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We will look at two different types of Prayer Walking.  The first is one I really like, because it has as its focus and intention to discover "Persons and Houses of Peace."  It is a kind of Prayer Walking which had the potential to immediately plant new churches or new outreach points with the potential to tip into church.  This one we will call "Luke 10 Prayer Walking" since that is the second place we see it in the New Testament and represents the exact model we will try to follow.

The second type of Prayer Walking is what we will call "Praying Hands."  I learned this from a colleague I apprenticed under in South Asia.  This is more along the lines of what others teach in regards to prayer walking, but still it has as its focus to see people come to Jesus and watch Jesus build His church in the places where we walk and pray.


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“Luke 10 Prayer Walking”

Luke 10:1-12 told in a storying format:

Then Jesus appointed 70 others, and he sent them out 2 by 2 to every place and city where he himself was about to go.  And this is what he said to them.  “The harvest is very great, but the laborers are few.  Therefore pray to the Lord of the harvest, and ask Him to send out more laborers into His harvest.  Go now on your way, and know that I send you out as lambs among wolves.  Do not carry any money.  Do not take a knapsack, an extra pair of shoes or any provisions.  And do not greet anyone along the road.  Whatever house you enter, first say ‘Peace to this house.’ And if a person of peace is there, your peace will rest on that house; if not, then it will return to you.  Stay in the same house where your peace rests, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the laborer is worthy of his wages.  Do not go from house to house.  Whenever you enter a city and they receive you, eat whatever is placed before you.  Heal the sick there and say to them, ‘The Kingdom of God has come near to you.’  But whenever you enter a city and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, ‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you.  Still you should know this, the kingdom of God has come near to you.’  I tell you this that it will be more tolerable for Sodom on judgment day than for that city.”


The story goes on to speak of the return of the 70 rejoicing with the results they had experienced; with Jesus telling them to beware of rejoicing in what they were able to accomplish through the working of God’s power, but rather to rejoice in the fact that their names are written in heaven.  Then in one of the few notable places in the New Testament it speaks of “Jesus rejoicing in the Spirit.” He was rejoicing, I think, because He was seeing His disciples doing what he had come to train them to do, and knowing that the work would now carry on after His return to Heaven.  Finally, Jesus proclaims to them the blessings they were receiving.  He tells them that many prophets and kings before them desired to see and hear what they were witnessing, but never did.


This is a powerful story and demonstration of the method Jesus had modeled in previous stories and is now sending 70 others to go out and do.  Let’s walk together through this story again and see what jewels we can find. 


¨     “He sent them out” – It speaks for itself.  As we model for and train our disciples we need to be ready to send them out to practice what they are learning.  We can use a very simple method here.  “Whenever I teach you something you must first go and teach it to some others, then you can come back and I will teach you something new.”  You can watch and observe.  Those who go and do what they are being taught and teach it to others – these are the ones who you can begin to invest more time and energy with.

¨     He sent them out “2 by 2” – Is there wisdom in this?  If it was Jesus’ method it must be extremely wise.  We could quickly begin to make a list of why two is always better than one – for accountability, encouragement, support, spiritual community, and on and on (Ecc 4:9-12).  One thing we should understand is that whenever we send a disciple out solo we may very well be setting that person up to fail.  It might not be a bad idea to try and disciple in pairs or small groups so that you can send them out in groups of 2 or 3.

¨     He sent them to “every city and place where He Himself was going to go” – This is a key ingredient.  As we go into cities and neighborhoods and communities, we go knowing we have been sent to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord, knowing that He has prepared persons and homes of peace that He is planning to come and dwell in.

¨     “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few” – Today with the huge number of professing evangelical believers you might think how can this still be true.  But there remains significant language, cultural and political/geographical barriers that prohibit or lessen the impact of Great Commission Christians reaching into some of these harvest fields.  However, we believe there exist great resources within the harvest fields.  When these first new believers are discovered they possess the language, cultural skills and other tools to take their testimonies to the heart and lengths of their own harvest fields.  Some of the greatest resources that often go unused are those first new believers from within their own unreached people groups and communities.  In places in the world where new believers have been released almost immediately with their personal testimony and the understanding that God’s desires to save others in their family and community the results we have seen have been increditable – the kind of results that only God can manufacture.

