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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Ask-First Monday Prayer/April

Somewhere in between the sovereignty of God (He does whatever pleases Him) and our free choices is an interesting invitation: Ask. It's not that God is at our beck and call, delivering on time whatever our latest whim. Yet, He deliberately invites us to ask of Him the things that are in our heart. Within God's unwavering control, there is room for our requests. And, according to His Word, our asking can effect the outcome of things great and small. What's more He adds: You do not have, because you do not ask God. (James 4:2b).

Given that we are forty days away from a mind-blowing seventeen city journey around the globe, and considering what hangs in the balance as we call a generation to live for what matters most, we must make sure we don't come to the end of the road having experienced less than God intended simply because we didn't heed the invitation to ask.

Clearly, our motives must be true [
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:3], so with Jesus' fame in our hearts let's band together across the nations. Don't just glance at the First Monday requests and intend to pray, take a some time alone or with friends and join your heart and faith with people like you who are reading these same words right now. We are all on this amazing wave together, believing that greater things are still ahead.

16 (2+6+8) Prayer Points For April

1. This week 9500 students and leaders are headed to Atlanta for our last US Regional. We are still amazed by what God has done in the five previous cities and asking for something fresh and powerful in these days.

2. Passion Atlanta will gather students representing 551 campuses across the US. Print out the list below, let God lead you to a few schools and pray for the students/groups coming from that campus.

3. As you read in the last Blog post, God has secured a venue for us in Kyiv, Ukraine. We are really thanking Him for making this happen just in the nick of time. Pray that the news of Passion Kyiv (May 16) will spread quickly throughout the city and the nation.

4. Speaking of venues, we just lost our venue in Mexico City due to crazy circumstances beyond our control. We are asking God for clarity and wisdom regarding this stop, and believing these events will be used to lead us to His intended outcome. Pray for our Mexico City team and our partners there as we seek the next steps.

5. Still speaking of venues, as we have seen in Kyiv and Mexico City, venues can change overnight. As well, the right connections are needed in many cities before some venues are even an option. I know we have posted this request every month, but with no venues we have no events. Please ask God to give favor and certainty for the right locations in every city!

6. Leg 1 of the Passion World Tour is weeks away. Pray for Passion Stockholm (May 18). Tickets are on sale now, but there has been little movement. Ask God to expedite the necessary steps for people the hear and a hunger to increase.

7. We are celebrating the fact that over 500 tickets have already been claimed for Passion London (June 5). There is great synergy and partnership happening across the UK. Ask God to increase this sense of unity all the more and create a buzz for the potential this gathering holds as students return to campuses from their term break mid-April.

8. Passion Sao Paulo (May 23/24) will mark our first two-day event, and has the potential to be the largest national collegiate event in Brazil. Several hundred people have already staked their place and a growing network is working to get the logistics in place for this event. We have experienced some changes on our SP City Team and need added energy and endurance as they make final arrangements.

9. In every city we are facing spiritual opposition and introducing a message of truth and grace that defies historical norms. Ask God to pave the way for His Kingdom to come, making way for His will to be done.

10. Ask God to cover every City Team Leader, Passion Staff Team member, volunteer and national partner in these days. Pray over their families and their lives the authority and protection of Christ Himself.

11. Passion Kampala (May 30/31) will be an outdoor, two-day event on the campus of Makerere University. Logistics could be a nightmare, but we are trusting God for a supernatural sense of organization and a powerful outpouring of His Spirit that will alter the future of the nation.

12. Nothing like Passion Paris has ever happened before. We have a strong desire to host this event in the face of uncertain odds (no one knows exactly what will happen or if it will work!) We need to ask God to draw people. The logistics are pretty set, but we need Believers from all across the city and nation to hear the vision and unite for His fame.

13. As of this writing, we still need just under $4 million to meet all the expenses of the WT. That seems like a lot, but almost that much has already been provided. God is big and money is nothing to Him, so we should ask for Christ's sake that He multiply what we have and provide all we need.

14. We are still waiting for a few key pieces to fall into place before Manila is a solid GO. Ask God for creativity and wisdom as we make the final call, and ask Him to raise up a wave of people in The Philippines who are eager to see this gathering happen.

15. Our Passion Team is under the gun and time is short. Ask God to magnify our efforts, multiply our time and show us ways to make progress in shorter steps.

