What is prayer-walking? It’s “praying on-site with insight.”
The purpose of prayer-walking is to seek God’s guidance, mercy, and transforming power—both for the individuals and regions we pray for, but also for ourselves. Prayer-walking helps us become more spiritually minded in what we are observing all around as we walk and pray. It’s a time where we allow ourselves to breathe in revival and speak forth revival, taking authority in Christ on the land in which we are given.
The last few retreats I have spoken at in Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan, I have offered to lead some women on a prayer walk outside of the 4 keynote talks. I knew the entire group may not all get excited to come as free time is very sacred, so I release the group to do what they are feeling led to do that afternoon on retreat weekend. Whether a handful come or a more sizeable group comes forth, it has been a joy to encourage others to prayer walk. We can do this in our own neighbourhoods, around our schools, faith communities, in the malls, airports, hotels, simply anywhere you put your feet (or wheelchair) to.
I am no expert in prayer walking, but I know when I follow through with the promptings of my heart and pray when I am out walking in random or specific areas, I feel the empowerment of God strengthen me. I often am given insight, discernment or given a burden to pray for something as a result of walking and being receptive to hearing from God in pray his heart for a person or situation. I leave the results to God. Prayer is both a privilege and a mystery.
Why don't we do it more?
Well, I don't want to play a guilt trip on myself or you for that matter, but what I do want to do is encourage us to grow in our prayer life and consider the possibilities if we truly lived by faith to believe that prayer matters, no matter what our posture/ stance is. This includes the act of faith that prayer walking makes a difference in places like:
- Prayer walking through and around Schools, Businesses, Malls, Airports, Neighbourhoods, Community Events, faith communities etc.
- Prayer walking out in nature, allowing God to speak to you through your five senses to give Him Praise, to lead you to confession, to give thanks and also lead to you to pray for yourself, your family/ community and the world as the Holy Spirit prompts you to pray.
- Prayer walking in your own home, hotels, camps or any places you call home for a season.