Ministry through Prayerwalking
As you head out today, it is unclear at this moment what or whom you might encounter. You may take a usual path / journey or today might be unique. There are people who have needs. Will we see them?
Yesterday, we read in Luke 7:11-17, where Jesus and the disciples were walking. Read those verses again. Jesus and the men encountered a funeral procession. Jesus had compassion on the grieving mother. Today, we would call that empathy: feeling what someone feels.
- Be mindful of hurting people. Some of these people have chosen the lifestyle causing the hurt. Some are being held captive by sin and the enemy.
- Pray for the people God causes you to see.
- Be willing to pray for them especially if you do not approve of their lifestyle choice.
- Be aware of any bondage in your own heart where you need release from bondage.
- Tell our Lord you are willing to pray anywhere He leads you to pray and then follow His lead.
- What did God say and do in you today?
- Did you notice any hurting people?
- Pray for them again and as you do, give Him thanks and praise for your salvation.
- Rest in His freedom tonight.
Our Prayerwalk Focus
As we prayerwalk there are simultaneous things happening. That might concern us or cause us confusion. Rather than seeing these as “not this but that” our perspective should be “this and that but this is the priority.” Let me explain. Prayerwalking is primarily …
- A way of life but sometimes it is an event
- Before the heavenly community (Heb. 12:1a) and sometimes seen by earthly people
- Looking to God while seeing what He would have us see in the lives of people
- Giving ourselves to Him (in praise, thanksgiving, worship, blessing) as we pray for others not really expecting to get anything from them
- Our service to God first and then to others
According to Psalm 22:3, when we pray, God comes and inhabits that place. He enthrones Himself there. His presence is there in powerful ways. Where we pray (even where He is not wanted and not welcome) somehow through our prayers He comes and takes up residence in that place. Without letting this go to our head but to our heart, we can and should see our prayers as the entry point for His presence. When He comes near, people are affected.
- Pray based on your knowledge of God
- Ask the Holy Spirit to illumine (even familiar) Scriptures that reveal who He is
- Continue to pray in light of this new knowledge of Him
As You Go Throughout Your Day
Think of a place or a person where God is not wanted or welcome. This person or place may openly reject God. It may be where ungodly or vile things take place. Go there (physically if possible) and pray to God for that person or that place. See your prayer as God’s fresh entry point in that place or for that person. Pray in the knowledge you have of God. Lift up His glories. Pray the people there would acknowledge Him and give Him worship. Resist the temptation of thinking, “This will never work. They are too far gone.” Ask God to work in their hearts that they might realize His love and open their hearts to Him.”
- Did God give you any special insight today?
- Did you learn something about Him that you did not know before today?
- Praise Him for His abundant goodness.
As I write this, it is Saturday morning. Over the past few days, you have prayed for different people. You were already acquainted with some of these people. Some of these people you still do not know but they were brought to your attention during a prayerwalk. Pick one (or more) of these people and pray a prayer of blessing over them. In preparation for this, read these passages of Scripture: Num. 6:24-27; 1 Kings 8:56-61; 1 Thess. 5:23-24. Have a great day!
Come back Monday where we will continue with Prayerwalking (Week 4: Day 1)
How Do We Get His Life to Flow Through Us?
A thoughtful read of Ecclesiastes tells us that Solomon sought many things for meaning and purpose in life. Some of the things he tried were gardens, orchards, and various kinds of fruit trees. Along with these, he constructed watering pools to feed and nourish those trees. How do we get the free flow of God’s power and His life to flow through us to nourish and feed us spiritually? Read the following and see if you can see some tips:
- 1 John 5:14-15
- 2 Pet. 1:2-4
- Rom. 4:20
- Heb. 11:6
- 2 Cor. 1:20
Select one or more of the passages below and ask God to bring to light the promise(s) stated.
- Psa. 37:4-5
- John 6:47
- John 14:21
- Heb. 11:6
- Rom. 10:13
- James 1:5
As you prayerwalk today, ask God to show you where you should prayerwalk. Watch for a person or people He would have you engage in conversation. Claim the promises from the Scriptures above. Also, claim Luke 12:12 as you walk today.
Come back tonight for some Evening Reflection
- What promises did God highlight for you today?
- How did it feel knowing you were praying in God’s will?
- What answered prayers did you experience today?
Some tips for the free flow of His power and life
- Praying in His will
- Knowing and claiming His precious promises
- Being confident in God to keep His promises
- Continually walking in believing faith
- Knowing that the promised are assured
Cross Purposes v. cross purposes
Let’s consider the difference between the two items in our title for this session. Let’s use “Cross Purposes” to describe the things are on God’s agenda, His will, and His plans for you, me, and others. It is a Cross Purpose that we follow Jesus. We began our focus on that at the outset of our prayerwalking adventure.
