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Throughout the book of Judges, we constantly see repeated the following sequence:
  1. God’s people turn away from Him and start worshiping idols.
  2. God sends prophets who call the people to repent.
  3.  The people ignore the prophets and persist in their idolatry.
  4. God disciplines His people by giving them into the hands of a wicked, ruthless foreign power.
  5. Finally, in pain, God’s people with one voice cry out in united prayer to God to forgive them and deliver them from their enemies.
  6. In mercy, God relents and sends a judge to deliver them.
  7. The people enjoy, for a season, the blessing of God as they honor, worship and obey Him.

When we followers of Christ walk in the flesh instead of the Spirit, we can behave much like our Old Testament counterparts. While we may not bow down to wooden, stone or metal objects, our hearts can certainly be drawn toward leisure, comfort, material things, lusts, hobbies and much else.

Not that we totally forget God, mind you, but we feel we NEED these other things also. Paul calls this idolatry. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.” (Ephesians 5:5)

Is it not fair to say this double-mindedness exists all too much in the American church today, including in us? Could this be why we are experiencing God’s discipline to us as a nation in an attempt to draw us back to Him?

It is time for God’s people to unite in prayer: prayers of repentance for our sin, but also prayers of faith, trusting Him to move in power to revive us His Church leading to the greatest spiritual awakening in the history of our nation. God will certainly hear those prayers and respond in power. Dr. A.T. Pierson said it clearly: “There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer.” 

Randy Hekman and Mary Sterenberg
Co-Chairs of the Prayer Team
Prayer Opportunities

  1. Volunteer at the festival in the Prayer Tent -- Plan to join one of the prayer tent trainings in August. This training is mandatory for all persons who will serve in the prayer tent and recommended for other designated intercessors at the CityFest events. See details in the calendar below -- August 18 and August 21.
  2. Latino Prayer Gatherings -- All are welcome to join in prayer with and for our Latino community every Friday at Lee Street CRC, from 8 pm – 12 am. Contact Pastor Raul Fermin for more information. EMAIL
  3. Prayer Walking -- To learn more about our Prayer Walking initiative, contact Tom Howard EMAIL
  4. Prayer Cards -- People all over West Michigan are praying for their friends and family. To join them in praying for the 5 names they wrote down, contact Cindy Jacobson EMAIL
  5. If you are interested in having your church participate in a 24/7 CityFest Prayer Initiative, contact Pastor Marcus Little at or (616) 307-1233. 
  6. Explore Alpha Opportunities: Alpha works to create a space in or outside of your church where anyone can explore the meaning of life and their biggest faith and life questions in a fun, relaxed, non-confrontational environment. All of Alpha’s resources are FREE and have been meticulously updated to provide you with a turn key evangelization tool that will free your team up to cultivate a culture of amazing hospitality, invitation, prayer, and empowerment where everyone involved can participate in the work of evangelism. Information at
  7. Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience provides a simple, unintimidating way for churches to journey through the entire Bible together. Using an uncluttered Reading Bible format, congregations are invited to read big and get caught up in the grand story, then have unmediated “book club” style discussions about what they’ve read. For new believers, seasoned Bible readers, or those who are simply curious, Immerse invites readers into a fresh, vibrant experience with God’s Word. Information at
Prayer Requests:

  1. Pray for churches to be preparing now for Discipleship opportunities for Fall 2018. Pray for many new Alpha ( and Immerse Bible Reading Experience ( opportunities across our region.
  2. Pray thousands will come to know Jesus though City Fest and that thousands more will experience Jesus through Alpha as an ongoing unifying follow up tool in Western Michigan.
  3. Pray for all of the CityFest chair persons and committees. Click HERE for a list of the committees.
  4. Pray that the weather for CityFest (September 8-9) will be beautiful and that there will be no hindrances for people to attend.
  5. Pray for the people across West Michigan who have filled out prayer cards and are praying for their friends and family who need to know Jesus.
  6. Pray that God will pour out His Spirit in power on our region for His glory.
  7. Pray for the health of Luis Palau and for his family. Health update.

  • June 16 -- West Michigan Prayer Drive | 1:30 PM. Meet in the Burger King parking lot at 410 Pearl Street NW (Exit 85B) INFO
  • June 18 -- Hispanic (bilingual) Prayer Gathering at Lee Street Christian Reformed Church | 7:00 PM
  • June 19 -- CityFest Prayer Equipping Evening at Gold Avenue Church | 7:00 PM DIRECTIONS
  • June 24 -- West Michigan Prayer Drive | 1:30 PM. Meet in the Burger King parking lot at 410 Pearl Street NW (Exit 85B) INFO
  • July 5 -- CityFest West Michigan Prayer Gathering at Mission de Fe Church | 7:00 PM DIRECTIONS
  • July 17 -- CityFest Prayer Equipping Evening at Gold Avenue Church | 7:00 PM DIRECTIONS
  • August 9 -- CityFest West Michigan Prayer Gathering at Calvary Church. DIRECTIONS
  • August 4 -- "How to Run an Alpha Training" at Monroe Community Church | 9:00 AM
  • August 18 -- CityFest Prayer Tent Training at Discovery Christian Reformed Church | 9:30 AM DIRECTIONS
  • August 21 -- CityFest Prayer Tent Training at Gold Avenue Church | 7:00 PM DIRECTIONS