NY CityFest Update

Dear Friends Praying in the Southwest,

When he (Jesus) saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Matthew 9:36 is what came to mind when looking out onto the multitude of people gathered this weekend. At Times Square Luis shared from his heart of how quickly life changed when his father unexpectedly died after a brief illness, leaving him fatherless at age 10. On the Great Lawn of Central Park Luis spoke of many tragedies in life and the resulting brokenness and how Jesus can bind up the wounds.

Matthew 9:38 concludes the chapter by saying, "So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields." Thank you for praying to the Lord about sending workers to New York. 5,000 counselors were prepared for the harvest. The harvest was over 600 decisions to follow Jesus at Times Square; over 3,600 decisions were identified at Central Park. We rejoice in the harvest this weekend and know there will be more to celebrate in the future:

• A pastor from Madrid shared how Spain is the only European country where Christianity is growing and attributes the country's positive spiritual climate change to a festival held 10 years ago.

• Matt Redman (musicain and song writer, pictured below with Luis) is evidence of a life changed through a Palau crusade event in London 30 years ago.

I will send a summary update of all the fruit that came to bear within Brooklyn when it becomes available.

In closing, actor T. C. Stallings introduced an upcoming movie, "War Room - Prayer is a Powerful Weapon" at Times Square. It will be released in August. A quote from writer Andrew Murray is on the movie's website: "The one who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history."

Watch a wonderful video, by clicking here, for an overview of last week in NYC!

Thank you for your contribution! It has been a tremendous privilege to partner with each of you in prayer.
Humbly,
Connie 

Brooklyn Update

Intercessors of the Southwest,

Thank you so much for faithfully praying for Brooklyn and the Tri-State region. We serve an awesome and mighty God! El Shaddai, God Almighty, desires to be the all-sufficient God for every person in the region. He wants to exchange their stony, stubborn heart for a tender, responsive heart and place a new spirit to dwell within them...and He is doing it, one heart at a time - a son, a daughter, a father, a mother, a brother, a sister, a husband, a wife. El Roi, The God Who Sees, is not missing anyone and we rejoice in the harvest!
Upcoming events to lift up are:

• June 20, NY CityFest Canarsie, Brooklyn, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.- Andrew speaking.
• June 20, Bayridge, Brooklyn Street to Street Basketball Outreach - Danny Sanabria speaking.
• June 27, Brooklyn Women's Affinity Breakfast - Luis and Wendy speaking.
• June 27, Brooklyn Street Fair and Park Clean-Up, 4 - 7 p.m. 
• July 2, Brooklyn Men's Affinity Dinner - Luis speaking.
• July 7, NY CityFest, Radio City Music Hall - Luis speaking.
• July 10, NY CityFest, Times Square, 6-9 p.m. - Luis speaking.
• July 11, NY CityFest Central Park, 4-10 p.m. - Luis speaking.

 

April Update

Dear Intercessors of the Southwest Region,

Our theme this month is “Repentance.”  A familiar passage is 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” This is a call specifically to followers of Christ, you and I, not the unbelieving, to humble ourselves. With a spirit of submission we pray to see our Lord God’s face. This is an opportunity to determine who has authority over our life. If we see and hear “You must be holy because I am holy” 1 Peter 1:16, we are compelled to “turn from our wicked ways.”  Then when we repent, He hears us and authority is transferred back unto Him, where He exchanges sin and guilt with forgiveness and healing. 

Thanksgiving:  
  
•    Thankful for all the volunteers who have participated in CityServe throughout Brooklyn last month, revitalizing the Bedford Stuyvesant Salvation Army, Betsy Head Park in Brownsville, and the Brownsville Salvation Army afterschool rec center.
•    Thankful for the partnership with Convoy of Hope in organizing Hope Day community events.
•    Thankful for the opportunity Luis had to speak at the Christian Cultural Center, pastored by AR Bernard, co-chair of NYCityFest, Sunday, 4/19. It is the largest church in NYC, with 37,000 registered members.
•    Thankful for the clusters of churches across Brooklyn neighborhoods meeting regularly to pray and unite corporately to be the Church, serving their communities under the Lordship of Christ.

