I believe the answer is "YES!" ...And here's why I think so.... Last winter a small group of us prayer-walked a 4 square block area adjacent to Bartlett Park in South St. Petersburg, Florida, known for its high crime rate. We blessed the land and prophetically proclaimed the gospel of Jesus to the neighborhood in the expectation that God's presence would increase over the area, the crime rate would go down and we would have a testimony we could take to the city’s pastors and civic leaders...evidence that God will partner with us in blessing the city and its people if only we will come together repent and cover the city with prayer. We are pleased to say that God answered our prayers and gave us our testimony. During an 11 week period of Saturday prayer-walks, the average number of reported crime incidents in the neighborhood we covered in prayer dropped 46%
Well if the criminals were prayer-walking instead of committing crimes, of course the crime rate would decrease. Duh!
The more cities become overpopulated the most bored and desperate young people will become and the more crime we will have. I can see the church as being partly responsible for the growing population because the church cannot adjust to the fact that there are just too many humans on earth and we are killing our environment. Where do the children play in many cities now? The parks are getting smaller and so are the apartments. It is no wonder there is a rise in crime.
Prayer can only bring blessings and I don't know of any bad blessings. Jesus gave us two commandments," Love the father and love each other". If we do that we'll quit trying to hurt each other! Merry Christmas!
Thanks for your comment, Sneakorocksolid. Agreed, prayer can only bring blessings! Did you know that the Hebrew word for blessing is "barak" which means in part, "empower to prosper?"
No I didn't at thats an awesome tidbit!
Why didn't it STOP crime all together? Perhaps based on your conclusion God is in favor of some level of crime?
Thanks for your comment, MikeNV. I think the fault lies with us and not with God. There were only 2 to 4 of us and we sought to have an impact on a 16 square block area known for criminal activity.
There is much evidence in the New Testiment that God is firmly on the side of peace. In Mathew 5:9, for example, Jesus says, "Blessed are the peacemakers! For they shall be called the sons of God." ...and in psalm 133, verses that proclaim the benefits of living together in unity, it says in effect that God "Commands his blessing" (KJV) when men unify under His Lordship.
What would happen, I wonder, if 100's or even 10's of people prayed for an area that size? What would happen if the churches in the area would unite to cover the neighborhood in prayer?
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