Redeem – The Lord is Good

February 1, 2022

Redeem - The Lord is Good For the month of January Take the City pushed a pause button and sought the Lord together in fasting, prayer, and worship. This meant we did not go out for our Redeem monthly outreach. Even so, the Lord was at work recalibrating the hearts of his people.  Fasting is not a way for us to get what we want or to manipulate God. Instead, fasting is a way to empty ourselves of worldly comforts and pleasures and to tenderize our hearts to the deep realization that we truly need God. We don’t just need God to answer our petitions, even though that is part of prayer, we need God to be our greatest delight and desire. God has made us for himself, and our ultimate satisfaction and purpose is found in beholding the beauty of the Lord.  In the year 2021, at the end of our previous 21 Days of Fasting, we worshiped, prayed, celebrated, and went home to break our fasts. That evening our family was in for a heart-wrenching night when our beloved family dog, Selah, was tragically hit by a car right in front of the Take the City building. I, Ellen, was deeply upset because Selah was a gift that I was given by God several years before I was married. She entered into my life during a time of pain, rebellion, and unforgiveness. I remember taking her for walks and feeling the tender loving-kindness of God softening my heart to his presence once again. Selah was in a way a picture of God’s faithfulness and goodness in my...
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Brittany

I have been serving in some way with Take the city since October 2013. I spent a lot of time on the prayer team in the beginning and encountered God’s heart for the city in a life changing way. When the teams came back and shared testimonies, it was always fun to see that our prayers coincided with some of their testimonies in special ways. More recently I have had the privilege of leading a team to a nursing home where I used to be an employee. I used to pray over the facility every day, and it was such a miracle to see an old friend who lives there give his life to Jesus on one of our outreaches a year later. God sure has a way of answering prayers. And Take the City is an answer to so many prayers that have gone up here.