(photo of Portland, Oregon from "Pill Hill")
I think maybe we roll over and give up too easily.
We see our city, our state, our nation, our world sliding further and further away from God and His ways and we shake our heads, cluck our tongues, and grumble and complain, but we do nothing to actually fight it.
While, here in America we can fight it by the way we vote and getting involved politically,
my question is, are we praying?
Why not start right where you live, in your own neighborhood?
My normal exercise routine is to walk/jog in a loop twice around my neighborhood.
We went through a season where there were a lot of problems and frequent police visits
to one particular area of our neighborhood.
I started to pray the verse above, declaring that this was my neighborhood
and that everywhere I walked that the drugs and violence would stop.
I prayed that each household would encounter Jesus Christ.
We began to see huge changes and our neighborhood became peaceful.
Then I got slack about my prayers in this area, and lately we are once again seeing an increase in trouble.
So, yesterday, I remembered that it is the job of us who have Jesus as Lord, to guard the land allotted to us.
As long as I live here, this is my neighborhood, I'm God's child,
and the enemy has no right to do his thing right under my nose.
What if we all prayed aggressively for our own neighborhoods?
I think that we could eventually affect our whole city, state and nation.
Should we take action?
Get to know your neighbors.
Be a light for Jesus to those who don't know Him.
Get involved in neighborhood associations.
Get involved in the political process if you're lead to.
But let's not forget that we aren't really wrestling against flesh and blood,
And that war must first be fought on our knees.
Also happily linking up with the lovely Lisha Epperson.