Day 7 // Pray for Your Community
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3And 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. 4Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should (Colossians 4:2-4).
You probably have heard a thousand times, or have even said, “The church is not a building. It is the people.” We like our buildings — nothing wrong with that. But we know Christianity is not just a religion. Rather, it is the people of God. You probably also have spent hours talking about how you and your church can reach your community. Never have we had a better time to have a missional mindset. Our buildings are either closed or limited, at best. Now is not a time of “come and see” evangelism. Instead, it’s a time to GO. Your neighbors are hurting, lost, confused and lonely. While everyone is experiencing this to an extent, can you imagine going through this year without Christ? Now more than ever is a time your surrounding community is open to the life-changing truth of the gospel. Ask the Lord how you can show the love of Christ to your neighbor.
Colossians 4 asks us to pray “that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ.” Look for doors opened by the Lord and ask him how you might respond.
Holy God, I pray for my neighbors. I cannot imagine what they are going through without having you in their lives. Show me the open doors. Give me the boldness to love on my neighbors. Give me the wisdom to show them your love and salvation.