Prayer Guide

June 3, 2024

Choose to Pray

Summer is approaching, and it’s a time when we seem to take a little more time to relax (except for the yard work). But let me remind you that the choices you make have power.

John Cisna, a science teacher in Ankeny, Iowa, enlisted his students to help him discover what would happen if he ate only at McDonald’s for 180 days. The students constructed a diet for him that had him eating 2,000 calories per day and staying close to the recommended dietary allowances for carbs, fat, protein, and cholesterol. When he began the diet, he weighed 280 pounds and wore size 51 pants. By the end of the 180 days, Cisna had lost 60 pounds and could slip into a size 36 pants. He also brought his cholesterol down from 249 to 170 (his “bad” cholesterol dropped from 173 to 113). The experiment worked so well that Cisna decided to continue it for another 90 days. His conclusion, “We all have choices. It’s our choices that make us fat, not McDonald’s.”

God’s Word is filled with the imperative to choose. Toward the end of Joshua’s life, he exhorted the children of Israel to make an unwavering commitment to Jehovah. “Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:14–15).

Right now, would you make the choice to dedicate the next half hour to steadfast prayer? Yes, you have burdens and concerns; perhaps you even have great fears and anxieties. You may have questions about the past, present, or future. But would you still choose to allow the Holy Spirit to pray through you that great and mighty things will be done in individual lives and in God’s Church? Would you pray for His kingdom to come in great power?

Cisna lost weight by the pound. And who knows—by making the right choices (and prayer is at the top of that list), you might lose the spiritual, mental, or emotional weight that slows you down.

Pray for Pastor 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 that God’s people will “cry out” to Him

In Psalm 107 the psalmist gives four descriptions of God rescuing His people from times of calamities, distresses, and troubles:

“Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He delivered them out of their distresses. He led them also by a straight way, to go to an inhabited city.” Psalm 107:6–7

“Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and broke their bands apart.” Psalm 107:13–14

“Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” Psalm 107:19–20

“Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distresses. He caused the storm to be still, so that the waves of the sea were hushed.” Psalm 107:28–29

God moved in each of these verses, and the common denominator was God’s people “crying out” to Him. The Hebrew word za’aq means “to cry out, weep aloud, howl, or wail.” It is an intense word. God does business with those who mean business.

  • Pray God’s people will spend time privately with Him, crying out to Him for help and wisdom.
  • Pray God’s people will come together in small groups to seek Him as their only hope.
  • Pray God’s people will pray like Jesus, who “offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears” (Hebrews 5:7).

Pray for CampOutrageous and Beach Week

Ready, Set, Roadtrip!—CampOutrageous, Bellevue’s Vacation Bible School, is fast approaching! The Children’s Ministry team has put together some practical and powerful prayer points to guide you in prayer for this week (June 10–13).

I know that you will be blessed and that God’s kingdom will advance through your prayers!

CampOutrageous Prayer Guide

Also, the High School Ministry team has put together a prayer guide for their yearly retreat, Beach Week (happening June 24–28). Please pray this will be a life-changing time for the students and their leaders.

Beach Week Prayer Guide

Thank you for your faithfulness to pray!

    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 government officials

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

    As you pray for our current political leaders, please pray that God will even at this time prepare our hearts and lives for those who will be leading us after the next election in November 2024.

    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 8-1: Super District 7:
    JB Smiley Jr., Chairman Michalyn Easter-Thomas
    District 1: Super District 8-2:
    Rhonda Logan Janika White
    District 2: Super District 8-3:
    Jerri Green Yolanda Cooper-Sutton
    District 3: Super District 9-1:
    Pearl Eva Walker Chase Carlisle
    District 4: Super District 9-2:
    Jamita Swearengen-Washington J. Ford Canale, Vice Chair
    District 5: Super District 9-3:
    Philip Spinosa Dr. Jeff Warren
    District 6:
    Edmund Ford Sr.

    Shelby County Commissioners:

    District 11: District 7:
    Miska Clay-Bibbs, Chairwoman Henri E. Brooks
    District 6: District 8:
    Charlie Caswell Jr., Pro Tempore Mickell M. Lowery
    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 June 3.

    June Prayer Needs

    Missions Project: Gallup, New Mexico

    May 31–June 8

    Our team is serving with Rock Springs Baptist Church through construction, Vacation Bible School, and Bible studies. Pray that our team will serve in unity and humility.

    Adventure Kids (K–5th grade)

    Beginning June 6

    Recreation Ministry will lead kids in fun activities while teaching them biblical truths. Pray that each child will grow in their knowledge of the Lord and His Word. Pray that this will be a safe and uplifting time.

    Missions Project: Jinotega, Nicaragua

    June 22–29

    Our Next Gen team will build relationships and engage in ministry opportunities. Pray that our team will be reliant on the Lord and that each person they serve will feel His love. 

    Beach Week

    June 24–28

    High schoolers will enjoy the sand and waves of Florida while growing in community and their relationship with God. Pray that students will be focused on seeking the Lord and learning more about Him.

    Focused Prayer: CampOutrageous

    June 10–13

    Ready, Set, Roadtrip!—kids in pre-K–5th grade will buckle up for four exciting jam-packed days of CampOutrageous. They’ll learn biblical truths while playing games, making crafts, and enjoying a musical presentation. CampOutrageous brings thousands of kids into our path and care. Pray that the Lord will lead kids to our church who need to know Him more. CampOutrageous is an opportunity to remind them of the Lord’s love and grace or help them discover it for the first time. Pray that the seeds He is planting ahead of time will be watered and grow—that many children will come to know Him as their personal Savior. Pray that each volunteer will reflect the light of Jesus and have strength and energy as they serve.

    Pray for Our Pastor

    Pray God will continue to fill Bro. Steve’s heart with overflowing hope.
    “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

    Pray God will continue to enable Bro. Steve to fix his eyes on Jesus and run the race set before him with joy.
    “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1–2

    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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