Re-building the Walls – David Gilbey
Chelmsford doesn’t have City walls, but in many ways, although ostensibly prosperous and developing, as with any town or city there are many “cracks” that become apparent when you start to look beyond the surface. There is much joy and contentment to be found here but nonetheless, many our friends and neighbours still suffer from the same heartaches and traumas that pervade our society at large; relationship breakdowns, ill-health, debt, depression, homelessness, addiction, these and many more, a list even we as Christians can know all too well. The walls, the once thought certainties of our lives crumble, sometimes they completely collapse.
But God is in the re-building business.
In the Biblical book of Nehemiah, the walls of Jerusalem had literally come down. God spoke to Nehemiah and he brought together the Peoples of that City, those with position and those without, the rich and the poor, as residents of different districts, religious or family groups or those who were of particular trades or professions. All then set out to re-build their section of wall and together, despite much opposition, eventually and gloriously succeeded.
The Week of Prayer is still 3 weeks away and at the time of writing this people from 32 churches and prayer groups both in and spread around the outskirts of Chelmsford have already come together and signed up to pray together for 114 out of a possible 168 hours. Check out the list of who’s booked to pray. Amazing!
Keep spreading the word, it doesn’t matter how many people eventually fill any one hour of prayer, let’s fill and keep filling these slots so that the whole City and District is saturated with the sound of prayer and petition for those 7 days 22 – 28 March.
Let us “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
We are God’s hands and feet and voices, responding to His call to re-build. Our tools are Unity, Love and Prayer.
Practical things concerning the Week of Prayer
Download and print an Information Pack containing all you need to know to sign up, including posters and flyers. Print and distribute widely!
The website has other resources on it too.
Download and print a list of Prayer Topics specifically written for Chelmsford to stimulate your prayers.
Also, don’t forget we would like as many people as possible to meet to pray by the City Sign in the High Street midday, Wednesday 25th March.
BBC Essex will be there and recording for an item on the breakfast show on Sunday 29th.