Prayer Works

Here’s an interesting story from Peoria, Illinois. Last year, several churches banded together to pray for their community in response to a rising crime rate. Peoria’s Mayor made the suggestion after hearing about similar movements in other cities across the nation. This 40 Days of Prayer for the City is a movement among Christians to address the rising crime rate in their respective communities. The Peoria initiative began in 2007. At that time, there were 16 homicides reported. Last year, after a year of praying for their community, the homicide rate decreased to six. After the initial 40 Days of Prayer, diverse groups of believers join together for prayer throughout the balance of the year at places such as the jail, police station, firehouse, and other governmental buildings. The faith community of Peoria, Illinois had something to celebrate this year – a lower crime rate. Makes you think about the power of prayer!