I just wanted to share some prayerwalking observations from the congregation yesterday. We are part of the Find It Here campaign to invite folks to Easter services this year.
1. The winter scene allows homes to be seen clearly with all of their flaws and needed repairs. The summer foliage covers up the real condition of the house. (Great insight considering how often we put on facades and masks to cover the real condition of our souls.)
2. The people were empowered for lack of a better word by praying for individuals by name. Some were former church members, family members, friends, and neighbors. Many were amazed at how many people they were acquainted with in their neighborhood.
3. The weather was gloomy and rainy, so there were not very many people outside. Most of the homes were dark and had very little identification except for a number. Personally, it reminded me of Jesus’ statement to the Pharisees. (Matthew 23:27 HCSB) “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every impurity.” People rely upon external trappngs for fulfillment, security and comfort, but they are empty and desolate on the inside.
4. In the midst of the dreary day, there were signs of new life with daffodils starting to bloom. (Of course, Jesus brings new life where there is spiritual death.)
5. There was great joy and satisfaction in praying for the schools, especially with all the financial woes they have, and for other congregations.
6. There was a desire to prayerwalk again when it was warmer and more people would be out and about.
7. Perhaps most significant thing for me was coming across a sign that stated Rochester’s motto – “Seek Greater Things.” The depths and layers of meaning and application of that saying are profound. I want to explore that in a biblical sense, because I believe there is a great truth there.
I was very encouraged by the participation and the insights. I thought you might enjoy hearing about some of the fruit of your ministry as well.
Pastor, Rochester FBC