Jesus stopped and wept over the city of Jerusalem in Luke 19:41. Today, like Jesus, we must look at the cities with compassion, weep and pray. The Lord wanted to embrace the citizens of Jerusalem, but they were not willing. They were rebellious, stubborn and hard hearted. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! (Matthew 23:37),
Like Jerusalem, secular cities are harassing, depriving, hating and boycotting evangelists today. Messengers of the gospel are not welcome in modern and postmodern cities.
Jesus spoke to the women of Jerusalem: “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourself & for your children.” (Luke23:28) The cities we live in are similar to that of Jerusalem. The citizens are in great danger of God’s judgment.
Cities like Chorazin, Bethesda and Capernaum did not repent even after seeing mighty deeds done by the Son of God. (Matt. 11:21-24) God is going to judge the cities. The Church could stand in the gap and intercede for the cities and also proclaim the Gospel so that they repent. If a wicked city like Nineveh with a population of 120,000 could repent through the prophetic ministry of Jonah, modern cities can also repent. In fact, Nineveh repented despite the reluctant prophet and an inadequate message of love. We should pray that leaders like Jonah may rise up to transform cities around the world.
God is calling His church to weep and intercede for cities as Jesus did for unrepentant, hardened, violent, ruthless, hurting people who refuse to give place the Lord Jesus Christ.