Earlier this year,
an urban church in Bristol, England, developed an interesting response to the
high crime rate in its neighborhood. It developed “Prayer Patrols”
that take place three times daily. Volunteers walk through the streets, knocking
on doors, collecting prayer requests, and praying with the inhabitants. Police
officials say that the number of robberies has been reduced by 51 percent and
burglaries are down by 21 percent. City officials say that prayer has broken
the “siege mentality” that had gripped the neighborhood as a result
of gang warfare.
– Turning Point Daily Devotional, 10/15/03
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