#Upsurge

#SURGE: A surge is a strong, wavelike, forward movement, rush, or sweep.
#UPSURGE: An upward surge in the strength or quantity of something; an increase.

We will be posting on our website and social media sites prayer points to encourage prayer for cities, towns and villages across Ireland.

These points for prayer are gathered from people living in the areas we will be praying for.
We encourage you to pray over the period of a week at then we will finish with a Prayer of Blessing.

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Let’s cause an #UPSURGE in prayer for people and places across Ireland!

Prayer of Blessing 

At the end of each week we will use this prayer of blessing for each village, town or city that we pray for: 

In the mighty Name of Jesus we bless you ________ that you might prosper under the mighty hand of God.We bless you that justice and righteousness might take their proper place within your boundaries. We bless you that the favour of the Lord might rest upon you and give you peace. We bless you that the Father’s compassion might fall upon your people. We bless relationships in every household that there would be peace, love and understanding flowing between everyone.We bless your poor and needy that they might be lifted up.We bless your schools and colleges that they may be secure, safe places for teachers and pupils alike. We bless children’s capacity to learn and develop good healthy relationships.We bless your community policing force that they may serve with compassion, diligence and integrity. We bless your businesses and enterprises that they may prosper and be successful giving much back into the community.We bless the people of God in _________ that they might rise up with servant authority and become a people of blessing. We bless the churches in ________ that the Holy Spirit and the Word of God may flow out from you in power and that you serve in humility with a heart for unity.We bless you that the knowledge of Jesus might come in amongst you like a flood.We bless you that the joy of the Lord might be your strength. Amen.

#UPSURGE BALLYMENA (Mon, May 16, 16)

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Pray for #KESH

Kesh is a rural village in the north west corner of county Fermanagh where Lough Erne turns West for the sea. This is a rural community centred on a village of around 2000 people and we are seeking to see the Kingdom of God come in all its power and glory to the whole area and other churches.

– Pray for the primary school in the village and its 200 children.

– Pray for the churches in this area that God would encourage them.  Most are small with a small number of faithful people who have lost the sense of outreach.

– Pray for all the young families that have moved into the village in recent years.

– Pray for these families who are committed to large mortgages and mum and dad both need to work, causing pressure on family relationships

– Pray for the problems of working poverty caused by this lifestyle.

– Pray for the social problems of secret drinking caused by the pressure and stress of family life.

– Pray against the casual use of drugs in these homes.

– Pray that 2016 will be a year when we see the church going and making disciples in keeping with the great commission.

– Pray that we will see the land healed as the ultimate proof that God has heard our prayer.  2 Chronicles  7:14

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Pray for #BALLYMENA

Ballymena is a town of around 30,000 people in County Antrim, and the eighth largest in Northern Ireland. It is situated on the Rivers Braid and Maine.  Like many towns across the province Ballymena’s economy has been badly hit by the ongoing financial crisis, with many small and large firms closing, or due to close (JTI Gallaher and Michelin will be closing in 2016–17 and 2018 respectively each with the loss of over 800 jobs. In Ballymena town and surrounding area there are currently 44 schools – that includes primary, post primary (8 of these) and specialist schools. Additionally Ballymena hosts 2 campuses of the Northern Regional College. With a reputation of (once?) being the Bible–belt of Northern Ireland, Ballymena has around 35 different churches with still a high level of church attendance.

– Pray for the company owners and managers whose firms have had to close or will be closing soon; for individuals and families affected and about to be affected by job loss; pray for successful redeployments and new business initiatives.

– Give thanks for and pray for the many Christian principals and teachers in the local schools. Pray also for Rachel Sheppard, the Ballymena Scripture Union Schools worker, who is doing a great job encouraging Christian pupils and staff in local schools and supporting school–based Christian Unions.

– Give thanks for, and please pray for, various cross–church initiatives:

      1. Ballymena House of Prayer is now in its 6th year, has a weekly rhythm of Friday morning prayer (6–8am), and a monthly Prayer of Blessing that has been hosted by 13 different churches

       2. Without Walls (www.withoutwalls.org.uk ), encouraging rhythms of inter–church Kingdom praise, prayer, fellowship & outreach;

      3. The Church Page web–portal (www.thechurchpage.com) highlighting the work of the churches and other Christian ministries in the town and area; 

      4. The Voice of Hope adult choir and Raise the Roof youth choir

      5.The annual Spark youth outreach

      6. The Ballymena Church Members Forum – promoting unity, cross–community reconciliation and dialogue across the denominations.