Requests: 
•    Pray for God’s favor as park permits to hold regional festivals are sought. Ask for humility, patience, and open doors. Pray that God’s wall of protection be erected for safety within and surrounding each park prior, during and after each event. 
•    As final details of the publicity materials are completed, ask that they be produced without flaw and are ready for distribution on time (in approximately 1.5 weeks) for the local launches.
•    Continue to pray for Randy Burtis, Brooklyn’s regional director, those working under him and all the other Palau team members working tirelessly with so many events scheduled over the next three months. Protect them and their families. May nothing come between Your heart and theirs. May the life giving fragrance of Christ be evident in all their endeavors and the enemy deemed impotent in the coming days.
•    Pray specifically for the continued and complete healing of Randy’s eye.
•    Pray for the five neighborhood partnerships formed to organize and share the gospel at each Brooklyn CityFest event. Ask for momentum and excitement to increase.
1.    Canarsie, comprised mainly of Haitian pastors
2.    Sunset Park with Chinese pastors
3.    Sunset Park with a diverse group of churches
4.    Bushwick, centered around a neighborhood kids 3 on 3 basketball tournament.
5.    Red Hook will include a major food distribution plan with their event. Pray for the leading of the Spirit to guide and fulfill its plans and purposes for the following Brooklyn CityServe events:
o    Bedstuy churches are mounting initiatives to partner with schools.
o    Brownsville churches are praying about the best way to reach at-risk young people. 
o    East Flatbush churches are planning an extensive program of combating gun violence and have already started ministering to the families of victims. 
o    Canarsie pastors are focusing on immigration issues and will host seminars to help undocumented people navigate the complex immigration system.
•    Pray that language would not be a barrier within Brooklyn. Just as it was on the day of Pentecost, people came to belief and were baptized when they heard about the wonderful things God had done in their own language.

There is much to pray in preparation for the events, but we must not lose sight of the CityFest purpose: to proclaim the Good News so that no one will perish. Please send me names of those you are specifically praying for in the Tri-State region that needs to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. In the next prayer update I will include all the names submitted so we may begin praying for each person specifically.  I look forward to hearing from you at [email protected]

What a privilege we have to be a part of preparing the way for the Lord through prayer. Isaiah 40:3-5 says, “Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, ‘Clear the way through the wilderness for the lord! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God! Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills. Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places. Then the glory of the lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The lord has spoken!’”

Amen! 

Connie Luebke 
[email protected]
Southwest Region
National Women’s Prayer Team

 

March Update

Keep Brooklyn Director Randy Burtis in your prayers this month. See below for more prayer requests.

Keep Brooklyn Director Randy Burtis in your prayers this month. See below for more prayer requests.

Dear Brooklyn Intercessors,

This month the focus of our prayer has been on intercession. Would you believe me if I said you could reverse God's impending judgement? In Deuteronomy, Aaron disobeyed and made a gold calf for people to worship after God had given his commandment to worship no other gods. As a consequence, Aaron was going to be destroyed, but Moses prayed for him and he was spared. That is what happens when we intercede. As we pray for loved ones who don't know Christ as Savior and Lord, we are making definite petitions on behalf of definite persons with definite difficulties. The power and authority to reverse impending judgment comes not from our own righteousness, but solely on God's great love and determination. He is patient so no one will perish. Then He does the unthinkable, again, and gives us the awesome title of "royal priests!"

We have much to give thanks for:
•    God called us out of the darkness into His wonderful light and gave us the awesome title of "royal priests."
•    Hebrews 7:24-25 But because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever. Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.
•    Francis Chan, Luis, Andrew and Passion challenged over 8,500 people at five different venues over five days to be "Re:New"ed; to deepen their walk with God, partner with fellow believers, and make an eternal difference in their homes and communities. 
•    Thankful for the continued healing of Randy Burtis' eye and his ability to rest according to doctor instructions.
•    Thankful for the five neighborhood partnerships formed to organize and share the gospel at each Brooklyn CityFest event. (Reference borough map below to see ethnic distribution.)     Canarsie, comprised mainly of Haitian pastors
o    Sunset Park with Chinese pastors
o    Sunset Park with a diverse group of churches
o    Bushwick, centered around a neighborhood kids 3 on 3 basketball tournament.
o    Red Hook will include a major food distribution plan with their event.