We will use (the lower case) cross purposes to describe those things are opposite or contradictory to the will of God; they run crossways or cross grain to His will. This includes things like selfishness, self-centeredness, loving the world, etc. What do you see in the following verses that speak to this difference?
- Luke 9:23
- Gal. 2:20
- 1 John 2:15
- Phil. 2:13
- Consider what His Cross Purpose are for you today.
- Watch for things that are at cross purposes with Him and His will.
- Think of a place in your area (a religious place, a business, an organization) that is at cross purposes with God’s will (because they hate Christians, they practice evil or unethical behaviors, they teach falsehood). Prayerwalk or prayer drive that place. Acknowledge those things that are a cross purposes with the will of God and then pray God’s will (Cross Purposes) for the people there.
- Did the Lord show any areas that are at cross purposes with His Cross Purposes?
- How did you respond?
- What Cross Purposes did you pry for yourself or another person today?
- Luke 9:23 calls for us to deny ourselves (cross purposes) and take up our cross daily (walk in Cross Purposes) and follow Him. The natural thing is to indulge ourselves (a cross purpose). The Cross Purpose of God is to do His will. With this action, we are and seek to be at Cross Purposes with Him always.
- Gal. 2:20 reminds us we are crucified with Christ. Since that is so, we have and are to have a new direction in life – Cross Purposes
- 1 John 2:15 tells us “Do not love the world or the things in the world.” They are at cross purposes with God and His will.
- In Phil. 2:13 we find God is working in us.
Have you ever missed God or failed to obey God due to stubbornness, preoccupation, or time constraints? I would have to admit I have. Maybe we all have.
Randy Sprinkle shares a sad story about a lady who was driving to a prayerwalking practicum. She was running late. If anything interrupted her drive to the event, she would be late. As she left her house, she noticed a neighbor a few doors down; working in his front yard. She sensed the need to stop and talk to him. Running late, she did not stop. It wasn’t until the next day she learned that later in the evening of the previous day (a few hours after she was prompted to talk to him) the man took his own life. She was devastated.
God has spoken in many ways; thunder, a still small voice, dreams, and even through a donkey. Two good questions to ask ourselves would be: (1) Am I ready and willing to obey Him at all times? (2) How can I know it is God speaking? It would be good at this time to review a few truths about God.
- What is His #1 goal for us as found 2 Pet. 3:9?
- How did God speak to people in time past according to Heb. 1:1-2?
- How does He speak now?
- According to what Jesus said in John 16:7 & 13, what are two other ways He speaks to us?
- In Psa. 106:13b, there is a word about something Israel did that we can all relate to. What is that?
We need to maintain fellowship with God in the five ways we have discussed previously to know it is God speaking and not our ideas. What could the woman in the previous account have done that might have produced a different result?
- She could have rolled down her window and said, “Hello.”
- She could have asked, “Are you okay?”
- She could have asked, “Would you mind if I stop by later or tomorrow and talk to you?”
- Seek to listen to the promptings of God as you walk with Him.
- Tell Him of your willingness and readiness to hear Him.
- Ask Him to make it clear in your heart so you do not miss Him.
- If and when you have moments of resistance repent of that as it happens.
- What did you experience during your prayerwalk today?
- Did God speak to you / reveal Himself to you in anyway today?
- How did you respond?
- That no one would perish. That everyone would be saved.
- Through the prophets.
- Through Jesus.
- Through His written Word (the truth) and through the Holy Spirit.
- They failed to wait for His counsel. They rushed ahead.
Some questions to begin your week:
- Are you on a mission field?
- Where is your mission field?
- How would you describe your mission field?
- Do you feel like you are alone on your mission field?
Read John 5:17-20 and see Who is always at work before you, around you, and with you. Rather than seeing ourselves as alone on this journey, read 1 Cor. 3:9 for a better way to see ourselves. As we serve on our mission field, how can we discern where the Father is working?
- We see Him working in the lives of others
- We sense Him working through us
- Be sensitive to notice where the Father is at work
- Be sensitive to notice when and where He is working in and through you
- Pick a definite place or street to prayerwalk today
- Pray in light of these dynamics and see what He leads you to see and walk forward in His will doing what you sense needs to be done
- Where did you prayerwalk today?
- Did you pray for anyone specifically?
- What else did you experience during your prayerwalk?
- Did God show Himself in any powerful way today?
- How did you respond?
Answers from the initial questions this morning:
- Our mission field is where we are right now
- Your personal response
- Your personal response but you are not alone
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Intentional Prayerwalking Today
According to 1 Tim. 2:8, where are we supposed to pray?
