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We Welcome You,

Lord Jesus!
A CHILDRENS GUIDE TO SEEK GOD FOR THE CITY 2017

Were going to pray for other people in our towns and neighborhoods and schools for forty days in a row.
Many Christians all over the world are praying for the people who live in their cities during the very same
forty days, using the same Bible verses that we will read as we pray.

When Jesus lived among the people of His town, He helped


many of them by Gods power. He called people to give
their lives to God and live with God as king of their lives.
Wonderful things happened when Jesus came to towns and
homes. Today, we can be the ones to invite Jesus to visit the
people of our neighborhoods. Many of them dont know Jesus
yet. But Jesus wants very much to visit them and help them live
with Gods joy and blessing. Our prayers will help welcome
Jesus to come closer to the people so that they can meet Him
and follow Him too.
WEEK ONE, PART ONE:
March 1March 4, 2017
Seeking Gods FACE: The next few days we will pray especially for the Christian people
of our community to know God better and to live like Jesus. God wants to be closer than ever
with His people. Hes inviting us to come closer to Him, as if we were coming to talk with Him
face to face.

1 WEDNESDAY
2 THURSDAY
3 FRIDAY
4 SATURDAY
March 1 March 2 March 3 March 4
Bring us near to God. Teach us to be brave. Live in the center of our hearts. Clean us up.

Read: Matthew 17:1, 5 Read: Matthew 17:6-7 Read: Matthew 17:8 Read: John 1:47
Pray: Lord, You took Your friends with Pray: Jesus, how funny it seems to us Pray: Jesus, our hearts and minds are Pray: Jesus, when You saw Nathaniel
You up the hill to meet with God. We that when amazing things happened the often so easily filled up by the things we coming You knew he was honest and
are only brave enough to go into Gods disciples would fall down. You were see and the things we want. We get side- true. Sometimes we are not as honest
presence because of You and what You so kind to understand why they were tracked so easily when really we desire as we should be. Sometimes we fake
did for us on the cross. We are amazed afraid and to comfort them. Help us to see You. Would You come and grab it or even tell lies when it suits us. You
with how happy and pleased our Father to be fearless and brave when You do our attention for the things You want to know the tricks we play and You still
God is with You. With You standing things that we dont understand. show us and teach us? love us. Help us to be truthful and clean
beside us as our friend, Gods love for before You.
us seems so BIG. Today we pray: Today we pray:
for amazing things from God to for the hearts of our family to be Today we pray:
Today we pray: happen in our lives and in our filled with Gods ways. for Jesus to help our family learn to
for others to come near to God and families and friends. that people in our community will live honest lives.
know His love. know Jesus and not just some ideas for people in our neighborhood to
for the people in our city to know
that we would want to be good just the comfort of the Lord when they about Him. want to exchange their unclean lives
because we love Jesus. are afraid. for clean ones.

Copyright 2017 by WayMakers. All rights reserved with one exception: Permission is granted to reproduce this prayer guide for free distribution in local churches.
Designed as a companion to Seek God For The City 2017, published by WayMakers, PO Box 203131, Austin TX 78720, (512) 419-7729, or www.waymakers.org.
We Welcome You,
A CHILDRENS GUIDE TO SEEK GOD FOR THE CITY 2017
Lord Jesus!
March 1 March 11, Days 5-11: Seeking Gods FACE. We are in the middle of 40 days of praying for people
in our neighborhoods and schools. During this week we will be asking God to refresh the spiritual life of Christians. Our
prayers will help welcome Jesus to come closer to many others so that they can meet Him and follow Him too.

5 SUNDAY 6 MONDAY 7 TUESDAY


March 5 March 6 March 7
Give us hearts of worship. Give us ears to hear Your voice. Humble our hearts.

