Seven Mountains of Influence
In 1975, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade, and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission, had lunch together in Colorado. God simultaneously gave each of these change agents a message to give to the other. During that same time frame Francis Schaeffer was given a similar message. That message was that if we are to impact any nation for Jesus Christ, then we would have to affect the seven spheres, or mountains of society that are the pillars of any society. These seven mountains are business, government, the media arts and entertainment, education, the family, religion, and law.
There are many subgroups under these main categories. About a month later the Lord showed Francis Schaeffer the same thing. In essence, God was telling these three people where the battlefield was. It was here where culture would be won or lost. Their assignment was to raise up others to scale the mountains and to help a new generation understand the larger story.
Aglow has picked up the importance of the influence that these seven spheres of society have on our very culture, and we are praying and seeking God for strategy and influence in these mountains.
Below are some specific prayer points for each area that we are praying into at this time - these prayer points will be updated periodically.
"Lord You said 'The silver is Mine and the gold is mine.'" Haggai 2:8
Pray for financial breakthrough for all businesses in this Capital City and the entire nation.Pray that there will be more opportunities for new investments and economic growth in the nation.
"Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, and prayers, intercessions…be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a Quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence." 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Pray for the Houses of Parliament at Westminster, the Welsh Assembly, the Scottish Parliament and Northern Ireland. Pray that God's grace will abound for them as they go about their duties for the welfare of the United Kingdom.Pray for the coming Election and for God's guidance for the committees as they select candidates.Pray that people will recognise their civil responsibilities and vote.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Pray for those who report the news from around the world, that they would be compelled to only report truth. Pray for a spirit of integrity to be the strongest influence.Pray for the safety of journalists in dangerous situations.Pray for Hollywood writers and producers, that they would have a powerful encounter with the living God that will influence the films that are released.
Pray for those who make decisions regarding the curriculum, for godly wisdom and understanding as they decide what is taught to our children, and what is omitted.Pray for Christian teachers, Classroom Assistants, Board Members and Parents, as they contend for biblical truth.Pray that the practice of prayer and reading bibles will be restored to our schools, and that children are permitted to practice their Christian faith at school.
Pray that the family unit will be the place where children would be taught godly principles, righteousness, self worth and for them to receive positive affirmation and love.Pray that God will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the children’s hearts to their fathers - Malachi 4:5-6.Pray for single parents for strength to handle the challenges of bringing up children on their own.
"On that day I will raise the up the Tabernacle of David which has fallen down, And repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, And rebuild it as in the days of old." Amos 9:11
Pray for Christian Ministries to stand strong and be an effective Witness in the nation. Acts 2.Pray for spiritual growth and development, unity and cooperation among believers with zeal and passion for the lost.Pray for open doors and opportunities to share the Gospel and for people to be receptive. Pray that the Gospel will be preached with power, conviction and authority. (1 Cor 2:1-4; 2 Tim 3:16 – 4:4)Pray for Christians facing persecution in other nations because of their faith. Pray for God's peace, strength and protection for them.
"For God did not send His Son in to the world to condemn the world but that the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." John 3:17
Pray for the Law Enforcement Agencies - the Police, CPS (Crime Prosecution service), Barristers, Solicitors and Judges as they go about their duties, that they would do so with love and compassion.Pray for the Courts and Prisons to be places of moral and spiritual restoration of people's dignity.Pray for Agencies involved with Human Rights issues e.g. Amnesty International etc.