Neighborhood Prayer Walking

NEIGHBORHOOD PRAYER WALKING HELPS

 

OBSERVATIONS:

Ask God to open your eyes to what he sees and pray according to that revelation. “From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth—he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.” Ps. 33:13-15
  • Look for any evidence that those who live in a home are believers in Jesus Christ, i.e. bumper stickers, flags, door decorations, t-shirts, conversation.
  • Be attentive to things in the yard ….. Swing sets, bicycles, toys, wheelchair ramps, collegiate flags, bird feeder or even the number of cars can give you an idea about who lives there, the things that interest them and what their life circumstances might be.
  • Look at the exterior of the home, shrubbery, grass, etc. If it is in disrepair or overgrown this certainly is an opportunity to pray for those living there and it might be a wonderful ministry opportunity.
  • Take note of the vehicles. Do they appear cared for or in need of repairs?  How many are there? This might give you a clue regarding the family’s economic state.
  • Look at the bumper stickers and decals on the vehicles. These may tell you what this family thinks is important.
  • Look for activity. Yard work going on, children playing, adults interacting with children, cook outs, groups of adults or someone just sitting and watching. Pay attention to any groups of people gathered together. What are their ages, ethnicity, do they appear friendly/welcoming or hostile/suspicious.  At the very least this will tell you something about who lives in the area and certainly it gives you an opportunity to speak and be friendly.
  • Listen for sounds. Laughter, crying, music, doors slamming, yelling, unkind/vulgar speech…..any of these can give you clues as to how to pray.
  • If they have trash out by the curb glance at it and you may see evidence of their lifestyle.
  • If anyone ask you what you are doing be prepared to tell them you are praying God’s blessing on this neighborhood. Ask them if they have any specific need you can pray for them.
  • If you pass churches, be sure to pray that they are effective in the neighborhood. Pray that they honor God with their service and are obedient to his call to represent Christ.
 

CAUTIONS:

  • Resist making judgments about the worthiness of the neighborhood. Remember Christ died for everyone and we are called to care about everyone just as He did.
  • Don’t call attention to yourself. Avoid anything that might create a scene.  You can pray aloud in a quiet conversational voice or whisper your prayers to God.  If you and your partner(s) prefer silent prayer you can do that.  Just decide between yourselves what things each of you will cover.
  • Don’t be confrontational or make critical comments to anyone you meet.
  • Respect boundaries and privacy. Don’t appear nosy or intrusive.

 

SCRIPTURAL HELPS FOR NEIGHBORHOOD PRAYER WALING

 

PRAISE & THANKSGIVING: 

Use the following as inspiration to offer praise and thanksgiving to God BEFORE you begin your walk.  Allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate your mind.

 

PRAISE

  • Praise God that nothing is hidden from him. “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:13
  • Praise God that he alone is able to bring about heart change. “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” I Corinthians 1:30
  • Praise Him that nothing is impossible for Him. “For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37
  • Remember to praise him because he is All Powerful, All Knowing, Present everywhere all the time, Unchanging, Faithful, the Perfect Provider, Full of Mercy, Promise Keeper, Righteous Judge, Sovereign Lord, Creator and sustainer of everything, Redeemer, Living Water, The Word of Life, Perfect Love and he is Holy, Holy, Holy …

 

THANKSGIVING

  • Thank God that his love includes everyone. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but will have eternal life.” John 3:16
  • Thank Him that he can do more than we can ever imagine. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Jesus Christ throughout all generations for ever and ever, Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
  • Thank Him that he empowers and enables us to do whatever he calls us to. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
  • Thank him for his compassion, that he is our Savior, for his ever present help in time of trouble, for his healing of mind, body and soul; thank him that he is the peace giver, the restorer of our soul, our teacher, our guide, our helper, perfect counselor, that he indwells our heart, that he is the friend who sticks closer that a brother, that he is all we need …………

 

SUGGESTED SCRIPTURE TO USE IN PRAYER AS YOU WALK YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: 

Use these to give you inspiration but also to read back as a prayer to God where the need is noted.  Don’t be overwhelmed by trying to use all of them.  Asked the Lord to give you direction and guidance on what to pray.

 

FOR BELIEVERS

  • Pray that every believer in the neighborhood will hold to their faith in Christ. “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
  • Pray that every believer in the neighborhood will be obedient to God’s command to go and tell. The Risen Christ said, “… I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” Acts 26: 17b-18
  • Pray for believers to live out their calling from God. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12

 

FOR THE UNSAVED (LOST)

  • Pray that the message of Christ will be welcomed and embraced. “…brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.” II Thessalonians 3:1
  • Pray that God will remove the blindness of unbelievers. “The god of his age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Cor. 4: 4-5
  • Pray for genuine repentance and salvation. “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10

 

FOR INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

  • Pray that God’s plan for each individual and family will be fulfilled. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29: 11-12
  • Pray for families and children to live in harmony. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
  • Pray that children will honor and obey their parents. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother – which is the first commandment with a promise—so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”  Ephesians 6:1-3
  • Pray that parents will be motivated to teach their children about God. “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
  • Pray for the purity of marriages. “Marriage should be honored by all and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” Hebrews 13: 4
 

AGAINST EVIL

  • Pray against addictions and false belief systems. (i.e. drugs, alcohol, pornography, materialism, workaholism, false religions, etc.). “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” II Corinthians 10: 4-6
  • Pray for Christ’s victory to be evident in the homes of this neighborhood. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33