Read: John 4:23 Read: Luke 10:41-42 Read: Matthew 18:4


Pray: Father, we want to be a part of Pray: Jesus, we are just like Martha. We Pray: Father, sometimes we want to be
this crowdthe ones who worship get so tangled up with busy stuff that we bigger or older than we are right now.
You. When You come looking forget what is really important. Listening You say that children are special and
for us we want to be the loudest to You everyday is important. You want to that even adults should be more child-
onestelling You how great You are talk to us and tell us so many things. Tune like...so it must be a good thing. Even
and how much we love You. God, our hearts and ears to Your voice and as we grow up on the outside let our
we worship You because You are Your good plans for our lives. hearts keep trusting and loving You like
awesome and wonderful, You are little children.
kind and near to us when we call out Today we pray:
Your name. for the Christians in our community to Today we pray:
stop being too busy to listen to God. for our family to be humble and have
Today we pray: that discovering what Jesus has to say clean hearts every day.
that our family would worship God will become important to people who for people in our city to choose to
in Spirit and in truth. have never known Him. follow Jesus with child-like faith.
that people in our community who
are far away from God would hear
WEEK ONE, PART TWO: His voice and come to worship Him.
March 5March 11, 2017
Seeking Gods FACE: The next few days we will pray especially for the Christian people
of our community to know God better and to live like Jesus. God wants to be closer than ever
with His people. Hes inviting us to come closer to Him, as if we were coming to talk with Him
face to face.

8 WEDNESDAY
9 THURSDAY
10 FRIDAY
11 SATURDAY
March 8 March 9 March 10 March 11
Wake us up. Make us one. Pour out Your Spirit on us. Show Yourself to us.

Read: Revelation 2:4-5 Read: John 10:16 Read: John 7:37-39 Read: Luke 24:31-32
Pray: Sometimes we forget to put Pray: Lord, not one sheep can ever Pray: Jesus, You taught the woman at Pray: Jesus, we are sometimes slow to
You first in our lives. Other things be too lost or too far away for You the well that being thirsty had two recognize that You are walking with us,
crowd You out. Teach us to watch to find. There are lots of people who different meanings. You gave her even though we dont see You like the
closely and see what You are doing need You in our city. Many people water to drink and You gave her new people in this story. Wake us up and
in our families and in our city so we have troubles and sadness and they life when she came to know that You help us tune in to Your voice as we hear
can love You more and more. need to be in Your safe shelter. are God. She went away full and happy the Bible being read and explained. We
Come and find them, Lord Jesus. and she couldnt wait to tell all the dont want to miss seeing You work in
people in her town about You. Keep our lives. Make our hearts so bright
Today we pray:
Today we pray: doing that today in our city. with expectation that its like we are on
that people in our community would
for Jesus to call for the lost ones in fire inside with joy.
open the eyes of their hearts to really
see Jesus. our city to come to Him. Today we pray:
for people to love Jesus as much as for the Christians of our city to come that the people of our city will be Today we pray:
He loves them. together in friendship. thirsty for the water that only Jesus for our neighbors who have never
can give them. met Jesus to come to know Him.
for families in our community to be for the hearts of our family to clearly
totally flooded with Gods love for us. know when Jesus is speaking.

Copyright 2017 by WayMakers. All rights reserved with one exception: Permission is granted to reproduce this prayer guide for free distribution in local churches.
Designed as a companion to Seek God For The City 2017, published by WayMakers, PO Box 203131, Austin TX 78720, (512) 419-7729, or www.waymakers.org.
We Welcome You,
A CHILDRENS GUIDE TO SEEK GOD FOR THE CITY 2017
Lord Jesus!
12 March 12March 18, Days 12-18: Seeking God to spread the GOSPEL of His kingdom. We are in the middle of 40
days of praying for people in our neighborhoods and schools. This week we will pray especially for the good news of Gods love to
come to those who do not yet know Him. Our prayers will help welcome Jesus to come closer to many others so that they can meet
Him and follow Him too.

12 SUNDAY 13 MONDAY 14 TUESDAY


March 12 March 13 March 14
Keep us focused on the world. Help us to proclaim Your name. Shine Your light on us.

