Today’s devotion was shared by Summit’s Director of Connections, Brady Wright:
Have you ever turned on the local news, and thought to yourself “my city is going downhill fast!” Maybe you think “what could I possibly do to help?” Whenever I get discouraged about the things going on in the city that I live I think about the story of Nehemiah. Nehemiah received word that there was trouble in his hometown of Jerusalem, and he was unsure of what to do. So, what did he do? Nehemiah states “when I heard this, I sat down and wept. I mourned for days, fasting and praying before the God-of-Heaven” (Nehemiah 1:4 MSG). He didn’t look over the situation, Nehemiah looked up to the God who could change it! The King ended up sending Nehemiah to try and care for his home-town, but why would the King let his trusted cup-bearer leave for something that was not important to him? The answer is because Nehemiah lived his life in such a way that had made a difference in the King’s life; therefore, he wanted to return the favor. The King gave permission for Nehemiah to return home, and God used him to save the city of Jerusalem. How does this relate to the trouble in your city? How can you make a difference? Like Nehemiah, if God is going to use us to change a city then we must be on our knees, living our lives with integrity, and filled with the type of faith that can move a mountain! If you want to change your city you must have integrity in the small daily decisions, and they will open the door for opportunity to make a difference in the big ones. If God is with us, then who can be against us? Let’s go change our city!
Prayer Focus: Our Cities: Centennial, Denver, Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Parker, Aurora, Littleton, and surrounding communities