by Corey Bullock – Ahwatukee Campus Pastor
This past Saturday, the Ahwatukee Campus resurrected an event that I feel helped lay the foundation for the success we have seen over the past three years. The event was a prayer walk – rather a prayer relay that encircled the entire Ahwatukee Region. We consider our region south of the 60 and west of the 101, north of the reservation and east of the mountain. Over 90 walkers – not the zombie kind – prayed from 9am to 5pm over a 30 mile stretch that started and ended at our campus. Each group took a mile leg of the relay carrying a prayer baton that has Psalm 127:1 inscribed on the side.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”
We truly believe that without God’s hand on our ministry that our campus would fail. The converse is true as well. If God is the one who is building this church, then what we do will be successful. People will be drawn to His church. Individuals will receive salvation in Jesus name. Marriages will be restored. Families will be blessed. Neighbors will be loved. Congregations will be united and community needs will be met. These are the things we have prayed for and these are the things we are seeing happen in our community.
I have been reading a book lately mainly because I found the title intriguing. It is called A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson. The cultural standard of instantaneous gratification has found its way into expectations of the spiritual life as well. We often feel that a prayer should be immediately answered and a life should be instantaneously transformed. What we fail to realize is that our faith in Christ is a long obedience in the same direction that requires us to move if we want to see God work. Our acts of faith “are not monuments, but footprints. A monument only says, ‘At least I got this far,’ while a footprint says, ‘This is where I was when I moved again.’” – William Faulkner
We move and pray, and act and pray, and worship and pray, and walk and pray so that our continued obedience would result in the movement of God in our lives, in our church and in our communities. We don’t expect that revival would begin in our region because we completed a 30 mile prayer relay – but it could. We don’t expect an awakening in Ahwatukee because we circled the area in prayer– but it is possible. Therefore, we pray on!