Intersection Intercession NatomasJuly 23, 2008
If you’ve been reading “The Gates are Open” for a long time, you’ll know that two things grip my heart: The reality of how much prayer can change things and how much I love Natomas, the neighborhood of Sacramento we live in. Recently, our area of town is experiencing a mini-crime wave unlike what we have seen in the past. Several bloggers have done a better job than I at chronicling this and the Sacramento Bee just picked up the story from them yesterday (tip of the hat to Joe Sacramento for his diligent reporting).
But I’m all about solutions, both practical and spiritual. And here is the new feature we’re including here every Wednesday at “The Gates are Open”. We are going to highlight an intersection of Natomas so we can intercede and see God change things at that corner.
Why an intersection? I was reading several years ago this book by a pastor in Colorado Springs. That city was known at the time for its crime, occult activity and degrading neighborhoods. This one church began to pray for the intersections (the places where people cross paths the most) that God’s presence and protection would flourish. In the next ten years, they saw miraculous changes in their city. So much so that it is now known as one of the cities with the lowest crime rates and highest rankings in places to live.
So, today’s intersection will be obvious to many who live here: The corner of Truxel Rd. and San Juan Rd. Yes, the place of so much controversy. The home of Natomas High School, several “affordable-living” apartment complexes. The site of the much-harangued shopping center. What can we say about this corner as you begin to pray?
Click on this picture below to see what crime has taken place within a 1500 feet of that corner in the last four months: (Note: The multiple exclamation marks means multiple crimes of multiple types took place at that location)
If you are willing, here is what I would like you to do. Either pray in your home or prayer walk near or at that intersection. Ask God what He wants you to pray. Pray about the particular crimes that have been taking place there and pray that God will seal that area with His protection. Then, pray whatever else God leads you to pray. Then come back here and let others know what God was showing you in the comments section.
We will see Natomas changed through prayer and hard work.
Just so you can get a mental picture of the intersection, here is a real picture of it taken this evening.