We pray not only for specific prayer requests but also for a mighty work of the Holy Spirit to bring revival throughout the world and for a global church that will increasingly join together in prayer.
It is not about charisma or the ability to make people follow you because you are an excellent teacher or you are imbued with extraordinary talents, education or experience. It is about weakness as opposed to power, irrelevance as opposed to relevance, and dependent humility as opposed to pride. Those are the attributes I desire of myself, our staff and the leaders I pray the Lord will raise up in cities across the globe.
In March 2018, a group of my fellow Atlantans and I had the opportunity to meet René Breuel, a City to City church planter from Rome, Italy, when he visited Atlanta. One couldn’t help but get excited about his church, the baptism of new believers he’s seeing, and two new sister churches that have been started through his church. His story touched all those who heard it in Atlanta and truly makes CTC’s mission come to life.
As we bring our requests to our loving Father, sometimes it seems he is silent. I often don’t really believe God understands what is best for me and think my plan is what is needed. But God is so gracious. I find him renovating my own life as he prepares me to lead for the path ahead. Despite the days that feel discouraging, we are not defeated. Our hope remains in a Father whose character we can always trust no matter our circumstances.
The journey to become an organization of people who are learning to pray like Jesus is not one we want to walk alone. As we endeavor to practice prayers that focus on God’s reign being established in our lives, communities and cities, we invite you to join us. How beautiful and powerful would it be to see God answer our prayers for the cities of the world.
Is our church motivated at its core to be a voice for and helper of the marginalized, homeless, oppressed and powerless? Discussing this topic with our trainer made me realize how little I have considered the complexities my church will face in the city. Yet the gospel compels the church, compels me, to find ways to love, serve and befriend those with lesser opportunities.