Read: Matthew 24:14 Read: Luke 9:60 Read: John 12:35


Pray: Jesus, the world is a very big Pray: Lord, You want to be famous all Pray: Jesus, many people in our city
place. Even after all the years since You over the world. Everything we know live in darkness because they dont
walked on earth as a manthere are about You is amazing...and we dont know You. They need to know the
still many people who dont know Your know it all yet. You told us to tell as many happy light of the truth about how
name and that You love them. The job to people as possible all about You. The much You love them. Show people
be done in reaching out to people needs stories You told and all of the things You who You really areand bring them
more helpers. Let us join You to be Your have done are easy to tell others about. into Your light.
messengers of good news to the families Who should we tell about You today?
in our neighborhood and beyond.
Today we pray:
Today we pray: for the people in our city to be
Today we pray: that sharing Jesus with others would rescued from darkness.
for Christians in our community to work be fun. for our family to be a light in our
together to spread the Good News. for all of the people of our city to hear community.
for all kinds of new, creative ways true stories about Jesus.
for people all over the world to hear
about Jesus.
WEEK TWO:
March 12March 18, 2017
Seeking God to spread the GOSPEL of Christs kingdom: This week we will pray for
the good news of Jesus to spread to every part of our city. Jesus helped people understand how
much God loved them. We will pray that many will hear Gods call to become followers of Jesus.

15 WEDNESDAY
16 THURSDAY
17 FRIDAY
18 SATURDAY
March 15 March 16 March 17 March 18
Heal people to show Your Send us. We joyfully greet You. Glorify Your name.
love and power.
Read: Luke 10:1-3 Read: Mark 9:15 Read: John 12:27-28
Read: Matthew 4:23 Pray: Jesus, You often sent Your Pray: Lord, it is right for crowds to Pray: Father, You have always had
Pray: Jesus, You showed everyone friends into new cities before You. be amazed when they see You for a great plan for bringing Your glory
what kind of world You wanted ours Maybe they did feel like lambs in the who You really are. If people in our to the earth. It is the kind of plan
to be when You walked around telling midst of hungry wolves sometimes city could see how great You are they that will really work because
people the good news and healing but they trusted that You were also would come running to greet You. everyone who knows You wants to
them. What a great way to show coming soon. Send us into the parts Open their eyes and hearts to truly see what will happen. Tell us how
people how much You love themby of our city that need You the most. We understand how wonderful and good we can be a part of bringing You
making them well when they are sick. trust You to go with us. You are. great glory.
When we see Your amazing care and
power it makes us want to know Today we pray: Today we pray: Today we pray:
You more. for Christians to spread Your Word for families and friends and for believers to have open ears to
to every neighborhood. classmates and co-workers to run hear their part in Gods plan.
Today we pray: towards God. for our family to be used to bring
that our family will be willing to go
that God will help people understand wherever You send us. that churches all over our town will God glory.
His love by healing them. be ready to care for all the people
that our family will be brave and who are coming to Jesus.
pray for sick people like Jesus did.

Copyright 2017 by WayMakers. All rights reserved with one exception: Permission is granted to reproduce this prayer guide for free distribution in local churches.
Designed as a companion to Seek God For The City 2017, published by WayMakers, PO Box 203131, Austin TX 78720, (512) 419-7729, or www.waymakers.org.
We Welcome You,
A CHILDRENS GUIDE TO SEEK GOD FOR THE CITY 2017
Lord Jesus!
March 19March 25, Days 19-25: Seeking God to bring the RIGHTEOUSNESS of His kingdom. We are in the
middle of 40 days of praying for people in our own neighborhoods and schools. This week we will pray for God to help people all over
town to live right and true like Jesus. Our prayers will help welcome Jesus to come closer to many others so that our town begins
to feel just a tiny bit like heaven.

