PRAYER WALKING 101
Adapted from John Smed’s Prayerwalking in the City
Why Prayer Walking?
- Prayer walking is the act of joining God’s Presence with your place.
- Praying together (2×2) is powerful.
- Prayer walking stirs your heart to see people, places and needs through God’s eyes. It gives you “harvest eyes” rather than “cloistered fear.”
- Prayer strengthens Christians and it brings evangelists to a neighborhood as we pray for the Lord to send “laborers into his harvest.”
- Prayer walking opens the doors and hearts to the gospel.
- Prayer walking changes
- Neighborhoods into mission fields
- Homes into ministry centers
- Believers into missionaries and pastors
- Renters and Residents into Landlords and Owners
- Churches into the central place of kingdom renewal
How to Begin
- Choose a location (neighborhood, city street, school, city park, town fair)
- Try to go in groups of two to four — pairing up is best (or on your own).
- Pray as you walk, out loud, eyes open. Stop at corners and landmarks.
- Pray shorter prayers. Pass it back and forth.
- Listen to each other and play off each others’ prayers — to focus on a specific need or opportunity, to continue on a prayer theme.
What to Pray
- Pray for God to give you “harvest eyes” and a spirit of grace and supplication.
- Ask for boldness and open doors to this city, community. Confess fears, weaknesses, lack of concern for those “outside.”
- Pray the Scripture. Ask the Holy Spirit for specific passages to declare over the location.
- Pray for God to give insight into his specific kingdom plans and purposes for this community/city. Ask to fit into his plan. Rejoice in the opportunity.
- Pray for the Christians and churches in the community/area you are walking in. Pray that our homes/church would be “ministry centers” of the church in our community.
- Pray for the critical needs in the neighborhood you are walking — social, economic, spiritual, etc.
- Pray for specific streets/houses/people you meet. Hit the critical intersections and nerve centers with specific prayer.