Pray For This City
Posted on August 3, 2014 by

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Written by pastor David Diaz

The Bible is clear in 1 Timothy 2:1-7 that believers ought to pray for all people, including those who are elected officials and in high positions.  Our city of Chicago is a melting pot of “all people” and people who are in high positions ranging from the mayor to police officers to CEO’s.  Here are some reasons for us to pray for all of these people based on 1 Timothy 2:1-7.

  1. So we do not shipwreck our faith (1 Timothy 1:18-20)
  2. Because the Bible says to do it (1 Timothy 2:1-2a)
  3. Because God works his will through people in high positions and their decisions create the conditions under which the church will find themselves sharing the gospel. (1 Timothy 2:2b)
  4. Because this pleases God (1 Timothy 2:3)
  5. Because God desires that all people be saved and come to the knowledge of truth (1 Timothy 2:4)
  6. Because everyone in our city is in need of a mediator, Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5)
  7. Because Christ made this mediation available to all (1 Timothy 2:6)
  8. Because the church has been appointed to preach the gospel to all the Gentiles (1 Timothy 2:7)

Consider the costly implications if we don’t pray for all people:

  1. Our faith will be shipwrecked like Hymenaus & Alexander (1 Timothy 1:18-20)
  2. We will disobey God’s Word as Paul urges Timothy and the Ephesians to pray (1 Timothy 2:1-2a)
  3. We will not pray for the conditions in our land so that the gospel may flourish in peaceful times (1 Timothy 2b)
  4. We will not please God in this area (1 Timothy 2:3)
  5. We will be indifferent to all the people around us and their need to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4)
  6. We will not pray that all people be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:5)
  7. We will be indifferent to Christ willingly dying so the gospel is available to all (1 Timothy 2:6)
  8. We will not be a church on mission (1 Timothy 2:7)

Below is a prayer guide on how you can begin to pray for this city on a daily basis.  Each day has a special focus and seeks to pray for different people daily. Cut this guide out and tape it somewhere where you will see it every day whether on your refrigerator door, your car dashboard, or your bathroom mirror.  The point is we ought to be faithfully and fervently praying for all in our city because God desires that all people be saved.


Pray for all the church gatherings in our city, pray for the Word to be preached boldly and that the gospel message would be at front and center of all services in the city.  Pray for the unity of the saints, for the fruitfulness of the church, and for the Holy Spirit to move in the church in ways that leads to the body being edified and souls being added to it.

Scriptures: John 17:17-20, Colossians 4:3, Colossians 1:9-13, Ephesians 1:16-20, Romans 1:16


Pray for all the pastors and leaders in your church and the churches throughout the city.  Pray that they would lead their flock well. Pray that they would steward their time in shepherding their homes and the body of Christ entrusted to them and that they would be rooted in the teachings of the gospel and assign time daily to prayer and the ministry of the word.

Scriptures: Acts 6:4, 2 Timothy 2:15, Romans 15:13, Acts 20:28-29, Colossians 4:2


Pray for your neighbors and that God would meet their physical and spiritual needs.  Pray for their salvation.  Walk your neighbor and pray as you walk for the people in the homes you pass by to be evangelized and come to Christ for salvation. Pray for your neighborhood and its parks and school and your local alderman. Be specific and start praying for people in you neighborhood by name.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 29:7, Matthew 5:44, Romans 13:10, Romans 15:2, Galatians 5:14, Galatians 6:10


Pray for the city’s leaders and employees.  Find out who your local elected officials are and pray for them by name, from mayor to city council, to judges, school principals, business leaders, union leaders, etc.  Pray for the teachers at your local schools, pray for your child’s teachers.  Pray for the Chicago Public School and that the gospel would pierce their curriculum.

Scriptures: 1 Timothy 2:1-2, Romans 13:1, 1 Peter 2:17, Proverbs 21:1


Pray for the salvation of the lost in the city.  Pray for specific people in the city you know who are in need of salvation ranging from your family and friends to your coworkers. Be specific and lift them up individually by name to God.

Scriptures: Romans 10:1, Luke 19:10, Acts 26:18, John 6:44, Ezekiel 36:26


Pray for the safety of the city’s citizens.  Pray for violent crimes of all kinds to decrease and stop.  Pray for victims the families of victims of violent crimes.  Pray that justice would be served in the city for those who are victims of violent crime.  Pray for your neighborhood’s safety.  Pray for gang members and drug dealers and thieves and robbers to come to know Christ.  Pray that the violence would be quelled in our city.

Scriptures: 2 Chronicles 7:14, Matthew 6:10, Romans 8:31, Romans 8:28, Proverbs 18:10, Hebrews 13:6, Psalm 34:18


Pray for the poor, the oppressed, the widows, orphans, the hungry, and the homeless – those who don’t have a voice. Pray for at risk youth in the inner city, sex trafficking victims, victims of racism, the unborn children, undocumented immigrants.  Pray that they would come to know Christ in the midst of their suffering.  Pray that they would not turn to the world and its idols to find healing, rather that they turn to Christ, the mediator between God and man.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 22:3, Psalm 9:9, Psalm 72:4, Psalm 46:1, Isaiah 1:17, Psalm 34:18, Matthew 25:40



Sunday Churches and church gatherings
Monday Pastors and leaders of churches
Tuesday Your neighbors, your city block, your neighborhood,
Wednesday Your elected officials, public school system, city workers, police & firefighters, teachers
Thursday The salvation of the lost – be specific
Friday Violence to end, victims of violence, justice to be served
Saturday At risk youth, unborn children, widows, orphans, poor, homeless, undocumented immigrants


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