Simply walk & pray. When you pray – walk. When you walk – pray. Be on site with insight.
“Breathe upon me with your Spirit wind. Stir up the sweet spice of your life within me…Hold nothing back until I release your fragrance.
Come walk with me as you walked with Adam in your paradise garden.
Come walk with me until I am fully yours.” Song of Songs 4:16 TPT
Prepare yourself before prayer walking
“Put on the full armour of God – your feet fitted with the readiness
that comes from the gospel of peace” Ephesians 6:10-20
- First seek the heart of the Father – his perspective of the place he calls you to go.
- Spend time with God in prayer before you go – as Jesus did.
- Go with clean hands and a pure heart – and a prayer partner.
- Go with Scripture, praise and worship in your heart.
- Be in right authority – with leaders in local churches and life groups.
- Find locals you can meet with at least once a month to pray for your neighbourhood.
- Pray for and seek relationship with local elders: long term, faithful pastors and intercessors who pray together (e.g. monthly) so you can report significant things that God shows you.
- Obtain local maps, online and from your Council Office.
- You may feel prompted to do your own research or connect with those who are noting spiritual implications from local history, newspaper articles and trends in local statistics.
- You are a watchman so be silent and on alert in the spiritual and physical realm.
- Always be led by the Spirit of God – and move in trust, faith and obedience.
“God sends angels with special orders to protect you wherever you go,
defending you from all harm.” Psalm 91:11
Go regularly 2×2 to prayer-walk your neighbourhood – as the Spirit of God leads you and as you go, observe, discern, pray, bless, and love your neighbour.
Observe: Become aware of community needs, strengths and values. These may be reflected in local people’s interactions with each other, advertising, event notices, litter, quality of care for houses, gardens and public area, the types of local shops, evidence of economy etc
Discern: See what the Spirit of God shows you is happening in the spiritual realm in your neighbourhood or territory. Walk with the Spirit of God at the times and in the places where the Lord takes you.
Walking at night, manmade features fade away and you become alert to the movements in the night sky, the lay of the land, the flora and fauna, the high places, and the spiritual realm.
Be aware that angels accompany you. Note the impact of the Lord’s presence on birds, animals and people. The Lord may show you where He has assigned angels in your territory and where darkness reigns.
Pray: Be alert to what the Lord shows you or says, how you are to pray and worship – e.g. with gratitude, praise, declaration, intercession. Note where and when the Spirit moves you. You may bring the discernment back to your prayer closet or prayer group – e.g. to pray identificational confession. Usually on the street we would pray in tongues, or silently or discretely but there are times when the Spirit will move you to make loud sound or declaration. Often, God will create naturally appropriate ways to do this or will give you opportunity to do this unobserved.
Bless: Overflow God’s blessings – declaring His Kingdom come where ever you go. Matthew 6:10
Intentionally and joyfully bless the region’s people to know God and the economy, fauna and flora to know his favour. Release the Kingdom of God through your presence, praise, thanksgiving and worship and through human and fauna your contact and testimony.
Create opportunities to gather locally with other Christians to pray and proclaim blessings over your region. Bless in Jesus’ name, marriages, families, godly friendships, safety, health, environment, economy, employment, churches, schools, community services etc. Bless their hearts to be softened to God, quickened to his voice; and open to the gospel!
“How beautiful on the mountains are the sandaled feet of this one bringing such good news. You are truly royalty! The way you walk so gracefully in my ways displays such dignity. You are truly the poetry of God—his very handiwork.” Song of Songs 7:1
Exercise your authority in Christ: Recognition of your spiritual authority in this territory will shift over time as you prayer walk consistently (ideally weekly). God and the spirit realm will acknowledge your spiritual authority in Christ to establish the rule of Jesus’ kingdom in a territory when you have been faithful over time. God will share His assignments with you for cleansing the land. People will gradually recognise you too.
“Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you.” Joshua 1:3
Your eyes may be opened to see territorial spirits – principalities and powers but do not come against these individually or with a prayer group. Report what you observe and discern to God’s local city elders -united long term faithful pastors & intercessors, who pray regularly together for the local city. Pray they will discern God’s strategy and timing to displace the strongholds and maintain God’s kingdom reign in the territory.
