Pastors and Sunday school teachers have been saying this for years: “If God were to answer all the prayers you’ve been praying, would it change anyone else’s life but your own?” It’s a challenging call to not only lay our own burdens down at Jesus’ feet, but also to bring him the burdens of those around us.
Amelia Rhodes tried to stay faithful in praying for the people in her community, but sometimes it was difficult to focus. So she started keeping a list of common prayer needs to help her focus praying for others. Then Amelia said that her friends asked for a copy of that list because they struggled to pray for others too. Over time she organized those prayers into a book, Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community, to share them with you.
Do you have a strong desire to pray for the people in your community, but just don’t know how or where to start? Pray A to Z is a collection of 150 topics, 5 for each letter of the alphabet, that will help you focus and remember the needs in your community – needs like: hunger, law enforcement, and nature care. A lot of the prayers are asking God for help, but each letter also contains prayers that offer praise to God. Why?
“When praying for all these heavy issues we face in our communities, I found that bringing my focus back to praise lightened the load,” Amelia said. “Praise takes our eyes off the burdens and brings our attention back to our Heavenly Father.”
Here are 10 prayer topics excerpted from, Pray A to Z. (Amelia also kindly answered a couple questions from us at iBelieve, giving us a peak into how and why she wrote the book!)
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