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)
Days of Prayer
Week of Prayer
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)
“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.
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 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!