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I'm blessed to live in a community where people have been praying intentionally for decades. Not just praying as individuals, which is awesome, but also praying together as a community.

For one thing, we have a group of men that have been meeting together for 43 years, early in the morning once a week to pray for the community. What an impact! What a blessing.

Also individuals from different churches have met together and prayed, and have taken prayer walks around the community.

I remember several years ago, a group of people from different churches prayed together once a month, listening for what God would have us pray together over the community. One thing we continually prayed about was a community gathering in a big green space. Several years later that came to fruition, when a group of folks from different churches asked the city's permission to hold a weekly "Praise in the Park" during the summer. It was an amazing time of worship music, followed by a very brief message. Folks brought lawn chairs, kids, dogs, picnic blankets. A wonderful "community family" gathering. The event was such a blessing that at the end of the summer, the city asked if the folks would do it again the next year.

I also remember an intercessor from our town went to live overseas for a few years. She said each time she returned, she could feel that the atmosphere was spiritually lighter. Like a snow globe settling. All because of God's response to community prayer.

Your town is a "city on a hill" (Matthew 5:14-16) and your community light is destined to shine. I actually live in a town set in the foothills, so when I drive up over the crest of the mountain coming into town at night, I get an amazing visual of this "city on a hill." But no matter where you live, in the flattest or marshiest of spaces, your town is a biblical city on a hill. And you are meant to shine. Prayer is the oil for your community's lamps.

A praying community includes:

Every person prayed for by name
Prayers for people (including children!) who are homeless
Prayers for salvation of every person in the community
Streets and neighborhoods prayed for one at a time (prayer map)
Businesses prayed for
Schools prayed for
Prayers for first responders
Prayers for government
Prayers for military service people (active and veterans)
Praying the local news
Prayer walking and listening

This is not the work of just a few people. It takes a lot of people to cover a community in prayer. But it starts with individuals asking, "God, what can I do to pray for my community?" Let the list above inspire you, but ask God to show you how you can begin at home. If each of us responds to His leading, before long, we will have a praying community.

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Here you can read some articles about praying for your community.

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Have you joined with others to pray together for your community? You might enjoy including a community service organization in your prayers; perhaps choose one for the month, or one for the year, as God leads you. Here are some suggestions for how to pray for these organizations: Prayer Spotlight.

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The community prayer group that prays together grows together. If you want to add to your time together, in a new way, you might enjoy taking a prayer class together through Hometown Prayer Academy. Come and explore. See what's available.

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Janet Eriksson is a missionary of prayer in Dahlonega, Georgia and founder/coordinator of the Hometown Prayer Mission. She also volunteers with The Center for Inner Healing. She would love to hear from you at hometownprayer.org.

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