Over the next four weeks, we invite you to pray and fast with us, as we anticipate gathering for the 2015 National Conference in Memphis. In this especially full season, we pause collectively to pray and fast, preparing our hearts for how God will move, challenge, and encourage us as we gather.
Each week we will offer several areas of focus for prayer, including specific areas of the conference, issues important to the CCDA family, and national or global issues we invite you to be attentive to.
This year’s conference theme is Illuminate, rooted in the words of Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV):
|“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”|
Pray for the National Conference speakers. This year, we have 25 local and national plenary speakers convening in Memphis. Each of our speakers will be bringing their unique voices and experience to the plenary stage, seeking to challenge, unite, and encourage a room full of people committed to the work of transformation. Pray that through the words of our speakers, the minds and hearts of our practitioners will be renewed and refreshed.
For the second year, we will be hosting a unique pre-conference gathering for business people and practitioners to gather, sharing best practices and a vision for how business and economic development can foster transformation. Pray for the speakers, facilitators and all of those participating in Market Solutions for Community Transformation. We hope that people will walk away feeling inspired and equipped to participate in the economic development of their neighborhoods.
Millions are suffering in our prison system today as a result of mass incarceration. Gather with us as we “continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” (Hebrews 13:3). Pray for the end to mass incarceration and the many leaders working towards a more just system. Pray for the families and individuals in our neighborhoods who are directly impacted by the current prison system.
National / Global
In recent months, the Syrian refugee crisis has escalated as the faces of thousands seeking refuge have been captured by the media. Pray for the many families and individuals who have been displaced by civil war and for the countries and world leaders responding to the crisis. Pray that the world will be moved toward hospitality and welcoming of the orphan, widow, and refugee in our midst.
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