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00396 - Research Your Community

Proverbs 14:15 says, ‘Fools will believe anything, but the wise think about what they do.’ (NCV) This scripture encourages us to approach prayer with wisdom and discernment. To better pray for our community, we can research and gain insights into the community's specific challenges, struggles, and needs.

What are the needs and the crime rate? Are there known houses that deal drugs? When you start to look at rates of deprivation, you’ll get an understanding of what to pray for. We can begin by actively listening and engaging in meaningful conversations with individuals in our community. We gain valuable knowledge that informs our prayers by seeking to understand their stories, experiences, and concerns. Additionally, staying informed about local news, events, and social issues can help us identify areas where prayer and support are needed.

Research helps us pray for solutions that will change the spiritual atmosphere of the community.

Quote Informing your intercessions shine a light through the darkness.


Lord, guide me, I pray as I research my community to find out what is happening. Amen.

Action Point

There we two great booklets which can help - ‘Community Prayer Diary’ and ‘A Mile with Jesus’ available from

Copyright notices

(NCV) The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Use in other publications. You can use all of this devotional when including this credit. Copyright © Carl Brettle. Subscribe for free via

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