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The Dark Side of Housing

The Dark Side of Housing

There is a subculture of people who may look like they are camping to passerby’s, but they are not. 

GOD sent me on assignment to spend the night in the Hilton Austin hotel to pray for the homeless and the people struggling with addiction. He has not forgotten about that, and neither should you. Please pray for them. They are not just living on the park lawn in tents, but under bridges and in bushes. 

What Does GOD Have to Say About It The LORD commanded us to pray for one another, and in HIS word, HE said “what you make happen for somebody else, HE would make happen for you.” (Ephesians 6:8) Every life is valuable to GOD.

You have all different types of people living in those tents outside. I have never seen anything like it until I moved to Austin and went downtown. But they’re not only downtown; they are in bushes on the side of highways and even in the middle of a block. It saddens me to see people living in this kind of condition.

I’m sure that they don’t want to live homelessly and have to sleep in tents. Although there are mentally ill, drug-addicted criminals, who are running from the law and live outside in the tent community, there are also educated people who have lost their jobs and then themselves. It is our responsibility to help them because we have what they don’t.

I know some people refuse to give them money because they are concerned they will only use it for drugs. The Bible tells us: ” Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and HE will repay him for his deed.” Proverbs 19:7) When you read the scripture, notice that GOD didn’t say for you to make a judgment call and make a decision and give it, because they might be using it on drugs no you were just supposed to give them because the LORD said so and it was GOD who gave it to you in the first place.

The person you are judging to be a drug addict and thinking they may use the hard-earned money you gave them on drugs also has to eat and needs other things. There is only one Just Judge, and that’s GOD. That’s what GOD told us in HIS word, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” (Matthew 7:1-3) We are not able to judge people; we do not know the whole story.

Who Are the Homeless?

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I was looking at a documentary about a homeless woman who was being interviewed. She had a master’s degree and was a social worker and therapist before losing her apartment due to loss of income. She ended up homeless. Listening to her, I thought to myself, she’s so articulate, but other factors were going on like depression.

I didn’t see any signs of drugs, but she opened my eyes to some things. She said: “when you’re homeless, you don’t get enough sleep because of the fears and dangers of living inside a tent amongst that population. So, you live in a perpetual state of fear, every day is a hustle, and you have to think about how you’re going to eat.

You also think about how you will get a shower or even bathe. And sometimes you have to do things to eat that you would never do.” She also said that some homeless people are out there because they want to be, they have lost all hope and resolved themselves to be a nomad.  

How Can You Help?

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That is easy enough to answer: support.  

Some believe that praying is small compared to all the things you could do to help them. It is not. Prayer is the most powerful and vital thing that you can do because it will cover so many areas of their existence, if you would pray and talk to GOD on behalf of all homeless people in your city.

Financial, food, and clothing also are suitable forms of support. They need money to buy grooming items, small clothing, and sometimes to get something to eat.  

Form an intercessory team or prayer group to pray for the homeless people in your community. And if you don’t have any in your community or think you don’t, I’m sure you have some in your city so pray for them. If you can’t get a group of people to pray, find someone who will pray with you for the homeless because the prayer of agreement works. 

My final thought.

It’s not just as simple to say they need to get a job. NO, there are other factors in why a person becomes homeless and stays that way for a long time. If you pray for them, GOD will minister and work on those areas that got them to that place. That’s why prayer is so, so important.




  1. Arovy Pointer
    April 20, 2021 / 7:02 pm

    What a descriptive and penetrating title. Many people turn away from the scenes of homelessness. No one should take it for granted. Thank you for keeping it in discussion. But today you’re asking for more than discussion but actively doing something pray. I consider prayer one of the most powerful weapons in my arsenal. 2 Corinthians 10:4 “For the weapons of our warfare are not the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. What you make happen for others God will make happen for you we can have homes but still live like we are homeless and have strongholds over our lives that only prayer can destroy. Thank you

  2. Elida
    April 22, 2021 / 6:24 am

    Hi, Diana
    After reading your blog, I realized that I am guilty of not wanting to give money to the poor because I didn’t want them to go spend it on drugs and such! But I won’t do that anymore. I always have some McDonalds breakfast biscuits or something to give them in case I see some standing at the lights but I don’t give money. Shame on me. Oh Diana, I always do pray, cry and lift them up to the Lord. I have see the conditions that they live like and wish I could save them all. Every time it’s cold or so hot it’s unbearable, I think of them and what they must be going through and my heart just breaks. It’s heartbreaking to know that they are out there without the facilities to bathe, air conditioning or heat while we sit in comfort. I ask the Lord to put His arms around them and protect them and hold them and bring them comfort. What else can you do but pray. Thank you for this enlightening information. Love Elida

    • admin
      April 22, 2021 / 10:52 am

      Hi Elida,

      Thank you for your words of encourage its so nice know that God has children in the world such as yourself that will help HIM by giving to the homeless. He certainly will bless you and your family for your compassion.

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