Dreaming of a Prayer Saturated City

In my oh so humble opinion, Richard Long’s daily blog www.togethercanada.wordpress.com is a must read for any serious practicioner in the prayer and city transformation movement.

Here is a recent post shares a brainstorming session from Mission Ottawa where they gather 75 ideas for saturating their city in prayer!

Dreams we have for a prayer-saturated city

A Prayer Leadership Team that would catalyze and support many other specific teams that would take on some of these projects.

An Ottawa House of Prayer (for the city)

A Missions Prayer Base

Prayer Walking of every street in Ottawa

Prayer Adoption of every street in Ottawa

Measurable results in areas like crime reduction.

A City Hall Prayer Team

Connectedness through a well-developed Communications System which would include every congregation in the City.

A Research group

A Creative Arts Community that prays

Situational Prayer using “Art Stations”

Prayer Booths at every celebratory event throughout the year.  Eg. Canada Day, Jazz Fest, Winterlude

Prayer Help phone line

Website offering prayer

Prophetic “Listening and Seeing” team

SWAT teams (Strategic Warfare for special sites)

Prayer Assemblies

Days of Prayer

Week of Prayer

Prayer Walls

24-7 weeks or weekends

The Burn in Ottawa

Global Day of Prayer with huge buy-in from the Church

Large Venue gatherings (like City-Wide)

Regional Gatherings

“Ushering In the Presence of the Lord” kind of prayer resulting in an anointing for HEALING throughout the city

Healing Rooms around the city

Greater and Greater Annual Civic Prayer Breakfasts

Prayer conferences with major speakers for training, and inspiring.

Prayer trainers sent out to other cities and nations.

“Bridal Intercession” that incorporates Worship. (taught to every prayer congregation through training teams)

Companies and Businesses with Intercessors

Special Ops (teams that do deep research on major issues and can lead prayer into these issues.)

Prayer for every school, college and university

Prayer for Social Agencies

Prayer for Families in Crisis

Special “clean up” teams for crime sites.

Prayer for every inner-city ministry

Prayer for every EMS, Police officer, Firefighter

Prayer team for every Police station.

RCMP chaplains

Prayer for our Prisons (awesome stuff is already happening)

Special prayer for our juvenile incarceration facility

City to City prayer missions

An understanding and embracing of Ottawa’s “Gateway” calling

Ottawa would be known as a “City of Prayer”.

Short term prayer missions to other nations

Fully supported long-term prayer missionaries in the nations.

A focus on raising up prayer in our Youth

Mobilization of our children to prayer

Evangelism and Prayer Synergy

Evangelistic Praying door-to-door

Neighbourhood “Lighthouses of Prayer”

More Incarnational Ministry like “Move-In”

Training Teams that move around the congregations.

Prayer Curriculum for every class and cell

A Prayer Point person in every congregation to facilitate communication and mobilization

A city that prays for the world

Pastor to pastor prayer everywhere

Weekly Pastors’ prayer meetings in every sector of the city

Pastors Prayer Days, and Retreats

Prayer for every pastor

A prayer team backing every church planter

Twinning of established congregations to pray for new church plants

Breakthrough anointing on our prayers for the tough situations

Breakthrough prayer for the Muslim community

Special Prayer for First Nations

Special Prayer for Francophones

Special Prayer for Chinese,

Special Prayer for the Lebanese and other Arabic communities

Prayer that releases and procures property for church planting and other kingdom purposes

Special Prayer effort targeting New Immigrant neighbourhoods

Prayer Pilgrimages

Prayer Retreats in the Contemplative tradition

Resources available on website

An online centre for connection and identity and promotion of events and initiatives.

A Newsletter that tells the stories and challenges congregations

Salaried staff who can support all these initiatives.

And we have just started dreaming God’s dreams for our city!

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