More information: Step 4. Overthrow the reign of evil in your region in 5 Step Prayer Strategy for Harvest and Transformation at http://partnersinprayer.org.au/prayer-strategy-for-local-cities/
Recommended Reading: Needless Casualties of War by John Paul Jackson
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” Romans 16:20
Love your neighbour: Respond warmly to your neighbours, pausing to give them time. Initiate comfortable levels of greeting or conversation – be real, not weird. If you meet neighbours who are open to receive you, build ongoing relationship over food and drink. Luke 10:5-6,8, Luke 7:34
When you meet people, speak God’s blessings as natural, warm, hope filled encouraging words. Be God’s blessing to your neighbours! Meet their felt needs in practical and supernatural ways.
“…what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
Offer to pray for their expressed needs, e.g. healing, provision, peace, joy, reconciliation, identity and follow through in a few days or weeks to ask them how things are going. Luke 10:9, Mark 16:15-18, Romans 14:17 When people personally experience God’s love and power.
“Say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near you.’” Luke 10:9,
Do what Jesus did – be friendly, acknowledge them in ways that give them meaning, invest in attentive conversations, act justly and show loving kindness, as God leads offer prayer for their stated needs – including prayer for healing.
Be alert for divine assignments and appointments, prophetic words of knowledge for ‘treasure hunt.’ Recognise opportunities to share the good news that the whole world has been reconciled to God, as our Father, by his Son – Jesus if they will just receive the abundant and eternal life he offers.
“And how can the message be proclaimed if messengers have yet to be sent?
That’s why the Scriptures say: How welcome is the arrival of those proclaiming
the joyful news of peace and of good things to come!” Romans 10:15
Follow through after prayer walking
- You may feel prompted to keep records of what the Lord shows you or has you do, your neighbours’ names and prayer needs, so you can follow up.
- Debrief issues arising with your local leaders.
- Report significant discernments to local city elders.
Some articles on Prayer Walking:
- Neighbourhood Prayer Watch http://partnersinprayer.org.au/neighbourhood-prayer-watch/
- Aus Transformers: prayer-walking schools all over the world. austransformers.com
- A Short Course on Prayer Walking (below)
- Adelaide Arise: On Street Prayer Strategy (below)
A Short Course in Prayer Walking
In hundreds of cities across the globe, ordinary believers are prayer-walking through the streets of their communities. They pray while walking, with eyes open for the spiritual awakening God is bringing. We define prayer-walking as “praying on-site with insight.”
There is no set pattern or proven formula. Prayer-walkers have set out with every imaginable style. There’s nothing magic at all in the footsteps. God’s Spirit is simply helping us to pray with persistent spontaneity in the midst of the very settings in which we expect him to answer our prayers. We instinctively draw near to those for whom we pray.
Getting up close to the community focuses our prayer. We sharpen our prayers by concentrating on specific homes and families. But we enlarge our praying as well, crying out for entire communities to know God’s healing presence.
Quiet prayer-walks complement more high-profile praise marches and prayer rallies. Worship and warfare blend with intercession that Christ would be welcomed as Lord by many throughout the entire city.
Praye-rwalks give us a simple way to continually fill our streets with prayer. Many are praying city-size prayers while ranging throughout their towns with disciplined regularity in small bands of two or three. Thus prayer-walkers keep near their neighbors in order to touch our cities with the gospel and transforming service. Quiet triumphs often follow as God changes the city day by day and house by house.
How to Get Started Prayer-walking
Join with other believers. Join your faith with others to help prayer flow in an engaging conversational style. Large groups sometimes fail to give everyone a chance to participate. Pairs and triplets work best. Set aside time. Allowing one or two full hours gives prayerwalkers a good chance to manage preliminaries and follow-up discussions, although much can be done in less time.
Choose an area
Ask God to guide you. It’s best by far to learn the joys of prayer-walking in unfamiliar neighborhoods. You’ll return quickly to your own neighborhood with fresh vision. Centers of commerce and religion are fascinating, but there’s nothing like touching families, schools and churches in residential areas. Use elevated points to pray over a panorama.
Linger at specific sites which seem to be key
Pray with insight. Pray for the people you see. As you do, you might find the Spirit of God recalibrating your heart with his own sensitivities. Enhance these responsive insights with research done beforehand. Use knowledge of past events and current trends to enrich intercession. Above all, pray Scripture.
