As a church we see the need of this town. We are motivated by that need but we also need to understand that sin is the underlying influence. Nineveh was a city of need and the wickedness of the city was the root cause. The answer to the needs of the people of Brentwood is practical but it is also the Gospel. The two run hand in hand. We need to be specific in our prayers. To meet the practical needs and the spiritual needs we need people to be stirred and enthused and displaying the Fruit of the Spirit.
Haggai 1 v 14 – 15
So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the Lord Almighty, their God, on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month.
And we need to be people full of the Holy Spirit and with Spiritual Gifts
Zechariah 4 v 6 – 7
So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.
“What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’”
An example of this would be the Welsh Revival of 1904 where thousands of people came to Christ and this transformed the towns and cities with the pubs being empty and the Police having nothing to do except escorting people to and from chapel.
In the words of Mary at the wedding of Canaan, “Whatever He tells you to do, do it!”.
This is a simple Biblical command – How do we fulfil simple Biblical commands?
When we pray specifically and simply fulfil Biblical commands we start to see answered prayer.