Communities are often overlooked as we look at state, national and world events in macro-vision and our own household in micro-vision. Most people think of communities in geographic terms, but communities can transcend geographic barriers through other ties.
Merriam Webster defines community as:
1) a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood)
2) a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.
Using the second definition, the Christian community is world-wide yet linked by faith and familial ties through the Fatherhood of God, the redeeming blood of Jesus and the spiritual ties of the Holy Spirit. Either way, communities are typically the space in which we really "live." As such, communities are the breeding grounds for division and strife or compassion and unity. If you have listened to any news source in recent days, you know the Christian community is literally under fire. Christians are being targeted domestically, like the shooting in Oregon, and in larger scale in places like Kenya and Syria. When life-changing events and crisis occur, communities can pull together or become further divided, in both the geographic and Christian community. This month, I encourage you to take time to "live" more in your Christian community as a way to positively impact your geographical community.
As we focus on our communities in prayer this month,specific prayer objectives are:
- Unity in both geographic and Christian communities
- Safety in both geographic and Christian
- Absence of violence in both geographic and Christian
- Against drug and alcohol addictions in our local geographical communities
If you find it difficult to get really impassioned in prayer about non-specific or broad concerns, focus on the powers and principalities exerting influence over the community (Ephesians 6:12) or learn more about current issues in your local community; for the Christian community around, check websites like The Voice of the Martyrs
, Christian News Headlines
, Christianity Today
, or Religion News Service
and pray for specific concerns.
Want to amp up your prayer power? Consider joining a prayer group or getting a prayer partner, pray in the Spirit, and plan enough time to quietly "wait on the Lord" after you pray. You will be amazed at the difference it makes! Prayer groups are listed on the website www.PrayMichiana.org and new prayer events are being added as we become aware of them, or contact me at info@PrayMichiana to find a group near you.
The next all church prayer event will be held on Tuesday, November 17 at 7 a.m. Watch your e-mail for the announcement later this week.