PRAY FOR YOUR CITY

I’m sure you should’t start a blog with a negative.  However, I want to confess something.  I lived & served in two cities in Central Arkansas for 7 years.  The towns/cities were Benton & Bryant.  Thinking back, I can’t remember praying for these two towns in the 7 years I called it my home.  I prayed for many things.  I prayed for my church, the students I pastored, the leaders around me, my family and more.  Yet I never specifically prayed for my city.

Why would a student pastor fail to pray for his city?

Looking back I think my belief of how God impacts nations and cities lacked broadness.  More on that in a bit.

A few months before we moved to Olympia, WA I remember the Spirit leading me to pray for the apartment complex where we lived.  I remember asking God to redeem those who lived near us.  I believe the difference was what I believe God was doing and could do in my city.

What do you believe God desires for the Olympia Metro Area?

What do you wish was a reality in your neighborhood?

What would happen if you believed God can and would answer your desire for your
city & neighborhood?

Prayer is the acknowledgment that we can’t pull it off without the help of God Almighty.  Prayer is the acknowledgment that God cares about our cares.  Prayer is drawing near to God whose throne is in the heavens, but is present and active in the world.  Prayer is being present with God who is infinite.  Praying for your city demonstrates your understanding that God loves your city.

I frequently quote John 15:7 where John quoted Jesus, “If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be done for you.”  Isn’t this incredible!  Jesus, communicating face to face with his disciples, makes a promise that when we abide in him and his words abide in us, He grants our request.

So honestly answer the above questions.  Seriously, pause and write some answers.  Now pause and pray.

I can honestly say over the past three years I have committed and continued to pray for Olympia and my neighborhood.  I have prayed this so much that I have lost count.  Not that I keep count.

I believe God loves the Olympia Metro Area.  He loves all 252,000 who call this area home.  So because God loves Olympia I should love what he loves.  We pray for what we love.  I hope you will develop a sincere love for this area.

This week keep praying for the Olympia Metro Area.  Pray specifically and pray believing that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him!

Have a great week,
– Jonathan

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