Our cities are full of people, full of needs, and bursting with opportunity. The United Nations estimates that 60% of the world's population will live in cities by 2030.
Urban churches have the world on our doorstep. But if we want to see God work in our cities and through our churches, we need to pray.
That's where this little book is designed to help. It will enlarge your vision and equip you to pray passionately and powerfully for the salvation and renewal of your city.
Each chapter takes a passage of Scripture and suggests 5 things to pray for an area of city life. Because when we pray in line with God's priorities as found in his word, our prayers are powerful and effective (James 5 v 16)—and that's a truly thrilling prospect.
This book has been developed in partnership with London City Mission and Redeemer City to City, and is flexible enough to be used whatever your urban context.
Use this book to:
• Guide your prayers during your personal quiet times
• Equip church members to pray meaningfully for your city
• Help you prepare expressive public intercessions for church
• Fuel your church prayer meeting
• Initiate and take part in a city-wide prayer movement
INTRODUCTION: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Life in the City:
Justice in the city:
Economic and social integration
Crime and gangs
Race and integration
Church in the city:
A prayerful church
A holy church
A global church
A diverse and united church
A growing church
Witness in the city:
The salvation of the city,
Helen Thorne is Director of Training and Resources at Biblical Counselling UK and an experienced counsellor. She formerly worked with London City Mission and has written Purity is Possible, Walking with Domestic Abuse Suffers and 5 Things to Pray for Your City. She attends Dundonald Church in Raynes Park, London.
Pete Nicholas is pastor of the Inspire London church, which is part of the Redeemer City to City network, and is on the City to City UK executive. Previously he worked for Christians in Sport, and before that as a management consultant in the technology industry. He has also written Virtually Human: flourishing in a digital age.
"There is no better help and guide I know for the task of praying for your city than this book." - Timothy Keller, Chairman and Co-Founder, Redeemer City to City
"This is a wonderfully practical resource to help churches and small groups pray for their city in meaningful and specific ways. Written by two people who are immersed in city ministry, it breathes realism and understanding and gospel expectation. It could be turned to again and again throughout the year with great benefit." - Trevor Archer, London Director, The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches