At first glance, prayer walking probably seems to be self-explanatory – you walk around and pray. While that’s true, prayer walking can be more targeted and powerful than you might have thought. Women of faith have the opportunity to release the will of God into the streets where they live or are visiting using the power of prayer walking and prayer mapping.
What Is Prayer Walking?
Prayer walking is praying while you walk. There are no specific scriptures about it. It is simply a name for a practice of prayer targeted to specific areas and needs using scripture to release God’s will, power and love on the streets where you live or in a place you are praying for specifically.
Prayer walking is a method of targeted prayer for your neighborhood, street, city, or portion of a city, a region, or a nation. It involves research, intercession, the Word of God, faith, and a plan for prayer. Yes, prayer is spontaneous, but it can also be planned and mapped.
For instance, perhaps you live in a neighborhood where there are many families with small children and you know some of them are experiencing high stress and debt. You can’t talk to all of them or expect them to pour out their lives to you. But, you can expect that God wants their lives to be filled with His peace and freedom.
In other situations, you may have felt and heard the Holy Spirit talking to you about what God’s will is for that place, city, or area. He is telling you what God’s will is and urging you to pray specifically.
Prayer walking is a way to release the will of God in an area, a home, a business, a people-group, a region, a neighborhood, or a street.
My Experience in Prayer Walking
When I first learned about prayer walking, I didn’t fully understand it but I did it. I went with some friends to walk in a particular area of town and pray. We had prayed together prior to the day of the prayer walk, asking God to show us exactly what He was seeing and wanting for that area. We came together, shared our thoughts with each other, and set a date to prayer walk.
When we met, we took a few minutes to pray again, settin our hearts in one direction – God’s! We asked Him for wisdom and insight; to hear His voice clearly; and, to release His will here on earth in specific ways.
Then, we walked. Sometimes we prayed out loud and then silently. One of us might lead as the others agreed. And, we talked, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us and speak through us. We had scriptures we read or spoke out loud.
Anyone who saw us would have thought we were just friends out for a walk. And, we were! We were also women of faith walking in God’s will and authority. We weren’t focusing on the devil. In fact, we did just the opposite. We were praising and worshipping God, speaking out the name of Jesus, releasing the. Word of God, and standing with the armor of God fully in place releasing the God of will on earth as it is in heaven.
Taking God’s Power to the Streets
I have also prayer walked an area without leaving my house! Why? Because, I couldn’t go there physically, but I certainly could spiritually. I’ve had times when God put a particular country on my heart and I began to pray for it and prayer walk in a sense, by using a map of the country. I looked at the map and prayed for cities, regions, leaders, and people of that country releasing God’s will into each place and person.
Tools for Prayer Walking
The primary tools for prayer walking are:
- The Word – “The word of God, you see, is alive and moving; sharper than a double-edged sword; piercing the divide between soul and spirit, joints and marrow; able to judge the thoughts and will of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 The Voice
- The Armor of God – “And this is why you need to be head-to-toe in the full armor of God: so you can resist during these evil days and be fully prepared to hold your ground.” Ephesians 6:11-18 The Voice
- Prayer warriors to walk with you – “For when two or three gather together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20 The Voice
- Faith – “Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen.” Hebrews 11:1 The Voice
Use the Living Word
So what tools do you need to prayer walk and go out into the streets where you live? First, you need the Word. If you know of specific needs for that area, then find scripture that addresses that need. For instance, if poverty is an issue, find scripture on prosperity, wisdom, tithing, and fear because poverty involves all of those things. An attitude or spirit of poverty can be passed down through the generations. It is a stronghold.
Look up scripture and write down the ones you want to use to release God’s will and defeat that stronhold. Find scripture on faith and stewardship. Because you know it is God’s will for all to prosper spiritually, find scripture about that also.
“The word of God, you see, is alive and moving; sharper than a double-edged sword; piercing the divide between soul and spirit, joints and marrow; able to judge the thoughts and will of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 The Voice
“So it is when I declare something. My word will go out and not return to Me empty, But it will do what I wanted; it will accomplish what I determined.” Isaiah 55:11 The Voice
The omnipotent power of God is released in His Word. Speaking the Word out loud also releases it. There is power in the spoken word.
