Walking while praying is one of the ways to make a culture change for a city. It involves taking our prayers to the very places where we desire to see God’s presence manifested and our prayers answered. Prayer-walking is the powerful dynamic of praying on-site with God’s sight.
So why walk and pray? When praying and walking you are offering up intercessory prayers by lifting up prayers to the Father on behalf of the lost; asking God to forgive their sins as He has forgiven our sins. We also are praying and asking God to bring revelation of what has caused the separation between them and God, according to Isaiah 59:1-2.
Isaiah 59:1–2 (ESV)
1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; 2 but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.
As we walk and pray we want to bring a revelation of His love, goodness, kindness and His willingness to forgive on behalf of those who are lost.
The following is from a blog on Pathos web sight that I thought was interesting. Its puts the walk and pray in simple terms but yet brings conviction to my heart:
“It is simply walking the streets where they know lost people live and that’s just about everywhere. It is the very same mission that Jesus said that He came for; “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Paul wrote, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst” (1st Tim 1:15). Being apart of the Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 1:8). Do we care enough that people are dying every day without Christ and that they will spend all eternity separated from God under His judgment (Rev 20:12-15)?”
To be involved in a prayer walk it has to be from the Lord. One thing that needs to be asked of God is to give you a heart for the people who are lost in the city or community where you live. To go forth without His heart it becomes work and you will lose interest very quickly. When you take a look at Joshua and Caleb in the Bible, they went and spied out the promise land. This could be considered a prayer walk. They believed God had given them the land they were to process and to inhabit. Their heart desire was to see as God saw it. They had eyes to see beyond what could be seen in the natural.
Nehemiah was a person with a God-given burden and a sensitive heart. From the scriptures we know when he asked about Jerusalem and heard the report that it laid in ruins, he wept, mourned, fasted and prayed for the city. When he arrived in the city in rubble and the city gates were burned. Nehemiah was person with a God-given burden and a God-sensitive heart. He saw all the destruction but things changed!
With the heart of God to walk and pray we will see change in a city or community that has lost hope. And we can take back what was stolen, which is His inheritance.
Scriptures to meditate on:
Isaiah 62:10 (ESV)
10 Go through, go through the gates; prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway; clear it of stones; lift up a signal over the peoples.
Isaiah 40:3–4 (ESV)
3 A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.
Isaiah 57:14 (ESV)
14 And it shall be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people’s way.”
Prayer/Altar Team Leader