I want to take time to recap my blog series “Ten Ways to Address Homelessness” with 60 tips or action steps of practical ways to make it happen! We have covered these topics so far:
1) Don’t Give Up on Hope
2) Meet Their Physical Needs
3) Listen to Their Stories
4) Share the Gospel.
My hope in this series is that your understanding of homelessness will grow and you will be encouraged in your walk with Christ.
Somebody once talked about how his prayers felt like pebbles he tossed into the sky but never quite reached their destination. Prayer was never meant to be like throwing rocks into the sky and hoping those might reach God’s ear. The Bible tells us in 1 John 5:14-15, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him” (NIV). Prayer is not like pebbles that we toss in the air hoping they hit something. The Bible is clear that we should pray confidently and boldly to our heavely Father who desires to hear from us.
One of the greatest priviledges we have as believers in Jesus Christ is interceding on another’s behalf. Jesus was, (John 17) and still is, (Romans 8:27) our example. I contend we are never more like Jesus than when we are standing in the gap for another person in prayer. Bishop T.D. Jakes shared, “She (my mother) became a warrior far superior to any epic hero. She became a giant on her knees. With a sword in one hand she battled the enemies of death and disease, and with her other hand stretched toward heaven she kept beseeching God’s help and His mercy.”
Wichita Falls Faith Mission needs warriors on their knees. Many of the homeless and those addicted to alcohol and drugs are held in bondage which is unseen by the physical eye. Only God can remove the chains that will set them free.
a. Pray that the homeless who are lost will accept the message of the Gospel.
b. Pray that the homeless know their stories do matter, especially to God.
c. Pray for a good support system. Many of the homeless do not connect well with other people; however, they need people to offer encouragement and give them wise counsel.
d. Pray for their safety and physical health as they live on the streets.
e. Pray that the homeless will not fall back into old patterns once they get back on their feet.
f. Pray for the families and children who are homeless.