Praying With God's Heart: Seeing With New Eyes
" 'Love the Lord your God with lal your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these" Mark 13:30-31, NIV
We are living in a time of unprecedented change that has tremendous impact on our world and on the church. If we are to be effectively used by God to express our love to Him by loving our neighbors, Christ followers need to know and understand the changes and what impact they have.
There are three major pieces to this change:
- Urbanization - It is estimated that in 1900 only 10 percent of the World's population lived in cities. In 2000 that percentage had risen to 50 percent and by 2025 it is projected to be 72 percent. This change is reflected in Texas as our state is becoming increasingly urban.
- Migration - Today we live in the imt of the greatest migration movement that the world has ever known. The reasons for this migration are varied: economic, political, religious, educational. People are moving from everywhere to everywhere. Because of this, or world is a changing mosaic of language, culture, and religions.
- Fluidity of capital, labor, and information - The ability to communicate instantaneously via email and the internet, plus amazing transportation systems has made our world a very small place.
Will you love God by engaging your mind, heart, and soul for a multicultural prayer adventure? Will you pray this prayer as you begin this prayer journey?
Father, all of these changes are mind boggling. I'm not sure I want to know these things. But you have called me to love You and out of that love to love me neighbor. How can I live in obedience to those commands and not pay attention to the changes in the world? In Texas? You ask me to follow You as You work among the people of the earth. Lord, I commit myself to pray through this prayer plan in order to catch glimpses of Texas as perhaps I've never seen it before.