– Pray for the inaugural meeting on Thursday 28th April of the new council’s Working Group for the Syrian Vulnerable Persons’ Relocation Programme, formed to determine the Council’s response to UK decision to welcome 20,000 Syrian refugees to the UK over the next 5 years. Without Walls and the Ballymena Church Members Forum are both represented on the Working Group. Please pray for a willingness to welcome refugees to our area (this is by no means certain!), and for generous, wise, courageous and practical leadership to come from this group.

– Please pray for a new inter–church outreach initiative due to start on Thursday, 28th April and set to run for nine weeks. “Mission in Ballymena” will involve Christians from across the town gathering each week in different communities across as the Holy Spirit leads, in conjunction with the Godmodex ministry bus. The focus will be on “hearing God’s voice and being His Hope and Love as we walk within communities, knock doors, build relationships and pray for people as He leads us”. 

#UPSURGE – Blessing Ballymena

In the mighty Name of Jesus we bless you BALLYMENA that you might prosper under the mighty hand of God. We bless you that justice and righteousness might take their proper place within your boundaries. We bless you that the favour of the Lord might rest upon you and give you peace. We bless you that the Father’s compassion might fall upon your people. We bless relationships in every household that there would be peace, love and understanding flowing between everyone. We bless your poor and needy that they might be lifted up. We bless your schools and colleges that they may be secure, safe places for teachers and pupils alike. We bless school Principals with wisdom and discernment so that they can make decisions that best serve their staff and pupils. We bless children’s capacity to learn and develop good healthy relationships. We bless your community policing force that they may serve with compassion, diligence and integrity. We bless your businesses and enterprises that they may prosper and be successful giving much back into the community. We bless the people of God in BALLYMENA that they might rise up with servant authority and become a people of blessing. We bless the churches in BALLYMENA that the Holy Spirit and the Word of God may flow out from you in power and that you serve in humility with a heart for unity. We bless the many inter–church initiatives with provision, favour and courage so that they will bear fruit and see God’s Kingdom come. We bless you that the knowledge of Jesus might come in amongst you like a flood. We bless you that the joy of the Lord might be your strength. Amen.  

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Pray for #AHOGHILL

AHOGHILL is a large village and civil parish in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, four miles from Ballymena. It has a population of approximately 3,500 people. The 1859 Revival which swept through Ulster has strong connections with Ahoghill. There are 6 churches in Ahoghill and 2 primary schools. 

– We praise God that there is a good community spirit in Ahoghill. Pray for those who lead the community group – for encouragement and continued vision for the village.

– Pray for families and family life in the village. For those that are struggling with poverty and those struggling with debt.

– Unemployment is a problem especially with the closure of 2 factories in the area, so pray for new initiatives to start up in the community that will provide employment. Pray for local businesses to prosper in times of economic uncertainty.

– Pray for those struggling with addiction and for their families. Pray for help and healing to break free. Pray for those that work with those struggling with addiction.

– Bless the schools. Pray for the teachers and Principals and especially for the children as they grow and learn in the safe environment a school should provide. That the voluntary and community projects will be of benefit to families and their children.

– Pray for unity and cooperation across the churches. For encouragement for church leaders, Sunday School teachers and refreshment for those who pray.

#UPSURGE – Blessing Ahoghill

In the mighty Name of Jesus we bless you AHOGHILL that you might prosper under the mighty hand of God.We bless you that justice and righteousness might take their proper place within your boundaries. We bless you that the favour of the Lord might rest upon you and give you peace. We bless you that the Father’s compassion might fall upon your people. We bless relationships in every household that there would be peace, love and understanding flowing between everyone. We bless your poor and needy that they might be lifted up. We bless your schools and colleges that they may be secure, safe places for teachers and pupils alike. We bless children’s capacity to learn and develop good healthy relationships. We bless your community policing force that they may serve with compassion, diligence and integrity. We bless your businesses and enterprises that they may prosper and be successful giving much back into the community. We bless the people of God in AHOGHILL that they might rise up with servant authority and become a people of blessing. We bless the churches in AHOGHILL that the Holy Spirit and the Word of God may flow out from you in power and that you serve in humility with a heart for unity. We bless you that the knowledge of Jesus might come in amongst you like a flood. We bless you that the joy of the Lord might be your strength. Amen. 

