Call to Prayer 2008

Call to Prayer 2008

Click here to read the Mayor and City Council's Proclamation

Click here to read the County Judge and Commissioners Court Proclamation.

Click here for a one-page prayer guide (Word Document Format)

Click here for a one-page prayer guide (PDF Adobe Format)

Note to Pastors:


On Thursday, January 24, at 4:00 p.m. our Mayor and City Council will made a proclamation calling for the city to enter into a season of prayer beginning with a day of prayer and fasting on Sunday, February 3, 2008.  On Monday, Jan. 28th, at their 10:00 am meeting, our County Judge and Commissioners Court made a similar proclamation. 

We are asking the people of Lubbock to pray that the virtues of truth, honor, justice, purity, beauty, integrity, excellence and credibility will prevail and transform our community and its citizens. (Philippians 4:8)  

Would you consider making some recognition of this call to prayer in services on Sunday, February 3rd?  Ideas found on our website include praying for these virtues in a pastoral prayer, reading the proclamation or printing or projecting Phil. 4:8 and asking your congregation to pray for an increase of these virtues, etc.  We would also suggest some form of fasting that day – that can be at whatever level you would like to encourage.  The duration of this prayer is for the year 2008, so fasting and prayer is in order on Feb. 3rd and we will make an effort to keep this call to prayer before our community throughout 2008. 

We have seen great results from previous corporate prayer initiatives from record rain in 2004 to decreased teen-aged traffic deaths in 2007.  A complete rundown of the previous calls to prayer can also be found at

A call to prayer, alone, does not bring results, praying does.  If there is anyway I can assist you in encouraging and equipping your congregation to pray, I stand ready to help. 

Proverbs 11:11 says, “By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted…”  Please join with Christians across this city in speaking blessing, praying for Biblical virtue to abound, and therefore seeing our city exalted into the destiny God has for Lubbock to advance His Kingdom and bring Him glory. 

With anticipation,


The Lubbock Mayor and City Council, the Lubbock County Judge and Commissioners Court and Pray Lubbock are calling for Sunday, February 3, 2008 to be a day of prayer and fasting, commencing a season of prayer on behalf of the character and heart of our community and its people.  We are asking that we all focus our prayers this year on the hope that the following virtues (found in Philippians 4:8) will prevail in our citizens and community and bring transformation:

Truth > Pray that truth will be valued more than personal opinion, that we will be sincere and trustworthy.

Honor > Pray that our motives will be highly regarded, that we will display appropriate levels of dignified and serious behavior.

Justice > Pray that our actions and declarations will be founded in righteousness, that we will be equitable and fair.

Purity > Pray that our society will desire values over vices, that we will exercise abstinence over indulgence.

Beauty > Pray that our people and neighborhoods will be lovely, that our relationships and environment will be friendly and amicable.

Integrity > Pray that our reputation will be that of a good report, that our demeanor will be upright and commendable.

Excellence > Pray that our workmanship will be of high-quality, that our life-pursuits will be respectable and first-class. 

Credibility > Pray that we will earn grounds for commendation, that our community will be admirable and praise-worthy.

Philippians 4:8-9 (New King James Version)

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Here are some ideas about how to observe this day:

·        Organize the entire service around prayer for our community and the virtues found in Philippians 4:8

·        Include this emphasis in the pastor’s prayer

·        Recognize community leaders in your congregation and have them stand as you pray for our community

·        Read the proclamation from the Mayor (link at the top of this page)

·        Encourage congregational members to fast in some way on Feb. 3rd.  You may fast for one meal, fast until sundown, fast from TV, etc.

·        Replace the coffee urns and boxes of donuts with signs reminding people to fast and pray for God's increase of truth, honor, justice, purity, beauty, integrity, excellence and credibility.

In future Sundays during this season of prayer you might consider a sermon series on each of these virtues which Paul urges us to dwell upon.

"By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down." Proverbs 11:11


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