“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.”
“THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL, BUT THE LABORERS ARE FEW; THEREFORE PRAY EARNESTLY TO THE LORD OF THE HARVEST TO SEND OUT LABORERS INTO HIS HARVEST.”
God is a God of redemption and renewal. He demonstrates this over and over again by taking what the enemy meant for destruction for individuals and for the world at large and turning it into something for the good of many (Genesis 50:20). This is true in peace, and this is true in unrest. This is even true in a pandemic. God is with us, near to us, and also above it all in His planning and His goodness.
The Bible also tells us that God has given us the privilege of helping to reconcile people to Himself and that He is literally making His appeal to the world through us! (2 Corinthians 5:20)
What does this mean for you and me? It means that God has placed us in the city where we live, in the jobs where we work, in the families we love, and in the places we play to be His ambassadors (acting on His behalf).
God invites us to partner with Him in loving our city. He is at work here, and He is changing the story, and that story includes us! We say yes to this in a couple of ways:
One — we should pray earnestly that God would send more of his people out into our city who will represent Him and point people toward a relationship with Him.
And two — we must remember today and every day that God is making His appeal to the people around us, through us. He changes a city one person at a time. So ask Him, in prayer, to speak through you today. Ask Him to make you aware of who is in front of you that needs His love, and watch as our city is changed! Pray over the city leaders, over the commerce, over those in need. Pray over those who have lost jobs, businesses, and homes due to this last year. Pray for those who are hurting and struggling right now. God cares about the Bay Area, and He has placed us here. We are privileged to bring this place before Him, knowing that He hears us.
“God, would you make me aware of all the people around me today who need you and all of the ways our community needs you as a whole. Open my eyes to see what you want me to see, and empower me to be your ambassador today where I live, work, and play!”