Prayer Walking Basics
“By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.” (Proverbs 11:11)
Prayerwalking or “praying on site with insight” is about intercession. Those who practice it believe that God answers prayer and that prayer is one of the most powerful tools of evangelism that God has given us. Those who have participated in prayerwalks can share some incredible stories of how God moved before, during, and after their prayerwalks. God honors prayer because it focuses on Him and not on us. Prayerwalking is not a program, a process, nor a prayer event. It is intercession that transforms the intercessor and his/her praying. Let me encourage you to begin where you are.
It proclaims our reliance upon the Lord of the harvest, for a harvest.
It is a type of prayer-evangelism.
It bears fruit that lasts.
It opens the eyes and hearts of the intercessor.
It prepares hearts for the gospel.
It grants a vision and a burden for the target area.
Is there more than one type of Prayerwalking?
Yes, there are several types of Prayerwalking. One is the “House-to-House,” this type involves going from house-to-house and asking for prayer requests and then praying with the people on site. “Strategic,” involves praying from strategic locations within the target area. Examples of “strategic prayerwalking” could include parks, city squares, high points, crossroads, and other high traffic areas. “Key Building” Prayerwalking requires entrance into a building. The prayerwalk is conducted from within the building. Examples of this type of prayerwalking could include schools, churches, government agencies, factories, and businesses. The most common is the “Street” Prayerwalking. This is conducted by walking, driving, or riding through a target area and praying. Many times the emphasis is to pray for everyone on every street of the target area.
How do we start?
- Identify the target area.
- Set a date and time for the event.
- Recruit prayerwalkers.
- Recruit team leaders.
- Train prayerwalkers.
- Prepare necessary materials for the event. (i.e. Maps of assigned areas, Prayer prompts, Selected Scripture, Assignments, Music, etc.)
2. The Event
- Orientation and assignments.
- A season of prayer and personal preparation as a group.
- Prayer as small groups. (Normally triplets work well.)
- 1. Open your eyes. Remember you are seeking to intercede where the Son and Holy Spirit have and are interceding. Look for items that can help you to pray, i.e. Children’s toys, indicators of who live there. Watch the people you encounter and look for what God is doing. Pray with your eyes wide open physically and spiritually.
- 2. Open your mouth. Remember you are praying as a team, so it is helpful if you pray out loud. Stop and concentrate as you pray. Pursue conversational praying. Pray Scripture. Perhaps even read Scripture at times. Stop to talk about what you are feeling, seeing, and sensing. Prayerwalking is not about praying constantly.
- 3. Open your mind. Listen for God. Let Him communicate through the prayers of the others in your team, your surroundings, and through His Spirit. Meditate on Scripture that seems to be appropriate for the area. Remember the battle is not against flesh and blood.
- Regroup at a designated time and place.
- Share feelings, impressions, Scripture, prayer concerns.
- Allow for expression of questions.
- Praise and Pray.
God is at work. Prayerwalking is just another way of joining Him in what He is doing. It is praying that enlightens and educates us so that we may intercede with internationality and a heart for the people of our target area. The primary reason for Prayerwalking is God. We are being obedient to His command to pray for one another.