How to Change Your City

Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols. (Acts 17:16 NKJV)

I’m convinced that every community has its own spiritual identity. There can be identified specific strongholds, as well as evidence of God’s work, in any city.

Athens was just a temporary stop for Paul; yet he took the time to walk the city, praying and listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit to reveal to him the strongholds that needed to be broken, as well as the move of God that was on the horizon.

My wife and I enjoy walking through our neighborhood. While we walk we will often pray for the neighbors – those we know, and those we have yet to meet. It is amazing how often God will reveal things to us, simply because we pause to pray and listen.

This week take some time to walk your neighborhood, or drive through the heart of your city. Ask God to reveal areas where Satan has gained control – and then take authority over those things and “bring them down” in Jesus’ name. (This is not a one-time prayer; but a pursuit of breakthrough.)

Then ask the Holy Spirit what He is desiring to do in your city. Come into agreement, and release the power of the Holy Spirit to have freedom, contending for His will to be done in your city just like it is in heaven.

This is how cities are radically changed – one prayer at a time.

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