Intersection Intercession Natomas

July 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)

Truxel and San Juan

Truxel and San Juan

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.

Intersection of Truxel and San Juan

Intersection of Truxel and San Juan



  1. Mike, I’m going to go down there today. Thanks for posting this idea. I think it will make all the difference in the world for Natomas. I encourage everyone else to start doing this.

  2. As I am praying for that corner, I am praying for the two churches that meet in the high school. It seems to me that God has placed them there to be a witness but also to bring God’s presence into a place that needs him.

  3. Thanks for the tip, Mike. Right back at you. I continue to search for the correct balance between the complete outrage I feel towards elected leaders, and my sincere devotion to influencing positive change in the community.

    Yours in Christ,


  4. This is an excellent idea. We should have been doing this a long time ago. You should also mention it to the congregation Sun. mornings to give others a heads-up. We printed out the email, read it outloud and prayed over the area at our most recent Networks meeting.

  5. Thanks Grace for praying for those two churches. I know that one of them is the Sanctuary and the other I believe is the Tabernacle of Praise (someone correct me if I am wrong). Both churches are in need of our prayers that they will be effective in that area at reaching out to people.

    Joe: Keep up the good work.
    Jeremiah: I had thought about doing this online for about a year, but I have actually been doing it for awhile myself individually. I kept forgetting to get it up where others could do it. So better late than never.

  6. I just want to invite all of you. I PRAYER NIGHT FOR NATOMAS

    Sunday, September 14, 2008

    Join us for a day of worship with Daniel Eric Groves and his team. They will be ministering during the Sunday morning service, then THAT NIGHT – join us at Natomas High School from 6:00 – 7:30pm for an evening of prayer and worship.

  7. Thanks for the invitation to prayer Marcelo.

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