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Sunday, December 02, 2007

First Monday Prayer Guide - December

A few weekends ago I spoke at a conference in the Georgia World Congress Center (for you Passion 07 goers, in the very spot where we had our second venue last January), and as I walked out the door to the loading dock to drive home I was struck with the reality that this was the place the year began and the place it was winding down again. And then I realized how much has happened since the final session of Passion on January 4th, and it almost took my breath away.

So now, as we enter in the final stretch of 07, it is right to just take a moment to say thank you to God. He has done so much, brought us through so much and allowed us to be a part of so much in the past twelve months. It's crazy when you stop and think about it. Really crazy!

So as we pray, we will shape a few of the prayer points around gratitude and with the others prepare the way for what is to come. I'm not sure how you do it, but it's a good idea to print the 16 prayer points out and keep them with you throughout the month. And if you could, give us a tiny shout on the comments and just say "I'm praying in whatever city you're in." It would be cool to hear from you and see us all linked in similar confessions around the world.

16 (2+6+8) Prayer Points for December

Thanksgiving. "All we have accomplished, You have done for us." Isaiah 26:12b

1. Take a minute to think back on your year, and as God brings things to mind, thank Him for the places you've been, what you've seen and what He has done in and through your life.

2. Thank Him for something you have seen Him do on your campus this year.

3. Thank Him for a specific time He spoke to you and changed your life.

4. Thank Him for protecting you (from more than you'll ever know) and bringing you through.

5. Thank God for someone who has been a gift to you this year.

6. Thank God for a specific area of His character that has become a treasure to you.

Prepare the way. "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." Proverbs 16:3

7. As we mentioned in the latest Blog, pray for Passion London. Pray that God will prepare the way for the gathering in the Hammersmith Apollo in June.

8. Pray for a growing sense of unity among all the various campus ministries of London.

9. Pray that the vision will spread to Ireland, and all of the UK, and that Passion London will be a historic gathering of university students for the future of the church in these nations.

10. Paris is a present example, but we need clarity and wisdom on venues in several cities. Pray for the right venues to become clear to us and for the hearts of the people who manage them.

11. Pray for Passion Jakarta, happening in the largest Muslim nation on earth (Indonesia). Ask God to make our steps sure and expand the Kingdom through this night.

12. Pray for Passion Paris, that more and more people who have a burden for university students in that city will find out about the event and link with the vision.

13. Pray for those who currently work with university students in Paris. Ask God to encourage them, strengthen their faith, increase their vision and give them great favor.

14. Pray for our team traveling in Uganda at the moment, and pray for the students at
Makerere University, the largest University in Uganda and the location of the Passion gathering. Amazing things are happening all across the University. Ask God to deepen the movement and restore the nation through this generation of believers.

15. We are trusting God for millions of dollars between now and October.

16. Pray throughout the month for one of these four cities we hope to be in next year: Vancouver, Mexico City, an unnamed East Asian city, Cape Town.

65 Comments:

  • Hi Louie,

    I am here in rainy/cold Cleveland, Ohio. Praying that God would continue to do amazingly mighty things through this ministry.

    God is on the move & we are excited with you to be hoisting the sails that will let God's fame be spread throughout this world!!!

    Always thanking God for His beautiful provisions!!!
    -Mark

    By Blogger Mark, at 12/02/2007 7:25 PM  

  • hey all - while you are all praying please include this if you wouldn't mind: our family friend just died very unexpectantly of cancer. She loved God so much - she and her family are open arms to so many people. She was used by God in many ways. Her daughter is 19 a freshman in college - please pray for God to hold them during this time...

    "In sun and rain You're the same... You never let go..."

    Thanks.

    By Anonymous Anna, at 12/02/2007 7:47 PM  

  • I am praying in Atlanta and I can't wait to serve the students again at the Atlanta Regional in '08.

    By Blogger Matt, at 12/02/2007 7:59 PM  

  • Praying in Alpharetta, GA!

    By Anonymous Jason, at 12/02/2007 11:28 PM  

  • Praying from Grand Rapids, Michigan :)

    By Blogger GVSUgirl4Jesus, at 12/02/2007 11:43 PM  

  • Praying in Fullerton, California!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/02/2007 11:45 PM  

  • Praying in Wheaton. Cant wait to hear what God has in store for Passion and all of His college students around the world over the next year!