Focus on God
Make God’s promises rather than Satan’s schemes the highlight of your prayer. Your discernment of evil powers may at times exceed God’s specific guidance to engage them in direct combat. Consider the simplicity of first making direct appeal to the throne of God before attempting to pick street fights with demonic powers. Seek a restraining order from heaven upon evil so that God’s empowered people may bring forth God’s intended blessings on the city Regather and report. Share what you have experienced and prayed. Expressing something of your insights and faith will encourage others–as well as yourself. Set plans for further prayer-walking.
Enlist other praying people to join with friends to cover special areas. Give leadership by forming and mixing prayer bands. Seek to collect written notes recording which areas have been covered and what kinds of prayers have been prayed. Pool your insights to ascertain
whether God is prompting a repeated focus on particular areas. Eventually aim to cover your entire town or city, unless God guides otherwise.
Scriptural Themes for Prayer-walking
Attempt to keep every prayer pertinent to the specific community you pass through. As you do, you will find prayers naturally progress to the nation and to the world.
Use a theme passage of Scripture such as 1 Timothy 2:1-10.
Many have found it to be a useful launching point for prayer-walking. Verse 8 speaks of the important territorial dimension to prayer connected with God’s desire that all people be saved, “I want the men in every place to pray” (italics added). Copy this and other passages in a format easy to read aloud several times during your walk.
Each of the following prayer points emerges from this passage.
Concerning Christ: Proclaim him afresh to be the one Mediator and the ransom for all. Name him Lord of the neighborhood and of the lives you see.
Concerning leaders: Pray for people responsible in any position of authority — for teachers, police, administrators and parents.
Concerning peace: Cry out for the godliness and holiness of God’s people to increase into substantial peace. Pray for new churches to be established.
Concerning truth: Declare openly the bedrock reality that there is one God. Celebrate the faithful revelation of his truth to all peoples through ordinary people (1 Tim.2:8). Pray that the eyes of minds would cease to be blinded by Satan so that they could come to a knowledge of the truth.
Concerning the gospel: Praise God for his heart’s desire that all people be saved. Ask that heaven would designate this year as a “proper time” for the testimony of Christ to be given afresh with simple power (1 Tim.2:6), Name specific people.
Concerning the blessing of God: Thanksgivings are to be made on behalf of all people. Give God the explicit thanks he deserves for the goodness he constantly bestows on the homes you pass by. Ask to see the city with his eyes, that you might sense what is good and pleasing in his sight as well as what things grieve him deeply. Ask God to bring forth an enduring spiritual awakening.
Concerning the church: Ask for hearing in relationships, that there be no wrath or dissension among God’s people. Ask that God would make his people, men and women alike, expressive in worship with the substance of radiant, relational holiness. Ask that our worship would be adorned with the confirming power of saints doing good in our communities.
Excerpted from Prayerwalking by Steve Hawthorne and Graham Kendrick (Creation House, 1993). This appendix may be photocopied and distributed as an introduction to prayer-walking.
ADELAIDE ARISE ON STREET PRAYER STRATEGY
STEP 1 – INDUCTION WORKSHOPS – Each meeting will cover the strategic principles and mechanics for on-street prayer.
STEP 2 – ON-STREET PRAYER TRAINING – with an existing on-street prayer team (2 X 1hour sessions) STEP 3 – START ON YOUR OWN CHURCH &/OR HOME BLOCK – initial on-site assistance available
STEP 4 – JOIN WITH OTHERS IN YOUR SUBURB for worship, prayer, testimony, strategic conversations
STEP 5 – JOIN WITH OTHERS IN NEIGHBOURING SUBURBS – for worship, prayer, testimony, strategic conversations
AIMS FOR EACH SUBURB
- EVERY CHRISTIAN RESIDENT TO START A TEAM FOR THEIR OWN NEIGHBOURHOOD BLOCK
- EVERY LOCAL CHURCH PRAYER-WALKS THE PERIMETER OF THE BLOCK AROUND THE CHURCH
- TEAM-UP TO PRAYER-WALK EVERY SCHOOL (ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH “SAFE-SCHOOLS” PROGRAMS)
- ROSTERED INTER-SUBURB TEAMS FOR SHOPPING STRIPS, MALLS, COUNCIL CHAMBERS ETC
- GROUP CONVERSATIONS WITH LOCAL COUNCILLORS, STATE MP’s & FEDERAL MP’s
Bill Wright – email@example.com 0414 267 196 – for and on behalf of Adelaide Arise.