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Pray for #WEXFORD

Wexford Town is the main settlement in the County of Wexford, Ireland, it was well known as a port until the early 1900’s. It’s located on the south–eastern coast of the country. The population of the town is just a little short of 20,000 people. There are five secondary schools serving the population of the town. The churches within the town include St. Iberius–Church, Bride Street and Rowe Street with their distinctive spires, the impressive Saint Peter’s College, with a chapel and Ann Street Presbyterian church. 

– There is a high incidence of suicide. Please pray for those struggling with suicidal thoughts, pray for help and hope. Pray for wisdom and insight for those that work with families and individuals that have been affected by suicide.

– Pray for unity across the Body of Christ. That through true spirit inspired unity the church in Wexford will be a faithful and relevant witness in the community.

– Wexford throughout its history has experienced much bloodshed on the land and many feel and sense the need for repentance and healing of the land itself. Pray that the church might take up its role as intercessor and stand in the gap on behalf of the land to see its healing. That Christians across the churches would have a heart for healing and reconciliation.

– There is a lack of industry and this reflects on the economics of the community and families. Pray for fresh and creative initiatives to come into the area that will provide jobs and resources.

– Many have been affected by scandals within the church and this has caused disillusionment and anger. Pray for the gift of repentance so that healing of wounds and reconciliation can happen.

– Pray for the youth and children that they might have a desire for God. Pray for schools and colleges that they may be safe places where children can grow and learn. Pray for teachers, headmasters, classroom assistants.

#UPSURGE – Blessing Wexford

In the mighty Name of Jesus we bless you WEXFORD that you might prosper under the mighty hand of God.We bless you that justice and righteousness might take their proper place within your boundaries. We bless you that the favour of the Lord might rest upon you and give you peace. We bless you that the Father’s compassion might fall upon your people. We bless relationships in every household that there would be peace, love and understanding flowing between everyone.We bless your poor and needy that they might be lifted up.We bless your schools and colleges that they may be secure, safe places for teachers and pupils alike. We bless children’s capacity to learn and develop good healthy relationships.We bless your community policing force that they may serve with compassion, diligence and integrity. We bless your businesses and enterprises that they may prosper and be successful giving much back into the community.We bless the people of God in WEXFORD that they might rise up with servant authority and become a people of blessing. We bless the churches in WEXFORD that the Holy Spirit and the Word of God may flow out from you in power and that you serve in humility with a heart for unity.We bless you that the knowledge of Jesus might come in amongst you like a flood.We bless you that the joy of the Lord might be your strength. Amen

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Pray for #COLERAINE

Coleraine is situated in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on the River Bann, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean some 5 miles downriver. It has a population of approximately 25,000. There are 19 schools and 26 churches. 

Coleraine’s story stretches back for some 9000 years. On a high mound, on the East bank of the river, about a mile South of the town centre, is Mountsandel Fort, site of the earliest known settlement in Ireland. Mesolithic man, nomadic hunter–gatherers, built their shelters here around 7000 B.C. Coleraine has a rich Christian heritage.

– There has been great response to outreach on the streets of Coleraine, many giving their lives to Christ, many receiving prayer and experiencing physical healing. Recently there has been a group of people from across different churches who have trained as Street Pastors. Please pray for an even greater openness and more fruit on the streets.

– With many new Christians pray for effective discipleship strategy between churches.

– Pray for protection for churches and leaders and for greater unity across congregations.

– There is a problem with drugs and legal highs’, pray for protection for young people, for healing for those trapped in addiction, exposure of dealers and for the Church wake up to the issue.

– Paramilitary activity is present but there has been encouragement as there have been some paramilitary leaders coming to faith. Pray for these leaders to be strengthened in their faith and to have a positive influence in their community.

– Pray for acceptance for refugees and a willingness to show love and compassion for them.

#UPSURGE  – Blessing Coleraine

In the mighty Name of Jesus we bless you Coleraine that you might prosper under the mighty hand of God. We bless you that justice and righteousness might take their proper place within your boundaries. We bless you that the favour of the Lord might rest upon you and give you peace. We bless you that the Father’s compassion might fall upon your people. We bless relationships in every household that there would be peace, love and understanding flowing between everyone. We bless your poor and needy that they might be lifted up. We bless your schools and colleges that they may be secure, safe places for teachers and pupils alike. We bless children’s capacity to learn and develop good healthy relationships. We bless your community policing force that they may serve with compassion, diligence and integrity. We bless your businesses and enterprises that they may prosper and be successful giving much back into the community. We bless the people of God in Coleraine that they might rise up with servant authority and become a people of blessing. We bless the churches in Colerains that the Holy Spirit and the Word of God may flow out from you in power and that you serve in humility with a heart for unity.We bless you that the knowledge of Jesus might come in amongst you like a flood.We bless you that the joy of the Lord might be your strength. Amen.

