For the past two weeks we have been prayer walking neighbourhoods. One is the neighbourhood that our church is located. The other is one of our church planting sites. Multiple times during the week I go out for a walk around our church neighbourhood and pray. On Thursday night as we prayed during our weekly prayer gathering, I brought up the fact that there is no one from either church (that meets in the building) that actually lives in our neighbourhood. My family is the only one who lives next to the church. I said that we should begin praying that neighbours would start attending our church.
When I said this, I meant through relationships, through serving them and loving them, they will eventually visit our church. Sunday morning, I was sitting in my office around 9:00am doing some last minute prep for the service when Daniel walked through the doors. Daniel sat down on my couch and we began to chat. We began to get to know each other. I asked him about his relationship with Christ, where he was from, what he did for work, and where he lived.
For me in that moment, the most astonishing answer was to the question not about his relationship with Christ (he is a follower of Jesus), but of where he lived. HE JUST MOVED INTO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD AND WAS LOOKING FOR A CHURCH IN HIS NEIGHBOURHOOD. I immediately got goosebumps. I told him that we had been praying that neighbours would visit the church. He smiled. I shared this with my friend Lily, who was at our prayer gathering on Thursday night. Her response, "Pastor, you just gave me goosebumps."
God is hearing our prayers. God is at work in our neighbourhood. At Towers Church we love God and we love our neighbours. Part of loving God is being obedient to pray for our neighbours.
I hope God gives you goosebumps often. If not, check your pulse and your relationship with him. Continue to pray for us as we Love Our Neighbours.