¨     “Therefore pray to the Lord of the Harvest, and ask Him to send out more laborers into His harvest” – It is good to know that it is God’s harvest field and not ours.  It is also good to know that he will be the one responsible for more laborers.  But what is interesting here is that as Jesus tells His disciples to pray for more laborers … from where does He expect they will come?  They did not have a global resource of Christians and churches from which to recruit more laborers.  In fact they were it.  So any new laborers would have to come out of the harvest.  We might think that the persons of peace would be the best candidates for becoming new laborers, but the practice should be that every new believer becomes a laborer in the harvest fields.  Doesn’t it make since that those who speak the language, know the culture and have the relationships will become the best evangelist and church planters for their own people groups.

¨     It might seem tough enough to just go out praying for more laborers while believing God is going to reveal them, but it gets even tougher.  Jesus’ disciples were not only to go out trusting God would reveal persons of peace, but He also sent them out as lambs among wolves with no provision, no money, and no earthly securities.  Now their very survival and hope of a meal was dependent on them finding God’s persons and homes of peace.  These are the homes that Jesus said would feed them, and care for them.  They were also traveling into Satan’s territory and only by God’s protection and provision would they survive.  Where do you find the kind of desperate sinners who have no problem admitting they are bad people and know they need a savior?  Likely, in some of the places where sin most abounds.  So we do go out as lambs among wolves.  Good thing is that we have a very capable Sheppard who will neither sleep nor slumber, and whom no wolf will ever make it past.

¨     “And do not greet anyone along the road” – Try telling that to an evangelist.  Jesus had a strategy.  It cut straight to the heart to find people who would be committed from the get go.  He was always serious when it came to filtering out nominal believers, and knowledge based followers.  He modeled this often through the use of parables and tough invitations.  There are too many distractions that can hinder and slow us down.  The ones that usually get us are those that seem like really good things to do, and they often involve helping other people.  But the good can often become the enemy of the best.

¨     “Whatever house you enter say ‘Peace to this house.’  And if a person of peace is there your peace will rest on that house.” – Obviously, these disciples had no money or food to bring to the homes they entered, but they did bring spiritual blessings and peace.  Over time it will become easier to discern who is comfortable and gracious in receiving God’s peace and blessing, and who are the skeptics and rejecters of God’s offer of peace.  When we enter a home we enter with a powerful gift.  It is the very same Peace that gives hope to people who live in the midst of some of the worst situations in the world. 

¨     “Stay in the same house where your peace rests….  Do not go from house to house.” – This is not crusade evangelism.  This is household evangelism.  Crusades may lead thousands to the Lord, but they plant very few churches.  Household evangelism leaves a church planted in every home where your peace has rested and God’s blessings and miracles have been received.  For when and where a church is planted, not even the gates of hell can prevail against it.  Satan can deal with scattered individual believers, but against a healthy spiritual community of fellowshipping and reproducing believers he will never win.  This is a key to Luke 10 Prayer Walking.  We walk praying for laborers for God’s ripe harvest fields.  We pray believing God has prepared persons and homes of peace that He will reveal to us.  And when we discover these homes we stay focused on them one at a time until we see a church planted in that new home or community and they in turn join us as laborers in God’s harvest field.  We enter each home as one team of church planters, but we leave each home as two or more teams of church planters.  The best, most fully gifted team of church planters is most likely another church.  The pay off for staying and focusing does not come by way of addition, but by way of multiplication.  2 becomes 4 --- 4 becomes 8 --- 8 becomes 16.  By the 20th generation the math multiplies out to over 1 million churches, and by the 30th generation more than 1 billion churches.

