Unk had us rockin’ when he said, “Now walk it out, walk it out, walk it out…” However, when we say “walk it out” we aren’t referring to the dance. Instead, we want you to do a prayer walk around your neighborhood.
You have spent the last six weeks getting to know your neighborhood — their needs, their desires, the type of people that live there, etc. Now it is time to take what you have learned and pray. Our neighborhoods are our homes. It’s where we end each night. Where we get up the next morning. It’s where we bring people we want to hang out with. It’s a place that is supposed to feel safe. It’s a place where we can be ourselves. Most importantly, it is a place where a family comes together to enjoy each other’s company.
While this is what an ideal neighborhood is, many neighborhoods and communities have failed to become homes that provide these things to its residents. Instead we are faced with neighborhoods that have heavy drug use. Neighborhoods with killings every other week, heavy gang violence, dead-beat dads, teen pregnancies and a lot of hate. Neighborhoods where the homeless outnumber those who have homes. It’s crazy to think about, but it’s our reality.
However, imagine how all of this could change if the Christians were unashamed to pray for their neighborhoods and communities. So unashamed of the Gospel and the promises of God that they walk boldly around their neighborhood speaking to God and blessing every home, apartment, driveway, sidewalk, and person they pass. Imagine how a neighborhood would be different if Christians lived out 2 Timothy 1:7.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
Why is it we are so bent on being “woke” and protesting, but we haven’t taken the time to pray for our communities. If you want to protest something, start by protesting the institution that the enemy has set up. Get out on your streets and start a protest of prayer. Walk it out. Speak out loud and tell the enemy there is no room for him. Renounce the killings. Renounce the drugs. Speak life to those who are falling on hard times. Ask the Lord how you can be of continued assistance to your community.
Pray for the needs of your neighborhood. Pray for the people within your community that don’t know Christ. Pray for those who do know Christ but aren’t living for Him, or have went astray from His path. Pray for the children of your community that they will seize every good and perfect gift from God. As you walk, continue to listen to the Spirit and what it leads you to pray for.
Your neighborhood is your home, don’t you think it’s time you acted like it?
Make Your Move.