Prayer Guide for Neighborhood Walks
April 13, 2020
By John Freeland
A Prayer for our neighbors:
Heavenly Father, I ask You to empower me to love my neighbors as much as I love myself (Matthew 22:37-39). I humble myself and seek Your face. Sometimes I don’t recognize the sin in my life for what it is, so reveal my sin. Give me the power to repent. Convict my neighbors of their sin and help them turn to You. I ask You to help my neighbors love You with all their heart, soul, and mind. Hear me now Lord and forgive my sin and heal this land. Remove COVID-19 from me and from my neighborhood, city, county, state, country, continent, and world (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Allow us to live in peace and safety. I pray for my neighbors and ask that You would enable them to be peaceable and considerate especially during this time of shelter in place and social distancing. Challenge those who are the least concerned to respect those who are most concerned. Help them to be gentle with one another. Help me be gentle and recognize the needs of my neighbors (Titus 3:2).
Lord, all have sinned and fallen short of Your glory. We have all made mistakes. Sometimes we have purposefully walked away from Your will and willfully done wrong in Your sight. Thank You that through faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified and resurrected we can be justified and forgiven, for You have grace for us (Romans 3:23-24). Help my neighbors experience You. Help them grow in grace, in knowledge of You, and in a relationship with You (2 Peter 3:18). It is by grace that I have been saved through faith and I want that for my neighbors. I ask You to bring salvation to the houses around me. It is Your greatest gift in a lost and dying world. We cannot earn it, we don’t deserve it. It is simply grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).
I thank you that Your grace is sufficient, and Your power is made perfect in our weakness. Reveal Your grace to my neighbors. Help them live life in Your grace. When they are weak, show them Your power. In these times, when we recognize our weakness more than usual, we are reminded of our mortality. We know that we are weak, so we are trusting in Your strength and in Your grace, for it is sufficient for us (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Send your Holy Spirit into my neighborhood to convict the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8). I know that Jesus died for every person, so You want all people to come to salvation in Christ. I ask for the souls of my neighbors. I ask for them to be saved. I claim them for the kingdom of God. Draw all people to you (John 12:32).
Send your Holy Spirit into their homes, to minister to them, to speak to them about the love and grace you have for them (1 Timothy 2:3-4). Demonstrate to them, show them, speak to them so that You might bring them to saving faith and dwell in their hearts (Ephesians 3:17). If I can be part of that, I ask You to make it so. Give me courage to step up and to witness and share Christ with my neighbors. You loved them so much You sent Your only Son to die on the cross for them (John 3:16-17).
Jesus was resurrected from the dead so that the grave and death would be defeated. Lord, You sent Jesus for all the world, so save my neighbors. Bring them to salvation. Bring them to a place that they will declare Jesus Christ as Lord. Bring them to believe You raised Christ from the dead. Help them recognize the great power that You have, for You even have power over death. Help them profess You in faith believing in their heart that Jesus died for them and that He loves them. Give them faith so they might believe Jesus as Savior and as Lord (Romans 10:9-10).
I thank You that You are God and are faithful in all Your promises. You are a covenant God, and You love Your people and Your Church. I pray for my neighbors that You would be their faithful God (Deuteronomy 7:9). Support my neighbors so they may live at peace with everyone. Bring peace into their households. Where there is strife between husband and wife bring peace. Where there is strife between parent and child bring peace. Where there is strife between siblings bring peace. I ask that each household would experience peace during this time. As difficult as this time might be, visit each house with the Shalom of God, that peace of God that exists and transcends even the most stressful and most anxious of times (Romans 12:18).
Promote contentment among my neighbors. Let them know that You are present with them; You never leave them; You never forsake them. You are constantly abiding with them, even if they don’t believe in You. Send your Holy Spirit into their house that they would feel Your presence and your peace (Hebrews 13:5). Heal their anxiety in every situation, especially this situation. Help them come to a place that they will present their request to You. Guard their hearts and their minds. Especially during this time when our world is racked with fear. Give them peace (Philippians 4:6-7).
I thank You that You did not give us a spirit of fear. You gave us power, love and self-discipline. Guide my neighbors to walk in Your power, to walk in love, and to walk in self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). Remind those who are fearful that what is impossible for man is definitely possible for You. Nothing is impossible through Christ Jesus (Luke 18:27, Philippians 4:13). Help them be faithful to You. Even in anxious and stressful times, may they throw off fear.
Even though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). Restore their minds to Your created order. Make them function as You designed them. When their minds fill with fear, calm them and remove their fear. Relieve the pressure to figure everything out. If they want to reason, let them reason with Your Holy Spirit.
