PRAYERWALKING:TAKING BACK OUR NATION ONE NEIGHBORHOOD AT A TIME

Prayerwalking https://beckielindsey16.com/2016/10/04/prayerwalkingtaking-back-our-nation-one-neighborhood-at-a-time/

ARE YOU FEELING HELPLESS ABOUT THE STATE OF OUR NATION AS WE APPROACH THE ELECTIONS?

If you answered yes, you’re not alone. According to a poll in May 2016 taken by the Associated Press and NORC Center for public Affairs Research, 55 percent of Americans say they feel “helpless”about the 2016 elections. Among voters younger than thirty the number increases to two-thirds.

I’m ashamed to admit it, but in the wake of all that has taken place in our nation in recent months, my prayers have waned. I was feeling pretty helpless myself as I approached God  in regards to topics such as moral decline, violence between police and black men, racism, religious tension, same-sex marriage, the candidates we have to choose from, and the list goes on (and on and on and on).

But God is so faithful, even when we are not. He spoke to me through His Word, reminding me that HE IS IN CONTROL.

He prayed, “O Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you!” 2 Chronicles 20:6

God also reminded me that we are not helpless. God’s people are never helpless. We are victorious and we need to start acting like it. In case you haven’t noticed, or in case you have forgotten—WE ARE AT WAR. 

But we are not fighting alone nor are we fighting with mere human weapons.

“We are  human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.  We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

One of the mighty weapons the scripture above is referring to is PRAYER.

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” James 5:16

NEVER EVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF PRAYER!

Christian friends, we need to stop whining, stop feeling helpless and get to praying! Here’s a form of prayer that is empowering Christians across America: Prayerwalking.

PRAYERWALKING

All over the world, God is helping Christians to pray as they walk through the streets of their communities. The idea of prayerwalking through your community is to allow your prayers to extend beyond your own concerns, focusing on the needs of others, while opening yourself to see them with God’s eyes and heart.

Prayerwalking is simply taking our prayers to the very places we desire to see God’s presence manifested.

Another way to put is: Praying on sight with God’s insight.

Prayerwalks are taken by individuals, groups and even whole churches. They can be as short as one block or as long as many miles.

Although you won’t find the word ‘prayerwalk’ in the Bible, walking was a major mode of transportation in biblical times, and clearly, people must have walked and prayed at the same time. When God made a covenant with Abraham, He said to him:

“Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants as a permanent possession. And I will give you so many descendants that, like the dust of the earth, they cannot be counted! Go and walk through the land in every direction, for I am giving it to you.” Genesis 14:13-17 NLT (emphasis mine)

I remember the day my family first moved into our home. We had waited months for it to be built and now we were going to move in! My family stood on the front porch and prayed, thanking the Lord and dedicating the house for His use. With great excitement we walked through every room, opening closets and cupboards, examining every detail. We walked around the outside, front yard and back. At first, it seemed like a dream, but over time, we began to take possession of “our” house.

I believe this is why God had Abraham walk his property. God wanted Abraham to truly take possession of his land and exert his authority over it.

HOW PRAYERWALKING WILL HELP OUR NATION

Another important purpose for prayerwalking is to repossess land currently under the enemy’s control (John 14:302 Corinthians 4:4) and regain it for God’s kingdom. Remember there were other people living in the land when God told Abraham to walk through it. It would be hundreds of years before God’s Promised Land would be possessed by Abraham’s descendants. However, in the spirit realm, it belonged to Abraham the moment God gave it to him. It is the same for us, as Abraham’s descendants now.

The United States of America needs to be repossessed for God’s purposes!

The sin of Adam and Eve brought a curse on the earth, giving the devil legal grounds to exert authority over earthly realms. Jesus broke the power of the enemy by dying for our sins on the cross and leaves it to His church to enforce the power of what He did on the cross until He returns. While we wait, our job is to take back all the ground that Satan currently holds. Every place on this earth that does not have the full light of the truth of God’s glory and grace through Jesus, is there for us to claim and possess! Through prayerwalking, we can boldly claim God’s kingdom to come and His will to be done.

As Christians, we have a responsibility to pray for our leaders (1Timothy 2:1-3). The Bible tells us that government is appointed by God (Romans 13:1, Daniel 2:21).

If you’re like most Americans, you’re deeply concerned about the ramifications that will follow this monumental election in November—no matter who is appointed Commander and Chief.

