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The City Invasion

Posted in Mavuno Sermons with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2011 by rajua

March series flier

In your dreams, what would you want this city to be or look like?

This city was founded to be a city of cool waters! Nairobi is a Maasai name that means exactly that. It was to be a place where families settled, relaxed, lived in safety and the enjoyed the amazing climate. I celebrate this great city. We have wonderful parks (the only city with a national park in its backyard), hard-working and warm people, and some working systems. We have some excellent schools and colleges that attract people from a far. Excellent tropical climate. And so much more!

Now flip the coin. Do we have issues as a city? What frustrates you about Nairobi? Water shortages, power outages, car-jacking, crime, slums with unimaginable living standards, poor health care? Nairobi has issues. We all experience them, and no matter your economic class, you cannot be fully insulated from the problems of the city. Would you love to see the glory of Nairobi restored?

Read Nehemiah 1:1-11

Two things we learn from Nehemiah’s response, vs 4-11

  1. God cares about the city, and so should we! Nehemiah was moved by the story of the city. He grieved, wept and mourned. God has a dream for the city. God’s frustration is to see the world of difference between his plan for Nairobi and the present reality.
  2. Prayer avails the power! He went into a long conversation with God about the city. Asking for guidance, power to be able to do something, for favor before the king (leave of absence, letters and resources) and strength to overcome the opposition

What is the Nehemiah way? Touch the Heavens, Transform the City!

Prayer is the tool that bridges the gap between God’s dream for the city and the reality at our hands. Prayer welcomes the King (Matthew 6: 10) – Your kingdom come in Nairobi and your will be done here as it is in heaven. The way to invade our estates, neighborhoods and the communities around us is to use the weapons of prayer and action. 2 Corinthians 10:4 tells us that our weapons are not worldly, but they are mighty in God to the pulling down of strongholds.

To be effective, our prayers and acts of love should be guided by:

  • Information: Begin to investigate the needs and issues around your community. Find out the relevant info by looking at the history, structure, relationships and attitudes prevailing in the city and in your community.
  • Insight. As you pray for the city, God will give you insights into the community as he sees it. He may give you a vision, discernment, a word or a picture of what is or what is to come. Use this info for prayer and action.

It is time to invade the city. It is time to saturate our estates with prayer and love.

Touch the Heavens, Transform the City!

Nehemiah’s story ended well: “So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.” (6:15,16)

ABCs—How do we apply this?

  • Always start where you are; 10 mins prayer every day for your hood, ask your small group to do a prayer walk/ drive in your hood – pray on site with insight.
  • Be honest with what your part has been (action), how are you part of the problem—sort out the man in the mirror; what are the things I have not done I should have/could have done? (inaction)
  • Continue with the conversation; Acts 17: 26 ‘it is no coincidence you live where you live’ Keep it going, it’s both an event and a process. Nehemiah prayed and worked until the place was changed.

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