God's Presence in the NeighbourhoodShira Gamey - 14 Nov 2017
This simple, but profound story from GOHOP Canada shows how significant praying in the local community can be:
“The word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood. We saw the glory with our eyes...” - John 1:14 MSG
Over the last few months, the Greater Ontario House of Prayer (GOHOP) in Canada haven’t been in their usual basement prayer room at 541 Eatery & Exchange. Some urgent repair issues came to light and we were told it was going to be messy, and was urgent to fix.
So we packed up our stuff and asked God what He was doing. And God was quick to answer - and reveal He had a plan.
The picture we got was of a dandelion gone to seed, and the breath of God blowing the seeds of prayer to new places in our neighbourhood.
So we took this as an invitation to bring prayer in a focused way beyond the walls of our regular prayer room.
The new question became “Where would you like us to plant our seeds of prayer?”
We began going for prayer walks, and praying in neighbourhood parks. One staff member booked a study room at the local library and incarnated God’s prayers there.
Others prayed in Church sanctuaries, people's living rooms, and the upstairs of our basement prayer room - 541 Eatery & Exchange. The sense of God’s presence in each of our prayer meetings whether on our own walking through the neighbourhood, or in a living room or church, was profound.
The prayer room at 541 Eatery & Exchange is open once again, now that the repairs have been completed and we’re excited to welcome you if you live locally into our space.
However, from our time outside of our usual basement, we’ve learnt that as Christ's ambassadors, God invites us to incarnate his presence and our prayers everywhere we go.
No matter how small we feel, our prayers bring light and life into every community we find ourselves in. So today, Pray wherever you are: it makes a beautiful difference.
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