“Seek the peace of the city… and pray to the LORD for it; for in its peace, you will have peace” (Jeremiah 29:7 NIV).
Prayer walking is simply praying in the very places we expect God to bring His answers. The prayers are intercessory rather than devotional. As you prayer-walk, your prayers extend beyond your own concerns, focusing directly on the needs of others and opening yourself to see them with God’s eyes and heart.
The following three points need to be considered by anyone preparing for a prayer walk
- The first is to be sent by God. Ask God to open a door of opportunity for you to involve yourself in a prayerwalking adventure.
- You also need to seek Him for a fresh cleansing and covering in your personal life. Any servant of Jesus who poses a serious threat to the powers of hell will be targeted and will encounter resistance. The believer must stand guard through prayer, praying over himself/herself, family, church, and work of the Lord.
- Seek God’s guidance on where you should walk and what you should pray for. Be reminded that God’s heart is filled with a deep love and an intimate knowledge of each one you will pray for, whether they are known or unknown to you. As you seek Him, He will guide your steps and direct your prayers.
- Invite the Presence of God to be made known wherever you walk. “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John 15:7-8, NIV).
How to Pray
- Pray with a Partner – Pray audibly for clarity and better agreement.
- Pray with God’s Spirit – Invite the Spirit of God to accompany you, guiding your steps and your words. Be attentive during moments of silence, allowing the Holy Spirit to help you see with His eyes and pray in accordance with His heart.
- Pray with God’s Word – Carry Scripture with you. Use a small Bible, or note cards. Choose a particular verse or theme as a base for your prayers throughout one day’s prayerwalk. Use another to launch your prayers the next day, and so on.
- Pray with Purpose – Pray for the present-hour needs of people and places that you see. In confidence of God’s unfolding purpose which includes your preparation prayer, don’t look to initiate gospel conversations during your prayerwalk. Pray for God to open doors of communication soon. Explain what you are doing to inquirers (if the situation permits it)- “We’re praying God’s blessing on the neighborhood. Are there specific ways we can pray for you or others?”
- Pray quietly – You can be on the scene without making one.
- Pray persistently – Try prayerwalking the same areas near your work, school or home in a regular way. You’ll often find that your prayers deepen and your concern and awareness of God’s heart for people increases.
Here are some Bible portions that can be used as a guide/ topics for prayer:
(This is just a guide. Prayer-topics may be added/deleted according to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and the specific needs of the area where you are praying.)
PEACE FOR THE CITY: “Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper” (Jeremiah 29:7, NIV).
OPEN HEARTS: “One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message” (Acts 16:14, NIV).
OPEN DOORS: “And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should” (Colossians 4:3-4, NIV).
AUTHORITIES: “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth) 1 Timothy 2:1-4, NIV).
GOD’S FAVOR: “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations: (Isaiah 61:1-4, NIV)
TURNED HEARTS: “And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous — to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17, NIV).
REMOVED OBSTACLES: “And it will be said: ‘Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people’” (Isaiah 57:14, NIV).
SPIRIT’S MINISTRY: “To prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:12, NIV).
PROSPERITY: “When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy. Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed” Proverbs 11:10-11, NIV).
SALVATION: “I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me” Acts 26:17-18, NIV). HEALING: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14, NIV).
KINGDOM ADVANCED: From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it” (Matthew 11:12, NIV)