12 Days of Prayer
Northridge Beyond is all about giving our time and treasure to make an impact in Rochester and around the world. But at the end of the day, God is the one who transforms hearts. With that in mind, we want to involve God in all we do, because we can do nothing apart from Him!
Would you consider joining us in praying over the next 12 days?
We would encourage you to involve your family and your community group in praying for God to do some amazing things through Beyond and through our local partners!
As we embark in prayer for our Beyond partners, let's pray that they will be able to declare the gospel fearlessly in whatever context they are in as Paul asks the church of Ephesus to pray for him.
Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. (Ephesians 6:19-20)
Today let's pray for 441 Ministries and Cameron Community Ministries as they serve the communities they are in. I'm reminded of the early church in Acts and how God added to their number daily those who were being saved. What joy these ministries would have to see that fruit in their communities this year.
praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:47)
Today we'll be praying for Campus One180 and Cru as they reach out to college students on various campuses including MCC and RIT. When I think about college students I often think of Paul's command to Timothy to be an example despite his youth. My prayer is that these students lives will be transformed and that God will in turn use them to transform other's lives.
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)
Today we continue to go Beyond the walls of our church by praying for CompassCare. As we look toward celebrating the most important unplanned pregnancy of all human history, we ask that God would help the nurses at CompassCare empower the women they serve with the courage that Mary had, to submit to God's will for her pregnancy and her life.
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. (Luke 1:38)
Christmas begins the finalization of our adoption into His family. Today we'll be praying for those at Northridge who are on adoption or foster care journeys and for David's Refuge who provides much-needed respite for parents of children with severe special needs (including, but not only, adoptive families).
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. (Ephesians 1:3-6)
In the book of Isaiah, God tells the Israelites that the true fasting He has chosen is to help the poor and oppressed. Today we'll be praying for Genesis House, Open Door Mission and Supports on the Streets, three ministries who walk in the way of true fasting to help the homeless of our city.
Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? (Isaiah 58:7)
We pray today for the Potter's Hand Foundation and for Good News Jail and Prison Ministry. Potter's Hand restores women who have been rescued from sex trafficking through a one year residential program. Good News restores the spiritual lives of the incarcerated through bible study and discipleship. Pray that God would encourage and comfort their staffs this Christmas season to continue to pour themselves out for the people under their care.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
Refuge Rochester bridges the gap between our local and global Beyond partners by allowing us to be some of the first American friends to refugee families from around the world. As we think of Joseph and Mary and baby Jesus fleeing the violence of Herod to resettle for a time in Egypt, let us pray with compassion for the refugees who have fled violence in their homelands to resettle right here in Rochester.
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” (Matthew 2:13)
Today we pray for World Concern and our partnership with the village of Maramara. Please pray specifically for Bashar, the Imam (Muslim pastor) of the village. Pray that he would continue to read the New Testament that he received from us, and that through God's Word and the World Concern staff he would be saved and lead his entire village toward Christ. Pray that God would demonstrate His power by miraculously healing Bashar's terminal illness.
So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. (Acts 6:7)
Today we'll be praying for Remember Me Global Initiatives. They partner with local leaders in Kenya through mentoring, prayer and grants to invest in local projects. In one of their videos a Kenyan woman says "Remember Me…
Not because I am materially poor.
Not because I am an orphan.
And not because of some disease.
But because God knows and loves me.
Because I have unique skills and talents.
Because I can produce for my family and my community.
Because I am not so different from you.”
What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? (Psalm 8:4)
Today we'll be praying for Redemption Church, a church plant in Red Hook, Brooklyn that is bringing the life-transforming power of the Gospel to bridge racial and socio-economic divides in a community desperate for restoration. They are in the reconciling work of peace (=shalom which means to complete and make whole), just like Jesus who on Christmas was born to bring us peace with Him.
For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, (Ephesians 2:14)
As we conclude our twelve days of prayer, let's pray about what we are doing to go Beyond and specifically for those on our Pi2 lists. On Christmas, God came and made His dwelling among us to rescue by His beautiful grace and in His wonderful love. Who are we "dwelling among"? Let's point them to Jesus!
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
A special thanks to Matt and Belinda Sones for putting this incredible prayer resource together!