WHY PRAYER WALK
Open your eyes. Open your hearts.
When we prayer walk we connect to God and with our surroundings. As we intentionally observe people, situations, and locations we can pray specifically about the needs we see. Prayer prepares the way for Gospel-ministry in our city.
Those who consistently prayer-walk in their community find their hearts become committed to the places for which they have prayed. A Spirit-tenderized heart, sensitized to a Spirit-directed need, results in Spirit-filled acts of compassion.
Simply pray what the Lord brings to your mind as you see people and surroundings. Ask God to bring about his Kingdom purposes in our city and seek his blessing, mercy, and transforming power for the area and the people you see. Pray for the hope of the Gospel to be a light in our city. Focus on lifting up Jesus and the power of the Spirit (John 12:32). "Pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest," (Luke 10:2).
PRAY WITH COMPASSION.
When you prayer walk, you’re praying beyond your own concerns, focusing your prayers on behalf of your neighbors and community. You can go by yourself, with a friend, or with a group. As Jesus traveled and observed his surroundings, he was moved with compassion. Ask God to move YOUR heart with compassion as you pray.
“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:35-38
If anyone asks what you are doing, respond: "We're praying God's blessing on this neighborhood and city. Is there any special way we can pray for you?"
Some things you might see while you walk…
schools, universities, social services, businesses, churches, medical facilities, homelessness, government services, workplaces, and more
Think about ways you can pray with compassion for the people and places you see.
THINGS TO PRAY FOR
PRAY FOR EDUCATION
PRAY that our schools would be safe atmospheres that are conducive to learning, led with a spirit of excellence, and that every student would have equal opportunities to flourish and achieve their full God-given potential.
PRAY that Christ would ignite the youth and young professionals in our area to fearlessly trust and follow Him and to lead a new generation for Him.
PRAY for university ministries to flourish and for student leaders to be developed and equipped to lead outreaches, Bible studies, and to have a heart of mission for their community and for the world.
PRAY FOR FAMILIES
PRAY for the breaking of historic strongholds of addiction in our region and brokenness in families.
GIVE THANKS for the ministries, churches, and individuals who are seeking to bring gospel transformation to hurting individuals and families. PRAY that they would have the resources they need for thriving ministry.
PRAY that Jesus would shine through the established ministries in the city, for the church to act with compassion, and healing for those hurting, addicted, rejected, and without support.
PRAY that churches would be engaged in the issues of their communities; that individuals would reflect the living, resurrection hope they possess through Christ and share that hope with others.
PRAY FOR BUSINESSES
PRAY for growth in entrepreneurship and business with creativity that reflects our Creator; for resources to open and sustain principled businesses that holistically promote development and flourishing in our communities.
PRAY that young professionals would be mobilized with vision for growth in our troubled region and invest their creativity, energy, and resources in its advancement.
PRAY for believers to have strong testimonies through humbly and faithfully serving with integrity in their workplaces; for believers to lead the way in seeking the welfare and development of the communities God has placed us in.
Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce... seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
PRAY FOR CHURCHES
GIVE THANKS to God for the ministries, churches, and individuals who have been preaching and living the gospel here for decades and thank Him for the multiplication of transformational churches and Jesus followers who are joining in God’s kingdom work.
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
PRAY that local churches would cultivate hearts of compassion for the needs of the broken in our region, that they would become committed to the places where God has put them.
PRAY that churches would be engaged in the issues of their communities, gaining a positive reputation in the city, and that individuals would share their faith in their families, schools, and work. PRAY for those seeking to start a new life, that they will meet Jesus and find a home in a Christian community.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden... let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
PRAY for unity in the Spirit among churches and believers as they seek God’s Kingdom together, demonstrating God’s love for the world (John 17).