PRAYING ONSITE WITH INSIGHT
By Pastor Gary Schmitz, Executive Director at Citywide Prayer Movement
Lord, thank you for the life-changing power of your Word. Help me to obey your Word, so that my ways may please you and lead others to you.
As I told Moses, “I have given you and all my people the entire land that you will be marching over.”
In many communities around the world, God is helping Christians to pray as they walk through their neighborhoods and workplaces, sensing the burdens and needs of the people. This activity may be described as “prayer-walking.” As we walk, we ask God to open our hearts to see others as God sees them, and we ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us the unique needs so we can pray more specifically about them.
Prayer-walking is a great way to get out into your neighborhood or into your city and become engaged with those around you. You will also get some exercise and are likely to have special encounters with Jesus, for he is always there ready to meet great needs and restore the broken.
There are several things to note as you prayer-walk in your city:
- You can walk and pray alone, but it’s better to pray with a partner. A friend and I recently went on a 45-minute prayer-walk in a poverty- stricken neighborhood. We made observations and prayed in silence. We encountered eight abandoned properties which had become homes for people in desperate need of shelter. When we returned to the church, we shared our experience of being deeply impacted as we prayed onsite with insight from God’s heart, and then we prayed for another hour. I will never forget that experience.
- Always invite the Spirit of God to walk with you, guide your steps, and inspire your prayers. Allow the Holy Spirit to help you see with God’s eyes and to pray with God’s heart for others.
- Carry Scripture with you. Pray directly from the Bible. Claim God’s promises and pray in faith that God will fulfill each one, there on location.
- Pray with purpose. Pray for specific needs of the people and places, as you walk.
- Don’t make a big show as you prayer-walk. You can pray softly. Someone once said, “You can be on scene without making one.” Your prayers are powerful whether said out loud or as a quiet whisper.
Allow God to do a deeper and deeper work in you as you pray about and surrender to God the overwhelming needs of others.
Prayer-walk your mission field (your neighborhood or workplace). Allow God to speak to you as you speak to God about those he loves.
Lord, give me courage to step out of my comfort zone and into my neighborhood and community to serve the people and pray for their vast needs.