¨     “Whenever you enter a city and they receive you, eat whatever is placed before you.  Heal the sick there and say to them, ‘The Kingdom of God has come near to you.’” – The focus broadens to from “persons of peace” to “homes of peace” to “cities of peace.”  The blessings are concrete and observable – people are being healed.  The crowds gather in response to God’s blessings and the testimonies of those healed or who were there.  The Gospel is proclaimed.  Some, though probably not all, believe and are saved.  And a new church is planted in that home or that city.  These homes and cities of peace will always exist until the Gospel has been preached to every person.  The focus of Luke 10 Prayer Walking is to actively seek to find these homes and places of peace by being on the streets walking, observing, praying and believing that God will lead us to them, and then guide us to help them become simple churches which can reproduce themselves.

¨     “But whenever you enter a city and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, ‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you.  Still you should know this, the kingdom of God has come near to you.’  I tell you this that it will be more tolerable for Sodom on judgment day than for that city.” – While seeking out homes and cities of peace you will also find those who reject the Peace of God.  It will be a part of the work.  A part you should be ready for and expect, but not let detour you from the command of our Lord to Go.  It seems more the norm than not, that in places where the church is multiplying that persecution is generally a part of the equation.  It is a hardship, but can also be a blessing.  Be prepare in season and out of season to give a defense for the faith you have in Jesus our Lord and Savior.


The end goal therefore of Luke 10 Prayer Walking is not to bless the communities, bind the strongholds, and see people become new Christians, but to see churches planted, and in turn see those churches planting other churches and so on.  The homes and communities for these new churches will be discovered as we go out walking through the cities and communities of the world – 1) praying for more laborers, 2) finding persons, homes and cities of peace, 3) and then staying focused on those homes, letting your peace rest upon them, praying God’s blessing upon then, proclaiming the Gospel to them, and then planting simple churches right in those places.  We believe that in the context of church all believers are equipped to be parts of teams that can plant new churches; that the Great Commission does not belong to a select few, but it belongs to churches.  And we also believe that the apostolic calling of being sent out does not belong to a select few, but also belongs to churches, just as God in his wisdom began it by dispersing the early New Testament church in Jerusalem throughout Judea , Samaria , and towards the ends of the earth.  This is not just our calling, it is our privilege and a generous gift from God.  He has put his stamp of ownership upon our lives that we might bring peace, His peace, to the nations. 


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"Praying Hands"

   Prayer walking is not complicated.  Below is a very simple model for prayer walking.  It focuses on five different things to pray for while you walk through a community and on five different types of places to go to pray in the community.  You can remember these things by your two hands.  The right hand represents the five things to pray for, and the left hand represents the five types of places you go to pray.

   Prayer Walking is praying as you walk through a community, village, town or city.  It is praying with all of your senses – sight, sound, smell, touch, etc.  As you walk the streets, you should ask God to reveal the needs of that particular community.  As you walk the streets you begin to see the faces and places you are praying for and might even interact with them.  Walking in the midst of those you are prayer for does two things – 1) It allows God to greater infected your hearts and increase your burden for His lost sheep.  2) It gives you greater access to minister to those you are praying for, and it gives them access to you.  There are many who may truly desire your prayers and/or help, but they just don’t feel comfortable coming into a church building in order to get them.  They don’t know about or haven’t yet believed in God’s love poured out in abundance for those who believe on the name of Jesus.  Taking prayer to them can be the path to take God’s love and ministry to them, to introduce God directly to them through obvious answered prayer, and upon that foundation to preach the Gospel to ear than are not only open and willing to hear, but are egar to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.


Right Hand:

How does one pray in such situations?  The five fingers of your right hand can remind you of five different things to pray for as you walk through your communities.

   Your thumb on your right hand reminds you that you should pray for OPEN HEAVENS.  As believers, you want God to pour out a blessing on the people to whom He has called you.  You are not in the business of pronouncing curses on people simply because they worship false gods or are blinded by the ruler of this world.  You should ask God to open the heavens and pour out His blessings on the people you see as you walk the streets.  Obviously, it is your desire that these people come to know that Jesus is the truth, the life, and the way.  As they come to know Him who is the truth, God will begin to pour out blessings from on high. 