19 SUNDAY 20 MONDAY 21 TUESDAY


March 19 March 20 March 21
Make us faithful on the earth. Give us courage to believe Make us humble.
You for others.
Read: Luke 18:8 Read: Matthew 19:25-26
Pray: The answer is Yes! When You Read: Matthew 9:2 Pray: Jesus, we sometimes become
come, Jesus, You will find many people Pray: Jesus, You must have loved it proud of things we have accomplished,
believing in You and in the things You when these people brought their or how smart we are or how well we
have promised to do. We want to be friend to be healed, knowing that You can do things. But we cant do anything
faithful because we love You. We will be were the one who could answer their without You. You are the One who gives
busy with actions and prayers to show prayers for their friend. You forgave his us all of our abilities, all of our talents
You our trust in You. sin and made him healthy again. We and who makes anything that we do
have friends we want to bring to You possible. You are the Maker of all
Today we pray: too. We are so grateful for who You things and the Giver of all good gifts.
for God to bring justice and fairness are and that You let us join You in Your
to the people in our community who business of forgiving and loving people. Today we pray:
are suffering. for Jesus to call the wise, the wealthy,
that we would keep remembering to Today we pray: the religious and the powerful in our
trust that God will keep His promises. for Jesus to heal people in our city community to Himself.
who are sick with sin. for our family to remember Who has
for people who dont know Jesus to made us and given us all we have.
WEEK THREE: be brought closer to Him by friends
March 19March 25, 2017 who believe Jesus can do anything.
Seeking God to bring the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Christs kingdom:
This week were praying in hope for what God calls righteousness, when many people follow
Jesus and begin to do what is good and choose what is right in Gods sight.

22 WEDNESDAY
23 THURSDAY
24 FRIDAY
25 SATURDAY
March 22 March 23 March 24 March 25
Set people free. Bring Your truth to our leaders. Help us to pray and not give up! Defeat Your enemies.

Read: Luke 13:16-17 Read: John 18:37-38 Read: Luke 18:1 Read: John 12:31-32
Pray: Lord, many people today are Pray: Jesus, You are the King of Pray: Jesus, You told this story of a Pray: Jesus, it is good to know that
captured by things that they dont everyone. From presidents and very faithful woman in the Bible. She You will always be the winner in
understand. They believe things that business leaders to principals kept asking for justice over and over battles with Your spiritual enemies.
are not true about themselves and and parents. Show the leaders in again for a very long time until she Help us to lift Your name up in our
others. They even say and do things this world how You rulewith honesty finally got it. We want to follow her city so that those who want to fight
they know are wrong and they do and justice and with a heart of example and keep praying that You against good will see that You are the
not know how to stop. Come, Jesus, compassion for people. Call them to would make things good and right true, living and most powerful God.
and set people free and we will love truth and to value honor more in our community. Give us strength
rejoice. than their own power. and courage to keep asking, Lord. Today we pray:
for the powerful kingdom of God to
Today we pray: Today we pray: Today we pray: be known in our city.
that those in our neighborhood who for leaders all around the world to for Christians to cry out when others for Jesus to overcome the powers of
are mixed up in sad, bad things will come to know Jesus. are treated unfairly. darkness in the lives of people who
be set free. for the leaders in our lives to follow dont know Him.
for the people of our family and
that Jesus would receive the glory the godly example of King Jesus. our church to keep praying until
as He helps people live in freedom God answers.
from evil.

Copyright 2017 by WayMakers. All rights reserved with one exception: Permission is granted to reproduce this prayer guide for free distribution in local churches.
Designed as a companion to Seek God For The City 2017, published by WayMakers, PO Box 203131, Austin TX 78720, (512) 419-7729, or www.waymakers.org.
We Welcome You,
A CHILDRENS GUIDE TO SEEK GOD FOR THE CITY 2017
Lord Jesus!
March 26April 1, Days 26-32: Seeking God to bring the PEACE of His kingdom. We are in the middle of 40
days of praying for people in our community. This week we will pray for Gods peace to come in and change all of those
places where there are troubles. Our prayers will help welcome Jesus to come closer to many others so that our town begins
to feel just a tiny bit like heaven.

26 SUNDAY 27 MONDAY 28 TUESDAY


March 26 March 27 March 28
Fill us with Your peace. Be our teacher. Show us how to forgive.

