Collective Prayer Guide




How to use this guide

In 2 Chronicles 20, King Jehoshaphat learns three armies have conspired against him, and an invasion is imminent. Overwhelmed by this news, he declares a fast and calls the nation together to pray. He offers a prayer that has been repeated throughout the ages when God’s people find themselves in seemingly helpless situations:

“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
–2 Chronicles 20:12

The anxiety in our nation is palpable as we enter the final quarter of 2020. We remain mired in a pandemic. Voices demand we take sides in a divisive election. Tensions over justice and safety fill our streets, particularly in Louisville.

How are God’s people to respond to such uncertain, anxious times? We begin where King Jehoshaphat began: “we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

Your pastors strongly urge you to be the Church now more than ever. We are called to be a people of healing, reconciliation, and righteousness—to be the salt of the earth and light of the world. Now we have an opportunity to do just that.

Each of us has a part to play, and though each of our parts may look different, we have the chance now to unite in prayer. Your pastors call you, people of God, to commit the next two weeks to praying together.

The mission of God always results in the hearts of his people being transformed, which leads to deep renewal in our neighborhoods and cities. This prayer guide is intended to help you seek your personal transformation and renewal in the places God has placed you. Each day, this guide will lead you through a portion of Scripture to help you pray for some of the greatest needs of our time: unity, justice, and wisdom.

When you pray, pray in a posture of:

  • Curiosity: Pay attention as you read God’s word. If a phrase or image stands out to you, take a posture of curiosity and ask the Lord to speak to you. Enter these weeks seeking to learn more of who you are and who God is. (Psalm 139:23-24)
  • Humility: Honor the complexities of our moment and accept your own limitations by taking a posture of humility. Trust that God is in control and knows more than you do. We may be overwhelmed and underprepared, but he isn’t. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
  • Willingness: Join the mission of God, the renewal of all things, by taking a posture of willingness. We won’t attempt to figure everything out, but rather open our hands and trust God’s Spirit to lead. (Psalm 51:12)





The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever
Amen

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I am no longer a stranger and alien, but a fellow citizen with Your people and a member of Your household, O God, that was built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone.
–Adapted from Ephesians 2:19-20
First Reading

Read the passage out loud slowly. Then ask the Lord to speak to you. Remain silent for a few minutes.

Write any words or phrases that stick out to you and any images or emotions that come to mind.

Second Reading

Read the passage aloud a second time. Take anything you noticed after the first reading and return that to the Lord in prayer.

(For example, if you notice you’re angry, ask the Lord to help you respond with godly anger, rather than human anger (James 1:20). If you noticed you’re sad, ask the Lord to comfort you).

Third Reading

Read the passage a third time. Ask the Lord to give you a heart of unity with all of his people:

  • to grow in your affection for people different from you
  • to keep your deepest allegiance to Christ’s kingdom
  • to participate in the ministry of reconciliation given to you by the Lord

Close your time by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

Lord, there is no one besides You to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rest in You. O Lord, You are our God; do not let people prevail against You.
–2 Chronicles 14:11
First Reading

Read the passage out loud slowly. Then ask the Lord to speak to you. Remain silent for a few minutes.

Write any words or phrases that stick out to you and any images or emotions that come to mind.

Second Reading

Read the passage aloud a second time. Take anything you noticed after the first reading and return that to the Lord in prayer.

Third Reading

Read the passage a third time and then pray for the poor and hungry, the oppressed and persecuted:

  • for those living in fear of civil authorities
  • for civil authorities to serve in a way that is pleasing to the Lord and helpful to his people
  • for the safety and wellbeing of all God’s people, including private citizens as well as public officials (police officers, firefighters, elected officials, etc.)
  • for those in control of city and state resources

Close your time by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

May I remember those in prison as though bound with them, and those who are mistreated as though suffering with them.
–Adapted from Hebrews 13:3
First Reading

Read the passage out loud slowly. Then ask the Lord to speak to you. Remain silent for a few minutes.

Write any words or phrases that stick out to you and any images or emotions that come to mind.

Second Reading

Read the passage aloud a second time. Take anything you noticed after the first reading and return that to the Lord in prayer.

