Prayer Walking & Salvation StrategiesBrian Heasley - 27 May 2015
Have you ever gone on a prayer walk? Have you ever even thought about it?
I remember hearing the story of a friend who was working with prostitutes in Boystown, one of the most dangerous areas of Mexico:
"I didn’t have any great brilliant strategies on how to reach Boystown. But I knew I could pray. I moved down here, didn’t know anyone, didn’t know what to do. So I began to prayer walk around the walls of Boystown. For Fifteen months, all I did was pray. And I felt like a bit of a failure. My prayers were like, "God, do you hear this, this time? Because I still don’t know the names or stories of anyone who lives inside those walls." Fifteen months, nothing but praying? I felt crazy." - Kelly Green
Prayer walking can often seem like a crazy thing to do. But prayer walks aren’t for the spiritually superior, they simply offer the opportunity to talk to God with your eyes open; to really see the area that God is calling you to impact. Prayer walking is an important step towards the salvation strategy of your area.
There is something Biblical about walking the land. In the first few verses of Joshua it says:
"I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates – all the Hittite country – to the Mediterranean Sea in the west."
Joshua 1:1 - 4
God was incredibly specific about the geographical area he wanted them to have. Which leads me to ask the question: What’s your land?Most of us know where we want God to show up. I think it’s good to actually place our feet all over the land, and symbolically start to claim that where we put our feet is where we want God’s kingdom to come.
Our physical act becomes a prophetic gesture in preparation of a spiritual reality.
Possessing the land can sound a little arrogant. But it’s not about "my land" or "our land" – it’s God’s land; God’s earth. We don’t want land so we can impose our ideals of what Christianity should be like on it; we want His kingdom expressed in His way. It is about us servants treading gently and walking humbly throughout the land asking for our King’s kingdom to be established in whatever way he chooses.
Know your land. Walk around your land. Ask for God’s kingdom to come in your land.
We should be stirred to pray in a way that calls out the good that God intended, asking that what God has made would be redeemed. This will keep the whole process of persistent walking and praying a lot more cheerful!
Some helpful tips for prayer walking:
- Find out the background of your area and go to pray
- Pray over entrance points of your town; for those entering and leaving
- Plant seeds as you walk as a symbol of growth
- Pray outside hospitals, schools, local government buildings and any other places of influence in your town
- Walk in twos with your eyes open
- Keep written records of what people think or sense whilst walking
- Keep Bible verses that come to mind while walking and use them as prayers
- Find specific Bible verses and pray them over your town.
- If you don’t know what to say as you walk start with, "Your Kingdom Come"
- Continue prayer walking regularly and be persistent in prayer