For today’s practice, we the people of SPR will going on a prayer walk in our communities. Though we will be walking and praying separately in our respective neighborhoods, we are joined together in spirit as we open our hearts to the needs and concerns of the world around us. Even if you are unable to walk outside for whatever reason, you can still join us in prayer by mentally picturing and praying for the people and places in your community.
Watch Ed’s video below before you head out on your walk. Check below for additional detailed instructions.
- Where do you see the opportunity for renewal in your community?
- How might the Holy Spirit be renewing you, and/or using you to renew your community?
We invite you to share your experience of your prayer walk in the comment section!
Check back tomorrow to hear from another member of SPR and learn a new type of prayer.
Detailed Prayer Walk Instructions:
This is a spiritual discipline which connects your spirit with caring for the community. You will on a walk in your neighbor to open your heart to God’s presence there. You will silently pray for everyone you see and encounter. Pay attention to what needs, concerns, and issues are presented to you. Before you begin, you will choose a bible verse to center your prayer. Silently read this verse to yourself before you leave, and repeat it to yourself throughout your prayer walk. Here are a few possible verses you might choose from:
- ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ (Matt 25:40)
- The Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. (Rom 8:26) • The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. (Isaiah 9:2)
- As for us, we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever. (Mic 4:5) • Teach me your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth. (Psalm 86:11)
- Let us walk in light of the Lord (Isaiah 2:5)
- When they prayed, they were filled the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:31) • We walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Cor 5:7)
These are just suggestions and you can pick any verse that speaks to you. Try to pick a verse that is short enough for you to remember throughout your walk, or you could write it a piece of paper and carry it with you. As you leave for you walk, pray for the Holy Spirit to guide your steps and show you what God wants you to see. Begin walking through your neighborhood, and as you pass by each house, silently pray for the people who live there. Pray for anyone in cars that pass by. Pray for anyone see working or at leisure. Pray for any businesses and institutions you see. Pray for any need that you notice. Pay attention to creation, and pray with thanksgiving for the beautiful you encounter. Here are some other examples you might pray for:
- If you see a bench in the front yard, pray for those who will sit upon it.
- If you see bicycles, pray for the safety of their riders.
- Pray that the members of the household may know Christ and may come to know trust and rely on his guidance for their lives.
- Pray for health and safety.
- Pray for the raising of children and grandchildren
As you pray begin by being specific and concrete, but also allow your prayers to expand to more general and universal concerns. Walk for at least 5 – 10 minutes before you return home. When you arrive home, write down the things you remember praying or any observations you made.