GUIDE TO PRAYER-WALKING

 

What is prayer walking? One simple definition: "Praying on-site with insight." The purpose of prayer walking is to seek God's guidance, mercy, and transforming power—both for the people, the site, the community, and for us as God's servants in the community.

 Guidelines for Prayer-walking

1.          Meet at an assigned time and start with group prayer.  

2.          Lay out the basic needs or purpose of the Prayer walk  (Why was this site chosen?)

3.          Plan to walk for about half to one hour depending on the location area. If anyone in your group is not comfortable with walking, they can prayer-drive around the location instead.  Encourage those who cannot come for health, age or time reasons to pray off site at the same time. (Example: Many of our Seniors can not attend, but are Veteran Christians whose know how to pray and need to be – and feel - involved and honored.)

4.          Walk in groups of two 2-5.  Plan your routes to cover as much of the area as possible.

5.          Pray aloud in a quiet, conversational voice, if you feel comfortable doing so. Or pray silently, letting your prayer partner(s) know what you are praying about. Don't call attention to yourselves.  Be on scene, don’t make a scene."

6.          When praying with other churches or denominations, be sensitive to the diversity of prayer styles within the Body of Christ, come and pray as a servant… (1 Corinthians 10:14-32)

7.          If anyone asks what you are doing, be prepared to respond: "We're praying God's blessing on this High School. Is there any special way we can pray for you?"

8.          Although it is not the primary purpose of prayer walking, be open to opportunities to interact with and bless people God may put in your path.

9.          Afterwards, Debrief:  gather to share your prayers, observations and experiences. What did you learn about the location? How was God manifest in this experience? Be Concise and brief.

10.       Set plans to gather for additional Prayer walks or Prayer times as led by the Holy Spirit.  The “prayer walk” moment may be great, but was a “moment” all God had in mind?  Seek God for His plan, strategy and timing.

11.       Continue praying for the site/community during the week.   Pray until it is done

 So how do you pray?

·        Pray from Wisdom – what is known about the target area – Names, concerns, crime, needs, history, positives and negatives. 

·        Pray for discernment -- Seek the gift of seeing the community through Christ's "eye" and to discern what God is already doing there; ask God to show you how you can pray with greater insight for the people, events, and places in the community.

·        Pray for blessing – Pray over every person, home and business you encounter; for God's intervention in each life, so that each one can be fruitful in God's kingdom; for God's will to be done in this community "as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6:10).

·        Pray with empathy -- See and feel what residents live with every day; offer intercession for those things that express brokenness and grieve God's spirit, and give thanks to God for the blessings and gifts that exist in the community.

·        Pray from Scripture -- Prayers based directly on God's word can be especially powerful. You may want to bring a Bible with key passages highlighted, or copy verses onto note cards.

·        Pray in God's power -- allow times of silence for God's spirit to speak to you, or through you (Romans 8:26). Ask with confidence in the power of Jesus' name (John 14:12-14). Like the disciples sent out by Christ, we are empowered to push back the darkness (Luke 10:17-18).