Day 9 - Communal Health

WHAT’S GOD’S HEART FOR PEOPLE’S HEALTH?

Jeremiah 29:4-7: “Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters…”

1 John 3:18: “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”

Donna was teaching the second and third grade Sunday School class and she asked the question, “How do we care for our neighbors?” One of the second graders said, “We need to pray for them.” The class got excited.

A couple weeks later, the children stood before the whole congregation and asked the adults to join a club they were forming: The Prayer Walkers Club. If you joined you agreed that you would walk at least once weekly around the community and pray for your neighbors. Everyone who joined was given a membership card to remind them to pray for the people of our city as they walked. This was an incredible and wonderful treat for our community. Children teaching adults about praying was a priceless lesson to learn and really contributed to the health of our community.

What was particularly powerful about The Prayer Walkers Club was its focus on the neighbors of the city we live in. Jeremiah tells us to press-into the city we live in, to invest in it, and to seek its welfare. By prayer walking we saw neighborhoods we had never seen before. We met neighbors we had not known and learned about them. This inevitably led to opportunities and projects we may never had entered into without prayer walking.

John tells us to “not love in word or talk, but in deed and in truth.” By being challenged by our children to pray for our city, we have learned a new way to love our neighbors in deed and truth.

REFLECTION:

  1. Pray for the welfare of your city today.

  2. What is something your congregation can do which will let your neighbors know that you care about your city?

  3. What’s is God’s heart for how the Church of your city may visibly contribute to the health of your city?

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PLEASE SHARE WHAT GOD IS REVEALING TO YOU BELOW! REMEMBER TO SAY WHAT CITY YOU ARE FROM!

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