Read: Luke 19:41-42 Read: Luke 21:37-38 Read: John 20:19-23


Pray: Jesus, ours is a big city too, like Pray: Lord Jesus, we cant make the Pray: Lord, Jesus, forgiving others
this one in scripture that made You right choices or know the right things is so hard. When we dont, there can
cry because of how hard-hearted the to do unless You teach us. We want to be hard feelings or anger. The gift of
people were. Our city is full of sit at Your feet and learn Your Your Holy Spirit gives us the grace
busyness, unkindness, selfishness, ways. Teach us how to join You in and the mercy to forgive. Lord, we
greed and sadness. Who wouldnt Your awesome job of changing and need this gift because we want to
look at some of the places and people redeeming our lives. be the first to say I am sorry and
and cry? But we trust You, Lord, I forgive you to others.
because You are the Prince of Peace Today we pray:
and You love our city and all of the for the ways of Jesus to be told in Today we pray:
people in it. Fill us with peace that creative ways in our city. that the Holy Spirit would help my
overflows from our hearts to others. family to learn forgiveness.
that Jesus would change people in our
community by the power of His word. for Jesus to bring a wave of
Today we pray:
for our family to learn how to be forgiveness to wash over our city.
peacemakers with Jesus.
for Jesus to come and bring healing
WEEK FOUR:
and peace to the people of our city.
March 26April 1, 2017
Seeking God to bring the PEACE of Christs kingdom: This week we will pray for God
to bring changes in the way people live all over our city. God wants to heal hurt relationships
and help people change so that they can live in His peace.

29 WEDNESDAY
30 THURSDAY
31 FRIDAY
32 SATURDAY
March 29 March 30 March 31 April 1
Call Your lost children home. Bring peace to our homes. Make us peacemakers. Give us Your peace.

Read: Luke 15:20 Read: Luke 10:5-6 Read: Matthew 5:9 Read: John 14:27
Pray: Jesus, bringing home those who Pray: Lord Jesus, You told Your Pray: Lord, we dont live in a very Pray: Jesus, sometimes its hard to
are lost is Your special joy. All through friends that when they went out to peaceful world. There are plenty of feel safe and peaceful. But we dont
scripture You delighted to return lost share the gospel they were to look troubles in faraway countries, in our have to be afraid when we have Your
sheep, lost coins and lost people. There for peaceful people who would help town and everywhere in between. promises to count on! Youve said we
are lots of people in our town who are them. We want our houses to be People want what somebody else shouldnt have fearful or troubled
far from You and their true homes. places full of Your goodness and has, or they dont like each others hearts because of Your gift of peace.
Would You call them home? peace so that the lost can find You. skin color or they just want to be the Please give us this wonderful gift.
boss of everything. Every place we
know of could use a peacemaker.
Today we pray: Today we pray: Today we pray:
that the ones far from God would Show us how to be Your peacemakers. for Jesus to give His peace to people
that our family will share the gospel
feel an overwhelming desire to of peace with others. with troubled hearts.
return to Him. Today we pray: for Jesus to free the people of our
for Christian homes in our
that Christians would welcome for our family to be used as community from fear by drawing
community to be filled with peace.
them home to Gods family, just as peacemakers in our community. them to Himself.
Jesus does. for Jesus to speak peace into the
struggling marriages and families in
our neighborhood.

Copyright 2017 by WayMakers. All rights reserved with one exception: Permission is granted to reproduce this prayer guide for free distribution in local churches.
Designed as a companion to Seek God For The City 2017, published by WayMakers, PO Box 203131, Austin TX 78720, (512) 419-7729, or www.waymakers.org.
We Welcome You,
A CHILDRENS GUIDE TO SEEK GOD FOR THE CITY 2017
Lord Jesus!
April 2April 8, Days 33-39: Seeking God to bring the JOY of His kingdom. We are in the middle of 40 days of
praying for other people in our neighborhoods and schools. This week we will pray for God to bring newness and hope so that people
live with joy like Jesus. Our prayers will welcome Jesus to come closer to many others so that our town begins to feel just a tiny bit
like heaven.

33 SUNDAY 34 MONDAY 35 TUESDAY


April 2 April 3 April 4
Put Your joy in us. Find the lost. Show Your power.

