No man is an island. He created us to live in community with one another, to encourage one another and to spur one another on towards love and good deeds. It is in our independent spirits that we become isolated and begin to drift. Then when the storms come, no one is there to help us.
As we become more of a technological/electronic age, suddenly our neighbor can potentially become someone who lives hundreds or thousands of miles away. We are busy in our own little worlds and suddenly we don’t know our neighbor or the people in our community.
Maybe it’s time to consider a prayer walk and commit to pray for your community, to bless them. Numbers 6:22-27 gives us an idea of the framework for blessing those around us in our community.
22 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people ofIsrael: you shall say to them,
24 The LORD bless you and keep you;
25 the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
26 the LORD lift up his countenance[a] upon you and give you peace.
27 “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”
– Numbers 6:22-27
PRAYING FOR OUR COMMUNITIES: B.L.E.S.S.
As we prayer walk our neighborhood, to bless them, consider this helpful little acronym to guide your prayers for your community. I think you will see similarities between the Numbers passage above and the B.L.E.S.S. acronym.
Bodies: Pray for health, strength and healing.
Learning: Pray for children in school.
Employment: Pray for provision for all financial and material needs.
Seeking: Pray for hearts that seek after God.
Social: Pray for strong family and community relationships.
Be an activist and bless those around you, for no man is an island, no man stands alone.
A SHARP PEACE AND BLESSING TO ALL!
Excerpt from Marsha Harwood lacedwithgrace.com