Almost every day someone goes to Occidental Sqaure to pray. Occidental Square is in the heart of Pioneer Square in Seattle; the historic district. It's a concret square that acts as a park, and mnay of the poor and disenfranchised gather there to hang out.
This is where we will be celebrating Easter with people from all walks of life.
So, because prayer is a priority for living a Jesus lifestyle and because we believe that prayer should procede action, we are intentionally making an effort to have someone pray on the Square every day leading to Easter.
Last night the Healing Prayer Team went to the Square. We spent time walking around it 7 times and then decided to go to the four points of the compass: east, west, north and south, just as the verse in Luke 13:29 speaks:
"People will come from east and west, and north and south, and will recline at the table of the banquet of the king."
When we got to the west side, we were standing in front of a bar. In just a few seconds, two women came out and asked us if we were singing. We answered, "No, but we are praying." Would you like us to pray for you? They were like "Wow, this is amazing that you are here. Just a few minutes ago, there was a strange karma in the bar." They continued to talk to us and seemed genuinely pleased we were there.
Right after they went inside, a man came out. He also asked us what we were doing, and we told him "We are here to pray. Can we pray for you?" He said, "Of course." So, we prayed. He told us his name, told us he was a Jesus follower, and that he is doing something similar to Missio Lux. It's called "Kingdom First." We invited him to Easter, along with people from their ministry.
It continued to happen. People continued to stream out of the bar, giving us opportunity for conversation and prayer. They told their stories. They offered to help. They expressed enthusiasim for our presence on Easter.
This is the Kingdom of God in action. This is finding a common place of connection with whomever God brings into our path. This is the reality of being a church without walls; we can find connection with people all over because we recognize that "We are the Church."
Last night a lot of light got shined at Occidental Square. But this is just the warmup for what God is going to do on Easter. I really can't wait!