Ipswich in Prayer are inviting people from across the town to focus their prayers on the area, in the light of growing knife crime across local communities.
They have issued a number of resources to help individuals and groups think about what to pray for, and to be inspired to pray. These include;
- 2018 prayer of declaration for the town.
- The talk by Michell Moran at the Crown Him service in January, as an encouragement that God’s eyes are on the town.
- To read and pray over Deuteronomy 11, which has been referenced at prayer meetings in the town across the year and seems to be significant for Ipswich in 2018
- To read the blog on ‘Ingredients to effective prayer’ by Tom Scrivens, based on his talk at the Pentecost Service in May.
Links to all of the above can be found on the IIP web site
They have also listed a number of key prayer points to offer people guidance to pray…
Prayer Points for Ipswich
Thank God for his love and care for Ipswich.
God’s eyes are continually on Ipswich from the beginning of the year to its end. Acknowledge his sovereignty in our town – Ipswich belongs to God.
Deuteronomy 11: 12; Isaiah 9:7
- Pray for the leaders and decision makers in the town, particularly in Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk County Council and the police, for great wisdom in tackling the immediate problem of knife crime and gang culture and the root causes. Pray for the right balance of boldness and sensitivity.
Pray for God’s peace and protection over Ipswich.
Declare that no weapon formed against Ipswich will prevail.
Ephesians 6: 12 ; John 4: 4; Isaiah 54:17
- Pray for the recent victims of knife crime and for their families.
- Pray for vulnerable young people caught up in drug crime, groomed and abused to carry and deal drugs. Pray that the ‘County Lines’ routes into the town would be blocked and shut down.
- Pray in unity with Christians in London, standing against the rise in violent crime there.
- Pray for truth, so that young lives will not be deceived by the lies of those promoting drug dealing and gang culture.
- Pray for police on the front line of the fight against crime.
Pray for the prosperity and reputation of Ipswich.
Declare that God has plans to prosper Ipswich.
Deuteronomy 11:8-9; Isaiah 50: 7 ; Psalm 133:1-2; Jeremiah 29:11
- Pray for unity as different organisations work together to reduce violent crime.
- Pray for the projects across the town bringing hope and help to those in greatest need.
- Pray for our churches, to proclaim the good news powerfully and boldly.
- Pray for businesses in the town, that the recent crime would not affect them and that there would be prosperity here, even in this time of economic challenge.
Pray for revival and fruitfulness
Thank God for that the words of fruitfulness that have been spoken over Ipswich.
Thank him for his faithfulness, for pouring out his love, grace, mercy and compassion over the town.
Deuteronomy 11:13-14; Jeremiah 17: 7-9
Welcome God’s presence into our lives, our churches and our town.
- Pray for Ipswich to receive ‘the oil of joy instead of mourning’ (Psalm 6: 3) as oil bringing calm to troubled waters.
- Pray for Ipswich to know God’s perfect love that casts out fear (1 John 4: 18) and that there would be an increase in love for God and for our neighbours, as Jesus taught. (Mark12: 30-31).
- Pray, ‘Your kingdom come, your will be done’ in Ipswich.
Ephesians 3: 20 tells us that God is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine!