Have you ever done a prayer walk? Prayer walks are a wonderful opportunity to get out into your neighbourhood, and your community. It is a chance to see what needs the area has, and to pray over those needs. It is also a chance to be interceding specifically for the people and organisations in your area.
But today, I wanted to share some fun and unusual ideas for what you could do during your prayer walk. These are just a few ideas that I think would be fun and helpful for doing a prayer walk – I am easily distracted and like to have a plan of what I’m intending to do on a prayer walk (although we should all be listening to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and follow where it leads us). If you want to simply walk and pray for the things that God calls you to pray for – that is also a perfectly good way to do a prayer walk!
So, here are some of my favourite ideas for fun ways to do a prayer walk
Choose a scripture, and either memorise it or write it down to take with you. Then pray that scripture over the people and places that you walk past. Some examples of how you could do this could be to take:
“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”1 Corinthians 1:10
And pray this verse over the community like this:
Dear God, help this community and each person in it to be united in mind and thought. Help us to repair the divisions between us. Amen.
Where you know of divisions and disagreements in your area, you could also pray specifically for these.
Here are some more examples of scriptures and how to turn them into prayers for your community:
“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”2 Chronicles 7:14
Dear God, I pray that each person in this community [or name people specifically as you see them] will seek after you and turn away from their sins. Please forgive us for the ways in which we have sinned against you and against our neighbours. Please hear our prayers from heaven and heal our lands. Amen.
“People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.”Luke 13:29
Dear God, we know that people will come from the east and west and north and south to take their place in the Kingdom of God. Thank you that you welcome us into your kingdom. We pray that people from all across [your area] will come to know you and that your kingdom will come here on earth. Amen.
Worship Music Shuffle
Grab your phone (or *insert other musical devices here*), grab your headphones, find your favourite Jesus Jams playlist and hit the shuffle button. As you’re letting the music shuffle, listen to the words off each song and reflect upon themes and topics being sung about. Then, use those themes and topics to pray over the people and places that you see.
Some good examples of this could be listening to Peace Be Still by Hope Darst and praying for peace and an end to conflict and disagreements in your area. Or listening to Confidence by Sanctus Real and praying for the people you see to have hope, faith and confidence. The Blessing is also naturally a great song to simply pray the words of the blessing over your area.
It is important here that you are listening to biblically sound worship music, so that you know that your prayers are also biblically rooted. I have created a new playlist full of songs that I feel would be perfect for a prayer walk – check it out here!
What would you say are the key places in your area? Plan your walk so that you visit each of those places and can pray specifically for those places, the people that are there, and any specific needs of those places. These places could be your local hospital or GP, care homes, local churches, schools, colleges and nurseries, and local parks.
If you are unsure of what to pray for any of these places, you can always simply ask for God’s protection over that place, and for his will to be done there.
In Acts 2:42-47, we see a wonderful example of a community of believers. You can watch my animation depicting this community here:
Author Andrew Roberts has used this passage to point to 10 particular habits that we should aim to live out both individually and together as a Christian community. These habits are:
- Biblical Teaching
- Breaking Bread
- Eating Together
- Gladness & Generosity
- Sharing Resources
- Making More Disciples
Can you spot all of these habits in the reading? Now, why not reflect upon these habits? Identify which ones you already see happening in your community and pray over how your community could be living out all of these habits better as you walk.
If you want to learn more about the Holy Habits, check out my quick introduction to Holy Habits here, as well as my blog post about how we can practice the Holy Habits during lockdown.
Which of these ways to do a prayer walk would you most like to try this summer?