Day 139 – Town Planning
On: March 19, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.” Luke 10:12-16

It’s intriguing that Jesus talks about whole towns accepting or rejecting those bearing the good news. This may have been shorthand for those living there, but it does make me wonder whether the overriding spiritual atmosphere in a town will dictate how it’s inhabitants respond to Jesus.

Elsewhere, I’ve considered how those of us working in particular sectors should imagine and pray into what God would want to see changed. This is just as relevant to the town where we live and work, whether it’s a global city like London, where I spend my days, or a sleepy village, far from the madding crowd.

A town-wide plan for a village, let alone a capital city, would be way beyond the scope of these jottings, but a few thoughts might be helpful as a starter. Pray for: 1. Active Christians in local government to help shape fair local policies; 2. Local police to have the confidence of the residents to build strong community; 3. Head teachers with a heart for the development of all pupils, not just striving to ascend national league tables; 4. Vibrant businesses giving sustainable employment opportunities to local youngsters; 5. Strong local churches providing a welcoming place of support, safety and worship.

Nothing ground breaking and I’m sure you can draw up a much more inspired and challenging list! But how many of us actually do it?

Just imagine, if millions of Christians were regularly to pray in an informed, detailed and planned way for the place where they live … and it’s inhabitants. Town planning of a totally different kind! Don’t tell me it would make no difference to the spiritual temperature. Maybe we need a national charter we can all sign up to?

Prayer:

Father God, give me a love for my town and the people I live with – that their eternal destiny might be of real concern to me. Amen

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