“They will be called the Holy People, the redeemed of the Lord; and you will be called sought after, the city no longer deserted.” - Isaiah 62:12
Some have defined the narrative of scripture as a story, which tells of humanity’s journey from a garden to a city. We see that God Himself created humans, both male and female, in His image and likeness in the Garden of Eden. Sadly, this relationship and unfolding purpose was interrupted by humanity becoming enslaved by our own selfish ends; taking into our own hands
the building of families, communities and cities. The great promise of scripture is that God has sought out humanity, even while we continue in rebellion to His rightful authority and He has redeemed our relationship with Himself, and restored His original plan. The Book of Revelation reveals that there is a “city of God” we can be a part of, a city that even Abraham looked forward to when leaving his homeland.
“For (Abraham) was looking forward to this city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” - Hebrews 11:10
Just weeks before the 2010 earthquakes in Christchurch, we received a prophecy as a church that we would play a significant part in building the spiritual foundations of the city. Not believing that it would literally happen, the person delivering the prophecy even saw the cathedral coming down, revealing just how significant this call on us would be. The good news is that nothing that has happened in our city is irredeemable. God has called us His Redeemed, those He has sought after, to help restore this city... in a way that is not deserted but filled with His glory and His presence.
Pray for our city today. Pray that every area of our city be recognisable as a city redeemed by the Spirit of God. Pray for the sphere of influence you have, whatever that may look like; that you would have a vision in your heart of the city God Himself wants to see built in Christchurch. Amen.
Take the opportunity to prayer walk a part of the city when it next comes. Ask God to fill your imagination with what His city looks like. What would it feel like and what would be His priorities be if He was caring for the people?