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PRAYERWALKING 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 sight with insight" is about intercession. Those who practice it believe that God answers them and that prayer is a powerful tool of evangelism. 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, or even a prayer event, it is a lifestyle. It is intercession that transforms the intercessor as well as the life of others. Let me encourage you to begin where you are.

Why prayerwalk?

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 sight. This approach to prayerwalking has the most direct contact with the persons that are being prayed for. The prayerwalker simply walks from house to house knocking on doors and saying, Hello, I am_________, I am praying for the people of this community, and, I would like to know how to pray for you better. Is there anything that you would like me or others to pray for in your life or family?" The person responds with a request, and then the prayerwalker asks for permission to pray with the person for the need right then. The prayerwalker needs to pray for the request, but also needs to pray for the will of God to be done in the person's life. Generally I close my prayer with them with words like, "Lord, I do not know where this person and family are with you, but I would ask that they would be closer to you at the end of this day than they were when this day began." You then thank them for sharing their prayer need with you. It is usually at this point that they begin to ask all the right questions like, "Why are you doing this? Where are you from? How can I talk to God like that?" It has been during house to house prayerwalking that I have led more people to the Lord than any other type of evangelism that I have ever tried, and I have never had to ask the questions, they have.

"Strategic Prayerwalking," is another type of prayerwalking that involves praying from strategic locations within a target area. Examples of "strategic prayerwalking" could include parks, city squares, high points, crossroads, and other high traffic areas. These areas are where there are high volumes of people. I normally walk awhile praying and sit awhile praying. I have used this type of prayerwalking at airports, and stadiums, but my favorite is Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart has benches at each entrance and all you have to do is sit and pray for people's comings and goings. I always pray for divine appointments when I am doing this type of prayerwalking, and, sure enough, someone will stop and have a seat next to me or stop and ask me something. This type of prayerwalking works best when the prayerwalker is a person that is well known in the area. People will generally say hello as they go by, but on their way out, they will ask questions like, "Are you waiting on someone?" At this point, the proper answer is "Yes, you." They will stop and ask why and you simply let them know that you have prayed for them and for others today and that you wanted to know if there was anything in their life that they would like for you to pray about. It is amazing what God does next. "Key Building Prayerwalking" requires entrance into a building or at least access to the outside of the building. The prayerwalk is conducted from within the building or around the outside of the building. Examples of this type of prayerwalking could include schools, churches, government agencies, factories, and businesses. This type of prayerwalking has the least amount of direct contact with people and should be done where direct contact is not permitted. The prayerwalker has to rely heavily on what is known about the place, what it represents, the people that use it, and the jobs or ministries preformed there. Where it is possible, interviewing individuals from the building about needs that they face is helpful. Later, we will discuss prayerwalking your church. The most common type of prayerwalking is "Street Prayerwalking". This is the hardest because it involves the least amount of direct contact with people. It should be noted that in all intercession, it is people and not things, that are being prayed for and this is even more so when praying in a way that leads to a harvest. Street prayerwalking 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. However, there are various variations to this and some possible ideas are provided later in this guide. How do we start? 1. Beginnings · Pray for wisdom. · Identify the target area. · Set a date and time for the event. · Recruit prayerwalkers. · Recruit team leaders. Team leaders do not just make sure that you get to the assigned area. Their primary responsibility is to remind team members that they are there to pray and not talk about prayer. They constantly remind the group: "Pray!" · Train prayerwalkers. Training materials are available through the Tennessee Baptist Convention.

· Prepare necessary materials for the event. (i.e. Maps of assigned areas, Prayer prompts, Selected Scripture, Assignments, Music, etc.) 2. The Event · Introductions. · Orientation and assignments for each team and team leader. · A season of prayer for personal preparation as a group. · Pray in the small groups. (Normally triplets work well.) · Prayerwalk. Things to remember while prayerwalking: 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. Do not be afraid of the silence, listen and watch for the voice and hand of God. 3. Open your mind and spirit. Listen for God. Let Him communicate through the prayers of the others on 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. 3. Conclusion · 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 continue to intercede with intentionality. Long after the prayerwalk, God continues to develop a heart for the people that you have prayed for. The primary reason for Prayerwalking is God. We are being obedient to His command to pray for one another.

Variety in prayerwalking is critical, especially when praying in an area that is unknown to the intercessor. These ideas aim to provide you with some options of how to pray through an area. You may decide to stay with one method in one place and try a different method in another. Often an intercessor will find him/ her using the same method in one country or place, while others will use a variety of methods in the same place. If you are new at prayerwalking, we suggest that you try various methods until you find one that is comfortable for you. Prayer is as much caught as it is taught. This guide can help you as well as your prayerwalking partner. Your greatest teachers will be the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Rely on them more than you do your own understanding or any work of man. Part of prayer that is caught is found in the "taking." You are being "taken" praying, and if you are part of a prayerwalking team, then you are taking someone else praying as well. We pray that while you are praying, you will gain a passion and a burden for the needs of Tennessee. However, if you will constantly ask the question, "Jesus, what are you praying for these people?" He will take you praying as well. As He does, you will learn to pray more effectively for the people of Tennessee much better than any guide can ever teach you.

PRAYERWALKING RESOURCES: Don Pierson, Prayer Strategist, Tennessee Baptist Convention ­ [email protected] Prayerwalking Made Simple ­ gabaptist.org Follow Me ­ wmustore.com Taking Prayer to the Streets ­ namb.net/prayer Taking Prayer to the Streets -Pocket Guide ­ namb.net/prayer WayMakers ­ 512-419-7729 "Praying OnSight With InSight" "Prompts for PrayerWalkers"

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