Reaching Your City
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf. – Jeremiah 29:7
“The importance of making our way in the great cities is still kept before me. For many years the Lord has been urging upon us this duty, and yet we see but comparatively little accomplished in our great centers of population. If we do not take up this work in a determined manner, Satan will multiply difficulties which will not be easy to surmount. We are far behind in doing the work that should have been done in these long-neglected cities. The work will now be more difficult than it would have been a few years ago. But if we take up the work in the name of the Lord, barriers will be broken down, and decided victories will be ours.” – Ministry to the Cities, p. 25.
The majority of the world lives in cities. While we are to ask God to show us when to move to the countryside, we are also not to neglect the work in the cities. Billions are trapped without hope in the addictions, noise, distractions, and the lifestyle of the cities.
Pray for God to give you a burden for ministry to the cities. Maybe He is calling you to start a “center of influence” or a ministry-minded business in order to reach lost souls in the cities of the world? Or maybe He is calling you and your church to engage in a holistic outreach through various ministries to the people of your city?
Why not ask God to show you how to best minister to the people of your city or village?
- Pray for the welfare of your own city. Pray that the gospel will shine bright through you and your church in your city.
- Pray for the mayor of your city/town/village, and for other community leaders. Pray for their salvation and for God to give them wisdom for good leadership.
- Pray for the cities that have no Adventist presence—that God will raise up laborers for the harvest.
- Pray for the Global urban centers, Mission to the Cities and Centers of Influence located in unreached cities around the world. Pray that many will be brought to Jesus.
- Pray for the leadership in these centers to have wisdom to fulfill their mission for the advancement of God’s Kingdom.
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