Praying for Ferguson

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It’s understandable and often overwhelmingly easy to believe and feel that our prayers do very little to change anything. Especially when it comes to global or national events such as Ferguson.

However, we believe in the power of prayer. We believe that prayer changes things both personally and globally. This is why we are praying for Ferguson and for our world in this fragile moment in our history. We are praying based upon the promises and truth of God that through Jesus our Father hears our prayers and acts through his people to accomplish his kingdom mission and will on earth as it is in heaven.

We join with the larger Church in praying for Ferguson. We don’t need to live in Ferguson to mourn and pray for peace in our cities and communities. Our prayer is that our church family and the larger Church would truly represent Jesus and his kingdom in this pivotal moment.

Many of us can be burdened with our own daily needs, trials, heartache or challenges within our own home or hearts to even think about praying for something so far away from our own neighborhood. Thankfully we can and should pray for peace not only in our own lives and families but in Ferguson.

Please join us in prayer: 

1. Pray that we would be slow to speak and quick to listen to one another, especially when we disagree or see things from a different perspective or worldview.

2. Pray for Michael Brown’s family and the community within Ferguson.

3. Pray for Officer Wilson and his family. Pray for the police and civic leaders in Ferguson.

4. Pray for the businesses within Ferguson.

5. Pray for the peace and prosperity of this city and every city.

6. Pray that the voices of peace and nonviolence would be heard the loudest.

7. Pray for the local pastors, churches, teachers, schools, the parents and other people of influence in Ferguson and St. Louis as they seek constructive action steps going forward.

8. Pray that we will not grow cynical or bitter but that we will find our hope and peace in our crucified and risen King and Savior.

9. Pray that after we listen to one another that we would seek to speak the truth in love.

10. Pray that we would all do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. No matter if we live in South County, Providence, or in Ferguson.

11. Pray for God’s kingdom to come and his will to be done in Ferguson, our nation, and in our own lives as it is in heaven.

“Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Jesus + Matthew 6:9-13

May God be glorified and honored in our lives, our homes, our communities and in Ferguson.