#UPSURGE

UPSURGE: A surge is a strong, wavelike, forward movement, rush, or sweep

Each week we will be posting on our 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.

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UPSURGE in prayer for people and places across Ireland!

UPSURGE #1

Pray fo‪#‎Portdown‬

– 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

Last week our focus for prayer was Portadown we end our week of prayer for them with this blessing.

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.

UPSURGE #2 

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.

UPSURGE #3 

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)

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

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

 

 


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