This month I had the chance to go back to a retreat I first went to last year. Last year I didn’t really get too much out of it, but I enjoyed it because the worship was great, and I learned a bit more about God. This year I had high hopes that it would be better for me because I’m personally in a better place than I was last time. Each year there are different ‘Kingdom Electives’ as they call it. In each one you learn about that subject and go around the city of Toronto learning to know Jesus more deeply, and how He is working in the city.
This year I chose the Sidewalk Scripture, and I went into it not really knowing what to expect. I just thought that the description sounded unique, so I went for it. Our weekend started off with amazing worship, and was totally FULL of the Holy Spirit. There were so many more people than last year, which was surprising, but they were all super friendly and welcoming. On Saturday we grouped up and started out in 3’s going through the city on a prayer walk. We had outlines of ideas on what to pray for as we walked.
a) Pray the names of God. God, what are you revealing about yourself today?
b) Pray the will of God. God, what is your will for the city of Toronto?
c) Pray for the provision of needs. God, how could I meet a need today?
d) Pray for a spirit of giving and receiving forgiveness within Toronto
e) Pray for deliverance and freedom from the temptation of the evil one.
This outline was not only helpful on our walk through Toronto, it can be used for prayer walks in any city. Anywhere. I didn’t pray aloud, but I did so in my head and God still revealed more about Himself to me throughout the day.
Once we got to our appointed destination we found out that the Women’s March was being held there, and we were going to take part in it. I was very surprised at first, because I didn’t know what to expect. We were each invited by our leader to be present and notice things. Notice people. See others through the eyes of Jesus.
It was interesting listening to all the speakers, and seeing all the signs people had made for this event. Some were cool, some were weird, and some were even a bit funny. I was somewhat surprised to find that most of the women there weren’t ‘angry’ like media portrays them to be. They were just people marching for a cause they were passionate about and want justice for. My eyes were opened to so many different issues regarding women and the patriarchy, and equal rights. I learned that Jesus cares about injustice, He is found among the suffering. We were asked afterward if Jesus would go to a march like this, and after seeing it first-hand and learning how present He was, I definitely believe He would have. Just to interact with the people, and show love to them. I found that the most impactful, I think, and was challenged to go out and be present wherever I happen to be. It’s not easy, and you have to keep your focus on Jesus, but it’s possible, and it makes a difference. So open up to people, strangers even! Ask them what their story is, let them know they’re loved more than they can imagine! Because the broken need Jesus the most.
To end, I’ll share a passage that is really powerful to me, especially when read aloud.
“Suddenly one like a Son of Man was coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was escorted before Him. He was given dominion and glory, and a Kingdom; so that those of every people, nation, and language should serve Him. His dominion is an EVERLASTING dominion that will not pass away, and His Kingdom is one that will not be destroyed.” -Daniel 7:13-14