Dear Antioch Family,
I am currently out of town and will be for the next 10 days, but my heart has been heavy for our city and for our community in light of recent events. From the gang activity at Twin Peaks to the heart breaking suicide by a student at Robinson High School, we are desperate for God. I want to send my heartfelt love and prayers to all of the families affected and give us some points of prayer for the coming days. Whenever we encounter challenges in this life, we are to first run to the Lord for safety, refuge, help and healing, to resist the enemy in any and every work he wants to do in our city and to its people.
Here are some thoughts to help fuel our prayers:
1. Pray for the families affected by the gang violence:
Lord, we pray for every gang member involved in Sunday’s tragedy to turn his heart to You. We pray for salvation for the gang members, and not just for them, but for their families and friends. We ask for the brokenness of this situation to turn people to You and not away from You. And Lord, we resist every work of the enemy through gang activity in our city and beyond. We bind the work of the enemy to steal, kill and destroy people’s lives and we ask You to cover and protect the leaders in our city. We pray, expecting You, Lord, not only to protect but also to save.
2. Pray for our police force, our law enforcement and our city’s leadership:
Lord Jesus, we are thankful for our mayor, our city council, our police officers and our law enforcement that serve our city and the surrounding areas. Empower them by the Holy Spirit to do the work You have called them to do. We ask You to protect them from every work of the enemy and every demonic assignment that would come at them physically, mentally, emotionally and relationally. We bless our law enforcement with great grace to lead, protect and guide our city at this time.
3. Pray for our city:
“By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.” (Proverbs 11:11) Lord, raise up righteousness in our city. Thank You for all You are doing here. Thank You that Waco is called to be “a city set on a hill.” Thank You that Waco is a place where families can flourish and faith can be abundant and authentic. Lord, we pray for Your literal wall of protection to fall down over us and upon us. Lord, we resist every demonic assignment and pray that anything acknowledging itself against the living God would be torn down. We pray for every evil thing to be bound and for there to be a release of the Holy Spirit to draw us back to You.
4. Pray for the family and friends affected by this teenage suicide:
Lord, we pray with hearts of great compassion for the family and friends of Johnny Rogers. We pray for the comfort of the Holy Spirit that goes beyond words to invade their hearts. We pray for the ministry of hope in the midst of overwhelming grief. Lord, be closer to them than they have ever experienced before. Come in Your mercy and grace over Johnny’s family and friends today.
5. Pray for the teenagers in our city:
Lord, we pray for every young man and woman in our city, from junior high to high school, to be covered and protected by the blood of Jesus. We pray for every work of darkness over their hearts and minds to be bound. We ask for every lie the enemy has planted in their hearts to be eradicated right now. May they see themselves as having great value in Your eyes. We pray for families to pull together like never before and specifically for the teenagers in Waco to band together and call upon Your name. Lord, may they be drawn to Your love, Your power and Your presence to take care of every painful thing in their lives. Cause a deep move of the Holy Spirit throughout our junior high schools and high schools today. Let Your Kingdom come and Your will be done.
I’m standing with you and for you as we continue to contend for our city to be what it is called to be: A city set on a hill for the glory of God.
In His strength and love,
Jimmy Seibert, Senior Pastor