Prayer walking is praying as we walk and praying for what we see as we walk. A number of churches have been prayer walking for many years now. Prayer walking is when an individual or group of Christians walk around an area and pray for that area as they walk. This is scriptural. We have examples in the Bible where God told people to walk an area for a purpose.
Here are some:
NUMBERS 13: 18 – 20 KADESH REPRESENTATIVES SENT TO CHECK OUT THE LAND CONDITION THEY WILL POSSESS (CHECK OUT THE LAND)
This shows us that as we pray and walk God can show us different aspects and features of the area we are walking and how to pray.
NEH 2: 12 – 13 NEHEMIAH CHECKS OUT JERUSALEM’S CONDITION (LOOK FOR THE NEEDS)
This shows us that God has a purpose for us to be used in blessing and bringing about his plans for an area and that he will show us clear areas of need.
JOSHUA 1: 3 GOD SAYS TO JOSHUA EVERY PLACE YOU STAND IS YOURS (POSSESSION)
This shows us that the areas /communities that we live in belong to the Lord and God has given them to the Church to bless, help and spiritually protect.
GENESIS 13 :14 – 17 GOD SAYS TO ABRAM ARISE WALK THE LAND WHICH I AM GIVING TO YOU (SEE THE LAND)
This shows us that we need to arise in faith and believe that God has given us this land. It also encourages us (like the Policeman on the beat) to walk through our communities as salt and light.
YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH AND LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
God has placed the Church in our communities and towns to be salt and light. That means that we are God’s chosen vessels to prevent spiritual corruption and preserve the community (salt). We are also His chosen vessels to release His light of blessing, truth, life and salvation into our community. One of the ways to do this is to walk through our community and pray for our streets, our businesses, our local government, our people groups and our services.
AS YOU PLAN YOUR WALK, PLEASE REMEMBER:
As we walk, we are doing 3 things:
We are worshiping the Lord as we go
We are looking at the street, houses, etc. as you go and you are
praying blessing on those places
We are listening to the Spirit as we go.
Prayer walking should involve pastors, church leaders and members, intercessors, and anyone who is a born-again believer, young and old.
Chose any day in the month of June and time that works best for your particular community.
Structure the prayer walk time so that the first fifteen minutes is to meet for corporate prayer, to provide directions, and any special focus for the teams that are sent out; the last fifteen minutes is to meet corporately for debriefing, celebration, and closing prayer.
Every location should have a Prayer-Walking Captain who will coordinate and direct activities. PW Captains will designate starting and ending locations. Prayer teams should consist of small groups of two or four individuals.
Every church is encouraged to make the walk relevant to their community and capabilities.
Take pictures and share those on your website and social media and please tag Lancashire Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham. Also, feel free to send your pictures to us to share on our social media and website.
Prayer Walking Tips
PRAY ON SITE WITH INSIGHT
PRAYER SENSITISES YOU TO THE AREA SITES, SOUNDS, and SPIRITUAL ATMOSPHERE
MAKES YOU GOD-AWARE AS YOU WALK
GETS YOU LINKED AND CONNECTED WITH THE PLACE YOU ARE PRAYING FOR
THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL BRING DISCERNMENT OF NEEDS AND DIRECTION OF PRAYER.
REMEMBER THAT THE GROUND BELONGS TO GOD
PRAY WITH COMPASSION
PRAY BLESSINGS ON YOUR STREET and FOR EVERY HOME/AREA/BUILDING
PRAY FOR SALVATION
PRAY FOR NEEDS
PRAY FOR PEOPLE
PRAY FOR NEEDS ON THE STREET/AREA/BUILDING
PRAY FOR HEALING, LOVE, GRACE, DELIVERANCE, AND SALVATION ON THE STREET/AREA/BUILDING
STOP AT ANY PLACES OF SIGNIFICANCE AND PRAY FOR THAT PLACE
INVITE THOSE YOU MEET TO YOUR CHURCH AND/OR TO THE FESTIVAL OF HOPE
IF YOU HAVE THE CHANCE, SHARE THE LOVE OF CHRIST WITH THOSE YOU MEET – AND BE PREPARED TO GIVE AN ANSWER FOR THE HOPE THAT YOU HAVE.