             As you walk, you should be asking God to show you how He desires to bless the people.  Perhaps God wants to transform them out of their poverty.  Perhaps God wants to transform their political situation.  Definitely, you know that God wants to see them released from the snare of false worship of false gods or submission of their minds and hearts to false philosophies and false teachings.  Ask God to reveal to you ways that He desires to bless the people.  Claim the promise that the Gospel is powerful and effective for pulling down every false teaching, philosophy and system of belief.  

Isaiah 64:1 “Oh that you would rend the heavens. That you would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence”


   The index finger on your right hand reminds you that you should pray for OPEN HEARTS.  We want to ask God to release His Holy Spirit and touch the hearts of the people.  You want to pray for a harvest among the people to whom He has called you.  Pray for the church to rightly discern and overcome barriers that separate the people in the community from the hope and healing of the gospel.  Pray for the release of the Holy Spirit to soften and prepare the hearts of the people to receive the gospel.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring them under conviction for their sin and make plain to them there great need for God and for a Savior – Jesus.

Acts 2:17- “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;  Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old me shall dream dreams.  And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy.  I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.  And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”


   Thirdly, the middle finger on your right hand represents praying for OPEN HOMES. You may be walking and praying in a land where many homes have been lulled to sleep by false religions with the repetition of rituals, the fragrance of appeasements and the hopelessness of the hereafter. Or you may be walking in a land where there is such a fear of a witness for Jesus that threats and persecution against the faithful followers and witnesses of Jesus are many and continual.  Or you may be walking in a land where God does not exist, but has been rationalized away by scientific theory and the power of materialistic greed which says to its followers you don’t need God as long as you have me – money and control of your own lives.  Ask God for a spiritual awakening among these peoples. Pray that God would bring into your life the ‘persons of peace’ for these communities. Pray for supernatural encounters, resulting in church planting movements.  Ask God to redeem the peoples’ unique giftings for His Kingdom purpose where they live and beyond.  Pray that whole families would come to Christ and that homes would be redeemed.  Pray that homes would become places where the One, True, and Living God is worshipped.  Pray for prayer cells and churches to be established in homes throughout communities where these people reside.

Acts 2:46-47 “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people.  And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being served.”


   The ring finger of your right hand will remind you to pray for OPEN HIGHWAYS.  The overall goal is an indigenous church planting movement among your focus group and/or target area.  Pray for the effective planting and multiplication of churches among your focus group and/or target area.  Pray for creative access opportunities to reveal themselves to others and you who are seeking to reach the people in the community where you are prayer walking.  Pray that God will open a highway for you and others so that the Word of God can enter into the community.  Pray that God will show you and others the most effective and appropriate method to use in proclaiming the Good News to the people.  Pray that God would bring down the lies, false teachings, obstacles and barriers to the Gospel.  Pray that God would bind the strong man (the enemy) and allow people to hear the claims of the Gospel upon their lives.

Isaiah 40:3-5 “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together:  For the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.’”


   Finally, your little finger reminds you to pray for OPEN HANDS.  Ask God to reveal to others and you who are working among the people the acts of compassion and kindness that need to be carried out in communities where your people reside in order that the love of Christ may be revealed. Ask God to show you how others and you can express unconditional acts of kindness to the people.  Jesus has commanded us to go and preach. He has given us authority to heal and cast out demons.  Freely we have received from Christ, freely we should show His love to those around us.  And as you go remember Jesus told his disciples that the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  Therefore beseech the Lord of the Harvest, pray to the Lord of the Harvest that he would send out more laborers into His harvest fields – these laborers would be the persons and house of peace who came from out of the harvest fields.  So pray also that God would raise up more helping hands and that God would establish His presence in this place and among these people through the creation of His church.  Then this new church where previously there was none will be a lasting light and testimony with plenty of helping hands to reach out to others.

Matthew 10: 7-8 “And as you go, preach saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”


Left Hand:

   As you prayer walk, it is important that you ask God to reveal the strongholds that exist in the communities where your people reside.  These strongholds keep the people from responding to the gospel positively and you need to pray down those strongholds so that the barriers are broken down and the people will respond to the gospel with open hearts and minds.