Empower them so they do not allow fear to restrain them. Rather, equip them to run the race that is set before them and to persevere in faith (Hebrews 12:1). Enable them to stand boldly as sons and daughters of God. Show them Your love, for perfect love drives out fear. Enter into each of my neighbors houses with your perfect love, for God is love. Enter their spaces, enter their places, enter their homes, and drive out fear with Your perfect love (1 John 4:8, 16, 18).
Give my neighbors faith that they might please You, because without faith there is no hope of pleasing You. Work in them extraordinary faith for these extraordinary times. Recreate them to be faithful people. Guide them to believe in You. Even though the world may turn away, help them believe in You. For those who are transfixed by the uncertainty of these times and are fearful of how many days or how many weeks this shelter in place may last, give them faith to believe in You so they are not overcome by the impossible (Hebrews 11.6). Give them hope for the present and the future. The world may be changed because of COVID-19, but you can bring something good from it. Show them the good. Give them hope for the good of their families and this neighborhood. For those who cannot see the future, give them faith and assure them, so they might still believe (Hebrews 11.1).
God, You created the universe. Everything that we see came from You. Even what man has formed, built, or assembled, the knowledge and ability came from you. Nothing has come about; nothing was formed beyond Your command. We know You can recreate this earth in a way that pleases You. Recreate each family and each home to please You (John 1:3, Hebrews 11:3). Abraham believed in You. He reasoned that You could even raise the dead. Our forefathers recognized with great faith Your capabilities (Hebrews 11:19). Give my neighbors faith in your ability. Be for us a refuge in times of trouble (Nahum 1:7). Protect us. Cover us.
Encourage my neighbors to call upon You, so You might answer them. Be with them during this time of trouble and deliver them. Honor them so that they will honor You. Give them a long life and satisfy them. Bless them and keep them. Help them be satisfied with You more than they are satisfied with the things of this world (Psalms 91:14-16).
Help my neighbors be content with what they have. You promise us that You will give us everything we need, so provide for them during these times. Toilet paper, hamburger buns, and other day to day items are difficult to obtain. Help my neighbors find the things they need. Help them understand the difference between needs and wants (Hebrews 13:5). If they don’t believe in You, turn them to You so they can present their request to You (Philippians 4:6). Remind them that You sent Jesus so they might have life and have it abundantly. Show them what abundant life looks like (John 10:10). You promise You will meet all our needs according to Your riches in glory. You know our needs before we even ask them. You know our ignorance in the asking (Philippians 4:19). Lead my neighbors to seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness. Then, according to Your promise, meet all of their other needs (Matthew 6:31-33). You promise to graciously give us all things. Give my neighbors everything they need (Romans 8:32).
I present my neighbors’ children to You as gifts of God to their families (Matthew 19:14). Birth within them an innate ability to love, honor, and obey their parents (Exodus 20:12, Ephesians 6:1). Cause rivers of living water to flow from within them. Let the Spirit of God bubble up inside of them (John 7:38). Create in them a pure heart. Give the children a steadfast spirit (Psalms 51:10). They may not understand what is happening right now, but I ask You to help them be strong and courageous. Be with them wherever they go. Be with them when they play. Be with them when they study. Be with them when they sleep (Joshua 1:9). Help them learn through this, when neighbors are trying to be neighbors, to do good to all people (Galatians 6:10). Teach them that You have a purpose and a plan for their lives. Teach them not to be afraid but to trust You (Jeremiah 1:5, 8)
In my neighbors’ homes, I pray for love. Let love burn like a blazing flame, like a mighty fire. Let nothing quench that love. Let nothing sweep that love away. Let it be strong and powerful from husband to wife, from parent to child, from sibling to sibling. May love and faithfulness never leave them (Song of Solomon 8:6-7). Fill their homes with love. Fill their homes with faithfulness. Empower husbands to be faithful to their wives, wives faithful to their husbands, parents faithful to their children. Bring healing to relationships that have been damaged. Build homes of faithfulness that honor the sacred covenant of marriage (Proverbs 3:3). Show them good and help them cling to it. Challenge them and convict them when they allow something to come into their house that doesn’t belong. Challenge them regarding what they watch on TV and the internet. Convict them when what they watch is unacceptable to you. I rebuke evil, adultery, sexual immorality, and pornography in the name of Jesus. Set my neighbors free (Romans 12:9).
