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week of prayer

Below you'll find suggested prayer topics to focus on in your prayers each day this week.

We're meeting together every evening from this Sunday (16th) until Saturday 22nd to pray and worship together for an hour. We'll start at 7.45pm in the Annexe, but teas and coffees will be available from 7.30pm. It will be lovely to see you there for as many sessions as possible, but even if you're not able to make it, do take time this week to prioritise prayer. Maybe meet up with others to pray, or simply ensure you have some time set aside to praise God, and to pray for yourself, your family, your community, the church and the nations.
'Our prayer life, at its heart, is addressing our Father and being utterly confident He is attentive and desiring us to express our needs and longings to Him. This is, after all, how Jesus taught us to pray: 
'Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…”
Matthew 6:9 [NIV]...
'Prayer is not something to be strived at but to be done from a place of rest. Our prayers are ones of agreement with our Father, not ones pleading for a hearing.'
Mike Betts - "Relational Mission a Way of Life" (pg. 81-82)

If you're coming to Wednesday's prayer meeting there's an event in the main hall, so you'll need to park at Tesco.
In this Week of Prayer we’ll be praying three kinds of prayers together:  Up, In and Out. Each day we’ll have a particular focus for each.

“Up” means prayers of praise and thanks to God. Not asking Him for things, but appreciating who He is. This is a great way to start our praying each day. Every day we’ll take a different Psalm as our inspiration. You could read the Psalm (out loud?) and then choose one or two verses to inspire prayers in your own words.


“In” prayers are prayers for each other – other members of the church family.

We’ve just finished preaching through the book of Micah, so for our “in” prayers this week, we’ll use his prophecies to inspire our praying for each other. We’ll pick up a different theme from the book each day.

In our “Out” prayers, we’ll be praying for different activities that people at City Church are involved in that particularly give us opportunities to share the gospel with people.

Today's Psalm is Psalm 75. In a world where it seems like people all around are getting away with all sorts of evil, the Psalmist takes time to praise God that He will hold them to account. The same is true in our time – let's praise God that nothing that we or others suffer goes unnoticed by Him.

“All her idols will be broken to pieces; all her temple gifts will be burned with fire; I will destroy all her images.”

“I will destroy your idols and your sacred stones from among you; you will no longer bow down to the work of your hands.”

Micah came with a stark reminder to God’s people that they should worship Him only, and not the false gods. Perhaps idolatry was more obvious in Micah’s day, but we too live in a culture where people “bow down to the work of [their] hands” – give their allegiance and devotion to things we have made – a lifestyle, a career, a particular view of what’s right & wrong, etc…. Let’s pray that as a church family, we would enjoy all the good things God gives us, but never make them first in our lives. Let’s pray for each other, that we would increasingly be devoted and enthralled by God before everything else and above everything else.

Hear more from Miriam.

Today we're praying for our Community Day. Over the years that we’ve been relating and serving at Ditton Fields we’ve met many people. Please pray for these existing relationships to develop and flourish, and for new ones to be formed. Pray that on our Community Day on 29th September we will particularly be a blessing to the Ditton Fields community, and pray for opportunities to actively love the residents and to share Jesus with them.

We're also praying for the "Faithful" City Group – making a difference to the lives of others through practical service; helping those that need assistance with tasks inside or outside their home (gardening, painting, building flat-pack furniture, etc). This group serves real practical needs, as well as providing opportunities to pray for those they are assisting for the issues they want to talk about – in particular for healing, deliverance of their fears, etc. 

Pray for us to get linked up to the right people in the community at the right time, and for the team involved to have boldness and discernment to know how best to pray for those we are assisting.

Today's Psalm is Psalm 76. This Psalm has a similar focus to yesterday's, but the Psalmist recognises that the right response to the God of justice is not just praise but also reverence and sacrifice. Take some time to make your response to our powerful and good God.

“Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of Israel.  
Should you not embrace justice, you who hate good and love evil….”

Many of us hold positions of influence or leadership: parents, line managers, City Group leaders, elders, etc. In God’s Kingdom, power and influence should be cross-shaped: submitted to God and serving others. How easy is it to use our influence to serve ourselves, rather than others? Let’s pray for each other, that we would show the world a different approach to power: one that washes feet and carries a cross.

Hear more from Simeon.


Today we're praying for our Family Friday and Homework & Reading Club City Groups – working within the River Lane Estate to run a fortnightly club for all ages with food, activities and a God Story, and a weekly Homework & Reading Club, where children can come and benefit from homework support and reading help. Thank God for the relationships developed so far, and pray for opportunites for the gospel to be shared with the residents of this community.

We're also praying for Hope into Action – a charity who set up houses that provide a supported living environment for people who are learning to live independently. We're involved with on in North Cambridge. There are currently two men living in the house; please pray for decisions about third man to come in. 
Please also pray for the friendship team from City Church to be good friends to the men, showing Christ's love and building relationships that will be a bridge to sharing Christ. Pray for the team to find both God’s grace and His wisdom as they support men from very broken backgrounds.

Today's Psalm is Psalm 77. The Psalmist says "I will ... meditate on all Your mighty deeds" (v. 12). What mighty deeds has God done in you and through you? Take some time to praise and thank Him for these.

“In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it.
Many nations will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.’”

“The day for building your walls will come, the day for extending your boundaries.  In that day people will come to you from Assyria and the cities of Egypt, even from Egypt to the Euphrates and from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain.”

