Park & Pray is an opportunity for us to come together in a spirit of humility and solidarity to pray.
Join us in The Ridge parking lot this Monday, June 15th at 7pm.
The recent heartbreaking events have reminded us just how much we need God individually, as a church, and as a country. Right now we are deeply broken, but we are not without hope.
If you’d like to join us, simply drive to The Ridge, park wherever you’d like by 7pm, and pray in your car using our prayer guide. You’re welcome to park & pray for as long as you’d like—some of us may pray for 15 minutes, some might pray for an hour. When you’re done praying, feel free to carefully exit the parking lot.
Park & Pray is open to everyone in our community. Please spread the word and let’s fill the parking lot with prayer!
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. [2 Chronicles 7:14]
…confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. [James 5:8]
After witnessing the tragic events and unrest in our nation against racial injustice, we as believers desire to respond. We want to reflect Jesus to our communities and love those that are hurting and suffering. However, many of us feel powerless in our actions and abilities to do much at all. Yet, we know that we have a good, gracious, and powerful God who hears our prayers and responds. We strongly believe in the power of prayer and we call upon our God, in this time of crisis, to work in us, in our community, and in our nation, in order to meet this injustice and move us toward His righteousness, His love, and His peace. In James 5:16, we read, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
We offer these Scriptures and prayer points in order to guide your time of prayer. As you read through them, take time to reflect on the truth and power of God’s Word, and then pray accordingly.
The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry. —Psalm 34:15
God, hear our prayers for healing and our cries for justice. We know that you are good and you desire mercy, justice, and peace. Hear our prayer and respond in accordance with your holy will.
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good. —Proverbs 15:3
We recognize that You have seen all that has been happening in our world and that Your heart breaks from the ways we have treated our fellow people. We know that You see the injustice, the hatred, and violence, and You abhor it.
Why should any living mortal, or any man, offer complaint in view of his sins? Let us examine and probe our ways, and let us return to the Lord. —Lamentations 3:39-40
Lament (a passionate prayer of grief or sorrow) the evil, the injustice, the hurt in our nation. Without God, humans selfishly turn on each other, causing much harm and division. We understand that humans are lost without God, causing us to despair. Yet, we hope in the salvation of the Gospel and the goodness of God.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. —1 John 1:9
In humility, confess your own sin, acknowledging that we all play a part in the injustice of our world. Pray for the sins of our nation, confessing the evil and sins of injustice that plague our society. Pray for the Church—both local and global—that we understand our responsibility in contributing to racial bias and our part in reforming our views in alignment with God’s righteousness.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. —Romans 12:1-2
Give thanks to God for his grace in giving us a renewed perspective and heart. Give thanks to God for giving us His word to guide us in wisdom and righteousness. Thank Him for sending His Spirit to indwell all believers helping us to discern between good and evil. Thank Him for His promises concerning our eternal salvation and deliverance from evil.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. —Philippians 4:6-7Ask God to end the injustice that we are seeing in our society by allowing us to understand that all people are made in God’s image. We are created as eternal souls and should treat each other equally with the same love that Jesus Christ shows us. Pray for the economic, government, and justice systems that have historically divided us. Pray that they would instead express God’s heart for His created people.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. —1 Timothy 2:1–2
Pray for the leaders at every level of our country. Ask God to fulfill them with godly wisdom so that they might lead us well into a better future.
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. —Philippians 2:1–2
Pray for unity among believers—that the Church would understand our unique position to be lights in the darkness and display the fullness of God’s love and grace. Pray for unity also in our nation and world so that all humanity would stand against the evil and injustice that divides us and seek the good of all people.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. —1 John 4:7-11
As you conclude your time of prayer tonight, we encourage you to boldly and sacrificially go live out this Scripture by loving all people, just as God has loved you.
If we can pray for you, please share your request at theridge.church/prayerrequest.