A Few Types of Prayer Walks
Virtual Prayer Walks – Show images of locations on your screen and have individuals to pray over the locations.
Prayer Drives – If walking an area is not possible, choose to drive that area and pray.
Register your church’s prayer walk so that we can pray for and help resource you. We will also list your walk on our map so that we can see where the walks are happening as well as give others an opportunity to join your walk.
PRAY AS IF THEIR LIVES DEPEND ON IT…BECAUSE THEY DO!
Strong foundations of prayer in our community.
People in your own church to hunger for a deeper relationship with God.
God would transform the lives of many people through the months of this Festival process.
God’s grace would be revealed to unbelievers through the witness of Christians in our community.
Unity among Christians as we reach out and teach others to live for Jesus.
Leaders, workers, finances, logistics, and resources to make this Festival all that God intends it to be.
Local youth would establish deep roots in Christ and that storms will not cause them to falter or fail.
Deep desires to be strong witnesses for Christ will be born in our young people.
Participating in the Be an Andrew outreach will cause believers to pray daily and more boldly for others to know Christ.
God would raise up prayer warriors for the Festival and that we would see answers to our prayers and be encouraged.
Franklin Graham, the Festival’s musicians, and ministers in our community as God uses them to affect the lives of people and draw them to Christ.
Diligent follow-up and discipleship by local churches, protection of each new believer, an increase in Christ-centred homes, and multiplied outreach after the Festival.
Your neighbours and how you can be God’s light on your street and in your neighbourhood.
God to do amazing things for and in the people of our region and that all the glory will be given to Him.
Be An Andrew
Be An Andrew is based on John 1:35-42 where Andrew, having just met Jesus, immediately left and brought his brother Simon to meet Jesus, too. Those of us who have a personal relationship with Christ must seek out our brothers and sisters who don’t know Him and bring them to Him. We do this by making a list of those we know who need to know Jesus, then praying for them and building/strengthening our relationships with them. We make plans to take them to the Festival services, not just invite them to go. Many people have come to Christ because of being like Andrew.
This program encourages you to:
- Look Around – to identify relatives, friends, co-workers, or acquaintances who show the need for a relationship with Christ.
- Look Up – by routinely praying for these individuals and for the opportunity to strengthen your relationship with them.
- Look Out – for ways to cultivate friendships with each person on your list and earn their confidence, ultimately finding opportunities to talk with them about Christ.
- Look Forward – to invite each person to the Festival.
- Look After – those who respond to the invitation or show an interest in learning more about the Gospel.
Make your list today and start praying!
Here are six ways Franklin Graham Festival can benefit you and your church:
- Prayer – Without prayer, we could not survive as Christians nor would we ever hold a Festival. Every aspect of the Festival directs believers toward prayer – determined, heartfelt, ceaseless prayer.
- Evangelism Training – Many committed Christians have never shared their faith because they don’t know how or they are afraid. The Christian Life and Witness classes teach Christians how to effectively and confidently present the Gospel. The classes also prepare believers to pray with people who come forward at the Festival.
- An Action Plan for Witnessing – Christians put their learning into practice through Be an ANDREW. After participants identify family and friends who need to know Jesus Christ, they commit to pray for and build relationships with them – leading up to an invitation to the Festival, where their friends and loved ones will hear the message of salvation.
- Spiritual Renewal – As Christians prepare for the Festival, bring friends and family to the meetings, and worship with other believers, the Lord can bring renewal into individual lives and congregations.
- Christian Unity – The church is never stronger than when it is united with one common goal, to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Lasting relationships and bonds are formed in the development of the Festival that unite churches in the community.
- New Christians in Local Churches – The Festival process is designed to bring new believers into churches where their spiritual growth is encouraged. New Christians add vitality to congregational life and worship.
As the Festival gets closer we are looking for Volunteers to help us. Based in the Festival office in Whitehills Business Park, Blackpool, we need volunteers for the following:
- Answering the phone
- Ringing round Churches, Group organisers and other calls as needed
- Creating packs of information for the different events
Computer data entry
- Using the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Database to keep all records up to date (Full training and instructions available)
Join in the preparation for the Lancashire Festival of Hope by volunteering at our office. Please complete this form and we will contact you with further details.