We are not powerless! Prayer is a mighty weapon.

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” James 5:16

Because all government is appointed by God, we need leaders who fear God. We can take repossession of our nation only through the humility of prayer.

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

 HOW TO PRAYERWALK FOR THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS:

Intercessors for America (IFA) has taken away all of the guesswork. This trusted organization has been around since 1973. As stated on their website: “Intercessors of America informs, connects, and mobilizes intercessors to pray for our nation and our leaders. We desire to reach Christians in churches and communities nationwide with information and tools to unite them in effective prayer.”

I strongly urge you to check out the resources IFA has to offer below:

Intercessors for America https://www.getamericapraying.com/about

Prayer Guide for America https://www.getouttheprayer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/2016-Presidential-Election-Voter-Prayer-Guide-9-21-16.pdf

Sign up to commit to pray for a mighty work of God as we approach November 2016 elections. https://www.getouttheprayer.com/#section1

Please get the word out about prayerwalking for our nation by talking to other believers as well as your church and Bible study leaders.

Preparation to Prayerwalk

  • Pray for God’s Spirit to search your heart—Psalm 139:24-25
  • Confess and forsake all known sin—1John 1:9
  • Pray in repentance and faith—Mark 1:15
  • Pray for discernment to pray strategically—Ephesians 1:8
  • Pray for opportunities to share the hope of Christ boldly—Colossians 4:2Acts 4:31
  • Sketch a map to focus on a selected street, business, homes etc.
  • Write out scriptures on note cards.
  • Keep track with a prayer journal where you are walking and scriptures being used.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

How to Prayerwalk

  • Ask God to remove barriers.
  • Invite the Spirit to accompany you.
  • Pray with a partner, group or alone.
  • Pray Bible verses aloud quietly (unless it will be drawing undue attention).
  • Watch for God to show you what He wants you to pray for.
  • Pray for present-hour needs as God reveals them.
  • Use short sentences, talking to God in a conversational manner.
  • Walk slowly.
  • Be prepared to explain what you’re doing to inquirers. “We’re praying for God’s blessing on our neighborhood. Is there anything you’d like us to pray for you?”
  • Be persistent. Repeat the same areas near your work, school, or home on a regular basis. You’ll see it deepens your awareness of God’s heart.

After Your Prayerwalk

  • Record in your prayer journal what took place on your prayerwalk and any answered prayers.
  • Thank and praise the Lord for what He is doing in your community/city.

Some Locations to Consider For a Prayerwalk

  • Your neighborhood or work
  • Government buildings
  • Churches or possible locations for new churches
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Business areas
  • Sights of other religions, false religions, or cults

I have experienced great benefits and results from prayerwalking (and jogging). But I’d also like to mention, to believe that prayers offered in any setting, or while in any position, are somehow ‘more effective’ than those offered at another time or in another manner is NOT scriptural. Our heavenly Father, who is everywhere at all times, knows exactly what our needs are presently and will respond to them in His own perfect will and timing.
Let’s rejoice in the fact that He allows us to be part of His plans through our prayers!

What are your thoughts on prayerwalking?

Are you planning to prayerwalk for our nation?

Please respond in the comments below.

Here’s a quick video on Prayerwalking

Want to read more on prayerwalking? Suggested reading:

http://www.amazon.com/Prayer-Walking-Praying-Site-Insight/dp/0884192687

http://www.amazon.com/PrayerWalk-Becoming-Prayer-Strength-Discipline/dp/1578563763

 

 

 

THE GREATEST ADVENTURE OF OUR LIVES

Scott and Me Mountain hike

The Greatest Adventure Of Our Lives

My husband, Scott and I recently took up hiking. We started on a whim last summer. With our kids now young adults, we were looking for something to do together that would also keep us in shape. Scott loves adventure, spontaneity, and sports. I love routine, planned adventure (if that’s even a thing!) and jogging.

Hiking has been a bridge to our gaps. That is until Scott attempts to venture off the trail. You see, I like the trail. The trail satisfies the “planner” in me. The trail feels safe. The trial has been traveled. My adventurous man loves to go where few have traveled. He likes to climb up rocks, and trees.

I holler at his back as he hoists himself higher and higher. “Scaling rocks is not part of the trail. I am not a billy goat!”

He laughs and keeps on climbing. He reaches the top of a jagged peak and hollers down to me.

“Babe, you’ve got to see this!”