Revive their love, so they may be truly devoted to one another. Help them honor one another as people and as people of God. Help them honor one another as husband and wife (Romans 12:10). I pray especially for the husbands. Guide husbands to love their wives just as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for Her. Give the husbands eyes to see their wives as holy and blameless, without spot or wrinkle. May they not focus on each other’s faults but rather see the good in the other. I pray husbands will rise up and be men of God in their own homes. This is a time for the husbands to be the priests of their household. Encourage them to bring the Word of God to their children and to their wives without shame. Give them boldness that they might speak Your Word (Ephesians 5:25-26. Song 4:7).
Establish love in my neighbors’ homes. They cannot possibly grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. It is love that surpasses all knowledge. We cannot comprehend your love. Fill my neighbors homes with love. Fill them with the measure of all the fullness of God. Put your presence in those homes, because God is love (Ephesians 3:17-19, 1 John 4:8, 16). You command us to love each other so help them love one another (John 15:12).
Encourage parent and child to truly love each other. Help them be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32). Enable them to forgive one another just as You forgive us. I release forgiveness for my neighbors. Help them love their enemies. Empower them to love those who have caused them difficulties and problems. Help them love the ones who have caused them great loss and horrible pain (Matthew 5:44).
Help my neighbors love their enemies and give them the power to forgive. Rid them of all “bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” Provide the means by which they may remove all things that separate them from others. Enable them to forgive just as Christ forgave us. For whatever wrong they may have suffered give them power over that wrong. I rebuke the past. Empower them to live not in the past but in the present. Give them a great hope for the future. Give them power to confess and repent of their sin, and forgive them (Ephesians 4:31-32). Remind them there is “no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Grant that they realize Jesus died for their sin, but He also died for those who sinned against them. As you forgive their sin, You are also ready to forgive the sins of those who hurt them (Romans 8:1). Give them the power to forgive that Christ exercised on the cross saying, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).
Comfort your people. Comfort my neighbors. Especially during this time when there is so much uncertainty in the world. Help them to have compassion on those who are in the home with them. When things get tense in the home give them wisdom to find ways to release that tension (Isaiah 49:13). Heal their broken hearts. Heal their emotional wounds, their mental wounds, their spiritual wounds. Heal their bodies. Bring strength to their bodies. If they are elderly, strengthen them all the more. Give them good health. Build their immune systems so they can fight any illness but especially COVID-19.
Keep them wise so they use good sanitary practices and social distancing (Psalms 147:3). Above all of that, in the midst of all of that, remind my neighbors that Christ died on the cross not only for their iniquities, but also for their illnesses; not only for their sin but also for their sickness. I claim the promise of Isaiah 53:5 and 1 Peter 2:24, by Jesus’s stripes we are healed. I offer this prayer in faith. By faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified and resurrected, I ask you to heal my neighbors of their sickness. Make the sick well. Raise them up according to your promise in James 5:15.
First responders and healthcare workers:
I lift first responders and healthcare professionals to You. They have no choice but to work. I ask you to help them rest in Your shadow. Spread Your great and mighty wings over them to overshadow them and protect them. Keep them healthy and strong. We rebuke sickness on their behalf. Keep them safe from sickness, especially COVID-19. Be their refuge and their fortress. Help them trust You. Give them the refuge that is only found under Your wings. Help them find your faithfulness as a shield against sickness and a shield against harm.
Protect the police and firemen who put themselves in harm’s way (Psalms 91:1-5). Help them not be afraid. Assure them You are with them. Do not let them be dismayed. Do not let them become overwhelmed. Uphold them with your righteous right hand. Support them so they do not fall, but if they fall, pick them up. (Philippians 4:5-6). Remind them they can do all things through Christ who gives them strength (Philippians 4:13).
Show them gentleness, and help them be gentle even when patients are grumpy, criminals are violent, and fires are out of control. Assure them You are near and present with them. Cure their anxiety. Give them peace. Permit them to present their requests to you. Hear their cries. Meet their needs (Philippians 4:5-6). Proverbs 17:22 says a cheerful heart is good medicine, so give them a cheerful heart. Don’t let them become crushed by the weight of their responsibilities. Bless them as they go and when they return (Proverbs 17:22).
I give thanks to You because you are good. Your love endures forever. Thank you for being my God (1 Chronicles 16:34). Every good and perfect gift comes from You, so thank You for hearing and answering my prayer (James 1:17). Thank You for all that You do on my behalf and on behalf of my neighbors, for the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things. You are a great and powerful God (Psalms 118:13-15). I thank You in advance for hearing and answering this prayer, and I look forward to hearing good reports from my neighbors. It is in Jesus’s name I pray, and I bless my neighbors accordingly:
The LORD bless you, and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.’ (Numbers 6:24-26)
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