Abortion. Murder. Rape. Divorce. Drugs. (Can you say ‘marijuana’?) Theft. Prostitution. Venereal Disease. Gang activity. We have it all right here in our town don’t we?
Now think about a different list:
Child adoption. Salvation decisions. Church growth. Public worship. Reduced crime. Street witnessing. We have all of that right here too, don’t we? Yes we do!
You may have seen my blog two weeks ago about the Light of the World Prayer Center in Bellingham, Washington. The work they do there is incredible. One of the things that they do so well is to center their entire network and community service work around prayer. Then they continually measure their results.
So they can show you the numbers that say more churches are being planted, abortion is down, crime is down, and adoptions are up.
The GSAE can help the Body of Christ in Spokane (not just the ‘Evangelicals’) in their prayer focus by creating and maintaining a prayer and praise list. We will bring the requests to you every month, and we plan to post the results every month.
We had a recent celebrity suicide this week that was all over the media – a tragedy to be sure. I was amazed at the number of folks I saw on social media that have been impacted by a suicide in their own family. I know in our family we suffered a terrible loss from suicide.
Wouldn’t it be great if, as a community, we began to pray for a reduction in suicides, and then we watched as the numbers went down?
Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear. ~ Isaiah 65:24
God longs to hear us ask for help. As a matter of fact, he is responding even before the words leave our lips!
At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved. ~ Daniel 9:23
So in answer to the question “How Can I Change My City?” I say: You can’t. But God can.
Our responsibility is to pray. Then, the next step is to “shod our feet with the Gospel” (Eph. 6:15) and get those feet mobilized around serving our city in the name of Jesus!
Please join us for a Pastor’s brunch on Friday August 22, 2014. We will be casting a the vision of prayer for our city, and of a mobilized church to serve our community! We would love to see you there.
You can register here: GSAE Events Page
We’ve also started a prayer list you can take a look at: Pray for our City!
~ Anthony Carollo, GSAE Executive Director