Read: John 17:13 Read: Luke 15:32 Read: Luke 18:41-43


Pray: Jesus, we know that You love Pray: Lord, when this lost boy came Pray: Jesus, help us to pray the
us and that You want to speak joyful home there was quite a party. What will kinds of prayers that make You
things to us. It is a promise You will it be like in our town when many famous. When people see the power
always keep. It is another reason for people return to the Father God who that You have as You heal people
us to praise Your name! loves them and has waited so long for and change lives, they cant wait to
them to come? Draw men and women, praise You. Do great things and
boys and girls back to Yourself and let become more famous in our town.
Today we pray:
the celebrating begin.
for joy to spring up in the hearts of
fearful and unhappy people in our city. Today we pray:
Today we pray: for Jesus to come when people cry
for people who have had a kind of
that those far away would come home out and tell Him what they need.
fake joy to know the real thing and
to the Father. for lots of praise to come from our city
be glad.
for Christians to join with the Father as people see the things Jesus does.
in rejoicing at the return of their
brothers and sisters.

WEEK FIVE:
April 2April 8, 2017
Seeking God to bring the JOY of Christs kingdom: This week we will pray for God
to bring the special happiness of hope in peoples hearts. As people watch Jesus change the
lives of their friends, God can make them glad deep inside as they look forward to the good
surprises Jesus will bring.
36 WEDNESDAY
37 THURSDAY
38 FRIDAY
39 SATURDAY
April 5 April 6 April 7 April 8
Bring life to the lifeless. Be our provider. Thank You for all You have done. Show Yourself to us!

Read: Luke 7:13-16 Read: Luke 12:32 Read: Luke 19:37 Read: Luke 24:36
Pray: Lord, look at our town and Pray: Jesus, You know we sometimes Pray: Lord, let there be amazing Pray: Jesus, when You arrived in a
see all of the sad, hurting and lonely act like sheep. We are frightened easily, worship of You in places where room everyone noticed! People
people. Many walk around as if their we cant figure out where to go to find there are a lot of people watching. wanted to be with You, listen to You,
whole lives were a funeral march and the best food and we sure cant find Let people be surprised and full of talk to You. Today, we know that our
they are always unhappy. This is not our way home by ourselves. We need joy at the knowledge of all the city can be changed by Your presence.
Your plan for people! Come and bring You to protect us and guide us in the wonderful things You have done. Come and make Yourself known to us.
life and hope where there have only way we should go. You are our Good Stir up our hearts so that we will be
been gloomy hearts. Shepherd and You promise that You among the loudest ones praising You. Today we pray:
will care for us. for others to see Jesus lived out in the
Today we pray: Today we pray: everyday life of our family.
for Jesus to bring the light of His Spirit Today we pray: that all over our city, even in parks and
for those who dont know Jesus to
to those whose hearts are broken. that lost people in our community in buildings, the Lord will be adored.
become aware of His loving presence.
for peace instead of confusion in the would realize how much they need for people to remember all the great
minds of people. a Shepherd. things God has done and then want to
for the followers of Jesus to be free glorify Him.
from fears and know that they are
cared for.

Copyright 2017 by WayMakers. All rights reserved with one exception: Permission is granted to reproduce this prayer guide for free distribution in local churches.
Designed as a companion to Seek God For The City 2017, published by WayMakers, PO Box 203131, Austin TX 78720, (512) 419-7729, or www.waymakers.org.
We Welcome You,
Lord Jesus!
A CHILDRENS GUIDE TO SEEK GOD FOR THE CITY 2017

Today is the final day of 40 days that we have been praying for people in our towns and neighborhoods
and schools. Our prayers will help welcome Jesus to come closer to many others so that they can meet
Him and follow Him too.

40 SUNDAY
April 9
Many people spread their Hosanna!
cloaks on the road, Read: Matthew 21:9-10
while others spread Pray: As interesting as it would be to watch the stones
worship Jesus, we pray that You would visit Your
branches they had cut people in ways that will rock the world and turn all
in the fields. the attention to You. They will say, Who is this? just
like they did in the book of Matthew. We want to be
Those who went ahead able to tell everyone that we know who You are and
and those who followed then to tell them what You have done in our lives.

shouted, Hosanna!
Today we pray:
Blessed is he who comes for people in our city to be filled with wonder as Jesus
is made known.
in the name of the Lord!
for our family to be filled with joyful love for Jesus.
Mark 11:8-9

PALM SUNDAY:
April 9, 2017