Prayer Guide

December 3, 2021
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Pray we will live in the reality of the "reason for the season."

It is so easy to get caught up in the hectic pace of the holidays: parties to go to, presents to buy, and people to remember, and I won’t even mention the busy church calendars! Pray Christians will make time to reflect on and live in light of Jesus’ birth, life, death, burial, resurrection, and return. In other words, pray that we focus on the eternal, not the temporal.

  • Pray we will truly Worship. “After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11
  • Pray we will unashamedly share the good news. “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’” Luke 2:10–11
  • Pray we will live holy lives in light of the price He paid. “Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation, Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, A Light of revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.” Luke 2:29–32

Pray Singing Christmas Tree will be anointed by God.

  • Pray those who need to be saved will hear the Gospel, repent, believe, and receive Jesus. 
  • Pray those who need encouragement will receive a touch from God.
  • Pray those who need hope will be filled. 
  • Pray those who need strength will receive.
  • Pray, most of all, the words of Jesus, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Myself.” John 12:32

Pray we will be a catalyst for spiritual awakening in Memphis and beyond.

Our Vision is to be a catalyst for spiritual awakening in Memphis and beyond. It is also 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 God will revive His people. “Will You not Yourself revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?” Psalm 85:6
  • Pray we will walk in both the fear of God and faith that He will respond to believing prayers. “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 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 spiritual strongholds will be broken

In the prayer for Memphis, which we include every month, we specifically pray these words: 

Demolish every 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 the culture where the truth of God is ignored or rebelled against, and sin is not forsaken. 

  • Pray we will realize that 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 we will engage in spiritual warfare. Resist does not mean to ignore. 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 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 that Memphis Prayer 365 would see Memphis covered in prayer 24/7/365

The prophet Isaiah challenged God’s people to build a spiritual wall around Jerusalem through prayer, “On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; All day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind the Lord, take no rest for yourselves; And give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth” (Isaiah 62:6–7). We believe He wants to see the same for Memphis. At this point, 18 days of the month are covered 24 hours a day. Every day of the month, at least one church has embraced the calling of praying for Memphis.

  • Pray God calls other churches to this mission until Memphis is covered 24/7/365.
  • Pray churches experience the presence and power of God as they are stand in the gap. “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.” Ezekiel 22:30

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 Colvertt, 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 11:
Van Turner

Monthly verse

"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

Monthly prayer highlights

Christmas at Bellevue

This month, Bellevue will host many events celebrating Christmas. Our annual Singing Christmas Tree traditionally reaches thousands of individuals in Memphis and the Mid-South. Missions is also hosting multiple Serve Out opportunities to meet the needs of people in our city, as well as offer encouragement and the hope of Christ. Through each of our events, pray the Gospel reaches those in need of our Savior.

Prayer needs

Worship

  • Pray Worship remains the focus of our lives.
  • Pray we Worship often and wholeheartedly throughout the Christmas season, remembering the real reason we celebrate is the birth of Christ as we await His second coming. 

Applying Biblical Truth

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.'" Matthew 2:1–2

Groups

  • Pray Groups are an encouragement to one another during the holidays, providing support and comfort to those who are alone or grieving a loved one.
  • Pray individuals register for the new semester of Equip beginning January 12, 2022, and grow in knowledge of biblical truth and in their personal walk with the Lord.

Applying Biblical Truth

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28–30

Serve

  • Pray the bags of encouragement filled at Sharing Hope lead local inmates to the Lord and that they find hope during the holiday season.
  • Pray the Bellevue Christmas Store provides hope, joy, and Gospel opportunities to members of the community.

Pray for Bro. Steve

  • Pray God’s anointing will be on Bro. Steve as he shares the Gospel during the Singing Christmas Tree presentations this year.

Applying Biblical Truth

"And pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel." Ephesians 6:19

  • Pray that during this busy holiday season, filled with great opportunities and responsibilities, Bro. Steve will walk in, experience, and communicate the heart of the One we Worship and celebrate.

Applying Biblical Truth

"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

Resources

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