 

•    Thankful for clusters of churches across Brooklyn neighborhoods meeting regularly to pray and develop relevant strategies to serve their communities.  
o    Bedstuy churches are mounting initiatives to partner with schools.
o    Brownsville churches are praying about the best way to reach at-risk young people. 
o    East Flatbush churches are planning an extensive program of combating gun violence and have already started ministering to the families of victims. 
o    Canarsie pastors are focusing on immigration issues and will host seminars to help undocumented people navigate the complex immigration system.
Pray:
•    That as we seek God, may we see Him in new ways to eradicate any seeds of unbelief.
•    Like a moth attracted to light, may neighborhood partnerships draw in many other churches to unite and be the Church, under the Lordship of Christ, bringing glory to God.
•    Every Brooklyn neighborhood represented on the map below will be involved in a CityServe activity &/or CityFest event.
•    For hearts to be prepared to receive the seed of the Good News. 
•    Each neighborhood church group will seek the Lord to exercise their specific gifts, calling and position to fulfill their unique purpose within the Body, all for God's glory!
•    For unity to prevail in The Church, bringing glory to God; that individual agendas will fall away.
•    For availability and favor to obtain venue approval for the numerous events throughout the Tri-State area.
•    For positive reception and support from all the many forms of media.
•    From John 17 - By the power of the name of Jesus, protect all people involved with NYC and their families: that they will be safe from the evil one, they will be filled with joy, they will be made holy by the teachings of God's truth. 
•    For plans to hold a fundraising dinner in NYC on March 30th with Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Luis Palau. Continue to ask Jehovah Jireh, God will provide, to cover all the financial expenses associated with all the events.
•    For Dr. A. R. Bernard's family as they grieve the loss of son, brother, husband, father, and uncle, Alfonzo. Pray also for Luis in preparation for his speaking engagement at Dr. Bernard's church, Christian Cultural Center, in Brooklyn in April.
•    For the Pastor Appreciation Luncheon with Luis, Thursday, April 16 at the Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn.
•    Language would not be a barrier within Brooklyn. Just as it was on the day of Pentecost, people came to belief and were baptized when they heard about the wonderful things God had done in their own language.


"Now to Him who equips us with all we need for doing his will, may he produce in us, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Hebrews 13:21.
Amen!

Connie Luebke
Southwest Regional Prayer Coordinator

February Update

Dear Praying Friends in the Southwest,

Praise God with us as we thank Him for all He is doing in Brooklyn and all of the greater NYC area! He is moving and we are blessed to be a part. Thank you for praying on behalf of the lost and on behalf of those reaching out to bring them the truth and reality of Jesus’ love for them!

Thanksgiving for:

  • The Re:New meetings, specifically the one which took place at Brooklyn Tabernacle on Friday, February 13! More than 3,100 people braved the 18 degree weather in order to come hear Luis, Francis Chan and the Passion Band. The Spirit of God was evident, the movement of His hand obvious as people were refreshed, renewed and challenged in the Gospel!
  • Randy Burtis, our Church Relations Directory in Brooklyn, and his continued healing after a sudden eye injury which led to surgery. God has been faithful in this time!

Supplication:

  • We ask that those challenged with the call to share the Gospel and grow God’s kingdom at Re:New will stay strong in this fight! Ask that they would find a place to actively be involved in ministering in their neighborhoods through CityServe. Pray that they would be asking the Lord for those whom they would specifically be a part of influencing for His kingdom. May they be faithful in following God’s prompting to invite these people to come out and experience the Gospel.
  • Continue to pray for the 4 Brooklyn mini-festivals being planned in Sunset Park, Bushwick, Williamsburg, and Canarsie. Ask for spiritual and physical protection over those planning these events, as well as, all the details and the parks themselves- that God’s Word can go forth!
  • Continue to ask God to bless the education and criminal justice initiatives occurring in Brownsville and Bedford-Stuyvesant.
  • Pray for the immigration clinics in Canarsie and those, primarily Haitian people, being served there.

