Lenten message seeks change
Something extraordinary is taking place in our community for our citizens and your readers. People from more than half a dozen different denominational and nondenominational backgrounds are actively praying together, crying out for revival and transformational change in our city, county, and beyond. As a participant in a number of these recent gatherings, I have been moved by the heartfelt and biblically informed prayers that are a part of a 40-day Seek God for the City prayer movement. Each morning at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday, a faithful group is praying at one of the participating churches in Roseburg or Winston.
Those who are praying believe the kind of change needed in our community can’t come from the city council, courthouse, schoolhouse, statehouse or the White House. We agree a reset of our priorities, a return to faith in God, and a renewal of our commitment to pursuing God’s purposes is needed to bring about the kind of change we desire. So we pray. We invite God’s presence and power to permeate every household, and those other kinds of houses mentioned above.
For the past two weeks, our community has been blanketed once again with the prayers of common citizens with an uncommon burden from above. Many of these prayers already are being answered — lives changed, marriages restored, prodigals returned home, financial peace received, and hope renewed. Greater things are yet to come!
Perhaps there are others who share our concern for revival and community transformation. We invite you to kneel with us. If you long for God to renew your life, we’re already praying for you.
Jon D. Nutter
Pastor Hucrest Community
Church of God