The realities of urban life can make it a challenge to be connected meaningfully to our city.
Prayer walking is one tangible way to get to know & serve our community & neighbors.
• Roots us in the communities in which we live, work and socialize.
• Takes us out of the church “bubble” & places us into the world as a mission field.
• Gives us eyes to see & appreciate God’s beauty, grace, and glory in the city.
• Gives us hearts to ache for the city’s brokenness as we see socioeconomic problems up close and in context.
• Connects our plans to God’s purposes.
• Opens doors and hearts to the gospel.
PRAYER WALKING CHANGES…
• Neighborhoods into parishes;
• Believers into missionaries;
• Homes into ministry centers;
• Churches into the crossroads of kingdom renewal!
Keep it small – go in pairs or by yourself.
• Be aware of Jesus’ presence with you. As you walk, try to see the city through Jesus’ eyes.
• Pray as you walk, eyes open. Stop at landmarks.
• If praying with a partner, pray out loud:
• Pray Audibly so they can pray along in spirit.
• Pray Brief prayers. Pass it back & forth.
• Pray Christ-centered.
• Pray Conversationally off each other’s prayers to focus on specific themes.
• Critical needs: social, political, economic, spiritual.
• Critical crossroads & intersections.
• Cultural influencers: businesses, public services, schools, galleries, theatres, media, etc.
• Churches and Christians to be good neighbors who love & serve the city
• People: friends, neighbors, colleagues, workers, residents, passersby, major people groups.
• Peace and safety: protection against crime, conflict and unrest.
• Start with prayers of praise, remembering that Jesus is the present Lord of this place.
• Ask God to guide your prayers, and to give you the eyes to see what he sees.
• Confess fears, weaknesses, lack of concern for those “outside”.
• Ask God to give insight into his good plans for the city. Ask to fit into his plan.
• Ask for open doors & opportunities to love & serve the people of this community.
• Ask for courage to love as Jesus loves.
• Pray for revival!
Talk with God and each other about what you saw and heard.
• What surprised you?
• What encouraged you?
• What made you uncomfortable?
• What did you struggle with?
1. What describes your relationship to the city?
caring < ------------------- > indifferent
active < -------------------- > idle
involved < ----------------- > detached
recognized < -------------- > anonymous
2. What are the ways you are involved with your neighbors and your community?