How Much Impact Does Your Church Have on the Community?

Our church is planning a prayer walk in a few weeks. What are we praying about? Our community! We have a specific request concerning a building project that needs God’s involvement. What do you think about prayer walking. Have you ever taken part in a prayer walk? What was the outcome.

When I prayer walk, these scriptures comes to mind:

“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.”(John 20:19-20) ~ “Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, the God who is our salvation. God is to us a God of deliverances; and to God the Lord belong escapes from death.” (Psalm 68:19-20) ~ “Great is our Lord, and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite. The Lord supports the afflicted; He brings down the wicked to the ground.” (Psalm 147:5-6) ~ “And I am God. Even from eternity I am He; and there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?” (Isaiah 43:13) ~ “For it is Thou who dost bless the righteous man, O Lord, thou dost surround him with favor as with a shield.” (Psalm 5:12) ~ There are so many scriptures that can speak volumes to various community situations.

In our community we are concerned about—people, crime, life issues, projects, civic leaders who make decisions about our area, We pray for God’s intervention and for His will to be done.

About the Jericho Prayer Walk and how it may be done in your community:

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The Jericho Prayer Walk

Seven Intentional Weeks of Claiming a Community for Jesus Christ through Prayer

 WEEK ONE: Walk the community, praying in Jesus’ name through the locked doors and ministering to others through prayer. This is a walk of intercession. There will be very little interaction with the community.

WEEK TWO: Enter the community at the same time as last week, praying and ministering to the people in prayer. Curiosity and increasing interest of others in in the community will grow.                                                                           

WEEK THREE: The same as week two. Almost always during this third week, people of peace will appear, wanting to join in your prayer walk and participating with you in reaching their community for Christ.
WEEK FOUR: The same as week three. Begin to talk with the people of peace about what God is saying to your heart regarding their community. Welcome any feedback, as well as their desire to be a part of this new work. Ask them to become your prayer partners.
WEEK FIVE: As you pray, walk a little slower and stay a little longer. God is seeding into the community not only their need for Christ, but the church or Bible study being birthed in their backyard. Become more public with your intentions.

WEEK SIX: The same as week five. Begin announcing the dates (with flyers) of any harvest event or kick-off rally that your team and the local leaders have planned.
WEEK SEVEN: 
As you prayer walk the community, continue to give out flyers, announcing the kick-off rally with time, place, and other details. During the prayer walk, ask the community to follow you back to join your team for prayer at the place you intend to start the new church or Bible study (i.e., a person’s home, community center, club house, under a tree, and so forth). Usually by the seventh week, a cluster of people you have been praying with will have committed their hearts to Christ and are ready for a new beginning.

One day you will see a transformed community, and perhaps a church, where there was not one—and you can rejoice over those seven intentional weeks of personal obedience. To that, end I join you in praying.

(Jericho Prayer Walking excerpt by N. Hughes of NAMB)

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