    By Blogger Chris, at 12/03/2007 12:39 AM  

  • praying in Dallas!
    Thank you God for all you are...

    By Anonymous ANNA, at 12/03/2007 12:44 AM  

  • There's quite a few of my friends that read the 268 blogs and I know all our hearts are with you guys. We're earnestly praying for revival and attempting to answer God's calls in our lives. Thank you all for answering the call God has given you and leading this generation faithfully, providing some understanding of hope and promise through God in a world where hope and promise often seems unattainable.

    Lately I've just "got it" and found myself broken for students a little younger than myself. All I can do is pray for them and be an encourager as much as I know how. I pray that God would do something amazing in StudentMerge 08 here in Knoxville, Tn and that students would just turn away from all the lies of Satan, but not only those students involved, but many many others.

    God's moving, even in a place called Corryton, Tn, in the most unlikely place for a college ministry. It's such a blessing to be a part of and I'm just so thankful for it.

    I am praying for you all and amazed at how God is using you guys.

    God is just Awesome. God (period).

    By Anonymous Jameson, at 12/03/2007 12:59 AM  

  • Praying from Southampton on the south coast of England. Disappointed I missed your blog over the weekend so didn't know you were in London, otherwise I would have come up. We're praying for you - for Passion London and for all over the world.

    By Anonymous Jimmy Ward, at 12/03/2007 3:59 AM  

  • Praying in Durbanville, Cape Town!

    By Blogger Annami, at 12/03/2007 6:52 AM  

  • Huge shout out from London.... Kentucky, that is ;). Actually a tiny little community in the lovely hillcountry of eastern Kentucky called Fogertown (and yes, it does get foggy, but probably not as much as the real London :). The past twelve months since Passion '07 have truly been amazing, but the next twelve are going to be off the charts! God fill each of you with his Grace and guide you with His Spirit! Lots 'o love from Kentuck!

    By Blogger Aslan's Girl, at 12/03/2007 8:38 AM  

  • Hi Louie-
    I'm praying here in Washington, DC...looking forward to the February regional! I volunteered at Passion '07 and it was A-Mazing...can't wait to see what God has in store for us all soon enough. Keep up your great work! God is so good to us!

    By Blogger Jill Wyman, at 12/03/2007 9:39 AM  

  • If anyone is so inclined ... there's a cool website (http://www.echoprayer.com) that I found while browsing Francis Chan's web site. You can have prayer requests sent to you via text messages. In November, I plugged in the first Monday guide and set it up to get random reminders every so often.

    Anyway, that's how I'm praying along with y'all in Carlisle, PA!

    By Blogger Tammie, at 12/03/2007 10:32 AM  

  • Hey Louie,

    This is Rocco from RI. I was the guy with the Russians at the Boston Passion event.

    I am praying you today. My wife has been faithfully praying for Passion overall. That the Holy Spirit continues to be the driving force behind it.

    Your opening reminded me of the year we had. Through all the trials so BLESSED. Because of the trials, so BLESSED.

    His PEACE 2 U,
    His Hand on U,
    this coming year!

    By Blogger Rocco, at 12/03/2007 10:54 AM  

  • Praying In Birmingham, AL

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/03/2007 10:56 AM  

  • Praying from snowy North Dakota :)

    By Blogger Lin, at 12/03/2007 11:46 AM  

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    By Blogger Tim, at 12/03/2007 11:48 AM  

  • I am excited to hear about what God is doing in London and the rest of the UK! Praying from Columbia, South Carolina.

    By Blogger Tim, at 12/03/2007 11:50 AM  

  • praying for you in the beloved city of Austin! much joy to you guys!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/03/2007 11:59 AM  

  • You've got friends praying God's greatest and highest here in Colorado!!!!

    By Blogger Joan, at 12/03/2007 3:21 PM  

  • Praying for you in Boston.

