WHAT IS PRAYER WALKING?
Just like it sounds, Prayer Walking is simply walking through an area or building and praying for both the place and the people in that place. It’s taking our prayers beyond the walls of our church building. For example, you could Prayer Walk through your neighborhood and pray for each of your neighbors and their homes, for God to bless each one of them, to thank God for them, and to ask him to protect them. Similarly, you could also Prayer Walk through a hospital and pray for the patients and providers as well as for healing, peace, and for God to reveal his mercy to those in the building.
Prayer Walking is usually a low-profile action. You may have witnessed someone Prayer Walking and not even noticed it! However, those who participate in Prayer Walking quickly gain awareness of the needs of those they’re praying for, which makes it an excellent way to shift focus outward and pray for those around you. This kind of prayer–praying on behalf of someone else–is called “intercessory” prayer.
As you engage in Prayer Walking, keep 1 John 5:14 (NIV) in mind: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” Prayer Walking helps us connect not only to those we’re praying for but also to the God who listens to our prayers and knows our hearts.
The impact of Prayer Walking is great for both those who are Prayer Walking and those who are prayed for. God can use this time praying for others to open your eyes to the needs of those you see in your daily life–think about everyone you see on the way into work or school each day!–and nudge you to incite change in your home, neighborhood, community, and beyond.
Here are a few important things to keep in mind when you Prayer Walk:
- Be safe. Walk in groups of two or more in well-lit areas.
- Don’t loiter. Keep walking and praying in the area you’re in.
- Determine a time, place, and duration.
- Decide on your route.
- Start with a Scripture, purpose, or theme.
- Just start praying–don’t worry about eloquent prayers, especially as you’re starting out!
- Allow time for silent listening.
Here are some ideas of places and people you can pray for:
- Unreached people
Don’t be afraid to pray boldly on your Prayer Walk, and listen for God to nudge you to take the next step. Is he inviting you to meet your neighbor? Write a note of encouragement to a friend? Help someone you know (or don’t know)?
There are many ways to Prayer Walk and many resources available to you. Here are just a few!
–The Crossings Bookstore: The Crossings Bookstore has a variety of books available to you, and if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, you can order it! The Bookstore also offers journals and notebooks to record your Prayer Walk discoveries, routes, verses, and prayers.
–The Crossings App: The Crossings App offers messages, worship, stories, resources, and more, and you can quickly and easily share prayer requests from the App.
–The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears.
–Prayer Atlas App: You can record your routes and write down prayers as you walk with the Prayer Atlas app.