Third Reading

Read the passage a third time and ask the Lord to give you a heart of solidarity with anyone who is mistreated:

  • to make you a person of empathy and curiosity rather than judgment and assumption
  • to make you a person of service and self-sacrifice
  • to give you opportunities to suffer alongside the mistreated

Close your time by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

Lord, help me receive the words you spoke through your prophet: “Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.”
–From Isaiah 58:6-7
First Reading

Read the passage out loud slowly. Then ask the Lord to speak to you. Remain silent for a few minutes.

Write any words or phrases that stick out to you and any images or emotions that come to mind.

Second Reading

Read the passage aloud a second time. Take anything you noticed after the first reading and return that to the Lord in prayer.

Third Reading

Read the passage a third time and then pray God would give you faith to respond to his invitation:

  • to develop deep affection for the oppressed, the marginalized, and the suffering
  • to pursue opportunities that help God’s image-bearers live as God made them to
  • to serve the oppressed, marginalized, and suffering as you would serve the Lord

Close your time by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

Father, help me live in this beautiful reality: “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”
–From Colossians 3:12-15
First Reading

Read the passage out loud slowly. Then ask the Lord to speak to you. Remain silent for a few minutes.

Write any words or phrases that stick out to you and any images or emotions that come to mind.

Second Reading

Read the passage aloud a second time. Take anything you noticed after the first reading and return that to the Lord in prayer.

Third Reading

Read the passage a third time and then pray for peace in the greater Louisville region:

  • for the family and friends of Breonna Taylor
  • for our local police officers, firefighters, and elected officials
  • for the unity and witness of the Sojourn Collective church family

Close your time by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

I was once darkness, but now I am light in You, Lord. May I walk as a child of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), learning what is pleasing to You.
–Adapted from Ephesians 5:8-10
First Reading

Read the passage out loud slowly. Then ask the Lord to speak to you. Remain silent for a few minutes.

Write any words or phrases that stick out to you and any images or emotions that come to mind.

Second Reading

Read the passage aloud a second time. Take anything you noticed after the first reading and return that to the Lord in prayer.

Third Reading

Read the passage a third time and then pray for growth in wisdom and character:

  • for your desire to know and please the Lord Jesus
  • for greater faith to obey him
  • for grace to practice his presence and recognize his voice

Close your time by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

Before Reading

Take a moment and consider all you are carrying (emotionally, physically, spiritually) into the Lord’s Sabbath rest. Survey your week—all you experienced and went through. Consider both joy and pain. If you could hear the Lord say one thing to you today, what would you want him to tell you? In one simple sentence, write what you long to hear your Father say to you.

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
–Psalm 23
First Reading

Read the passage out loud slowly. After finishing, tell the Lord what you long to hear him say and then quietly listen.

Second Reading

Read the passage aloud a second time. After finishing, ask the Lord to speak to you. Then listen quietly. Pay attention to anything that comes to mind (other portions of Scripture, unexpected emotions or memories, etc.).

Third Reading

Read the passage a third time. After finishing, ask the Lord to bless you with an awareness of his presence. Spend a few minutes resting with your Father.

Close your time by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.
–Psalm 133:1-3
First Reading

Read the passage out loud slowly. After finishing, ask the Lord to reveal any areas of division or unresolved conflict in your life.

Write any words/phrases that stick out to you, any people or situations that come to mind.

Second Reading

Read the passage aloud a second time. Take anything you noticed after the first reading and return that to the Lord in prayer.

Third Reading

Read the passage a third time and then pray for harmony in your life:

  • for those who speak about you unkindly
  • for those you have hurt as well as those who have hurt you
  • for greater affection for those who are different than you

Close your time by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

Lord, may I heed the command you gave through the prophet Amos: “Do what is good and run from evil so that you may live! Then the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will be your helper, just as you have claimed. Hate evil and love what is good; turn your courts into true halls of justice. Perhaps even yet the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will have mercy on the remnant of his people.”
–Amos 5:14-15
First Reading

Read the passage out loud slowly. After finishing, ask the Lord to speak to you and remain silent for a few minutes.

Write any words/phrases that stick out to you, any images or emotions that come to mind.

Second Reading

Read the passage aloud a second time. Take anything you noticed after the first reading and return that to the Lord in prayer.

