The cities of America and the world are beyond our best efforts, our concerted missionary strategies, and our most resolute plans to win them. The enemies are too numerous, our flesh too weak, the spiritual climate too dark for us to pretend that the cities can be won without divine power and unction. Only with a new manifestation of the power of God, an extraordinary outpouring of his Spirit, and a fresh mobilization of the people of God under the direction of our Lord himself can we win these dark hulks of human rebellion.
One of the clearest and most helpful disciplines in effective intercession is to keep praying. For all sorts of reasons, you may find it quite easy to fail to pray. We get busy, we become inundated with details and work activities, and we simply lose our focus on time spent actually praying. It goes without saying that if you fail to actually pray and make your requests known to God, it will be difficult to expect him to answer them! As you grow in your ability to seek the face of God, nothing will become more clear to you than the need to just keep praying, to never cease praying, to set aside time to pray!
Our current camp prayer requests are:
- It is prime time for summer camp preparation! While many camps and group hosting is on-going, much work is being done around camp hiring summer staff and developing our summer theme "Oaks Oasis: Discover Living Water and Live Life to THE MAX" Pray for our staff cooperation and partnerships with many urban ministry leaders to bring six weeks of camp together where God will meet and change lives.
- Lots of great work projects are being accomplished around camp. Volunteer crews are a great help in this are through the winter and spring. Pray for greater partnerships to grow locally and nationally with those God would call into service for urban ministry at camp!
- We continue to need more rain. A new well was drilled last fall, and we are hooking it into our main system this month in preparation for the summer dry months.
- The 5K event next month is our key, annual fundraiser for bringing scholarships to urban youth. This year we have many new, local ministries entering into this event to fund their own under-resourced youth. This is very exciting as we want to expand the camp's ability to bring youth who would not go to camp otherwise, and provide a safe camp home for them here. Pray for these ministries as they convey the mission and opportunity of a camp experience to parents (decision makers) this month, to open doors for the youth to register.
Let us set our hearts, therefore, to plead to God in a new and determined way. Let us determine to hold nothing back as we seek his presence and beg him to advance his Kingdom through his people. Let us begin with a passion to grasp hold of all that we have been grasped for, and to seek his divine visitation upon the cities of America and the world. Only if our Risen and Conquering Lord comes to us and to his church can we see the kind of spread of the Gospel and harvest of souls that we so desperately desire. Only if he comes with power can we see the changes we seek. Let him first come upon us, his people, and then upon the world. Our only hope is that he would revive us again–to love him, to turn our backs on our idols, to be cleansed from our sin, to be released to new ministry for God. Let God arise, and (if he does) we will be revived again.
More resources to pray for our cities may be found here: Let God Arise.