16. Ask God to raise up people around the world who will begin to pray daily for the WT. We want to know there's a massive covering as we head out on this journey for His glory!

Download a printable version of First Monday
Download a list of the universities represented at Passion::Atlanta

38 Comments:

  • Louie & Chris & All,

    A bunch of tennis playing missionaries in Florida are praying for Passion's world tour.

    Stay strong, stay focused, stay on course.

    We love you guys.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/06/2008 11:22 PM  

  • I WILL BE PRAYING!

    I'm also excited to hear that Chris is working on a new album.

    God Bless!

    By Blogger Mayra, at 4/06/2008 11:39 PM  

  • Five friends and I will be at Passion Atlanta and will be praying for the world tour needs.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/06/2008 11:43 PM  

  • Praying close to you guys in Atlanta tonight!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/06/2008 11:56 PM  

  • We are 100% behind you, praying for all 2-6-8 points.

    Ephesians 3
    20 Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, 21 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

    The Robinsons

    By Blogger gail, at 4/07/2008 12:29 AM  

  • + University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (552?)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/07/2008 1:22 AM  

  • Praying for you! -in Ft. Myers, FL

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/07/2008 9:04 AM  

  • Yes and Amen! And thank you SO MUCH for getting the list of Colleges up for Atlanta (I can't wait to hear you read over that list, Louie :)! See you all on Friday!

    By Blogger Aslan's Girl, at 4/07/2008 9:26 AM  

  • Were praying Louie! Stay on the course and God will direct your path! Greater things are yet to come!

    Jamie <><

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/07/2008 10:35 AM  

  • thanks for this, i know i'm not alone in always looking forward to praying through these requests. asking in Austin on your behalf...won't stop praying for the greater things to come. Lord please open up the doors wide in Mexico City! stir up Stockholm!

    His peace and divine health for you all!

    in His name...our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. from 1 Tim:2

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/07/2008 11:54 AM  

  • Praying in Bham
    See yall Friday!! ;)

    By Blogger teagirl79, at 4/07/2008 12:35 PM  

  • I'm doing some preparation on my own for a mission trip to Recife, Brazil this summer. I still think about you all often so I will stay in prayer for ya'll!

    By Blogger Mary, at 4/07/2008 1:46 PM  

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    By Blogger Mary, at 4/07/2008 1:47 PM  

  • Praying for you and all the team at passion. May God use you to change lives this weekend like he used you to change mine in DC.

    By Blogger Lucy, at 4/07/2008 1:48 PM  

  • You are not alone. Though it seems we're always battling doubt God has reminded me that faith is manifested in our actions; just as Abraham did when he offered up Issac (James 2:21).

    We all have our 'World Tour' ahead of us and we know that after it's over there will be another one to come. But oh the glory and joy when a work is done!

    The most glorious work ever accomplished was on a tree and DECLARED complete by the Son of Man Himself when He said, "It is finished." (John 19:30)

    Father, though we don't see how you're going to workout the callings you've placed on our lives we do workout our faith with fear and trembling, knowing that you are God. We trust you Lord, even though we doubt and cannot see what lies ahead, we trust our Great Shepard.

    "Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."
    -Isaiah 40:30-31-

    Remind us to wait on you and cast our burdens at your feet. How can you take on our burdens if we do not let go of them? Help me let go Lord. Help us all let go.

    "Then I replied to them(our enemies), 'The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build, but you have no portion or right or claim in Jerusalem.'"(Neh 2:20) Do this for your glory LORD. In Hashem, Jesus, we pray.
    Amen

    By Anonymous Brian, at 4/07/2008 7:00 PM  

  • look under... The University of Mary-Hardin Baylor... still 551 :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/07/2008 10:39 PM  

  • Only like 4 days!!! I AM SOOO EXCITED!! I'm more excited that I get to share this event with people all over the world...it really blesses me.

    By Blogger Sami K., at 4/07/2008 11:07 PM  

  • Louie,

    Thank you for sharing the prayer needs for the world tour. I will be praying as the next few days will lead to Atlanta (Wo-Hoo!!).

    I am praying for the students that are coming from the universities in NC and the D.C area as well Southeastern University (Alumni myself!)

    God Bless,
    Angela

    By Blogger Angela, at 4/08/2008 12:05 AM  

  • Louie,
    Thanks for dedicating your stewardship to our awesome God.Praying in Kenya.

