Last week, we examined the concept of how our prayers for the needy need to translate into doing something for them. This week we broaden our scope to look at a practical way that we can be engaged in prayer in the Community.
Praying for Our Community
There are a few different ways that we can become more aware of the needs in our community-at-large. One of the ways is through reading the paper and praying about an issue or a problem that strikes you. Just before Christmas, I read an article about how some Nova Vita apartments in my area had been burned by fire. The residents, women and children who were victims of Domestic Violence and were trying to build a new life for themselves, had lost many of their belongings and Christmas presents in the fire. For some reason, the article stuck with me. Yet, until this very moment, I didn’t think to pray for them, I just thought about them. Maybe God was prompting me to pray about it by bringing it to mind?
Another way we can engage in prayer in our community is through ‘prayer walks’. Prayer walking is simply walking around your neighbourhood, trying to see it through the eyes of Christ, and praying for the people and places in it. We could pray for our neighbours, for our relationships with them, for the children in the area and for ourselves to reflect Jesus to those around us. This may be an especially enjoyable way to walk and pray, to be alone with God, and to enjoy His presence and His creation.
When Joshua was given the leadership of the nation of Israel, the Lord told him “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them – to the Israelites, I will give you every place where you set your food, as I promised Moses”. (Joshua 1:2-3) As they moved forward they claimed the promises of God and eventually entered the Promised Land