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Pray for #BALLYNAHINCH

Ballynahinch:A bustling market town in County Down, Ballynahinch (from the Irish: Baile na hinse meaning “Townland of the island” or “Townland of the river meadow”) is one of the three largest towns in County Down, along with Newcastle and Downpatrick and lies in the heart of Drumlin Country (a drumlin is an elongated hill formed by glacial activity).In recent years a regeneration committee has been formed for the development of the town and the surrounding areas and the town is twinned with Lamorlaye, France. The town’s market house was built in 1795 and is currently used by the community. Ballynahinch also has a small leisure centre. It’s population is around 5,720.

Ballynahinch was founded by Sir George Rawdon in the 1600s and remained in the family’s hands until the time of the rebellion of 1798. The Battle of Ballynahinch in 1798 ended the United Irishmen movement which was formed in 1791 with the aim of Irish independence from Great Britain.

Ballynahinch is classified as a Small Town by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) 

– Ballynahinch is a town that has complex issues within the community of suicide, drug and alcohol misuse, domestic violence and an undercurrent of paramilitary activity. However we give thanks that it is also a town that hosts wonderful agency and voluntary projects seeking to alleviate community issues such as The Edge (Cross Community Christian Drop–in Centre for Young People), The Hub (a free counselling service), CAP, Food Bank, Besom etc. Please pray for God to strengthen, resource and equip all those individuals and groups seeking to bring light and hope into the darkness. Please pray that provision of good medical, social and mental health services will be maintained. Pray also for the Community Police as they deal with challenging situations.

– Please also pray especially for the young people of Ballynahinch to break free from harmful cycles of negative thinking and behaviour and instead turn to Jesus to find Life.

– We give thanks for the long history of some of the Ballynahinch Churches working together to see God’s Glory come among us. However recently the spiritual battle has very obviously been focussed on undermining this unity. Now more than ever we need to pray and press into action that our relationships within the Body of Christ would be reconciled and strengthened so that the enemy loses ground. Please pray for our church leaders to have wisdom and walk with humility and that they may experience God’s covering protection over them and their families.

– Ballynahinch is no different to most places in that there is a long tradition of involvement with oath taking organisations which lead men into unwitting idolatry. All idolatry is an offence to God. Please pray for those who sincerely wish to serve Jesus as Lord but have been mislaid; that their spiritual eyes will be opened and they will be set free to serve Him wholeheartedly.

– Please pray with us for our Councillors that they may be blessed with Godly wisdom and understanding as a new round of community planning meetings will determine the direction of our community over the next number of years.

– Ballynahinch has a high rate of unemployment especially among young people. Please pray with us that God would bless Ballynahinch with opportunities for employment through the existing businesses and new businesses choosing Ballynahinch.

– Please pray for the Lord to encourage the existing intercessors and raise up many more to engage in spiritual warfare.

#UPSURGE – Blessing Ballynahinch

In the mighty Name of Jesus we bless you Ballynahinch that you might prosper under the mighty hand of God. We bless you that justice and righteousness, peace and hope might take their proper place within your boundaries. We bless you that the favour of the Lord might rest upon you and give you peace. We bless you that the Father’s compassion might fall upon your people. We bless relationships in every household that there would be peace, love and understanding flowing between everyone.We bless your poor and needy that they might be lifted up.We bless your schools that they may be secure, safe places for teachers and pupils alike. We bless children’s capacity to learn and develop good healthy relationships. We bless those who are struggling with sickness and depression, that they might know peace, healing and deliverance from all their fear. We bless doctors and nurses working in the community that they will bring help and comfort for those look after. We bless your businesses and enterprises that they may prosper and be successful giving much back into the community. We bless the people of God in Ballynahinch that they might rise up with servant authority and become a people of blessing. We bless the church in Ballynahinch that the Holy Spirit and the Word of God may flow out from you in power and that you serve in humility with a heart for unity. We bless the mission of the church to be fruitful for the Kingdom of God and renewal of faith.We bless you that the knowledge of Jesus might come in amongst you like a flood. We bless you that the joy of the Lord might be your strength. Amen.

