GROUNDBREAKING SOCIAL ACTION.
Can you imagine your church starting something big to change your whole community and beyond? Why think small? Why think only about feeding hungry families once a year at Thanksgiving? Why not make a goal of ending hunger in your town? Why think only about recruiting one new foster family out of your church? Why not start a foster family network that ends the lack of foster families in your part of the state? Why limit your expectations to hosting a spouse abuse seminar? Why not create the first abused women’s shelter in your county if there is none? Why stop with having a Celebrate Recovery Group in your church? Why not target the elimination of the heroine epidemic in your town?
Little people who think big have been behind the origin of every kind of Christian social service from orphanages, to hospitals, to rehab centers, to … you name it. Literally. If you can imagine it and God endorses it you can pray it into existence. Really? Here's some scriptural support.
With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.
2 Thessalonians 1:11
It’s like God has thrown the door open. Whatever you can imagine to bring God’s amazing, rescuing and restoring grace to people He will bless and fulfill. This is as close as you can get to “name it” and “claim it” and be pleasing to God. So pray this suggested prayer.
Dear Lord, the sky is the limit when it comes to taking action that produces significant social change. I am sure that You are presently most concerned about areas of injustice, harm and human need that are not being recognized and targeted with Your love and resources. So I am asking you to open our eyes. Help us see the gaps. Show us the cracks in our culture that people are falling through. Help our compassion be so great that our imaginations will be forced to break through all mental barriers that would keep us from seeing what’s possible. Help us not be content with small acts of kindness when big plans of social action are needed. Open up not only our eyes but also some new doors that are impossible to miss. We’re ready to forge ahead into great possibilities. Amen.