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Keeping Our Neighborhoods Safe

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.  Psalm 122:6 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.I awakened with New York City weighing heavily on my spirit.

I walk almost every day, and although I don’t live in a metropolitan area, geography and socio-economic status don’t limit evil. A rash of recent car break-ins have troubled my neighborhood. Many residents have installed special lighting, and one neighbor organized a Crime Watch meeting at a nearby church.

Car break-ins are only a nuisance compared to the carnage New York City experienced recently. On a crisp autumn day, an evil man in a truck mowed down innocent people out for a walk, a run, or a bike ride. Both incidents prove we need greater security.  

When fearful thoughts trouble my spirit, I take them to God. So that’s what I did. As I walked the streets of my neighborhood early one morning, I prayed, and God spoke. He brought to mind a Bible verse I’d studied that week.

In Psalm 122:6, God calls His people to pray for the peace of their holy city. While no one’s ever called Lexington, South Carolina, a holy city, the principle still applies. Praying regularly for our city’s peace, and, on a smaller scale, the neighborhoods in which we live, is biblical. God uses our prayers to spread His protective covering over our homes and our streets.

On this morning, as I walked the two streets and seven cul-de-sacs of my neighborhood, I prayed and asked God to keep our neighborhood safe from anyone who would harm us. I prayed a blessing over each family, inviting God to make Himself real to them and to meet their needs. I petitioned Him to strengthen the faith of the believers who live here and embolden them to share their faith with others. And I asked Him to bless and use us to minister in His name.

Today, as you drive or walk through the streets of your neighborhood—instead of listening to music or mindlessly daydreaming—spend a few minutes praying. Doing so could make all the difference.

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Lori Hatcher

Lori Hatcher is a writer, women’s ministry speaker, and author of Hungry for God ... Starving for Time, Five-Minute Devotions for Busy Women. Her passion is to help busy women connect to God in the craziness of life. You can find her on Facebook (Hungry for God, Starving for Time), Twitter (@LoriHatcher2) or on her blog at www.LoriHatcher.com.



  1. It sounds like you don't live in New York City. Have you heard of David Wilkerson's vision of 1,000 fires burning in New York City, or are you close enough to God that He has shown you similar things? God also showed David Wilkerson a mass exodus of New York before he showed him that.