When Jesus taught His disciples to pray for His kingdom to come on earth as in heaven, He was also teaching us what we should expect to see and work for in this world.
In this moment unlike any most of us have ever faced, it can be hard to see the kingdom. During a time of racial injustice, violence, contentious politics and global pandemic, we can easily relate to the psalmist’s words: “How long, O Lord?” Yet more times than we can count, Imago Dei has witnessed God bringing His kingdom to earth through His people here in Portland!
There is no doubt that this is a time to do kingdom work. It is a time to live out the kingdom of justice, righteousness and peace in our streets, workplaces, hospitals, schools, homes and churches. There is no doubt that this is also a time to pray. A time to make our petitions for our city known to our God. Not as a way of relieving us from the work, but as a way of aligning with the One who calls us to the work in the first place.
As we journey through this month together, we invite you to use the following focuses to guide your prayer time each week.
Week 1: Pray for students, teachers and parents as we enter the new school year.
Week 2: Pray for our lonely, houseless and sick neighbors as we continue to live through this pandemic and all of its effects.
Week 3: Pray for local businesses and their owners as they work to stay open and serve our community.
Week 4: Pray for healing and reconciliation in Portland as divisions and tensions challenge us.
Update for 9/13: Due to the Air Quality Advisory in effect in Portland, our prayer walk on 9/13 is canceled.
Join Pastor Ruben Alvarado Sunday mornings in September at 9am for prayer walks in downtown Portland.
We will meet at the corner of SW 12th and Salmon, in the U Park lot. Street-parking is free downtown on Sundays until 1pm. We’ll start walking at 9:05am.
All participants must maintain 6ft. of distance between other who are not part of their household. Face masks are mandatory for this walk; please bring one with you. Bring your own water bottle and good walking shoes. Each walk will be about 2 miles total.