Beth Moore wrote on her blog earlier this month a powerful message.  Here is part of her inspirational message, which is for all of us, for "such a time as this!"

We've got to pray.  We've got to become people of prayer. We've got to press in much further and believe God to be much bigger. We've got to cease letting prayer be our weakest spiritual discipline. We've got to step up and wield the sword of the spirit in relentless intercession. We've got to go further than we've gone before. Press harder. Dig our knees deeper. We will not live bolder than we pray. There are parts of our callings, works of the Holy Spirit, and defeats of the darkness that will come no other way than furious, fervent, faith filled prayer.

"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him."  Hebrews 11:8

May God reward You for your earnest prayers on behalf of Brooklyn!

Connie Luebke
Regional Prayer Leader for the Southeast, praying for Brooklyn

 

January Update

Our theme for the January National Prayer Conference call this month was to sound the alarm to sow and prepare for the Harvest. John 1 came to mind. Beginning in verse 6 it says, “There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light…then jumping down to verse 23 it says, “John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’ ” 

And so that is us, witnesses like John the Baptist, making straight the way for the Lord to come to New York City--be it as intercessors, counselors at CityFest, or volunteers at a CityServe event; all servants are making straight the way for the Lord. And there is much to make straight! Let us invite all we know to be a part of something bigger than our daily routines, our homes and families, our churches, our communities, even our states. We are a part of ‘making straight the way for the Lord’ to do something BIG in New York…and the great thing is that we do not need to live in or go to New York to participate! Join us every second Tuesday of the month by phone as we unite in prayer across the United States in praise, confession, thanksgiving and supplication as God knits our hearts together.

Brooklyn is the borough with the largest population and is very ethnically diverse – Chinese, Latino, Haitian, African, and African-American. Though they co-exist well, we want to see them united in Christ’s love.  A challenge for many churches in the Greater New York Metropolitan area, Brooklyn included, is the language barrier. Let us ask for the same unity amongst the multi-cultural followers of Christ as when the Tower of Babel was built. Spirit of God, level the ground for the many cultures to walk arm in arm, communicating through Your language spoken in their hearts, love. Then those who don’t know You will be amazed as they witness the unity and brotherhood amongst the autonomous ethnic groups, bringing honor and glory to You!

Thanksgiving for:
•    The Palau staff and team meeting together in Portland the week of January 12. May thoughts of NY not consume their thinking, but instead you, Jesus, would be the center of their attention, just as it was for Peter when he got out of the boat and walked on water. May the five regional directors do the unthinkable, like David’s stones, and take down the giant city of New York in Your name.

•    Randy’s time home in Oregon, that it was a great Christmas season in their home. We pray for Randy, that his appointments with many pastors individually after the Pastors Prayer Summit would be profitable in spearheading additional like-minded church groups gathering, collaborating and serving their communities.


•    Four Brooklyn mini-festivals being planned in Sunset Park, Bushwick, Williamsburg, and Canarsie. We pray for spiritual and physical protection over these areas so your Word can go forth!

•    Thank you for the education and criminal justice initiatives occurring in Brownsville and Bedford-Stuyvesant. We ask for other aspects of the Brooklyn communities to become involved.

•    Thank you for the immigration clinics in Canarsie for the Haitian people.

•    We rejoice for the participants who are already registered for the Re:New Conference being held in Brooklyn. We ask specifically for 2000 attendees to fill Brooklyn Tabernacle! 

Supplication:
•    We ask that the pastors of the churches would yield to the Lordship of Christ and receive clarity of vision; that there would be unity and equal value and importance for different gifts, responsibilities, and visibility.  

•    We lift up the Annual Pastors Prayer Summit in Norwalk, CT January 19-21, that capacity would be maximized and every Pastor would leave on fire with your Holy Spirit, filled up and recharged to give Living Water to all they contact.

•    We pray for the Re:New Conferences. They are being held February 10-13 with Luis, Francis Chan, and Passion Worship in New Jersey, the Bronx, Manhattan, & Brooklyn for one night in each location. 

