Prayer Topic #13:
A Prayer for the City of Houston
Psalm 123, Romans 13:1-7
Reflections of the Heart:
There is a rich cultural, professional, educational, medical and religious tapestry in the City of Houston. The strength of our city is contingent upon the unity of the residents and our commitment to the Lord. Let’s keep our great city in prayer.
Our Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your tender mercies and loving-kindness towards the City of Houston. Thank You for the bountiful blessings You have given to us. Thank You for uniting the Christians within our city and the surrounding areas. Thank You for Your presence, power, anointing, healing and abundance in our city and the surrounding areas. Lord, no pagan god is like You, our Lord. None can do what You do! All the nations You made will come and bow before You; they will praise Your holy Name. You are great, and perform wonderful deeds. You alone are God. Lord, You are good and Your faithful love endures forever.
Glorious Father, we confess that the Body of Christ in the City of Houston will continue to humble ourselves, pray and seek Your face and turn from our wicked ways. As we do this, You promised You would hear from heaven, forgive our sins and restore our land. We declare that the City of Houston and the surrounding areas belong to You and that it is You who will cause prosperity to overflow in our communities. We decree that justice will run down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream within the political, judicial, and educational systems in the City of Houston and the surrounding areas. We commit to praying for those who are in authority over us; Mayor Sylvester Turner, the city council, and all business, civic and community leaders. As we do this, we expect to live peaceful and quiet lives marked by Godliness and dignity. We declare that the righteous in our city will be called priests of the Lord; ministers of You, our God. We will feed on the treasures of the nations and boast in their riches. Instead of shame and dishonor, the citizens of Houston and the surrounding areas will enjoy a double share of honor. We will possess a double portion of prosperity in our land, and everlasting joy will be ours.
Holy Spirit, show me how to pray specifically for the needs of my community:
Rise up, O God, in Houston and the surrounding areas and scatter Your enemies. Let crime, murder and lawlessness be scattered. Let homelessness, unemployment and corporate greed be scattered. Holy Spirit, fill our surrounding private and public schools so that our children and youth will be safe and will obtain a quality education. Father, please open doors for economic increase within our communities. Give wisdom to our governmental leaders as they conduct business on behalf of our city. Touch the hearts of our judicial leaders to judge fairly and righteously for all people. Help the homeowners in Houston and the surrounding cities to successfully maintain their property and pay their mortgages and taxes on time. Let equality and justice flow through the Medical Center so that everyone receives quality, affordable health care. Let Your perfect love and peace preside over our city. Holy Spirit, help Houston to stand as a beacon of light and hope for the nation to see what a Godly city looks like.
Righteous Father, forgive the people of our city for hypocrisy, injustice, oppression, greed, racism, sexism, ageism, elitism, deceit, lying, lewdness, pornography, selfish ambitions, lawlessness, rebellion, violence, hatred, partiality, sexual sins, and slander. Forgive us for not equipping and preparing the next generation with the tools, knowledge and self-confidence they will need to be effective, efficient leaders for tomorrow. Lord, forgive the Body of Christ for not praying consistently for our leaders, city and nation. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind the residents of our city of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He reveals them, say “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Holy Spirit, help the residents of the City of Houston not to yield to temptation but deliver us all from the evil one.
Eternal Lord, You are Holy. You are the blessed and only Almighty God, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You alone can never die, and lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach You. No one has ever seen You, nor ever will. To You be honor and power forever. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text (NKJV):
Psalm 86:8-10, Psalm 136:1, II Chronicles 7:14-16, Zechariah 1:17, Amos 5:24, I Timothy 2:2, Isaiah 61:6-7, Psalm 68:1, Matthew 6:13, I Timothy 6:15-16