Prayer walking is a spiritual act. We pray for the presence of God in a particular area, and for His Spirit to proclaim the kingdom of God physically and spiritually in that area. Prayer walking is not really about the physical act of walking. It is rather praying outside the walls of the church or our homes, and closer to the people we are praying for.
- Decide on a specific area where you intend to do your prayer walk. Focus on a shopping centre, a school, an office or business complex, a few streets in your residential area or any area the Holy Spirit lays on your heart. Pray and ask the Lord to show you which area.
- The purpose of prayer walking is to pray on-site with insight. It is not more holy or more important than any other kind of prayer. When you only pray in your prayer closet for the needs of the world, it often happens that your knowledge and understanding of the situation are vague. However, when you walk down the streets of your residential area, you notice much more. You sometimes see the faces of people, the cars they drive, the faces of the children; you hear music in the houses and much more.
- If you ask the Holy Spirit, He will make you more aware of the spiritual situation in a particular area as you walk the streets. It often happens that when you walk past a particular house that you will pray certain Scriptures. At other times, a particular impression will come into your heart, e.g. occult, marriage, divorce, violence, pain, etc. In such situations, you can pray about these impressions. NB: Be careful not to jump to conclusions on the strength of a few impressions.
- The Bible is quite clear on the need for prayer in the prayer closet, but it is also true that we should not only pray in our prayer closet. Jesus prayed in various public places. The church in Acts prayed in the temple and also gathered in groups and prayed from one house to another, for the paralysed man on the steps of the temple, and in many public places.
- It is recommended that you do not prayer walk on your own, but invite someone to go with you. Pray aloud so that the other person can hear you and agree in prayer. Write down your impressions after a prayer walk. Go through your notes before you go on a prayer walk and always open up your mind and spirit for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is important that you behave in a way that you do not offend passers-by – do not pray too loudly, or act conspicuously. Be sensitive.
- Pray the Word. The Lord can give you specific spiritual impressions about things you have to pray for, but when you do prayer walking the basis of your prayers should be the Scriptures. For instance, you can use the “Our Father” prayer as the basis for your prayer walk. On another occasion you can use a prayer of blessing or you can proclaim a portion on the love and grace of God. It may be handy to carry a book of promises with you. (You will find a variety in book stores or you can make up your own to take along on a prayer walk.)
- Pray under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to make you sensitive to the needs of the people for whom you pray.
- Be sure that your own life is clean before God when you go on a prayer walk. Pray that the Lord will fill your heart with love so that your prayers will not be judgmental. Pray in humility, remembering that you are also a sinner saved by grace and that you can only appear before God’s throne because of God’s abundant grace. Take time to prepare yourself before you go on a prayer walk. Pray for protection.
– For God’s blessing,
– For God’s grace,
– For conviction of sin and for salvation,
– That God will break all work of the evil one in that area,
– For different issues as the Holy Spirit leads you.
Portions of Scripture for prayer walking
When you have your daily quiet time, identify and be sensitive to Scripture portions that you can use for prayer walking.
Tell Aaron and his sons, this is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: ‘The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace’. So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them. (Num.6:23-27)
I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. (Josh.1:3)
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Eph.1:3)
For this is what the high and lofty One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” (Isa.57:15)
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. (John 16:13)
When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. (John 16:8-11)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Pet.3:9)
He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. (1 John 3:8)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ (Luk.10:5)
I am sending you to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me. (Acts 26:17-18)
As it is written “Those who were not told about him will see, and those who have not heard will understand.” (Rom.15:21)