Lastly we somberly turn our attention to the people of Brooklyn and greater NYC, as they grieve and continue to muddle through the rubble of social unrest and violence. For such a time as this we pray for the families and friends of police officers Liu and Ramos, and for all the people of greater New York City, when forgiveness is difficult, peace is elusive, and healing seems impossible, our Savior is greatly needed. Lord Jesus come quickly - Amen! 

Connie Luebke
Regional Prayer Leader for the Southeast, praying for Brooklyn 

December Update

Dear Prayer Warriors of the Four Corner States,
This December let us begin by taking a deep breath, followed with a long, slow exhale; give yourself permission to take a moment to put down the shopping list and calendar, and stop reviewing the “things to do.” Let us … prepare ourselves for the Season…and for prayer. I would like you to gaze into the face of baby Jesus and ponder the significance of God coming to earth, to be birthed as a human. Take some time to ponder how life would be different had He not come; had you not received and believed. What about those who don’t know Jesus as Lord and Savior? 

“The Lord gives the word, and a great army brings the good news.” Psalms 68:11

The focus of our December national prayer conference call was for protection, utilizing the armor of God. As I sought the Lord He lead me to Isaiah 62:6 – “O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray day and night, continually. Take no rest, all you who pray to the lord.” That is you. That is me. That is us corporately…for our families, biological or spiritual, for our communities, for Brooklyn, for New York City, for our nation, for the world. 

Praise and Thanksgiving

•    Thankful “the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:4
•    Wendy Palau spoke at a Latino Women’s Luncheon, December 6, to over 500 women in Brooklyn. The following are some of her words summarizing the event: “There was a spirit of joy, celebration and expectation… As I shared our story of losing the babies and how God met us in that time... Many women cried. As I shared our adoption of Sadie, they celebrated! I also felt so compelled to share God’s love for them. Psalm 139:17 ...`how precious concerning me are your thoughts Oh God, how vast is the sum of them….’ As immigrant women, many who don't speak English, they often feel at the bottom of the pile here in the USA... But God reminded them that they are precious to Him! I believe many responded.”
•    Thankful for our partnership with Concerts of Prayer in Greater New York (COPGNY) and New York City Intercessors (NYCI). COPGNY is a Christ-centered network of pastors and churches promoting a culture of prayer across ethnic, economic and denominational lines in the tri-state region. NYCI is a dynamic, multi-generational network of prayer warriors from various churches and ethnic backgrounds that have banded together, under apostolic and pastoral authority, to stand in the gap for New York City and the Nations with the vision to equip, train and mobilize the body of Christ for strategic, focused prayer for the purpose of seeing the Kingdom of God established here on earth as it is in Heaven.

Prayer Points

Ask for protection spiritually, relationally and physically (including health) of the following leaders and on behalf of their families. Pray they would have unspeakable joy this Christmas as they celebrate Christ’s birth; that they would walk in the power of the Holy Spirit, preparing the way for the lost to hear the Good News.
•    Brooklyn Church Relations Director, Randy, who is also Connecticut Church Relations Director and LPA overseer of Prayer; he commutes from Washington State. Pray also for Brooklyn Church Relations Coordinators: Danny, Matt, Zach; and Brooklyn CityServe Regional Coordinator: Edwin.
•    New York City Intercessor for Brooklyn, Joyce.
•    Brooklyn Borough Pastoral Leadership Team: Jamaal Bernard of the Christian Cultural Center, Derek Devine of the Apostles Church Brooklyn, and Mullery Jean-Pierre of Beraca Baptist Church. 

In the coming months pray for 1,000 Brooklyn pastors to: 
•    Gather in smaller groups to pray, seeking the Lord corporately on behalf of their communities; 
•    Hear God’s voice and see how to put hands and feet into acts of kindness so Christ’s banner of love will be clearly seen across the borough.  
For it is God’s kindness that lead people to repentance. Romans 2:4
•    Commit to plans, putting outreach events on calendars for the spring. Teachers’ luncheons and women’s luncheons in different locations are being considered.

Pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower them with inner strength through his Spirit so Christ will make his home in their hearts as they trust in Him. May their roots grow down into God’s love and keep them strong. And may they have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep is his love. May they experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then they will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God to see needs and meet them in their communities. Ephesians 3:16-19

Pray that an unquenchable fire to reach out to the lost and unite with the Body of Christ to fulfill her purpose would ignite within each attendee, to be carried back to their boroughs/regions, particularly Brooklyn, and transferred to their flock.
•    NY/NJ CityServe has scheduled one evening Re:New conferences February 10-13, 2015, in four different locations with Luis, Francis Chan and Worship by Passion. Brooklyn Tabernacle will be host to one on February 13. Pray that every venue will be filled to capacity, that every person attending will have seeds of revival sown into their heart and in turn would be equipped to go and sow into others, that God’s great army would rise from these events to bring the Good News, saving captives and setting prisoners free, that the Lord who is in charge of the harvest would equip and send more workers into the fields for the harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest are people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! John 4:35-36

We have the awesome privilege of being a warrior, joining the armies of heaven on our knees as war is waged against the unseen armies of darkness in the heavenlies because the blood sacrificed by the sinless Christ has reconciled us to the Holy, Perfect One. Let us celebrate Matthew 16:18, “that all the powers of Hell will not conquer Christ’s church.” 


In closing, “The virgin will give birth to a son, and he will be called Immanuel, `God with us.’” Imagine joining with the armies of heaven that appeared to the shepherds on the night Christ was born, but this time in song, praising God. Let us proclaim:
“Glory to God in the highest heaven and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

Connie Luebke
NWPT Southwest Regional Prayer Coordinator

 

November Update

Lord, 

Thank you for Randy and his commitment to You and the things dear to Your heart. Thank you for the time away with his wife--especially with limited email access!

Brooklyn is known as the borough of churches and we bring every church in Brooklyn before You:
•    Thank you for the rich spiritual foundation already in place. 
•    Thank you for the great meeting the evening of November 6 with participation from approximately 50 pastors, many of whom were completely new to the CityServe process. 
•    Thank you for the network of new relationships that are being developed and for the expansion of vision by introducing new pastors and their congregations to the concept of CityServe/CityFest.  
•    Thank you for the conversations that have begun to develop collaboration between churches in the areas of hunger and school partnerships.  
•    Pray for conversations to take root and grow into deeper discussions, maturing into tangible plans and action over the next few months as Your Spirit desires to send invitations out into the highways and byways.  

We invite You to be a part of every meeting and conversation taking place in Brooklyn regarding CityServe and CityFest:

  • for "dreaming, building, unifying" meetings, particularly those scheduled on the 19th and 22nd; for setting meeting dates of other Brooklyn groups committed to participate.  
  • We ask that You that You would be the focal point, casting meaningful and creative ways for the local churches to unite under Your Lordship in love and service to their communities and share Christ.  

We plead on behalf of those in Greater NY and Brooklyn that those serving the Lord would lead a life worthy of Your calling:

  • to always be humble and gentle.
  • To be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of love.
  • Make every effort to keep the unity provided through Your Spirit, binding themselves together with peace.  (Eph. 4: 1-3)     

Father, I ask that the churches would take the gifts Christ has given them and use them to equip Your people to do your work and build up the church until there is a unity in our faith and knowledge of Jesus; so that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. (Eph. 4:13) I pray that bitter jealousy and selfish ambition would be cast off (James 3:14) and that God’s resources be used for His glory, not man’s.

I ask that your followers would be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry…that they would not just listen and know God’s word, but do what it says. (James 1:19, 22) That there would be action to their words for it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. (James 4:17)

I pray for the unity of the Jews and Gentiles, for Christ created in himself one new people from two groups (Eph. 2:15)  I ask for boldness to go forth, speaking the right words  explaining God’s mysterious plan that the Good News about Christ is for Jews and Gentiles alike.(Romans 1: 16; Eph. 6:19)

Lastly, may the glory Jesus has given the church bring your church to oneness; Jesus in them and the church in Him. May the Bride of Christ experience such perfect unity that the world will know that You sent Jesus and that you, the Father love them as much as you love Jesus. (John 17:15-23)

Amen

 

October Update

Psalm 100:4-5 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to 
him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his 
faithfulness continues to each generation.

