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Covering Mississippi in Prayer

Prayer Covering for Community

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“Covering” has been both a troubling and a challenging word. Do we mean by its use that our goal is to develop a prayer covering for the whole community? Or do we mean a prayer covering for only segments and event activity within our already fragmented communities.

If by the usage of the word “covering” we mean the whole community, our strategy will look much different than a series of events. A prayer covering will result in community transformation that only the Father can do. We cannot even imagine the stirrings or places where spiritual activity will be birthed in the heart of the community.

The question! What could a prayer covering look like? My response is confessional because through years of ministry I have not previously considered a covering of prayer. I have prayed and led others in praying only for segments of the community. I am convinced we are missing out on what God had planned if only we had asked for the whole community.

On April 28, 2009, in the early morning hours, I was awakened to a meeting with the Father. There were regrets, forgiveness and focus. I thought of myself as a pastor in a community again. What would I do to lead toward covering my community in prayer? I am convinced a prayer covering could be the missing link in the community.

I took a typical community in Mississippi that I am familiar with and begin to chart a prayer covering cause.

  1. Basic questions must be asked:
    1. Who, where and what are the primary areas needing a prayer covering in the community?
    2. What and when are the critical areas and times that the community needs prayer covering?

    Examples or answers:

    • Schools – districts or individual schools
    • Department of Human Services
    • Business community
    • Medical facilities community
    • Police Department
    • Sheriff’s Department
    • City Council
    • Board of Supervisors
    • Personal needs of people (sick, grieved, decisions)
    • All evangelical churches
    • Festive or community events
    • Sub-communities – high crime areas, others
    • Fire Department
    • Families
    • Evangelistic Prayer Covering
  2. Share the prayer covering vision with the church. Ask for those called to the ministry of a prayer covering for community to accept the challenge. Include students and children.
  3. Match a leader with their call and greatest area of concern. This team leader is the liaison with the focus area.
  4. The team leader and pastor should visit each area introducing themselves. Contact information should be given for letting the prayer team know specific needs. Make arrangements for confidential requests to be appropriately handled. The prayer team needs to learn about the people it is focused upon. Share what you feel God says to you with the team and those you are covering with prayer. Pray personally with individuals.
    1. Serve when needs surface. Take a long walk in their shoes. It will change your praying.
    2. Do not go with any other agenda except prayer.
    3. Prayer teams set a regular time for prayer. Pray together on site often.
    4. Prayer teams can lead in worship and/or Wednesday night prayer times.
    5. Inform the church often through media what can be shared.
    6. Prepare and lead in a virtual prayerwalk for your focus area.
    7. Prepare a focus area in the church (a room or a wall) where others can pray for the focus areas.
    8. All prayer teams should meet together periodically to share victories and encouragement.

You can have 6 prayer covering teams or 20. What community would not be open to Jesus shared from a church caring enough to cover it with prayer?