Cry Out America will hold an hour of unified, interdenominational corporate prayer on the Bradley County Courthouse Plaza on Sept. 11 from 11:50 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The service includes worship-based interactive prayer focusing on the seven mountains of culture.
Community representatives with interests in each of the seven mountains will lead the assembly in prayer for arts and entertainment, business, education, family, government, media and religion.
Following the seven days of pray and the Sept. 11 service will be 21 days of community service based on the same seven cultural peaks.
Bradley County Cry Out America co-coordinator Iris Ray said that in 1975, “God simultaneously gave a message to Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With A Mission. The gist of these messages is encapsulated by the following sentence, ‘If God’s children are going to impact any nation for Jesus Christ, then they will have to affect the seven spheres, or mountains of society, that are the pillars of any society.’”
Since then, she said other leaders have echoed the same message calling for men and women to see their life’s work as callings from God.
The hope and goal of those leaders has been to raise up change agents who will scale the mountains of culture knowing that these mountains are where the battles are won or lost for the building of the Kingdom of God.
“Our assignment is to help raise up a new generation of change agents who will understand the bigger picture of God’s kingdom and the role that we humans play in building God’s kingdom while we are here on earth,” she said.
“From that perspective, we will pray this year for the people who are currently working in each of these areas of society and for those that God will raise up to work in those fields in the future.”
The following are some of the prayer points Ray offered for direction that are applicable to all mountains.
She said pray that God will place sons and daughters in positions of influence on every mountain of culture and be thankful for the people who are encouragers and partners in work God has called them to do.
“Pray that the love of God’s children will continue to grow toward Him and toward each other so that we can determine what really matters and be found pure, blameless and filled with the fruit of righteousness in the day of Christ,” she said.
Pray for wise minds and spirits attuned to his will and understanding of His ways.
“Thank God that He rescued us from dead ends and dark dungeons,” she said. “Pray that God’s people will love His word and receive life from it and pray that God’s people will reflect His love.”
And pray the Lord’s Prayer.
People began petitioning God Sept. 4 for 24 hours daily in one-hour shifts from the North Cleveland Church of God Prayer Tower. Mountains remaining to be prayed for today, Monday and Tuesday, include religion, government and the media.
She said the mountain of religion includes pastors, teachers, evangelists, church, seminary or para-church administrators, lay-ministers, staff members and volunteers. Then Monday, pray for government, which includes the military, local, state and national level government leaders and employees.
On Tuesday, pray for writers, editors, producers, technicians, personalities and staff who work in television, radio, Internet, newspaper, magazine media sources or outlets.
From Sept. 12 through Oct. 3, there will be 21 days of community service “ekballo” based on Matt. 9:38. “Ekballo” is the word, in Greek, Jesus used when he commanded his disciples to pray to the Lord of the harvest to “send out” workers into the harvest fields.
“Ekballo is the same word used in the New Testament to describe how Jesus cast out demons. It’s a strong word. It means that we would pray that Jesus would literally kick us out of our comfort zone and get engaged in the harvest,” Work said. “That’s what we hope those 21 days will be — engaging our community, being involved in the harvest.”
Some of the community projects coordinated through Candies Creek Baptist Church benefit the Cleveland/Bradley Emergency Shelter. The project list includes interior and exterior painting, cleaning or replacing the awning at the entrance and striping the parking lot.
For more information on projects, please contact Candies Creek Church by calling 423-479-3731.