How do people in your culture usually pray? How do you usually pray?
What is the prayer position in 1 Tim. 2:8?
See how many prayer positions can you think of.
According to Mark 16:15, where are we supposed to take the gospel? If we were to be honest with ourselves, we should “go and tell” but what most of us do is say, “come and hear” the gospel at our church. Our rationale for this is what we call a castle concept or a castle mentality. We believe people do not want to be bothered in their homes. Prayerwalking can breakthrough that perceived or real barrier.
- Prayerwalk (or prayer drive) a certain area
- Notice people
- Pray for at least three specific people you have never prayed for before
- Seek to pray specifically with the insights the Holy Spirit gives you
- Be available (today or in the future) when the Holy Spirit provides an opportunity to talk evangelistically to any of your three people. Do not be surprised when you are caused to see them again.
- Come back tonight for some reflection.
- Who did you see today?
- How did you pray for them?
- Did you have the opportunity to talk with them?
- If so, did they share anything you could take to the Lord as a specific prayer?
- What did you discern about their spiritual health?
- What would you say about your prayerwalking experience(s) today or this week?
- We are supposed to pray everywhere
- The usual prayer position is head bowed, eyes closed, (sometimes with folded hands)
- With hands lifted (probably with eyes open)
- Some of the various prayer positions are: On your face, kneeling before the Lord, bowing your head (usually eyes closed), standing before God, arms outstretched looking to heaven (email me if you think of others firstname.lastname@example.org
- We are supposed to take the gospel into all the world
The Way to Win
As I type this entry, the Olympians are well into the 2016 games. Some are about to finish. Others have already completed their competitions. Some have even returned home; not remaining for the closing ceremonies.
When we watch swimming or track & field events, as spectators we are often focused on the finish line and who will win. The competitors know that is important but their focus is on the start. They know to finish well they need to begin well.
There are many athletic word pictures in the Bible. As we begin our day, let us look at a few. The answers to the questions are at the bottom of the post.
- In 1 Cor.9:24, what did Paul say about running?
- What is the key to winning?
- As Christians what is the best way to start each day?
- According to Psa. 119:105, what is our guide throughout the day?
- According to Isa. 59:1-3 and Heb. 12:1, what hinders us?
- What is the key verse in the New Testament that tells us how to deal with these?
- Begin well so you can finish well
- Allow God’s Word to illumine your path
- Be sensitive to sins that need to be confessed
- Obey immediately and continually
- Be aware of His presence in your life today
- Did God reveal any hindering sins today?
- What was your reaction to this?
- Did you sense the need to rationalize the sin?
- How did it feel to apply 1 John 1:9?
- Run to win the prize
- Being temperate (exercising self-control)
- In prayer
- The Word of God
- Sins and iniquities
- 1 John 1:9
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Three Types of Prayerwalking
Randy Sprinkle says that there are two obvious truths about prayer. One, we are to pray at all times (see 1 Thess. 5:17). Two, we do not pray at all times.
A guiding principle for prayer is found in Col. 4:2. How would you restate that verse in your own words? I have included one idea below.
Read Luke 10:1. What images came to mind as you read those words? How could we/you apply this verse?
We could say there are three types of prayerwalking.
- Invitational prayerwalking: Where we organize or are invited to go on an organized prayerwalk at a specific time and a specific place like while on a mission trip or at the beginning of a school year.
- Incidental prayerwalking: As you are going about your daily activities and you become aware of the needs of people around you.
- Intentional prayerwalking: Where you seek to apply Luke 10:1. What are some ways to intentionally prayerwalk? After you think of a few ways see some ideas below.
- Develop a written list of intentional prayerwalking
- Seek to be an intentional prayerwalker
- Try an intentional prayerwalking plan by yourself or with a friend
- Did the Holy Spirit prompt you to intercede for someone during the day?
- Did you pray then or later or both?
- Reflect on the nature of the prayer you offered.
- What fruit of the Spirit were you manifesting at the time of your prayer?
- Will be letting them know you prayed or will you keep that between yourself and the Lord?
Responses for the items above
A possible way to restate Col 4:2: Keep praying. Make it a priority. Be thankful as you pray.
Possible items for your intentional prayerwalking list:
- A specific street or streets where you live
- The mall (especially if you do not plan to shop; going there just to notice the people and pray for them as you walk)
- A local hospital (even if you have no one to visit; you can walk a few corridors and pray for the people you see and then leave)
- Schedule a day and a time each week to prayerwalk with a friend with a specific plan. Add creativity to your plan as you continue to do this over the next few weeks or months.