Why prayer walk?
By Brian Heasley, International Prayer Director, 24-7 Prayer
One of the most powerful things I believe that we could do as individuals and communities, as we start to prepare for the National Prayer Weekend, is prayer walk. There is no better way to see what makes your community tick, and to identify the areas you want to see God bless, than walking around it and praying!
Prayer walking is not weird, and it can be done in such a way that you don’t end up walking about the streets shouting at the skies looking crazy!
There is something Biblical about walking the land. In the first few verses of Joshua it says:
After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant: ‘Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the River Jordan into the land I am about to give to them – to the Israelites. 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
I think the primary idea I draw from these verses is that God was so specific about the geographical area he wanted them to have, he talks about the actual boundaries. There are lots of specific geographical areas of need around the world.
It’s important to know the land you are called to pray for so that you know where to focus your prayers. What’s your land? You may be called to a whole city or may be somewhere more specific – a neighbourhood or a street. Some people are called to a people group rather than a geographical area.
I believe we need to prophetically place our feet all over the land - praying for God’s kingdom to come, wherever we put our feet. Our physical act then becomes a prophetic gesture in preparation of a spiritual reality.
Possessing the land can sound almost colonial and a little arrogant! But it’s never my land or our land – it’s God’s land, it’s his earth. We are just God’s representatives here on earth asking for a shift in the spiritual and physical atmosphere of a land.
This is not a crusade, this is about us as servants treading gently, walking lightly and humbling ourselves throughout the land. Asking for our King’s kingdom to be established in whatever way he chooses. It’s about us availing ourselves to his will and responding to what he wants for the land. Discovering God’s heart for the land as we walk it, prayerfully and with humility.