Praying in the Holy Spirit has a way of aligning our hearts with God and His desires for us and for His world. When we combine prayer with walking through our community, we begin to see the world the way God sees it. Our ears become more open to what He is saying. Prayer-walking is a simple, yet powerful tool that any follower of Jesus can practice. I started prayer-walking while at an International Project Seed Week in NYC in July 2018. I still use this today during my Equip program in NYC because I see the change it makes in my community.
All you need to do is walk around your neighborhood or a community with acute spiritual needs. Pray for God to bring deliverance, healing, and knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As you walk and pray, your eyes will be attracted to all types of suffering and needs. It will not take long before you grow in compassion for the people of that community. While praying in the Holy Spirit, you will see suffering and start understanding others. Then you can offer the hope of Jesus to the community because you understand their unique sufferings and needs. Not only are you becoming more aware, but God is also hearing and answering your prayers according to His will! So pray in faith!
Praying In The Holy Spirit
Another beautiful aspect of prayer walking is that you can become more aware of the leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit within you, as you interact with people during your prayer walk. As you open yourself up to the Spirit’s guidance, you may have a strong sense that God wants you to interact with that man sitting alone on the park bench, or that lady with her child on the playground. In this situation, it is totally natural to say something like, ‘Hello! My friend and I are walking through our neighborhood today and praying for people we meet. Is there anything that we can ask God for on your behalf?’ I have many encounters exactly like this that led to spiritual conversations. It creates the opportunity to invite the transforming love and power of Jesus into new people.
Would you consider spending an hour or two this week trying out the simple, yet powerful, practice of prayer walking? You may be surprised at how easy it is to experience and share the love and power of God in your own community.