Prayer for National Summit

It is 7 Days before we gather in the Ozarks for our National Summit. Join us in Prayer each day leading up to this sacred event:

Joshua 6:1-5
Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in. And the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor. You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days. Seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.”

Lord, we sense in the Spirit that You want to do a mighty work next weekend at our Summit. We know it will be a work that could only be accomplished by You, not by our works or our might or our ingenuity. Lord, we believe You want to tear down some walls in men’s lives that are keeping them from the Promised Land you have for them. Lord, these are walls of sin, walls of addiction, walls of fear, walls of inferiority, walls of pride, walls of past wounds, walls of unforgiveness, walls of greed, walls of worldliness. Lord, prepare the hearts of our men right now and during the next 7 days as we spiritually march around these walls, knowing that You will take them down. Lord, we consecrate ourselves before You. We know that You alone have everything we need. Forgive us for trying to take our own path. Lead us into the path of righteousness and peace and abundance. We seek you Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Day 2

Nehemiah 9:1-3
On the twenty-fourth day of the same month, the Israelites gathered together, fasting and wearing sackcloth and putting dust on their heads. Those of Israelite descent had separated themselves from all foreigners. They stood in their places and confessed their sins and the sins of their ancestors. They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession and in worshiping the Lord their God.

Lord, God, there are key times throughout Scripture when Your people gathered. It is fitting and right for Your people to gather together in one accord, with one heart, one mind, one spirit. We know You are pleased when Your children get together, just as many of us do each weekend at our churches. But sometimes, Lord, there are extra special times when Your Spirit falls upon those gathering in a unique way. Those times always seem marked by deep conviction, repentance and forgiveness. Lord, we pray for such a time as our men gather next week at our Summit. Prepare our hearts right now so that they are fertile soil for Your Spirit to work. Lord, yesterday we read about Jericho and the tearing down of walls. Today, we read about Nehemiah and the rebuilding of a wall. Lord, we pray for rebuilt hearts that would be strongly connected to You in such a way that they would be fruit-bearers for your mission of making Disciples. Prepare us, Oh Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Day 3

Psalm 46:10-11
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Lord, God, oh how we need You! We don’t even know how much we need You. Lord, You are King. You will be exalted. Forgive us for not exalting You so often. Forgive us for trying to rule the universe on our own. Lord, we need to sit still and quiet at Your feet so we can hear You. We are just like Elijah, who was hiding in a cave, unsure of the outcome of the world. You sent mighty winds and earthquakes, but You were not in these displays of power. You were in the gentle whisper. Lord, 300 of your men are going to get away next weekend. We are seeking connection and fellowship and nature, but most of all, we are seeking You. Let our hearts be still these next few days in anticipation of meeting You there. Lord, we need You. You change everything. No matter where we are, how we’ve failed, the struggles we face…You are near. We exalt You, Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Day 4

1 Samuel 17:47
All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.

Lord, the day is drawing near as brothers will gather for a sacred time with each other and with You. As we think of the men who are coming, we know there are many battles going on out there. The enemy has successfully made this world such a dark place that many feel like their light is being snuffed out. Many feel behind enemy lines. Many feel like we are losing the battle. Lord, remind us of Your strength, Your power, Your might, which is beyond anything we can measure or comprehend. Lord, help us know that You are fighting our battles for us. Lord, help us have the confidence of David, the young shepherd boy, who knew His Lord could prevail, no matter the odds. Lord, You are preparing us for the battles ahead, and we believe You want us to know that the battles will be won by You and Your Spirit, not by our intelligence, our grit, our strength. Lord, we come to you with personal abandonment and absolute trust. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Day 5

Isaiah 61:1-3
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion-to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.

Lord, You came bringing good news. You came to set people free, to heal, to comfort, to bring Light, to bring joy. Lord, you changed eternity forever as you walked on this earth and gave your life for us. Then, Lord, you sent us Your Spirit to carry on Your amazing work through us. Lord, we believe You have called us to be lightbearers to this dark, lost world. You have called us to set people free and to encourage and to bless and to give hope. Lord, we want to be those “oaks of righteousness” on display to bring You glory. Lord, as we gather this weekend, awaken our men to this higher calling on their lives. It’s not about just going to church anymore! Lord, if there are men who feel imprisoned, blind, lost, help them see the Light. Lord, we want to be like You. We want to be about the Father’s business. Use us Lord. Anoint us to do great works for You, to be those men who make a difference in this evil world. We ask this in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.


Day 6

Ephesians 1:15-23
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Lord, our prayer is like Paul’s in his letter to the Ephesians. Lord, may You enlighten our hearts this weekend, help us see the glorious hope to which You have called us and Your mighty power to accomplish everything You purpose. Lord, give us wisdom and revelation about the state of this world, Your mission of rescue and our parts in Your plans. Lord, help us know You better. It seems we will never stop getting to know You, and You surprise us all the time. Lord, You know the men who are coming to our Summit. You know them fully and intimately. Lord, You love them, and You want good for them. Begin stirring their hearts and prepare them for what You are going to reveal. We anticipate great blessing, Lord. We give ourselves to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Day 7

Psalm 133: 1-3
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes!  It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion!  For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.
Lord, we have been circling this National Summit with our prayers these past 6 days, and today is the day that we blow the horns and shout out in victory.  Lord, we believe much has been accomplished spiritually that we cannot even see with our eyes yet. Lord, help us walk into this Summit with joy, peace and with the anticipation of receiving a great blessing from You.  Lord, there is truly something special when men who call you, “Father” get together as brothers and show love to one another.  Lord, You bring a unity and strength that could only come from Your Spirit.  Lord, fill Shepherd of the Ozarks with Your presence in such a way that we all feel it as we enter the grounds.  Let us know this is sacred, holy ground.  Lord, we come to the mountaintop.  We will be still and know that You alone are God.  We will be quiet and listen.  We will write down the visions and revelations You give us for our lives, for our families and for the ministry of Influencers.  Lord, we love You, and we come to You.  Receive us, in Jesus’ name.  Amen.