2 Corinthians 10: 3-6 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

   In every community, there are strongholds.  These strongholds are often found in places of government, places of education, places of commerce, and places of religion and culture.  A spiritual stronghold keeps people from responding to the Gospel.  The five fingers of your left hand remind you of five significant places where you can go to pray.  As you pray over these places, you should ask God to reveal the strongholds that might be present there.  As God reveals the strongholds, you should exercise your authority to bind that stronghold and release the people from the grip of the stronghold.

Matthew 12: 29 - “Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man?  And then he will plunder his house.”

Matthew 16:19 – “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”


Places of Government

1Timothy 2:1-2 - "Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence."

The thumb on your left hand represents places of government. Often governments oppress their people.  At the very least, governments do have tremendous influence over people’s daily lives as well as their outlook and plans for the future. When the government is operating outside the standard of Christian principles, oppression does become a way of life, clouding any real and lasting hope in today or tomorrow. As you walk through communities where your people reside you need to pray over places such as courthouses, law schools, police stations, homes and offices of government officials, and offices of political parties.   The Bible commands Christians to pray especially for those who are in authority.  Therefore, you need to pray that these places of government would rule their people with justice and righteousness.  Ask the Lawgiver to give salvation to the judges, lawyers, policemen, presidents, prime ministers, and other government officials.  Ask our Righteous Judge for justice to rule with the rod of righteousness, to flow as a fountain through this dry and thirsty land from the marble palaces of dignitaries to the slums of thrown away people!  Ask our Redeemer to redeem the rulers and the ruled, to replace the spirit of heaviness with the garment of praise!


Places of Education

Proverbs 22:6 – “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

It has been said, “Whoever holds the hearts and minds of the children and youth, holds the future of the nation.”  Someone else said, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”  The index finger of your left hand reminds you to pray over places of education. Often educational institutions are places where children and youth are taught things that are in opposition to God’s truth – such as atheism, communism, and false religion. Schools are extensions of a culture that is embedded in false beliefs. Knowledge apart from the All Knowing God keeps the people in darkness and the wheels of atheism, communism, animism, syncretism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam forever turning.  You need to pray over these educational institutions such as primary and secondary schools, universities, and school children with their backpacks and uniforms asking God to redeem these places and redeem the hearts of those who teach the children and youth.  You need to pray that educational institutions would become places where God’s truth might be made manifest.


Places of Commerce

Hebrews 13:5 – “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have.  For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’”

Your middle finger on your left hand represents the need to pray over places of commerce. The love of money is the root of all evil.  Money becomes a stronghold when it is sought above all, whether gained dishonestly or not. It is known that most social injustice is the result of the rich who oppress the poor.  Businesses and other places of commerce are often powerful strongholds that keep people from seeing the true light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. You need to pray that God so redeem a society that social justice will prevail.  You need to pray that the rich would no longer oppress the poor.  As you walk through the marketplaces, passing the shops, stores, hotels, restaurants, banks, and money changers, ask the Lord of All to create new hearts in buyers and sellers, both rich and poor.  Hearts where the measure of self-seeking is the measure of self-giving.  Hearts rich in faith.  Ask the Heir of All Things to cause them to see that He desires to be their All Sufficient Provider, Sustainer, Redeemer, and Lord.


Places of Religion/Culture

Deuteronomy 6:5 – “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

The ring finger on your left hand reminds you to pray over places of religion and culture. Religion and culture are deeply intertwined. The way of life for so many people is mapped out, governed and ordered by rites and ritual, feasts and festivals, priests and potions, gods and goddesses.  Endless actions of emptiness providing absolutely no assurance for eternity and acknowledging no need of a Savior. The worship of false, counterfeit gods keeps the people from seeing the truth that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.  You need to pray that the people would have their eyes and their hearts open to see that no one can come to salvation except through Jesus Christ. You need to pray that idolatry, which is abominable to God, would be demolished and destroyed so that people would return to the worship of the One, True and Living God.  Ask Jesus, Friend of Sinners, to heal the land and the people, giving all who will come a home in heaven with Him, their Savior.  Ask our Long Suffering Father to release His Spirit to lead each heart to worship Him only as the Way, the Truth, and the Life.


Places of Community

Ephesians 2: 19 – “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.”

