Pray for your city
Posted: Saturday, December 3
King David tells us to pray for peace in Jerusalem. From his writings we can see that he has a love and burden for his city:
O Jerusalem, may there be peace within your walls
and prosperity in your palaces. For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “May you have peace.” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek what is best for you, O Jerusalem. I believe if David were born in Oak Creek he would charge us to love and pray for our city.
The prophet Jeremiah gives us similar instruction:
And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.” Jeremiah 29:7
Oak Creek is in the midst of an unparalleled building boom that is changing the look and feel of our city. New stores and restaurants are opening each month along with hundreds of new families settling into new apartments and homes. In the spring IKEA will build their first and likely only store in the state right across the freeway from our church. If you’ve been to IKEA you know the store is a magnet for young families. God is building up the city all around our church and this is no accident. I believe we were strategically planted years ago to have a greater impact for Christ in the years ahead.
Earlier this year I started to lead groups of young adults to pray at Drexel Town Square and we are seeing God answer our prayers through divine appointments on prayer walks and new residents in the neighborhood coming to our church. We’ve never had a better relationship with city and school leaders than we do now. Many young employees from our church are working in the new restaurants and are impacting the culture.
One Wednesday after Crossroads we were in the square asking God to move in our city. A young woman walked up to our group of 25 and asked what we were doing. When we said we were praying for the city she teared up and said ‘Good! Because we need it’! She went on to explain the painful season she’s going through since her husband left her. She prayed with her, there were more tears, hugs and hope was planted in one more life. After that encounter one girl said ‘wow, God works fast!’ Yes indeed. God has so much more He wants to do. Pray for our city.