Our “Secret Place”
We were in our newly created Secret Place, a cave-like
bubble surrounded by ancient shrubbery and dense muscadine bushes. It’s one of
Piper’s favorite outdoor hangouts because it’s quiet and no one can see us.
While dusting our dirt floor, the firetrucks pulled out of their station and turned their sirens on full blast. Wide-eyed Piper asked, “Did you hear that?” I shared with her how I pray when the sirens blare because someone needs help. She smiled and said,
“Okay!”

Living across from a fire department has its drawbacks but it does offer a unique opportunity for prayer. After our exchange in the Secret Place, I realized there are other opportunities for prayer that I pass every single day, such as:
  • Churches: For the gospel alone to be proclaimed, as well as wisdom and discernment for their leaders.
  • Grocery store: For those who are hungry, asking God to keep my spiritual eyes open to the needs around me.
  • Schools: For protection — physically, emotionally (bullies), and spiritually. 
  • A waving flag: For President Obama and other leaders of our country. 
  • Neighborhood: For a different home each day, praying for the families (whether I know them or not) to be grounded in much love, unity, and grace.

There’s no sweeter aroma than that of intercessory prayer ascending to the Father. It turns ordinary moments into extraordinary opportunities for the kingdom of God.

Can you think of other practical ways to pray for our communities? Please share them in the comment box!

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men. 1 Timothy 2:1
First
of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and
thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, – See more at:
http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Intercessory-Prayer#sthash.eo3jRCeu.dpuf