PRAYER WALKING

REV, SUSAN BRANDT

INTERCESSORY PRAYER-WALKING

The goal is to walk look pray
o don‘t stand out. stare or gawk
o do not use a camera
o Teams of three seem to be best, four is OK, five is too large.
o Pray together as a team prior to the beginning of the walk.
o Pray with your eyes open, sensitive to that which might prompt prayer.
o Stop for more intense prayer as the occasion calls for it.
o Don’t be afraid of silence. It is OK to walk and pray silently.
o Smile and be pleasant to people you meet. God will be working in their life. Pray for them.
o It is OK if prayer-walking feels awkward the first few times. It will feel more comfortable.
o When praying becomes difficult, admit it to your team and ask them to pray for you.
o Be flexible as the Holy Spirit leads.
o Conclude your walk on time
o Pray together as a team at the conclusion of the walk.
o Keep a journal

PRAYER-WALKING IS INTERCESSION ON LOCATION
“Why could I not just as well stay at home and intercede?” This is the oft asked question related to participation on a prayer journey.
The answer is, “You can.” And God will as surely hear and respond to your prayer as He will to the prayers of those who go.
While “location” may or may not be important to everyone, it is of utmost value to the prayerwalker. To pray while seeing, feeling, touching, and hearing is to pray with more intensity. After the prayer journey is over, you will never pray the same way again for the location of your walk and the people you met there.
While “prayer-walking” is not mentioned as such in the Bible, praying on location most clearly is mentioned. When Jesus received the message of the illness of Lazarus, he could have prayed for healing in his present location, and may well have done so for he stayed there “two more days” before announcing to the disciples, “Lazarus is dead.” There may be other reasons why Jesus chose to go then to Bethany, but on arrival, he prayed before calling out, “Lazarus, come forth!” (John 11:1-44). This was intercession on location.
An additional value of location-praying has to do with presence. Since Jesus lives within you and the Holy Spirit works through you, there is a sense in which your prayer-walking provides light in dark places and salt in unsavory places (Matthew 5:13-16). If your body really is a “temple of God” (I Corinthians 3:16) then where you go, you represent His presence.
Walk, not in fear, but in assured victory.
Some locations where you may want to prayer-walk (or stop for prayer) include:
o Government buildings
o Churches or locations
o Neighborhood
o Business areas
o Sites of other religions, sect groups or cults
o The streets where pain exists

PRAYER-WALKING IS INTERCESSION ON LOCATION
WITH INFORMATION
When we go to a new location, especially if it is outside of our comfort zone and/or across a cultural barrier, our senses provide us with new information. As in days of old, you will experience, “things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.” (I Corinthians 2:9)
A better understanding of the location through acquiring new information prior to the journey will allow for more informed praying as well as less time spent in adjustment to the place and people.
Information that may prove helpful for informed praying include:
o Demographic information of racial and ethnic population as well as socio-economic needs
o Religious presence, as well as needs, in the area
o Names (if available) of those who minister in the area
o Major physical and material needs of the people
o Possibilities of future ministry
o What spiritual activity is already underway as well as opposition to it

PRAYER-WALKING IS INTERCESSION ON LOCATION
WITH INFORMATION IN COOPERATION
Matthew 18: 19-20 is a scripture that speaks of cooperation. “I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”
You must pray in ubity with God. Obedience to God’s will is a key to the success of a prayer journey. Many times believers forget this portion of the passage. It is not enough to agree with each other and with other prayer partners and fellow-workers. “It shall be done” is dependent on agreement with God

PRAYER-WALKING IS INTERCESSION ON LOCATION
WITH INFORMATION IN COOPERATION
AGAINST OPPOSITION
The very existence of Satan suggests opposition. The most common biblical name used for this enemy, Satan, means adversary or opposer. Not only is he an opposer, Satan gets extremely angry when you are involved in any activity, like intercessory prayer, that may eventually cause people to transfer their membership from his kingdom to the Kingdom of God. He has “blinded the minds of the unbelieving” (II Corinthians 4:4) and does not appreciate your attempts to have them enlightened.
During the prayer journey you may think that prayer-walking is not for you, that it
does no good, that there is no visible result, that your team members are not as committed as you, that you are using your time foolishly. James instructs
believers to, “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7).
Look for the evidences of God all around you.

PRAYER-WALKING IS INTERCESSION ON LOCATION
WITH INFORMATION IN COOPERATION
AGAINST OPPOSITION FOR GLORIFICATION
Your prayer from beginning to end must echo that of the Psalmist, “Be
exalted, O God, above the heavens, and Your glory above all the earth” (Psalm 108:5).
If you have doubts as to your ability to glorify God through this prayer journey, listen to what God told the Psalmist, “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10). Your very response in faithful obedience to God’s open door, is an act that brings glory to God. Not only will people be blessed by your presence, God will be exalted through your intercessions.
So prepare yourself.
Trust God to do the work even when it seems your prayers are futile
Stand back and be amazed. God told Habakkuk in response to his cry, “Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days – you would not believe if you were told” (Habakkuk 1:5).
Remember, you are an ambassador for Christ

Use this page to reflect on your Prayer Journey

o What new lessons did you learn about intercessory prayer on your prayer-walk?

o What did you discover about your location that will cause you to continue to intercede?

o What new information do you have as a result of this prayer-walk?

o What did this prayer-walk teach you about praying in cooperation?

o What did you discern about the opposition while participating in this prayer-walk?

o How was God glorified during your prayer-walk?

REV Susan Brandt