Tonight at 7pm we’re meeting at ASU Poly (by the ballroom) and will then scatter into some nearby neighborhoods for a prayer walk. Kids are welcome to come, but young ones (like mine) will need a stroller.
Prayerwalking may be new to you, so here’s a copy of what I’ll be handing out tonight:
Prayerwalking is praying on site with insight. There is no set prayerwalking formula. God’s Spirit is simply helping us to pray in the midst of the very setting we expect him to answer our prayers.
We instinctively draw near to those for whom we pray. Getting up close to the community focuses our prayer. We sharpen our prayers by concentrating on specific homes and families. We enlarge our praying as well, crying out for entire communities to know God’s healing presence.
How to Get Started:
- Join with other believers, walk, and pray. Pairs and triplets work best. Simply take a walk together and pray as you walk.
- Pray in a relaxed, conversational way. As you see people, homes, cars, parks and other things, it may remind you of certain things to pray for. You don’t need to pray long, but pray for the things that God brings to mind as you walk.
- Focus on God. Make his promises the highlight of your prayers. Ask for him to be known, loved, and treasured among the places you walk.
- If God opens the door for a conversation with somebody in the neighborhood or area, be a good neighbor!
Scripture to keep in mind:
- Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (Colossians 4:2-6)
- And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” (Acts 18:9-10)
- But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. (Jeremiah 29:7)
- For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:10-13)