Friday, 19 June 2015

Sometimes prayer gets very practical
Rahul* had been part of a violent gang in Mumbai in India.  He'd taken part in shootings and wound up in jail.  It could have been the end of his hope.  But Christians had started to pray for this vast city and, stirred by God, decided to get involved in bringing hope and vocational skills to prisoners.  Now Rahul is out of prison, is happily married, has found a purpose for his life and helps look after street kids.  

Sometimes prayer gets very big
My friend Arthur Thangiah tells me that when a hundred Christians gathered to pray in 2003 about how to help transform Mumbai their first thoughts were that this was 'pie in the sky, it's beyond us'.  Mumbai is a city where 60% of people live in slums, that's about 13 million people.  It's a huge challenge.

Gradually, however, more and more people have caught this vision.  Since the first prayer in 2003 the group has set aside 3 days every year to pray for the city.  Now more than 1,500 local churches/ house churches are connected through social media to regularly pray for and serve the people of Mumbai.  Churches now help people in 5 prisons and about 15 organisations have sprung up to work among women who have been trafficked.  This looks to me like a mustard seed growing (Matthew 13v31).

Sometimes we need to be broken
At the heart of this prayer movement lie 5 principles.  It all starts with Christians seeking a close relationship with Jesus.  This leads to brokenness as we turn from all in our lives that blocks our relationship with God.  From this flows unity, community and finally transformation.  Are you and I up for such a journey?

*Name changed to protect privacy.

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