In large cities such as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which are also legally a single county, the best way to handle the "overlap" of the County/Parish and the Municipal levels of government in the Prayer Direction Guide is to think of additional persons or categories of persons or entire departments which you were not able to cover in prayer the week before. In a city such as New York, whose five boroughs expand beyond a single county - Manhattan Borough shares the same boundaries as New York County - it simply means that whichever borough you may happen to live in, during this week you would pray for the persons governing or serving New York City as an urban entity.
In the context of this website, which is written for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior from their sins by faith alone, prayer is encouraged for Christian pastors or coalitions of pastors who recognize salvation by faith alone, with no reliance on social or religious good works, (cf. Ephesians 2:8,9 - "For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast."). Insisting on this Biblical position has always caused opposition so in time compromise often occurs. Sometimes there are benevolent intentions behind the compromise, such as uniting neighborhoods. Those who seek to remain true to Scripture as God's Word need frequent prayer support to maintain their Biblical perspective in the most charitable manner possible. (By "charity" I mean the word translated as such in I Corinthians 13 in the King James Version, often translated as "love" in newer English versions.) Fidelity to Scripture and Christian charity towards others are a hard balance to maintain, sometimes unappreciated by those who are meant to benefit by it. But even dedicated Christians can grow weary of combative isolationism and it usually has diminishing returns.
Most municipalities have a Mayor, regardless of size. In a large city, there may be one or more Deputy Mayors. Even in a small town, the Mayor is an important person to pray for, that he or she would oversee efficient and ethical government of the town or city and abstain from endorsing or encouraging declarations or demonstrations in favor of lifestyles or conduct contrary to Scripture. It is also in keeping with Paul's exhortation in II Timothy to pray for the Mayor's success in recruiting new businesses to locate in the area. A "quiet life with all godliness and honesty" is certainly easier in a growing community than a fading one.
Here is one of the broadest possibilities for difference in terms of whom there is to pray for in your municipality. The closest you have to a "legislative body" may be a zoning hearing board of five people, (as an example), or you may have a City Council and a specific Council representative to pray for. (If your city includes more than one federal or state legislative district, those representatives whose districts you live in should be prayed for in Week One or Week Two, respectively.) Regardless of size, there are still things that you can pray for specifically as a Christian. In small municipalities or townships, zoning boards can become monopolized by members of a particular denomination who do not grant permits for other new churches to be built. If there is a shortage of Bible-believing churches within a reasonable distance of you, there may be a need for prayer of this kind. Besides the usual prayers for governing officials to be honest and hard-working - (yes, some of us would skeptically say that requires a miracle, but that makes prayer all the more relevant) - pray for tolerance of the Word of God and its effective preaching.
Even the smallest townships or municipalities should have a District Justice or Justice of the Peace. (Other titles may be in use in different parts of the United States, depending on local tradition.) Cities may have their own court system, complete with a District Attorney and multiple Assistant D.A.'s, as well as municipal judges, perhaps also traffic court judges, and so forth. Pray for judges to respect the state and Federal Constitutions, and pray for them to abstain from "legislating from the bench," meaning using their office to push society in unbiblical directions due to their personal preferences. Do not overlook simple, basic prayer for the justice(s) to be diligent and fair. A judge running for district court, or to stay in it, may not have a law degree or any legal practice experience, and may make a ruling simply to get rid of a case with complicated issues or financial figures, assuming that one side or the other will appeal it anyway. Sometimes the losing party may not be able to afford the appeal, in which case the injustice is permanent.
There is no military in the United States below the National Guard, which is under the Governor's authority. Depending upon the size of your municipality, and whether it has any correctional facilities in its boundaries, there will probably be a Chief of Police and a varying number of officers under him (or her); a Sheriff or Sheriff's Department; and possibly correctional officers and a warden. The main point is, there is someone to pray for. If you are not sure whom to pray for, do some online research or ask some questions.
There should be a fire department in your town or township. If yours is too small for its own and shares with one or more adjoining areas, pray for whoever serves your area. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are also often in danger. A recent example of how much these people can need prayer, even in a small town or city, would be the explosion in April 2013 of the West Fertilizer manufacturing plant in West, Texas. (It is near Waco, TX.) Many of those killed in the explosion were firefighters who had been called to the plant about the fire that caused the ammonium nitrate to explode. Do not overlook the emotional and spiritual needs of first responders, either, as they are exposed to the death, pain, and emotional suffering of others far more often than most of us, and such experiences are a challenge to some people's faith in God when they happen once, let alone over and over.
Here we are referring to employees of your city or municipality. You may be one, in which case I hope you feel better to be receiving the attention. Again, municipal employees are people like us: they get sick or unhappy or divorced, or their parents or children or spouses do. All of this can affect their efficiency and sometimes their attention to ethics. This is yet another area, (just like judges), where if there were as much prayer made for municipal employees to be diligent, fair, and industrious ahead of time as there were complaints made afterwards, things might go much better.
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Even if newspapers, radio stations, and television stations in your local area are owned by large media conglomerates that have control of what they publish or broadcast and how they cover people and events, they still have employees who need to know Christ as their Savior and be forgiven and have eternal life. Pray for that. Pray for them to be willing to have open minds towards the Scriptures and to have more respect for the convictions of those who believe them. Once a person develops a relationship with Christ, it is up to God what he can do to bring change through that person. Prayer is always the beginning.