1. REVIVAL in Los Angeles
Revival means to wake up, be renewed and be strengthened. It means a resoration of force and validity. Los Angeles' godly heritage has
become dormant in many aspects. Pockets of people seek God as best they
can, yet the majority of the city sleeps. We need to wake up! We need
to be revived! We need to have the sleep rubbed from our eyes. We need
to see that which is good and put off that which is not.
Pray that we seek God with all our hearts, minds and souls. Pray that God gives us a renewed and revived Spirit that finishes the good work that He began in us. Pray that our
actions match our faith and that our actions reach into our own city
and into the world to bring healing to many people.
2. PRODIGALS to Find Their Way Home
Prodigal people are recklessly extravagant. They
leave wisdom behind and expend all their resources wastefully. Many in
Los Angeles have become a prodigal generation. Many have left God to
pursue the things of this world. Many live for themselves in selfish
gratification. Many people sell themselves physically or in their
hearts to make money for themselves or enhance their careers. The
result is that they produce little that is good and much that is
bad. And that effects the world.
Pray that these people return to God as did the Prodigal Son in the
Bible. Pray that they understand that God stands with open arms to
restore them in forgiveness to their rightful heritage. Pray that they turn from self-centered actions to Christ-centered actions.
3. PROTECTION For Pastors & Church Leaders
As a Christian, we all need protection from evil. For Christian
leaders the attack is particularly strong. Our Christian leaders, as
they become mobilized and unified, will see ever increasing harm
against them, their families and the people they work with. Being
harmed in Los Angeles may mean physical, spiritual or even financial
damage. This is a city of extremes and the risks are costly.
Pray that our Christian leaders are protected from spiritual and
physical attacks. Pray that their finances are met (even
abundantly) that they may advance God's work. Pray that they are
encouraged and protected from fear and depression and hopelessness.
Pray that they recieve fresh wisdom and revitalization from God.
4. UNITY in the Body of Christ
Los Angeles has an amazing array of Christian and non-Christian
organizations. From churches to para-church organizations to home
groups to businesses to private individuals. Many are attempting to come together in prayer and worship and service. Many more remain separated from each other by fear,
intimidation or lack of communication channels. Christ made us one
body, not many. As He is in the Father, may we be in Him. United.
Pray that organizational boundaries serve as connection points to
Christian and non-Christian organizations rather than obstacles. Pray
that fear is replaced with love for each other. Pray
that each organization and person discovers their unique role in the
Body of Christ. Pray that each person and organization uses their
unique role to love and serve all.
5. CONQUERING of Spiritual Strongholds
A stronghold is a place of security. There are strongholds for both
Christ and Satan. In Los Angeles, many strongholds are obvious and
many are hidden. Therein lies much danger. Since Los Angeles impacts
the world, the strongholds here are indeed strong and massive.
Satan will do much to preserve his power. In each of the strongholds
listed below, Los Angeles has world-class organizations dedicated to the preservation of these areas:
- SEXUAL IMMORALITY
Pray that we clearly see the damage caused by each of these areas. Pray that we have God's protection from these areas. Pray that we can see clearly how to defeat these
areas. Pray that we are not afraid to pray for these areas. Pray that
opposing strongholds of Christ arise.
6. INTEGRITY of People in Influence
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Los Angeles is filled with people in power. People that influence
entire industries. The temptation to abuse this power is great. The
results can be devasting to both individuals and entire organizations.
Pray that Christians are appointed to influential
positions. Pray that these people aquire and maintain a Godly integrity
in all they do and say. Pray that leaders repent and seek God.
7. FUSION Between Cultures & Generations
Identity is everything and everywhere. People
proudly group together and fiercly defend their unit. Young adults are
fractured into various social groups. Races defend their cultural
identity at the expense of unity. People group together to rebel
against authority. These groups can cause division and pain. We must
see fusion between cultures and the generations to bring healing to our
Pray for people to identify themselves in Christ first, then to group together according to His will. Pray for healing
between groups. Pray for barriers to be removed. Pray for conduits to
be opened between groups.
8. EMERGENCE of Godly Youth
We have raised a generation of largely ungodly young people. We have squandered their inheritance in the Lord by not
teaching them of God ways. The result is that many of our children have
no moral compass to guide their paths. They do not have the courage and
strength to choose the right from the wrong.
Pray that our children open their hearts to Jesus. Pray that they have godly teachers and mentors. Pray that they gather spiritual strength in
Jesus. Pray that they have forgiveness for their parents and teachers.
9. DECENCY in the Media
The media is everywhere. It pervades our lives. It
lives in print, TV, movies, radio and more. Its words tear down, its
images invade our minds. It reaches out into the world. The power to
influence is undeniable.
Pray that government and non-government regulatory agencies maintain godly standards.
Pray that leaders arise in the media that stand strong in integrity and
for godly programming. And pray for people to reject the pervasive
ungodly programming that is already out there.
10. PURPOSE Regained as the City of Angels
The name Los Angeles means “The Angels”. Angels are God's messengers
and His servants. We are the City of Angels. Yet we so often send the
wrong message into the world. We send messages of violence, greed and
lust. We have lost our purpose to be messengers of God's Word. And for
that the entire world is impacted.
Pray that we once again become God's messengers for good and not messengers for evil.