1. Ephesians 6:10-13 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of 
God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we 
are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of 
the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the 
heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist 
the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.

  • Pray for all the LPA staff who travel from the West coast, spending 15-20 days in NYC each month, wearing “many hats.”
  • Pray for protection of relationships and the redemption of time from the busyness full schedules demand: 1) that no seeds of bitterness or resentment would be sown in any hearts and that all involved would “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
  • Praise for Danny, Matt, and Zach, the three church relation team members who are reaching out to all the churches in Brooklyn. 
  • Pray for wisdom in hiring the final member to the Brooklyn Church Relations team. A number of candidates have been interviewed from within the large Caribbean community in Brooklyn and a decision will be made next week. 
  • Pray for the 1,500-2,000 churches of Brooklyn to supernaturally hear God’s voice calling and His hand reaching out and touching them to participate in His gathering. 
  • Praise for the strong relationships being developed within the traditional African American churches (AME, COGIC, etc.) and the Chinese churches of Brooklyn. During key upcoming meetings, pray for God’s vision to unleash His power and love, igniting unity, passion, and creativity in reaching those that don’t know Jesus in Brooklyn. Meetings are scheduled October 24 for the Chinese churches; November 6 for the African American churches. 
  • Pray for meetings with key Brooklyn pastors the week of October 20-24, to identify key community leaders and begin forming festival teams throughout Brooklyn.
  • Pray for the gathering of more intercessors on behalf of New York/Brooklyn and for a woman from each state, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona, to rise up as NWPT overseer for that state.

Thank you for the privilege we have to partner with You in building Your kingdom and for the 
special ways You reveal Yourself to us. Amen.

 

September Update

Dear Prayer Warriors,

It is my prayer that you have had a wonderful summer filled with rest, refreshment, and time with family. It’s been a busy season for the Palau team, with festivals in both Alaska and Jamaica. We’ve also been building our prayer team, and are so grateful you have joined us! God is amazing and He is at work in and through us! As we pray, our faith grows.  

“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

As we pray and grow in faith this autumn, let's keep NY CityServe & CityFest in our prayers, and watch as God moves mountains!

PRAISE

Nearly 5,000 people came together for a youth outreach in Long Island on August 20. Praise and worship events have taken place over the last 4 years, but this was the first time the Gospel was proclaimed and people were asked to make a decision for Christ. Trained counselors were hardworking, and full of faith and wisdom as they prayed with those who made decisions for Christ. We rejoice in these new lives changed for eternity!

PRAY

September 23

The official NY CityServe launch is taking place at Calvary Baptist the morning of September 23rd.  Lord willing, we are praying for a full house with a minimum of 600 churches, pastors, and leaders in attendance. The first local fundraising event is also taking place that evening.  Please pray for all tables to be hosted and filled with the right business leaders and also for a great response.

LPA Staff

  • Favor for the Palau team and church relations team as we mobilize people for NY CityServe.
  • LPA staff who have moved to NYC.
  • Three strong candidates for admin positions.
  • For strong communication between our Latin and English speaking teams.
  • Protection for every member of the team working on this campaign.
  • Wisdom for Luis and all those taking part in preparing for the outreach events.

Local NYC

  • Venue location(s) and dates.
  • For churches not yet engaged to come on board. 
  • Every ministry in NYC to be aware of and engaged in NY CityServe and CityFest.

NWPT News

Invite your family and friends to join the NWPT and keep fanning the flame! We’d love to see 1,000 team members praying for NYC by the September 23rd launch. We are grateful for each and every member to date! Encourage your friends and family to join. Every new member will receive a FREE prayer journal. 

MONTHLY PRAYER CALL

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our next monthly national prayer call taking place the second Tuesday of every month. These times have been really special and inspiring. We hope you can join us!

September 9th | 1PM Pacific, 3PM Central, 4PM Eastern

To access the call: call (712) 432-1212, enter Mtg ID: 931-416-121#

CONNECT WITH NWPT

Follow the National Women's Prayer Team on Facebook and Twitter for spiritual encouragement, prayer requests, and devotionals. Follow NY CityServe & CityFest for the latest campaign updates on Facebook and Twitter.