Saturday, April 14

Praying for Guayaquil

The Muy Noble y Muy Leal Ciudad de Santiago de Guayaquil was founded on July 25, 1538 by Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Orellana.

Guayaquil (for short) was originally built upon a hill known as "Cerro Santa Ana". The area of the hill known today as "Barrio Las Peñas" is a popular tourist attraction. At the top is a lighthouse overlooking the Guayas River. From there one is able to see a 360 degree panoramic view of the city. All along the 444 steps to the top are shops, cafes, art galleries, restaurants and photo lookout points. All the houses and shops are painted in bright colors and have been refurbished to appear as they did during colonial times.

This Saturday morning several hundred believers gathered at the foot of the "cerro". They came from all over the city, representing dozens of denominations. All had come as part of a general call to prayer asking God to "Save Guayaquil." At the bottom of the steps we gathered for prayers of repentance voiced by various pastors and denominational leaders. These were followed by a series of declarations, petitions and blessings read over the city. To each declaration, all the people shouted "Amen!"

From there we began the slow climb to the top in the blazing sun. People spontaneously sang out praises to God as a long stream of people took the 30-minute climb to the top. At the summit, one sees the city extending out to the horizon in every direction. People spread out and began to cry out for God to have mercy on the city. Then we gathered again as more declarations, prayers, petitions and blessings were voiced over the city. It was a moving time as hundreds of voices were crying out aloud to God all at once. Many people openly wept. As part of this prayer covering for Guayaquil, a printed prayer has been distributed throughout the city asking everyone to stop and pray for Guayaquil everyday at noon.

Will you please join us in praying for the salvation of Guayaquil? If you view the panorama below and pray, will you drop us a line in the comments below so we can share with our brothers and sisters here of the different people from all over the world helping them to pray for their city? Thanks!

To see a panoramic view of Guayaquil
from the top of Cerro Santa Ana, click HERE.



Debbie said...

I viewed the city and prayed for the salvation of the people as I viewed.

Darrell said...

Brothers and sisters of Guayaquil it has been my honor to daily pray for you. I am so excited to here about your day of prayer!! I live in Phoenix Arizona. You are an inspiration to me. I would be honored if you could pray for Phoenix there are millions who live here who do not know Jesus. I look forward to the day we will be worshiping Jesus together!

Father I pray in Jesus name that your Kingdom in all its beauty would rapidly expand in Guayaquil to the ends of the earth to the glory of your name! Fill your people in Guayaquil with your Spirit so that they will be empowered to accomplish the mission. Thank you Father for what You are doing and for what You are going to do.

Kevin, Somewhere in South America said...

The view did not appear on my computer, Guy. I guess the internet does not run south from Ecuador! Nonetheless, may God turn that city upsidedown with the gospel!

GuyMuse said...

Debbie, Darrell, and Kevin,

Thanks to each of you for stopping and praying for our city. I know that many others have also prayed in that today is the single most visited day in the existence of my blog. Hopefully all who have read the post have prayed along with you guys.

Darrell: what you prayed is exactly the kind of praying we are looking to God to answer. Keep it up!

Kevin: Try the following and see if the image doesn't appear...1) click "ENTRAR" in the box below (right under the EL title) 2)click on the image that appears, 3)hold down left mouse button and drag either right or left, 4) to zoom in/out, hold down the up and down arrows on your keyboard.

Kevin, Somewhere in South America said...

No go, Guy. I only have a blank screen. Nothing showed. I still believe it is an internet glitch from those of us south of Ecuador. What a shame; it would have been nice to see.

S.A.M. said...

Mine is blank in that area as well. Is there another link we could get to and see what is supposed to be there?


GuyMuse said...

Kevin and SAM,

Try here.

Strider said...

Hey Guy! Viewed the city and prayed for God's glory to transform you, your team, and the whole city. May you be blessed by the King with the authority to lead a team of hundreds to take the power of the Cross and transform thousands. SDG

Anonymous said...

I just viewed the city and prayed for God to open up the heavens and pour HIS blessings on all of you! I work at ILC(MLC)in VA and feel blessed to be a small part of what God is doing in Guayaquil and all over the world.

Marlene Boothe

GuyMuse said...

Strider and Marlene,

Thank you both for taking the time to pray over our city. Strider, I pray the same thing back on you guys where you serve! Marlene, we LOVE ILC/MLC and always look forward to the times we get out your way. What a tremendous blessing the ministry you provide for M's. Thanks for stopping by and feel welcome to visit anytime!

S.A.M. said...

Guy, Thanks for providing the link to see the city. Incredible! Now I have a picture to go with the prayers for that area every morning!