If you aren’t sure about how to pray or what to pray, check out this great blog by Pray With Confidence – Prayer Basics: Seven Bible Verses That Show Us How, When, & What to Pray
Clothe Yourself in God’s Armor
Don’t leave home without it! Put it on before you even start. This is not a step based on fear, it is based on wisdom and faith.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, draw your strength and might from God. Put on the full armor of God to protect yourselves from the devil and his evil schemes. We’re not waging war against enemies of flesh and blood alone. No, this fight is against tyrants, against authorities, against supernatural powers and demon princes that slither in the darkness of this world, and against wicked spiritual armies that lurk about in heavenly places. And this is why you need to be head-to-toe in the full armor of God: so you can resist during these evil days and be fully prepared to hold your ground.” Ephesians 6:10-13 NIV
There’s your why – to protect yourself and to be fully prepared to hold your ground.
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” Ephesians 6:14-18 NIV
Put on the armor. Of course, this is spiritual armor, not physical. Put it on with prayer and picture yourself doing it. It doesn’t matter how you see each piece of armor, just allow yourself to visualize it while realizing the power of it. Here is a sample prayer to PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD.
Don’t Go Alone
A three-stranded cord is strong. There is wisdom in a multitude of counselors. Where two or more are gathered in Jesus’ name, He is there. Yes, He is always with you, but it is wise to prayer walk with others and it’s more fun!
Walk In Faith
I know that seems really obvious, but it’s also really important. If you don’t believe prayer walking will make a difference, then wait until you have a better understanding of it.
We please God when we walk in faith. That faith is not in ourselves, the power of our words, or the fact that we are correct in what we are praying for. Our faith is in God alone. He will do the work. It is His will we are releasing and everything we say and do is about Him and His power.
Your prayer may sound feeble to you but if it is said in faith, it carries all of God’s might and power with it because your faith is in Him, not yourself.
“Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 HCSB
Notice the two requirements of faith:
- Believe that God exists.
- Believe that He rewards those who seek Him.
That’s it! Faith is so much simpler than we make it. Of course, if you believe He exists and rewards those who seek Him, then you will also believe that your acts of faith are pleasing to Him. Prayer walking is an act of faith.
“Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen.” Hebrews 11:1 The Voice
I love the way The Voice says this – faith is the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen! And, there are realities you never will see. You might not see the results of your prayer walk. However, if you released God’s will and Word in faith – it is done! Faith is not about seeing – it’s about believing God exists in all His glory, power, love, might, and awesomeness!
Prayer mapping is another tool for prayer walking and for targeted, intercessory prayer.
As part of an intercessors group at my church, I began prayer mapping our region. To do this, I started by looking at the history of the area. History is important because it can reveal the source of an enemy stronghold. It can also reveal trends of certain sins such as greed, lust, self-reliance, and much more.
Our group worked on prayer mapping together. It allowed us to share insights and create a focused prayer plan. We observed that there were issues specific to one or two areas. This meant that our prayer for that area would be targeted to those issues.
We created a notebook with our observations, scriptures, and then began strategic prayer walking in groups. Each group would take an area and begin releasing the power of God using the Word, worship, and faith.
What Prayer Mapping and Walking is Not
I want to emphasize that prayer mapping and prayer walking are not about a focus on the devil. While you may definitely become aware of a stronghold of the enemy, the focus is never to be on the devil. You are not glorifying his work or coming against him directly.
Instead, as you see an area like greed, the focus is on generosity and giving. The focus is on the attributes of God being released because, when this happens, the enemy cannot stand. You are not addressing the enemy. Instead, you are taking the sins to God, laying them at the foot of the cross and covering them with the blood of Jesus.
You are speaking the Word of God which is His revealed will and releasing it’s power over the area, the sin, or the stronghold. It is the Spirit of God doing the work, not us and Your Words Have Power!
“Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6 ESV
Prayer mapping is a process of releasing God’s light into dark places and doing it with wisdom. As you study the region, you will see what God desires to see in that place. While you may acknowledge a sin or stronghold, the focus is always on releasing God’s power over that sin or stronghold. The weapons of our warfare are not physical. They are divinely powerful and we are tearing down strongholds which consist of ungodly thinking. Ungodly thinking opens people to sin.
