In this season of lent, we, as a church, are pursuing a heart of prayer: a heart that chases after what is on God’s heart and that prays in his Kingdom. I have been so blessed by our early morning prayer times. They have been sweet times of searching after the Father heart of God as a community. It has been so refreshing to take time out of our busy lives to show up and pray. Some of us might come with our PJs on, no makeup and our hair in a messy bun. But this is authentic community. We are asking God to show us what He has for us and we are saying “yes” to it.
This week as we prayed for Hamtramck and the refugee crisis, we were led to pray that the Father’s heart would be revealed. God’s heart is that we would walk in His identity and share with others the salvation that only comes from knowing His name. God has put in my heart to pray Isaiah 26 over our cities (Ann Arbor, Detroit, Hamtramck, Dearborn, etc ) It says…
“In that day, everyone in the land of Judah will sing this song:
Our city is strong!
We are surrounded by the walls of God’s salvation.
Open the gates to all who are righteous;
allow the faithful to enter.
You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Trust in the LORD always,
for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock.”
My prayer is that as a community we would sing and pray the song of salvation over our cities.
May this area be known as an area that is safe because it is full of God’s salvation.
May families, universities, work places and cities be transformed because we walk in righteousness and are faithful.
May God also keep us in peace and may we trust and walk in this identity.
May God raise up the church to be the foundation to our city becoming a city of Salvation.
About the Author: Maribeth has recently discovered a love for writing and communicating what the Lord has put on her heart through the written word. Maribeth currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is part of Antioch Community Church. You might find her drinking chai at a local coffee shop with a good book in hand, working at the local hospital as a nurse, or enjoying her new friends. But one thing is certain, she will probably have on some form of pink attire.