Have you ever got out of the house or building that you meet in during your small group time?
Well, if not, now’s your chance. Especially during the summer when the weather is nice, there’s no time like the now. Decide to try a little experiment called “prayer walking.”
What is prayer walking?
Prayer walking is when you get out and walk around your neighborhood or business and pray. You can do this with home small groups or workplace small groups. It doesn’t require too much time. It doesn’t require any experience at all. All you really need is a heart for Jesus, a willingness to listen to the Holy Spirit’s prompting, and feet ready to walk.
I was first introduced to prayer walking when we arranged a guest speaker to come and speak at our small group. I thought she would just talk about the subject, but instead she moved all of us outside! As we walked, she told us how she got started with prayer walking. As we walked along my street, we briefly paused in front of each of my neighbor’s houses and prayed for them. I never felt closer to my neighbors. What an honor and a privilege to pray for my neighbors!
If you haven’t tried this before, you will be amazed at how much you know about your neighbors that you can apply in prayer. For example, I didn’t think I knew enough about my neighbor to pray for them but our guest speaker showed me to turn what little I knew into glorious prayer for my neighbors.
Remember, even if you don’t know who your neighbors are personally, you can still pray for them. Just read some of Paul’s writing. Much of what he wrote was prayers which can be prayed for everyone. Of course, we can always pray for God’s will to be done in their lives.
Prayer walking has many benefits:
- It ushers in God’s will in your neighbor.
- It helps you fulfill your responsibility to pray for everyone.
- It helps keep your heart tender towards others.
- It provides physical exercise.
- It draws you closer to your small group members.
- It softens your heart for your neighbors.
- It helps you be obedient to the Holy Spirit’s prompting.