Third Reading

Read the passage a third time and then pray for justice in our area:

  • for our courts to become “true halls of justice”
  • for protesters to pursue change in ways pleasing to the Lord
  • for law enforcement and elected officials to serve in ways pleasing to the Lord
  • for the Spirit’s guidance as you pursue justice in your own life

Close your time by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

May we rejoice, become complete, be of good comfort, be of one mind, and live in peace; and You, the God of love and peace, will be with us.
–2 Corinthians 13:11
First Reading

Read the passage out loud slowly. After finishing, ask the Lord to speak to you and remain silent for a few minutes.

Write any words/phrases that stick out to you, any images or emotions that come to mind.

Second Reading

Read the passage aloud a second time. Take anything you noticed after the first reading and return that to the Lord in prayer.

Third Reading

Read the passage a third time and then pray for unity in our churches:

  • for grateful hearts that move us to rejoice even when we suffer
  • for unity of purpose and priority as citizens of Christ’s kingdom
  • for greater awareness of Christ’s presence in our lives

Close your time by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

May I learn to do good, seek justice, remove the oppressor, defend the orphan, and plead for the widow.
–From Isaiah 1:17
First Reading

Read the passage out loud slowly. After finishing, ask the Lord to speak to you and remain silent for a few minutes.

Write any words/phrases that stick out to you, any images or emotions that come to mind.

Second Reading

Read the passage aloud a second time. Take anything you noticed after the first reading and return that to the Lord in prayer.

Third Reading

Read the passage a third time and then pray for justice in our area:

  • for a greater sense of solidarity with the oppressed, vulnerable, and marginalized
  • for a greater desire to do good and seek justice
  • for greater faith to obey Christ’s commands

Close your time by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

Lord, may Your beatitudes become a reality in my life: “Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
–from Matthew 5:3-10
First Reading

Read the passage out loud slowly. After finishing, ask the Lord to speak to you and remain silent for a few minutes.

Write any words/phrases that stick out to you, any images or emotions that come to mind.

Second Reading

Read the passage aloud a second time. Take anything you noticed after the first reading and return that to the Lord in prayer.

Third Reading

Read the passage a third time and then pray for peace in the greater Louisville region:

  • for your fellow Christians to live as salt and light
  • for reforms to our justice system that please the Lord and bless his image bearers
  • for the unity and witness of our Sojourn Collective churches

Close your time by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.
–Romans 8:26-27
First Reading

Read the passage out loud slowly. After finishing, ask the Lord to speak to you and remain silent for a few minutes.

Write any words/phrases that stick out to you, any images or emotions that come to mind.

Second Reading

Read the passage aloud a second time. Take anything you noticed after the first reading and return that to the Lord in prayer.

Third Reading

Read the passage a third time and then pray for growth in wisdom and character:

  • for greater dependence on the Spirit to lead you
  • for humility and a deeper desire to grow
  • for grace to practice the presence of Jesus and follow him

Close your time by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

Before Reading

Take a moment and consider all you are carrying (emotionally, physically, spiritually) into the Lord’s Sabbath rest. Survey your week: all that you experienced and endured, all the joys and the sorrows. If you could hear the Lord say one thing to you today, what would you want him to tell you? In one simple sentence, write what you long to hear your Father say to you.

The faith of Your chosen people, and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness, is faith and knowledge resting in the hope of eternal life. It is an eternal life that You promised before the beginning of time—and You do not lie. At the appointed time, You manifested Your word through the preaching entrusted to the apostles by Your command, O God our Savior.
–Adapted from Titus 1:1-3
First Reading

Read the passage out loud slowly. After finishing, tell the Lord what you long to hear him say and then quietly listen.

Second Reading

Read the passage aloud a second time. After finishing, ask the Lord to speak to you and listen quietly. Pay attention to anything that comes to mind (other portions of scripture, unexpected emotions or memories etc).

Third Reading

Read the passage a third time. After finishing, ask the Lord to bless you with an awareness of his presence. Spend a few minutes resting with your Father.

Close your time by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.



For Further Reflection

At the end of these two weeks, it may be helpful for you to process this journey with a friend or your community group. Set aside some time with your brothers and sisters and discuss the following questions:

  • How did this experience affect my view of myself?
  • How did this experience affect my view of God?
  • How is God inviting me to pursue justice in our region?
  • How is God inviting me to pursue greater unity with my brothers and sisters?
  • What is one thing you heard the Lord say to you in prayer?




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