“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Walk & Pray!
“’I will strengthen them in the LORD and in his name they will walk,’ declares the LORD.”
Zechariah 10:12 (NIV)
This week’s prayer guide will have a very different look and feel to it as you are encouraged to get out and pray for your neighbors. Take some time this week to pray by either physically walking or visually walking through your neighborhood.
The purpose of a prayer walk is to allow God to use the things you see and hear in your home, school, church, community, or wherever you are, to speak to you about how you should pray. A walk may reveal things for you to rejoice about as you recognize God’s creativity and goodness. It may also give you things to pray about as you notice mankind’s mark that has been left on the world. Either way, there is much we can learn about prayer as we walk, watch, listen, and respond.
Here are some steps to help you in your prayer walk.
- Take a note pad or index cards to jot down things that God brings to your mind.
- As you begin, spend time in prayer asking God to clear your mind and spirit of any distractions so that you may listen to Him
- Pray as you walk. There may be times that you pray out loud and other times you may pray silently. Use your senses and God’s spirit to know what to pray about.
- As you pray, ask God to bring scriptures to your mind to pray for the area you’re in. Jot these down as you go.
- Even though you are trying not to stand out, don’t avoid people. They may be someone you need to pray for. Listen to God and listen to them if contact is made. Jot down any follow-up that God may prompt you is necessary.
- Relax. To quote Brennan Manning in Ragamuffin Gospel, “Just as a child can not do bad coloring, a Christian can not do bad praying.”
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
Please pray each day for God to help you walk, listen, and pray.
Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church. Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.
Monday: Pray for Ears to Hear ~ What do you hear? Sirens, laughter, crying, birds, silence, conversation? What are people saying to you? Prayer requests, hurts, joy, nothing? Pray for ears that hear beyond the surface so you would know how to pray. “Then Jesus said, ‘He who has ears to hear, let him hear.’” Mark 4:9 (NIV)
Tuesday: Pray for Eyes to See ~ What do you see? Beauty, trash, broken things, acts of kindness? What do you see that isn’t being said? Fear, loneliness, anger, sadness? Pray for eyes that see the harvest opportunities. “Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” John 4:35 (NIV)
Wednesday: Pray for a Mind to Know ~ What do you think? How do you interpret what you see and hear? Pray for a mind that is transformed by God’s will. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Thursday: Pray for a Heart of Compassion ~ How do you feel? What emotions are brought up by what you see and hear? How would a heart of compassion respond? Pray that your heart would always seek God’s face so that it would not become hardened. “My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, LORD, I will seek.” Psalm 27:8 (NIV)
Friday: Pray for a Spirit to Discern ~ What does the spirit within you sense is going on? What is God’s Spirit saying to you? Pray that you would live in step with God’s Spirit. “This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God” 1 John 4:2 (NIV)
Saturday: Pray for a Lifestyle of Listening ~ The more we practice using all of these listening techniques to direct our prayer time, and during our prayer time, the more we develop a lifestyle of prayer. Pray for God’s help in becoming a better listener as you spend time praying for others. “Jesus called the crowd to him and said, ‘Listen and understand.’” Matthew 15:10 (NIV)