Praying for Memphis

Sep 16, 2011

Our Mission Memphis Committee receives prayer requests from our ministry partners each month and distributes those prayer concerns to 2PC members who have previously agreed to pray for our city and our ministry partners.

If you would like to be included in the distribution of these prayer matters, please contact Natasha Hughes at nhughes@2pc.org or 454-0034. We also invite you to join a group that prays for these concerns at 5:25pm on the last Sunday of each month in room B102.

 

Praying for Memphis

by Frances Thompson

The wind of the Holy Spirit is blowing through Memphis. Christians are praying street by street, two by two and for shalom in the neighborhoods. They are praying in the churches, in parachurch agencies, in prayer groups and in families. Believers are moving into neighborhoods as doctors, home builders and ministers of reconciliation. Teachers are going into schools intentionally for Christ. There is a sense of cooperation and application of the gospel. It is an exciting time to know the Lord in Memphis.

Prayer is the vehicle of change. It ushers us into God’s throne room to hear Him and be enveloped by His love. It opens our spirits to God’s power, humbles and comforts us. It empowers us to action. We can almost feel the sap from the Vine enlivening us to bear fruit. In prayer we remember who God is, His faithfulness and presence in our lives. It softens our hearts, prepares us for battle; gives us peace and perspective. In prayer we get our “assignments” and gain passion for His redemptive story. We experience the joy of praise, the freedom of confession, the edification of thanksgiving and the transformation of intercession. We receive glimpses of His glory and hope.

There are many tools used by the Holy Spirit to move us to pray. One that has resulted in my praying for our city has been the site visits to our ministry partners with City Serve Explorers. As I have interacted with neighbors in need of medical care, housing, food, education, and role models and as I have met those needing freedom from addiction, broken relationships, and the cycle of spiritual and financial poverty, I have sought the Lord. I have witnessed those working on the front lines of ministry. I have seen more of the problems our neighbors face, so I pray more. And God has graciously led me to others in our city whose hearts were already broken for the needy so that our hearts are united in supplication. The more I pray, the more I want to pray as well as to move out in obedience and love like so many are being led by the Spirit to do.

John 6:68
Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”