Seattle's Vincent Van Gogh
What if the entire city of Seattle was painted in prayer?
What if every street in Seattle and its surrounding area was prayed over – the homes, businesses and schools on every city block claimed in the Name of Jesus. This March, members of the Light Up the City community have been coating our streets in prayer and loving our neighbors through that.
Saints from all over Seattle have been marching up and down our streets 10 blocks at a time around their homes and businesses every day this past month. With every block that is prayed for, a small section of the city is re-claimed in the name of Christ.
We believe it’s important to have “feet of readiness” as a piece of the Armor of God. With that in mind, we want to give our prayers feet and take them outside of the church on behalf of our friends and neighbors. A primary focus of Light Up the City is to “light up the city” with the Light of Christ. In order to do this, we believe it’s important to pray with kingdom-sized hope for each and every piece of our entire city. If we want Seattle to change in such a dramatic way that the city has no choice but to point to God and give Him the glory, the city has to be saturated in prayer.
To help bring this prayer movement to life, we have a map being charted that is soon-to-be marked with each and every city block that has been prayed over. The end goal is to have every street on that map highlighted to show that Seattle has truly been “painted in prayer.” Prayer is essential to any work of God within brokenness, and if we want our city to experience drastic change, then prayer is a vital part of the process.
Even though our ‘march’ in March is coming to an end, we want to encourage you to continue prayer walking and praying for your neighbors, and if you haven’t yet started, we want to encourage you to begin to do so. Sometimes, the most tangible way we can love those we don’t even know is to pray for them without them even knowing.
“I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God. It changes me.” – C. S. Lewis