Finally, your little finger on your left hand represents places of community.  You don’t have to look far, to see people everywhere in conversation.  In every community there are places where people gather for social activities. The markets, tea shops, parks, bus stops, train stations, sidewalks, water taps, beauty salons, places of worship, neighborhood associations, cinema halls, and nightclubs are all centers of vitality, if not places of rumor and gossip.  You need to pray and ask the Word of Life to redeem these places and so that people who gather there would involve themselves in conversation about the things of God. Pray that the people would honor God in their speech and behavior.  Ask Him who is our Dwelling Place to transform the community in which you walk become a community of the redeemed, fellow citizens with the saints.


Some Useful Instructions about Prayer Walking:

Before you go:

Before prayer walking, one needs to do social and spiritual mapping of the area: who lives where in the city, how many, significant areas, demographic study of the area etc.  Each people group has a different stronghold (for example: a Dhobi says that he worships the rock because it is where he washes his clothes.  The rock, he says, is what feeds him, so every day he worships the rock before doing his work).  Do the demographic study at first so you can see later on if things have changed.  We don’t evaluate our prayer walking on the basis of how many churches or converts we have.  We want to see if the community is being redeemed in all areas.

While you are prayer walking:

A.          Never go on a prayer walk alone, but travel in small groups between 2 to 4 people.  Remember Jesus always sent his disciples out 2 by 2 or in small groups.  We would be wise to follow his example.  Sending a disciple out alone is setting him up for potential failure or unnecessary harm.

B.          The first prayers that are offered should be praises to God.

C.          While out on the prayer walk, it is always beneficial to have a prayer shield covering the prayer walkers.  A Prayer shield is a group of people who gather together in one place for the purpose of interceding on behalf of those prayer walking. They pray for the entire time the prayer walking team is out in the community.  They pray for the protection of the prayer walking team.  This may be a good way to involve those who may not be mobile enough to walk a mile or two, or how to involve prayer supporters who are in another city or half way around the world.

D.          Ask God to show you where the strongholds are. When you reach these strongholds, immediately bind the strongman (see Matthew 16:17-19; Matthew 12:28-30).  Not only do we bind the strongman, but we must also loose the people.  We must pray for the deliverance of the people.

E.          While prayer walking, be alert because the enemy knows what you are doing and will try to thwart your efforts.  Team members should watch out for each other during the walk.  Remember, this is a spiritual battle.

F.           While prayer walking, do not shout or yell out your prayers.  Be silent. Do not bring unnecessary attention to yourself or the rest of the team.  As you stand in front of an office or place of religious worship, stand quietly and speak softly the prayers to God.

G.         Do not carry a pen and paper with you. Writing things down in public may bring unneeded attention. Register special events in your mind and write them down later.

H.          Ask God to bring to your mind specific scriptures or specific things that you can pray on behalf of the people you see.

I.             Sometimes you will have an opportunity to speak to people.  Do not refuse to speak to people as these opportunities arise.  It is possible that God will bring into your life a ‘man of peace’ during the prayer walk.  Also, be prepared to give an account of the hope that is within you if the opportunity arises.  Although this is a prayer walk, God may also turn it into an opportunity for the Gospel to begin to take root in the community. (see Luke 10:1-7)

J.           After the prayer walk, gather the team together with the prayer shield group and debrief.  Write down special insights or special events that might have taken place during the walk.  Right down the names of people who need to be followed up. 


Remember that the aim of your prayer walk is to tear down the strongholds and release the people so that God’s church can be established in that place.  Be prepared to testify and to offer prayer when the door is opened and be prepared to gather the harvest in the places where you prayer walk.  Jesus said He will build His church.  Don't be surprised when He chooses to do it among the peoples and places He has sent you to go before Him to prepare the ground for His church to be planted.  He sent his disciples out 2 by 2 and told them to go to every place where he was about to go and there proclaim that the Kingdom of God has come near to you this day.  When you put feet to your prayers - they go places and take you where you may never have dreamed or thought possible.  It is however never a surprise to God, because He makes all things possible for those who love Him and walk according to His purpose.



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