    By Blogger Marissa, at 12/03/2007 3:21 PM  

  • Praying for everything to work out for Passion to go to Cape Town.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/03/2007 6:49 PM  

  • I have to tell anyone reading it's just "CRAZY" because I was telling God that He is "CRAZY" (kinda screaming at Him, in a CRAZY AMAZING way) just an hour ago before I read the blog...The HOLY SPIRIT is baffling my mind because God is just so crazy and He's making all of us, at the same time, think and feel and experience the same thing and use the same words to communicate all He is doing. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS CRAZY! AND WE ARE ALL CRAZY FOOLS! One big crazy fool in Lbk, TX!
    PS
    AND HIS SOVEREIGNTY!! CRAZY!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/03/2007 6:53 PM  

  • Praying in Burleson, TX. It's amazing to see how God has blessed your ministry.

    By Blogger Smitty, at 12/03/2007 8:26 PM  

  • Thanking Him in Boston, Mass.

    By Blogger D & S, at 12/03/2007 9:55 PM  

  • Praying it forward in Stamford, CT.

    God hear our cries for YOU. Increase our faith and teach us trust.

    "Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He's the one who will keep you on track. Don't assume that you know it all." Proverbs 3:5-6 The Msg

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/03/2007 11:24 PM  

  • Praying in Boone and Raleigh, NC.

    By Blogger Catherine, at 12/04/2007 7:38 AM  

  • praying from Valparaiso, Indiana.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/04/2007 8:24 AM  

  • I'm praying for you all in Dahlonega! It is so exciting what Passion is doing here in the States and around the world! I can just imagine God must look on your ministry with a proud smile. :)

    By Anonymous ForHisGlory, at 12/04/2007 12:34 PM  

  • with you in Paris, FR

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/04/2007 12:53 PM  

  • I'm praying here in good ole Toccoa,GA on the campus of Toccoa Falls College! And then in Athens,GA after I get out for break.
    Can't wait til the Atlanta Regional! Thanks Louie for reminding me to remember all that God has done since Passion 07!

    By Anonymous manda, at 12/04/2007 1:03 PM  

  • Praying from the heart of the South African bushveld in one of the smallest towns in S.A! (LOL:)

    By Blogger kari, at 12/04/2007 1:19 PM  

  • Praying in Texas for your entire team and what God will bring in 2008!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/04/2007 1:53 PM  

  • Praying from Tuscaloosa/Birmingham, AL!

    By Blogger Jaci, at 12/04/2007 6:35 PM  

  • Praying from Chattanooga, TN!

    "For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way."
    - Eph. 1:15-23 NIV

    I prayed this prayer for ya'll today.

    By Blogger Kaysie, at 12/04/2007 10:06 PM  

  • I'll be praying for Paris. I have some links in some small/medium cities where I did my studies (I'm French btw); I will pass the information to our "Groupes Bibliques Universitaires" in my area; (Christian Student unions).

    I have been blessed by Passion even if I never attended any conference; but 4 years ago when I accepted Christ in my life, the first "Musical worship" cd I heard was a Live Passion event!

    May our God continue to bless you and bless students all over this planet through your ministry.

    sincerely,
    Paul

    By Blogger Paul, at 12/05/2007 3:43 PM  

  • Praying in Anapolis, Brazil
    I'll wait for Passion Sao Paulo :)
    Jesus is amazing and I live to shout His fame.

    -Victor Weslley

    By Anonymous Victor, at 12/05/2007 6:38 PM  

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    By Blogger gail, at 12/05/2007 11:38 PM  

  • Gosh I've been waiting for someone else to post from Melbourne or even Australia but there's been no one so far and we are praying over here!!!

    I just love that you have a Prayer Guide now. We can focus on specific things to pray for but I also feel such a sense of unity in getting behind what Passion seeks to do when so many people share their heart here.

    There is someone praying on here that I met in Atlanta while volunteering and had the opportunity to pray with ! There are also two of my "prayer partners" from other countries praying here.Thats four of us from four countries praying with hearts united that His Name is lifted up and for all that you guys who work so hard for this college generation, be it in the office, 268 store,speaking, leading music worship or behind the scenes do.

    Thanking God for all He has accomplished this past year, through the good and bad.
    "All we have accomplished, You have done for us." Isaiah 26:12b echoes from my heart.

    By Blogger gail, at 12/06/2007 12:59 AM  

  • Praying in Vancouver! :)

    By Blogger Jill, at 12/06/2007 2:01 AM  

  • Praying with you all from Port Elizabeth, South Africa! So excited about the World Tour coming to South Africa next year. Shout out to all the guys involved with Passion and fellow students around the world. You're in our prayers.

