2. Pray for your neighbors.
One of the best ways to begin reaching out to your neighbors is to simply start praying for them. As a family we’ve been praying more and more for our neighbors. We’ve been praying that God would open their hearts and draw them into a relationship with the Creator of their souls. We’ve been praying that God would use us to introduce them to Jesus.
As you get to know your neighbors ask them how you can pray for them. Awkward as it may feel, in that moment you become a neighborhood “priest” of sorts. As 1 Peter 2:9 makes clear, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
When you offer to pray for your neighbor you are shining a light. Even if they say “no” at first, they’ll know where to turn when things get dark in their lives. When things go bad everyone needs a priest right? Well, guess what? You brand yourself as the closest one when you offer to pray for your neighbors!
Pray for their physical, relational, emotional, financial and spiritual needs as well. When you personally can do something to fulfill those needs do it. Is there a better place to start obeying the command of loving your neighbor than in your actual neighborhood?