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Week 5: Our Region

Ephesians 6:10-13 (CSB)

Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by his vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens. For this reason take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.

Why are we praying for our region?

I heard it said once that the enemy does not look to take cities, he looks to take regions. Why would the enemy want to take a region?

I live in Lancaster, OH, which is the county seat for Fairfield County. All business in the county must come to or come through the city in some fashion. Also, we are one of the major cities in Southeastern Ohio so people have to come to the city for major resources and shopping because some of the smaller towns do not have the infrastructure to sustain that type of business. Also, Lancaster is a part of the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Area, which means that people, goods, and labor has to cross into and through Columbus to get to Lancaster.

If the enemy can get a foothold into the city, he will affect the region. He is seeking principalities— areas under the oversight of a prince or the authority given to a prince— or, as we call it, territory. He wants rulership over areas to widen what he seeks to do, which is to steal, kill, and destroy. He also understands that his power is limited and even he must bow to the power of God. Because of that, he moves in strategy, so it is imperative that we do the same.

Last week, we prayed for our cities. This week, we need to continue praying for the cities yet extend our prayers to the smaller towns, villages, and townships that feed into the cities. Also, we prayed for our state a couple weeks ago. I challenge you to pray for the surrounding states as well. We must put on the armor of God to defeat the works of the enemy in this time.

Prayer Targets

  • Pray for our cities and the smaller cities, towns, villages, and townships that feed into them so that everyone receives the blessings of God

  • Pray for our state and the surrounding states that they receive favor in this difficult season.

  • Pray against any spiritual forces that are controlling or blocking the regions and ask God to send angels to do battle in the heavenly realms.

  • Pray for the protection of regional leadership and that they see success in all forms.

  • Pray for the safety, healing, deliverance, and restoration of all people in the region so God’s plan can be revealed.

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