I crane my neck. He looks the size of an ant way up there. I shake my head violently to make sure he sees. “No, I don’t!”

He begins to climb down. I take a few steps back. Then a few more. I know what’s next. He’s going to try and get me to climb those jagged rocks! Now I begin to pray. Maybe you’re laughing too, but this man of mine is well known for his many injuries throughout the years. I have a problem with cuts, bumps and bruises while trying to enjoy nature. As I pray, I hear God’s still small voice in my spirit (1 Kings 19: 11-13).

I’m a God of adventure.

What? Oh, Lord.  I like safe and comfortable. And I thought you are a God of peace. This is not peace. This is scary!

Daughter, My perfect love casts out fear. I want to make your life a glorious adventure in which we travel together. I know how ambivalent your heart is to all of this. You long for the adventure that an abandoned life to Me can be, and yet at the same time, change frightens you. You feel safe and comfortable when things are predictable. In this way, you feel you have things under control. You are addicted to comfort, and control. I want you to break free and discover the adventures I have for you! That is when you will truly have peace—when you trust Me to be in control.

The greatest adventure of our lives is knowing God intimately and abundantly. God dearly wants each person to discover how wide and long and high and deep His love is for us (Ephesians 3:17-18). That kind of love can be overwhelming and even frightening. It takes faith and trust. I believe this is why many people, even Christians, choose to limit their knowledge of God. The more we know Him, the more we risk the possibility of being taken from our comfort zones. And how very sad this is. We have settled for mediocrity because it feels comfortable. All the while, we still battle fear. God wants so much more for us!

I get the feeling God is going to teach me many more lessons as Scott and I traverse our trails (or lack of trails!). But for now, I will ponder today’s lesson and I hope you will too: God is a God of adventure. He wants to break us free from mediocrity.

Scott stands with his hand extended, looking down at me with a smile. I take a deep breath, wipe a tear from my eye and take hold of Scott’s hand as God takes hold of my heart. Goodbye, comfort zone!

It’s time for an adventure!


Is God whispering to you to give up your addiction to comfort and control that results in mediocrity?

 

This post is linked to:
http://www.foreverjoyful.net/?p=1165
http://www.create-with-joy.com/2016/06/inspire-me-monday-week-234.html
http://www.leahadams.org/the-loft-link-up-pot-luck-6/

 

 

Now That’s a Workout

jogging

I am one of those people who actually likes to jog. Notice that I didn’t say I’m great at it, but I do enjoy it. Oh and by the way, I don’t have the typical physique of a jogger either.

Several years ago, I had put on some extra pounds. The idea of jogging appealed to me because I didn’t need to go to a gym. Ugh! I really, really don’t like the gym!

I started out just jogging around the block–literally. It took some time (okay a lot of time), but I built up to running several miles. With some discipline and consistency, I am still jogging today.

I have found lots of motivators to keep jogging, that is for as long as my knees will hold out. Outside of all the physical benefits that I’m sure you already know, there’s one benefit that tops them all.

God.

You see, around the same time I took up jogging, I also took up a consistent daily prayer time. My new routine consisted of: a cup of coffee (this is a must!), a scripture reading, prayer time, and a jog. The trouble was, it’s really hard to fit all of that in before getting kids off to school. As a mom of three small children, I was all about “killing two birds with one stone.” So I took my daily prayer time on the road. It was during one of those early morning jogs that God started to teach me, bringing to life the scriptures that I had read beforehand.

I clearly remember the first “jog lesson” that God taught me. I had been reading that morning from 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NLT.
“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”

While on my jog, I struggled to run up an extremely steep incline. My lungs were burning, my side was hurting and I wanted to stop. But it was there that the Holy Spirit said, “You must stay in the race in order to receive a prize.” As I pushed myself beyond what I thought I could do, another scripture came to mind from Philippians 4:13.

“I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

I meditated on that scripture with each stride.

I can do. Breathe and step.
All things. Breathe and step.
Through Christ. Breathe and step.
Who gives me strength. Breath and step.

And before I knew it, I was at the top of the hill. I was elated! Not only had I made it to the top without stopping, I had heard the voice of the Holy Spirit! I was hooked! I learned firsthand that day, God really does want to speak to us. And one of the primary ways that He will do this is through His word and prayer.

He will speak this way to anyone who is willing to put forth the effort of spending some time with Him. Yes, it does take some discipline, but it is worth it!

1 Timothy 2:15
“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and the life to come.”