    God bless!

    By Blogger titus, at 4/08/2008 10:30 AM  

  • I HAVE TWO TICKETS...

    for the Passion Regional Conference in Atlanta this weekend. I am looking for someone to buy them. They will be $79 per ticket. If you would be willing and able to take them off my hands, please e-mail me. You can reach me at driggs@rose.net

    By Blogger David, at 4/08/2008 4:30 PM  

  • Need one ticket please contact at she0824@hotmail.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/08/2008 4:41 PM  

  • Hello, I need a ticket to go to Atlanta passion conference. Anybody who wants to sell it please contact me. my phone number is 434-229-3503. I will pay you little more than you purchase. I need one that bad.
    Joseph

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/09/2008 3:51 AM  

  • its almost upon us, the last and final Passion::Regional. my prayers are with you all as you make the journey. may God bless you and keep you. and may He open your eyes to the opportunities for us to share our light.
    In Him,
    Mere

    By Blogger Mere, at 4/09/2008 7:46 AM  

  • Need one ticket, will pay upcharge if needed. Please respond by email to she0824@hotmail.com Thanks!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/09/2008 9:58 AM  

  • Those needing tickets, someone on Facebook posted about having some: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2205258225

    Looking forward to serving this weekend. God has amazing things in store for everyone!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/09/2008 12:57 PM  

  • I have two extra tickets for atlanta 08 i can transfer them to someone. 79 dollars each.
    Christina
    1-405-334-1463
    cray@sjmc.org
    god bless

    By Blogger christina, at 4/09/2008 7:20 PM  

  • I know how God shows up at these gatherings to change hearts and lives so I will SOOOO be praying for the world tour to come together--I have so much faith it will. God honors BIG ambitious endeavors to make His name great--of this I am quite sure : ) ha.

    dp

    By Blogger DP, at 4/09/2008 8:13 PM  

  • Have one ticket I am willing to transfer. Contact me at regina.harrell@horizonhealth.com.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/09/2008 8:41 PM  

  • My son and Student Pastor from our church need 2 tickets. They plan to drive to Atlanta Friday a.m. in faith believing they will get a couple of tickets.
    *****Please if anyone has 2, let me know!!!!******Thanks.

    By Blogger Boyett, at 4/10/2008 12:02 AM  

  • we need an extra ticket! if anyone has one let us know! jrjjcovert@comcast.net
    or call at 540-529-9461

    By Blogger Rebecca, at 4/10/2008 11:35 AM  

  • we need an extra ticket! if anyone has one let us know! jrjjcovert@comcast.net
    or call at 540-529-9461

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/10/2008 11:36 AM  

  • Just wanted to let everyone know that someone bought my two tickets yesterday.

    By Blogger David, at 4/10/2008 12:14 PM  

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    By Blogger gail, at 4/10/2008 10:55 PM  

  • Its Friday already here in Oz. You guys at the Passion Regional are very much on my heart.
    Last Passion in Atl I had the privilege of praying with many you in person.
    Although not there this time around I will never the less be praying intensely for you all.I'm praying that our Awesome, gracious God shows His great glory to everyone there.
    May all honour and praise be given to Him this weekend.
    May you all go from Atlanta to your campuses and the end of the earth to spread the wonderful redemption message of our Lord Jesus.

    By Blogger gail, at 4/10/2008 11:26 PM  

  • WinGS Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will be praying too!

    this is tim, thanks for writing back lg :)

    By Blogger tim, at 4/11/2008 12:06 PM  

  • Joining hearts and prayers all around the world during these amazing times!

    2 Corinthians 4:6,
    "For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ."

    By Blogger Sandra R., at 4/11/2008 2:07 PM  

  • Hi from MD! It's almost 8 pm and we are still 40 miles from the SC border!! We started our trip with 10 people and now we are down 7 people. We had some major setbacks today...but we're on our way! Hold on for us :)

    Your friends from Annapolis MD!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/11/2008 7:58 PM  

  • hey louie, i really dont know if you will get this by in the morning, but it's wendy, the interpreter from the how great is our God tour in Johnson City, TN. I was wanting to talk to you about interpreting tomorrow cause I didn't see anyone and just catch you up on all God is doing in my life. please if you get this get in touch with me 423 335 2981

    By Anonymous Wendy, at 4/12/2008 12:39 AM  

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