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Pray for #KILTIMAGH

Kiltimagh: A small town in eastern County Mayo with just over 1,000 people, it was home to the blind poet Anthony Raftery, and has lush countryside and farmland. Kiltimagh is only ten kilometres from Knock Shrine. The town has a national and secondary school, but most young people have left the area due to lack of jobs. Kiltimagh has one parish church attended by around 400 people.

– Pray for the principal, staff and pupils of St Aidan’s National School and St Louis Community School. That the schools would provide safe and happy environments for the children where they can easily learn and develop good healthy relationships.

– Prayer is needed for jobs to come to the area and a greater infrastructure e.g. fibre optic broadband etc. 

– There are a number who suffer from depression from the young to the elderly, please pray for them and for their families. 

– Kiltimagh is in the middle of a farming community. Please pray for our farmers who work hard amid great discouragement and low prices for goods. 

– Pray that the church will be effective in its role, for a fresh vision and fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit on the leaders and members. A parish mission being held from 27th February for a week with the Friars of the Renewal from Limerick. Prayer would be greatly appreciated for that week in reaching out to the local community. This is an opportunity for renewal in people’s lives.

– Please pray for those affected by addictions ; alcohol, drugs, gambling.

#UPSURGE – Blessing Kiltimagh

In the mighty Name of Jesus we bless you Kiltimagh that you might prosper under the mighty hand of God.We bless you that justice and righteousness, peace and hope might take their proper place within your boundaries. We bless you that the favour of the Lord might rest upon you and give you peace. We bless you that the Father’s compassion might fall upon your people. We bless relationships in every household that there would be peace, love and understanding flowing between everyone.We bless your poor and needy that they might be lifted up.We bless your schools and colleges that they may be secure, safe places for teachers and pupils alike. We bless children’s capacity to learn and develop good healthy relationships.We bless those who are struggling with sickness and depression, that they might know peace, healing and deliverance from all their fear.We bless your businesses and enterprises that they may prosper and be successful giving much back into the community.We bless the people of God in Kiltimagh that they might rise up with servant authority and become a people of blessing. We bless the church in Kiltimagh that the Holy Spirit and the Word of God may flow out from you in power and that you serve in humility with a heart for unity. We bless the mission of the church to be fruitful for the Kingdom of God and renewal of faith.We bless you that the knowledge of Jesus might come in amongst you like a flood.We bless you that the joy of the Lord might be your strength.Amen.

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Pray for #PORTADOWN

– Give thanks for some positive kingdom initiatives such as the Tin House Ministry and Portadown House of Prayer (PHOP). Please pray that more from the churches will co–operate in the House of Prayer and other kingdom works.

– Pray for the breaking down of sectarian, religious and occult strongholds.That there would be acts of forgiveness and a healing of the land for various atrocities such as the massacre of Protestant’s by Roman Catholic’s in 1641 at the Bann River and the murder of Robert Hamill in the town centre in 1997.

– Pray against the disturbing culture of drinking, drug abuse and violence among adolescents and teens as young as 12/13.

– Suicide is a growing concern that face families and individuals in Portadown. Please pray for those affected by the alarming rate of suicide and by all the deep concerns that surround it. Pray for those that work with the relatives affected.

– Human trafficking is also something that has been uncovered in Portadown. Pray for those caught up in this sort of activity to be exposed and for the victims of it’s abuse to find freedom and help.

– Pray for the many foreign nationals/economic migrants on our doorstep and those who work among them sharing the love of God.

– Please also pray for vibrancy in our businesses and the economy of the town.

#UPSURGE  – Blessing Portadown

In the mighty Name of Jesus we bless you Portadown that you might prosper under the mighty hand of God.We bless you that justice and righteousness might take their proper place within your boundaries. We bless you that the favour of the Lord might rest upon you and give you peace. We bless you that the Father’s compassion might fall upon your people. We bless relationships in every household that there would be peace, love and understanding flowing between everyone.We bless your poor and needy that they might be lifted up.We bless your schools and colleges that they may be secure, safe places for teachers and pupils alike. We bless children’s capacity to learn and develop good healthy relationships.We bless your community policing force that they may serve with compassion, diligence and integrity. We bless your businesses and enterprises that they may prosper and be successful giving much back into the community.We bless the people of God in Portadown that they might rise up with servant authority and become a people of blessing. We bless the churches in Portadown that the Holy Spirit and the Word of God may flow out from you in power and that you serve in humility with a heart for unity.We bless you that the knowledge of Jesus might come in amongst you like a flood.We bless you that the joy of the Lord might be your strength. Amen.