Day 13 — Community Needs
#DETOX is designed to prioritize God in the new year as we allow him to cleanse and renew our souls (Psalm 51:10). Together, we are committing to 21 days of prayer and fasting so that we might come into greater alignment with God’s will, purposes and plans believing and trusting in His power alone to create lasting impact and change in our lives, our church and our world.
Over the course of our #DETOX journey, we will have a daily prayer focus that will help guide and unify us as a community in prayer as we seek God's heart together on a variety of topics. You can find an overview of our daily prayer focus topics here. The following post is meant to serve as a reminder and inspiration on what and how you might pray on today's prayer focus, but should not limit how God leads you in praying. Be sure to follow along daily at our #DETOX Daily Blog here.
Prayer Focus: Community Needs
43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. -Acts 2:43-47
I was part of a christian fellowship when I was in college. I didn’t really know what that meant in the beginning, like a bunch of christians hanging out together. One day a friend sent me a message that someone in the fellowship was struggling financially and they were asking if other students could donate money to help out. In the end, they exceeded more than the goal amount and we were able to give this as a gift. It was one of the first times I was able to see and be a part of this kind of generosity.
When I look at the church in Acts 2, it seems like a dream but it doesn’t have to be. I do not mean that we have to start seeing each other everyday and eat with each other everyday. This is a reminder that at the root of it, as believers in Christ, Jesus is calling us to be a community that cares about and anticipates the needs of our neighbor.
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. -John 13:34-35
Honesty, when I think about the church community we have a long way to go. I say that not as a discouragement but as a challenge. As we continue to learn more about God’s love, that we will continue share the good news with others.
Jesus commands us to love one another because he loved us first. As we pray today:
Thank God for first loving us and for the community of believers that encourage us.
Provide protection and grace over our community as we continue to learn to love others.
Is there a "neighbor" that is in need and what ways can we encourage them today?
— Kaitlin M.