Prayer Walk on May 22nd: Pray for our work neighbourhoods

“Chilly Spring Walk” by Lynda Cookson

On May 22, anytime between 12 and 2 pm, with hearts united in Christ by the Holy Spirit, let us walk the streets of our work neighbourhoods in prayer!

GIVE THANKS AND PRAISE

“Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things” (Psalm 107:8-9).

“Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” (1 Chronicles 16:10-11).

CONFESS AND REPENT

“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).

“Let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant… Even I and my father’s house have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that you commanded your servant Moses” (Nehemiah 1:6-7).

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you… Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him” (Psalm 32:8, 10).

SEEK THE LORD’S BLESSING

“Pray that the Lord would open hearts and doors to the Gospel” (1 Corinthians 16:9).

“Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper” (Jeremiah 29:7).

 “Jesus told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Luke 10:2).

“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one” (John 17:15).

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Ephesians 6:18).

OUR GOD HEARS!

“Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me” (Psalm 66:16).

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15).

WHAT NEXT?

As Christ-followers, our ongoing task is to participate with God in shaping our work communities to reflect Kingdom ways. Meet again with your prayer partner or team to share each other’s prayer walk experience. What did you hear from God? What did you observe? What has He placed in your heart to consider and to follow through? Support and encourage each other in finding ways to share the Gospel in your workplace and making an impact on people’s lives for the glory of God.

We would love to hear your stories! Write to us at info@calledtothemarketplace.com. God bless you.

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May 22: Let’s take prayer to the streets

Those of you who are familiar with our ministry know that around this time of year, we invite fellow Christians to walk the streets of our work neighbourhoods in prayer. Again, with hearts united in Christ by His Spirit, we call everyone to a prayer walk exercise on May 22, anytime between 12 and 2 pm.

GETTING READY: SEEKING THE HOLY SPIRIT

We begin by asking the Holy Spirit to prepare our hearts for the prayer walk. Listen for the Spirit who will help plan and direct our steps.

Pray for guidance on who to walk with, and then invite the person(s) to join you. Talk about your walking route—areas of your work neighbourhood that you plan to cover, and what to pray for.

In the days ahead, let us ask the Lord to open our minds and hearts to the realities around us. What is the Lord calling us to do in our particular place of service and surrounding community?

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15).

Help spread the word about this prayer walk to lift up our work neighbourhoods and cities, all workers including those in positions of authority, the weak and marginalized. Through this form of intercessory prayer, may our hearts be one in seeking the Lord’s good purpose for our neighbourhoods–justice, peace, prosperity, protection from evil and the strengthening of His church.

We will post Scripture-inspired guidelines on prayer walking soon. If you have questions, please write to us at info@calledtothemarketplace.com. We’d love to hear from you.

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Till and Keep (Gen. 2:15)

“To work in a garden is to be surrounded by the mysteries of germination, growth, and decay, and it is to be overwhelmed by the gifts of raspberries, tomatoes, and onions that surprise us with their fragrance and taste. But it isn’t all pleasantries. To garden is also to be frustrated by the disease and death that are beyond one’s control and power. Where did this blight come from? Why won’t this seed germinate? A late frost again? The temptation is always to give up and walk away. But that isn’t really a viable option. If people are to eat, they must eventually return to the ground. […]

Gardening is one of the most vital practices for teaching people the art of creaturely life. With this art people are asked to slow down and calibrate their desires to meet the needs and potential of the plants and animals under their care. Gardeners are invited to learn patience and to develop the sort of sympathy in which personal flourishing becomes tied to the flourishing of the many creatures that nurture them. A garden, we might say, is a living laboratory in which we have the chance to grow into nurturers, protectors, and celebrators of life. This, I believe, is why the first command given to the first human being was to come alongside God the Gardener and “till and keep” the Garden of Paradise (Gen. 2:15). Gardening is hard and frustrating work, but it is not a punishment. To garden well – in the skillful modes of attention, patience, sensitivity, vigilance, and responsiveness – is to participate in the way God gardens the world.”

Norman Wirzba, “The Ground of Hospitality,” Plough Quarterly Issue 20 (Spring 2019), www.plough.com

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We love because he first loved us

“[Love] is the ultimate virtue. We are to intentionally “clothe ourselves” with love. So the love that attracts us to God is something that grows through practice and repetition, and if we want to pursue God in our vocations, we need to immerse ourselves in rituals and rhythms and practices where the love of God seeps into our very character and is woven into not just how we think but who we are.

This is one of the reasons why worship is not some escape from “the work week.” To the contrary, our worship rituals train our hearts and aim our desires toward God and his kingdom so that, when we are sent from worship to take up our work, we do so with a habituated orientation toward the Lover of our souls.

This is also why we need to think about habit-shaping practices–“vocational liturgies,” we might call them–that can sustain this love throughout the week. […]

I’m reminded of an investment banker in Manhattan who spearheaded the practice of listening to the public reading of Scripture with his colleagues on Wall Street. Or of teachers who have committed to the practice of morning prayer as a way to frame their daily work. There are all kinds of ways to contextualize vocational liturgies that train us to love the God who pulls us and calls us.

Like the father of the prodigal son, God is already out ahead of us. He runs to the end of the lane to meet us where we are. He gives us the gifts of good rituals so we can practice loving him with heart, soul, mind, and strength. Thankfully, we pursue God with God. We love because he first loved us.”

-James K.A. Smith, You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (Brazos Press, 2016), 187-188.

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