On Saturday we are planning to spend time (from 9-10AM) walking around the Belgrave Estate and praying for the people who live there.
Why are we doing this, what are we hoping to achieve?
Yesterday evening, in our deacons meeting, we were reminded of the command of Jesus to his followers as they waited for His Spirit to descend on them:
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
And for us, (part of) our “Jerusalem” is Belgrave – not suggesting that we shouldn’t be active in other parts of the town or the world but that we do have a particular responsibility to be witnesses for Jesus there.
On Saturday we were reminded of the words of Jeremiah to God’s people in exile in Babylon where he wrote:
Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” (Jeremiah 29:7)
We may not be in exile but we are still called to pray for the place God has placed us – for our town and for the estate.
When writing to the church at Colossae, Paul called on them to pray for him and his colleagues so that they would have an opportunity to proclaim God’s word to the people:
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. (Colossians 4:2–3)
As we walk and pray on Saturday morning we want to do a number of things:
- To pray God’s blessing on the area and the people who live there
- To claim the area for God and to ask that evil influences will be banished
- To thank God for the opportunities we have to share the wonderful message of Jesus with the peple of Belgrave and to pray that God will give us more opportunity to do so
- To listen to God and to seek to hear what He is calling us to do
As we prepare for Saturday please pray that it will be a really powerful time of meeting with God.
Please come and join us if at all possible and, if not, please pray during that time wherever you are.