pro Tempore Henri E. Brooks
District 1: District 9:
Amber Mills Edmund Ford Jr.
District 2: District 10:
David C. Bradford Britney Thornton
District 3: District 12:
Mick Wright Erika Sugarmon
District 4: District 13:
Brandon Morrison Michael Whaley
District 5:
Shante Avant

Day of Prayer and Fasting

As a church family, we set aside the third day of every month to be a day of prayer and fasting. Commit to pray and fast with us on February 3.

February Prayer Needs

A Night with Bob Goff

February 4

Bob Goff is coming to Bellevue to share some wisdom and fun. Pray that the Lord will use Bob’s words for His glory and that all who attend will leave encouraged.

Prove the Tithe Sunday

February 4

On Prove the Tithe Sunday, we encourage members to practice giving by offering a tithe. Pray for hearts to be open to give willingly and cheerfully and not reluctantly (2 Corinthians 9:7).

Men of Memphis Conference

February 9

Men of all ages will come together to eat, fellowship, and learn how to “Act Like a Man.” Pray for the speakers as they deliver God’s Word and pray that this will be a strong start to a time of studying and learning.

Men of Memphis Breakfast

Starting February 15

Men will gather together to enjoy a hot breakfast and hear a message from Bro. Steve. Pray that men will be receptive and responsive to what the Lord has to say as they dive into His Word each Thursday.

Dinner with Donna

February 15

Young adult ladies (singles 20s and 30s) will spend time with Mrs. Donna Gaines and hear a word of encouragement from her. Pray that community will be strengthened and that ladies will grow in their faith.

Catalyst

February 16–18

Middle schoolers and high schoolers will join together to worship and dive into God’s Word. Pray that the Lord will be glorified and honored through this weekend and pray that students will truly encounter Him.

Focused Prayer: Missions Week

February 25–March 3

This year’s Missions Week will have a special focus on the work Bellevue is involved in locally through the missionary task. Throughout the week, we will learn more about making disciples of all nations—starting with our city. Pray that the Lord will reveal ways for us to partner with local ministries and engage in evangelism, discipleship, and leadership in our community. Pray that we will be faithful to answer the call to pray, give, and go.

Pray for Our Pastor

The most valuable prayer focus you can have for Bro. Steve at this time is for complete healing from cancer. Here are two verses to direct your prayers.

“I will not die, but live, and tell of the works of the Lord. The Lord has disciplined me severely, but He has not given me over to death.” Psalm 118:17–18

“But when Jesus heard this, He said, ‘This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.’” John 11:4

Resources

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

Prayer for America

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Prayer for Memphis

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Prayer for the World

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Prayer for Families

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Prayer for Revival

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Prayer for Missions

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