    By Anonymous Adie, at 12/06/2007 4:37 AM  

  • Hello Louie and Passion team,

    I am so excited and humbled to be apart of the pasion movement seing the lives of students changed worldwide for His renown.

    AS always, I am in prayer for the You and Shelly, not to forget the the worship leaders :-), and the teams that are scouting and planning for the coming world tour 08 (especially for the London Paris, and Jakart as well as the East Asian city yet to be announced) God has placed a burden on my heart for Central Asia. See you all in DC and Atlanta (love the fact that NC is between both places) !!

    God Bless & In prayer,
    Angela Iyengar

    By Blogger Angela, at 12/06/2007 11:22 AM  

  • P.S. Sorry for the typos, really need to spell check more often !! :-)

    God Bless

    By Blogger Angela, at 12/06/2007 11:24 AM  

  • I'm praying for Tallahassee. I can feel God trying to move. Our campus ministries are finally starting to join together. We'll just have to wait and see what He does...

    thanks for everything you do, Louie and the rest of the Passion team. The past two Passion events have changed my life and I know it's the same for countless others. Love you! See you in Atlanta!
    -Rebecca

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/06/2007 1:56 PM  

  • Praying here in Atlanta!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/06/2007 2:20 PM  

  • praying in East Point, GA!

    I'm so excited for Passion Atlanta next year...it's the two days before my 21st birthday and I can't imagine a better way to spend them!

    i thank God everytime i think of what Passion last January has meant to me this year, with everything i've had to deal with...

    thanks for all y'all do and can't wait for April!

    By Blogger Kate, at 12/06/2007 7:24 PM  

  • Praying in Denton, TX.

    By Blogger Kendra, at 12/06/2007 7:25 PM  

  • Praying in India!
    Every Blessing for the Passion Team!
    May you have a Most Merry Christmas!

    By Anonymous Asa, at 12/07/2007 2:38 AM  

  • Thanks for the fire, Louie.

    By Blogger Dan Wilt, at 12/07/2007 5:02 AM  

  • Hi Louie

    I will be praying from Vancouver, BC, excited for oct 2008, it has been quite some time since something this big come to vancouver, if you need any help in promoting or anything in vancouver, i will gladly help you in anyway i can as i am currently serving as a mentor to youth leader in a multi campus church in here.

    my email: suwandisuwandi@gmail.com

    By Blogger Susu, at 12/07/2007 12:56 PM  

  • Hey Louie,
    Praying in Mexico City

    By Anonymous patricia, at 12/07/2007 2:14 PM  

  • praying in boston!

    By Blogger Joe, at 12/07/2007 2:51 PM  

  • Praying in Reykjavik, Iceland!

    By Blogger Dagný, at 12/09/2007 2:17 PM  

  • Praying in Arkansas!

    By Blogger Melissa, at 12/09/2007 4:59 PM  

  • I'm praying in Los Angeles, CA. =)

    By Anonymous Allison, at 12/09/2007 7:52 PM  

  • praying for you in Ft. Myers, FL - Darci

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/09/2007 9:29 PM  

  • My daughter and I are praying for Passion in LaBelle, Florida.

    By Blogger Patricia, at 12/10/2007 11:47 AM  

  • praying from Toronto, Canada!

    PS. prayer is a great study break during exam time. =)

    By Blogger c(= Per-c-lah!, at 12/10/2007 8:12 PM  

  • yep...the vision is certainly spreading to ireland! praying from there too...

    By Anonymous rick hill, at 12/13/2007 1:11 PM  

  • YES, LORD! We walk in the way of Your Truth. And we, most esp. the Passion Team, are waiting eagerly for YOU. Waiting for leadership and wisdom for venues, cities; waiting for a unity in univ students and leaders like never before (Jn 17:20-22). Why? Because Your Name, and Your Renown are the desire of our souls!

    It's all about You!
    paul pettefer

    By Blogger All For His Fame, at 12/15/2007 10:33 PM  

  • prayin from South Asia

    By Blogger MichelleKay, at 12/17/2007 11:06 AM  

  • praying in wisconsin

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/21/2007 12:02 PM  

  • Praying in Burlington, NC

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/22/2007 10:42 PM  

  • Im praying from athens, ga!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/29/2007 8:19 PM  

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