Day 6: Love for the City
Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.”
As Paul walked the streets of ancient Athens and observed his surroundings through the lens of the Gospel, his heart became extremely burdened because evidence of the city’s idolatry was everywhere, right in plain sight. This purposeful observation led him into purposeful mission, and he took the opportunity to share the Good News of God’s true character with others.
Call to Action: Walk around your neighborhood. Be intentional. Think about what you’re seeing/hearing. Say hello to people. Take an interest in someone and strike up a conversation. Pray.
- What stood out to you the most while doing this activity?
- How can you continue a conversation you started?
- How will walking the city change the way you pray for it?
Lord Jesus, give me your eyes to see the City as you see it; give me your heart to love it as you love it; give me your hands and lips to serve it as you serve it. Move me to seek justice and mercy for the people of this place. For Christ’s sake, Amen.