For instance, we know that hatred is not God’s will nor part of His character. If we see a pattern of hatred evidenced by abuse, murder, or other similar things, we can immediately begin to release the love of God, peace, life in place of death, God’s light, mercy, and the fruit of the Spirit instead of focusing on the enemy or giving him any credit or acknowledgment.
We are told in 1 Peter 5:8 to be watchful of the enemy. We can tear down strongholds – lies implanted by the enemy – by speaking the truth! These are our weapons! Truth defeats lies.
Example for prayer walking
Here is a simple example of Prayer Walking. Perhaps you would like to pray for peace in your neighborhood and you have a couple of friends who would like to join you. Here are some steps to take:
- Get together to talk, pray, and gather some scriptures on peace.
- Decide where and when you want to start. Start simple with your own street or a nearby park.
- On the day of the prayer walk, meet together and pray for wisdom, open doors to share God’s love, and put on your armor.
- Have your Bibles with you to read and pray scripture or just have Scripture written on a card or piece of paper.
- Take turns praying and let yourselves be led by the Holy Spirit.
- Relax and have fun. Your primary goal is to release the will of God in this area. You’re a conduit of God’s power and love – just let the Holy Spirit flow through you as you walk, pray, and talk.
- You can walk for 5 minutes, an hour or however long you want to.
- You can also walk the same area repeatedly, switch to another area, or do whatever your group wants to do.
- Listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying. You might start out praying for peace and end up praying for hope to replace despair! Trust that the Holy Spirit will guide you into God’s perfect will.
Why Can’t I Prayer Walk Alone?
You absolutely can. The only reason I’ve emphasized walking as a small group is that there is physical safety in numbers and, according to the Bible, increased power. We all walk and pray. I do it regularly as I take my dog on walks. I’m walking for my health but I’m also praying about a multitude of things.
The prayer walking I’m talking about here is more focused and the benefits of having prayer partners to walk with include power, safety, increased wisdom, and fellowship! I’m not saying you can’t do it alone, just that there are great benefits to doing it together.
“And if one person is vulnerable to attack, two can drive the attacker away. As the saying goes, “A rope made of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12 The Voice
“Without wise guidance, a nation falls; but victory is certain when there are plenty of wise counselors.” Proverbs 11:14 The Voice
“For with wise guidance, you can wage a successful war, and with a council of many advisors, you will be victorious!” Proverbs 24:6 The Voice
Women of Faith Releasing God’s Power
Women of faith releasing God’s power in the entire earth – what a beautiful picture! There is nothing that can stop us from changing the world. Women have always been prayer warriors and world changers. Hannah prayed for a child and Samuel – the great prophet – was born. Esther saved a nation and obviously knew the power of prayer because she requested that others pray for her.
Hagar prayed asking God to spare her life and the life of her son. Anna prayed continually at the temple for the Savior to come. Elizabeth and Mary were prayer warriors. Women of faith are the unseen army of God ensuring that His kingdom will come and His will be done here on earth as it is in heaven.
Start Prayer Walking
I would encourage you to find a couple of friends who also believe in the power of prayer and begin prayer walking. You don’t have to create a map. Instead, go to a local and just walk around praying for the people who are there. As you do it, you’ll be surprised at how the Holy Spirit begins to pray through you.Take your prayers to the streets as you release the Holy Spirit, joy, peace, light, love and the will of God everywhere your feet go. Remember, those feet are shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Wherever you walk, peace… Click To Tweet
You will find yourself praying things for people you had never thought of. Take your Bible with you and pray some scripture out loud. Sit at a table and pray. Talk about what God is putting in your mind and on your heart.
If you aren’t comfortable praying out loud, that’s fine. Just pray silently or whisper, However, don’t let the enemy convince you that your words are not good enough. If you love Jesus, the Holy Spirit will give you the words.
Take your prayers to the streets as you release the Holy Spirit, joy, peace, light, love and the will of God everywhere your feet go. Remember, those feet are shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Wherever you walk, peace is there.
**WM uses verses from different Bible translations. To see more information about the copyright for each one, please visit this page – Scripture Citations.
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