This morning I was leaving the gym and got caught at a red light. When normally this kind of inconvenient delay in my plans would simply add to my impatience, it dawned on me to take the opportunity to pray. Obviously this did not come from my impatient mind, this was the Holy Spirit reminding me of what's important.I decided one way I could do this is to simply pray for whatever I see on the four corners of the intersection.
I ended up praying for a local bank that would treat people fairly. That a Christian employee would be a bold and respectful witness for Christ as they interact with fellow employees and customers. Next I prayed for an insurance office. I immediately thought of the many in crisis who would call needed help to process a car wreck, a house fire or the loss of a loved one. I prayed that their call would be met with grace and kindness. Next i prayed for a church. This particular church was a bit run down and I wasn't sure if anything was still going on there. I prayed that God would revive the excitement and passion to reach hurting people and make disciples here in our city and beyond. I couldn't make out what was tucked behind a group of trees and landscaping but prayed that whatever the business was that God's kingdom would come on earth as it is in Heaven. This simple exercise raised my expectations regarding prayer in the most mundane of moments.
Imagine what God may do if we all prayed at red lights. I believe God may expand your heart to see fellow drivers as people God loves and send Jesus to die for. I think our concern for our city would grow and help us see beyond our personal agenda and start to long to see God bring help and Salvation to those we pass by every day. Perhaps we may even experience what Jesus experienced in Matthew 9:36-38...36
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”