God’s plan is for His people to come from every nation on the earth and be attracted to Jesus. Pray today for people in City Church who come from a different nation or culture from you. Let’s pray that we would love each other deeply, learn from each other and be a huge blessing to each other. Pray also for others to come to know Jesus and to join us.

Hear more from Eustace.

City Bus is our baby & toddler group that meets every Wednesday morning in term time.

Please pray that we are able to build good relationships with those who come and have opportunities to pray for people, invite them to Christmas events and share Jesus' love with them. Pray that we would be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and have the courage to do what He prompts us to do!

Today's Psalm is Psalm 84. Matt Redman wrote a song based on this Psalm. You could listen to the video below and use it as a springboard to inspire your own prayers of praise to God, thanking Him that you are already "seated in heavenly places" and your body is a dwelling place of the Holy Spirit.

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

Micah himself was probably from a humble background. And one of his messages predicted that God’s promised ruler would be born in an apparently insignificant place. God loves to save people and to use people that most people would write off.

To quote a prophetic word from Anna Goodman: “There are a lot of strong people in Cambridge. Strong in leadership skills, in young age, in experience, in wealth, in educational qualification, in clever articulation and cerebral manipulation. But God chooses the weak. I feel like God wants us to … call them out, to honour, bless, anoint and commission them to be and do all that God has for them.”

Let’s pray for those in City Church who feel insignificant. Let’s pray for all of us, that we would be a church family who love and honour people that others have ignored and despised.

Today we're praying for Malcolm & Karen as they prepare to move to Málaga to join the church plant there.

  • Malcolm is currently negotiating two different part-time contracting opportunities. Prayer for guidance on the right one to pursue and that it will enable us to fund ourselves long-term, whilst keeping enough time and energy to be fruitful in church-planting.
  • Karen: her current telephone work has gone quiet recently. Pray that this will pick up and that there will be opportunities to use her physiotherapy in Málaga.
A number of challenging situations have occurred recently, please pray for Malcolm and Karen's protection.
We want to be fruitful for the gospel in Málaga. Pray that:
  • We quickly make friends and find ‘people of peace’.
  • Progress quickly in language learning. We are intermediate level now, but need to get fluent to be effective.
  • Build strong relationship with Martin & Sarah our co-planters, and with believers in the city.
Today's Psalm is Psalm 91 (if you prefer to listen, below is a video of Sons of Korah singing the psalm).

When have you particularly been aware of the Lord's protection? Take some time to thank Him for this, and for His ongoing protection.


“I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam. My people, remember what Balak king of Moab plotted and what Balaam son of Beor answered. Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.”

It seems that part of Israel’s problem was that she had forgotten the amazing things God had done in rescuing her from slavery. Let’s pray for each other, that we would always be mindful of the gospel and rejoicing in all that God has done – and that that would fuel our devotion to Him.

This term City Church Youth are excited to be involved in ‘Higher’ – a county-wide event telling people about Jesus. The 'Higher' team are running sessions in lots of local schools (in Cambridge, St Neots, Ely, and surrounding areas) and have 3 large evangelistic events put on across the county. Our youth group will go to an event at the Junction (12th October), and during the weeks following it will be running follow-up sessions on Sunday mornings for years 7-9 (11-14 year olds). 

How can you pray?:
  1. Pray for the 'Higher' team as they visit schools around the county, sharing the gospel message in assemblies and talks. 
  2. Pray for our youth (and others around the county) – that they might have boldness and wisdom when inviting friends to the gig at the Junction and to our follow up events. And for lots of godly wisdom and a bucket-load of encouragement when having follow up conversations. 
  3. Pray for Christian teachers and staff members to feel encouraged to be able to share something of their faith within the restrictions of their professional role.
  4. Pray for City Church Youth's 'Higher' follow-up sessions on a Sunday morning, running from October until Christmas.

Today's Psalm is Psalm 92. Sing for joy! Freestyle!

“Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morning’s light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it. They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them. They defraud people of their homes, they rob them of their inheritance.”

“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

God is just and merciful, and His people should be too. Let’s pray for each other, that we would not be those who take advantage of others, but who love to show mercy to each other and to anyone else we interact with.

Hear more from Daniel.

Today we're praying for parents of Citykids and the Citykids team (both existing team members and those starting this term). Pray that they will be effective witnesses to the children in our church family; modelling and explaining well, in an understandable way, what it means to follow Jesus. And that they will find opportunities, as part of everyday life, to teach the children in their care about Jesus.
Today's Psalm is Psalm 93.  Here's a song we sing on Sundays that uses some of the words from the Psalm. Why not take time today to praise God for "His awesomeness and His majesty"!?

“They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war any more. Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig-tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the Lord Almighty has spoken.”

Some of Micah’s prophecy points forward to the new creation, showing us our glorious future hope. Let’s pray for each other, that we would never lose sight of the fact that one day Jesus will return to right all wrongs and we will live in a renewed creation forever. Wow!

We've been praying throughout the week for different activities in church life which give us opportunities to be on mission together, but we don't have to be "doing a special thing" to be on mission. Who might God want you to share the gospel with? Whose heart might He be working in already? Who in our offices, streets, schools, families...? Let's pray that we would all see the opportunities to talk about Jesus in our everyday lives, and take them - filled with courage, clarity, confidence and love.
"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behaviour in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. "