Prayer and Spiritual Awakening
Pray for your State Missionaries – February 2017
Keith has served for 12 years as state missionary in Music and Worship Ministries. His work includes Instrumental Ministries, Orchestra and Handbell Ministries, Youth Choirs, Summer Youth Music Camps, and the Georgia Baptist All State Youth Choir, Orchestra and Ensemble. Keith is involved in planning the All State Youth Choir and Orchestra and asks that we pray for this event. Keith is also involved in the Sons of Jubal, a group of 150 ministers of music from Georgia. He asks that we pray for him as he prepares for this year’s Youth I and II Music Camps, that many students might be called to full time ministry and salvation. Continue also to pray for Keith as he travels to support music and worship ministries throughout Georgia.
Clarissa is serving as Collegiate Missions Coordinator after having served for 12 years as campus minister to students at Valdosta State University. Clarissa asks for prayer for the students from colleges and universities across the state of Georgia who are preparing to serve as BCM summer missionaries. Many will find out on a very personal level how summer missions changes lives! Also be in prayer for all the BCM students planning to serve through Spring Break Missions next month. Again, missions change lives, so Praise God for how He is already working in the lives of these students and how He will continue to work through them on the mission field.
Donna is a campus minister and has served on the state missions staff for 38 years! She works with students on the Georgia Southern University campus, as well as those at East Georgia College. Please pray for Donna as she reaches and disciples students for Christ on these campuses.
This Prayer ministry exists for the purpose of educating, encouraging, and establishing an emphasis in prayer that will bring glory to God and draw people to the Savior. Three words that define this ministry are Seeking, Surrendering, and Sharing. Our office is committed to assist God’s people in:
- Seeking God through prayer
- Surrendering to God’s will through prayer
- Sharing God with a lost world through prayer
State Missionary Support
God’s Power and Love
A special phenomenon has unfolded in recent years! “Prayer walking” – a concept defined as “praying on site with insight” – has found its way into the lives of many Christians.
Prayer Walking Is…
Praying while Walking. It may be as simple as praying while walking for exercise, or it may include an organized effort to saturate a city or neighborhood with prayer. It may be as simple as praying for the needs of people, or it may be used to target areas that need an evangelistic witness.
Intentional Praying. It is setting aside a time to walk in order to pray. It is deliberate intercession for others.
Praying with Vision. Walking through areas enables a Christian to visualize what God wants to do in the lives of the people who live or work there. Seeing enhances our praying.
Involvement in Spiritual Warfare. People without Jesus as their Savior are being held by Satan and need to be set free. PRAYER WALKING is offensive praying to attack these strongholds bombarding them with spiritual power through prayer.
NOT an End in Itself. Evangelistic PRAYER WALKING is preparation for evangelistic witnessing. This witness may come as a part of an organized effort or it may come as an encounter during a prayer walk.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:14
The Gulf War of 1991 was ended quickly when the ground forces marched on Iraq. One of the reasons for success was the previous strategic bombing of enemy strongholds by the United Nations Air Forces. The use of air power was preparation for the ground attack.
PRAYER WALKING can spiritually bombard Satanic strongholds in cities, neighborhoods and families prior to an attempt to share the Gospel with everyone.
PRAYER WALKING allows us to see the needs and the lost condition of our neighborhoods and cities. It helps us focus our prayers on the needs and the spiritual bondage and blindness of people without Jesus.
“Likewise the Spirit also helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us…” Romans 8:26
- Select a date and time, and place them on the church calendar. Evangelistic PRAYER WALKING is planned times of intercession.
- Map out the area to be “walked.” Assign teams of two, preferably, but not more than three.
- Meet together as a group before PRAYER WALKING to pray, share Scripture and information about the area to be walked.
- Pray for Holy Spirit power and wisdom and for control of all that is done.
- Agree on the time to return and report results.
“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20
- Be alert as you walk, keep your eyes open and be observant. Ask God to let you see through His eyes.
- Pray aloud. Verbalizing your prayers helps focus on the object of prayer.
- Allow the Holy Spirit to lead your prayer. Pray for what you see and what you don’t see – the people behind the doors of homes.
- Pray together. Take turns praying short prayers about a certain subject or area of focus.
- Walk slowly to allow time to observe.
- Claim God’s love and compassion for the people and ask God to remove their spiritual blinders and tear down all barriers that hinder belief in Jesus.
- Be alert to how the Holy Spirit may be leading. Sometimes it may be to speak to someone along the way.
- Watch for open doors to witness.
- Be alert for opportunities to pray for spiritual and other needs.
Prayer Walking May Also Include:
- Walking alone and not as part of an organized effort. Anytime and anywhere you are walking, you should be praying.
- Walking as families. Talk about it in advance and plan a short easy route for small children.
- Walking through your work area. An office manager arrived early each Monday and prayed at every desk.
- Walking at school. Students may walk around their school and pray or walk the halls praying at classroom doors.
- Walking through a neighborhood and talking to God about the people who live there.
- Walking in or near places which are obvious strongholds of Satan, such as places where drug dealers hang out.
Prayer Walking Results
“…our God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…” Ephesians 3:20
Prayer walkers invariably report that praying “on site with insight” causes them to see persons and conditions with their hearts. The Holy Spirit creates within them a new dimension of sensitivity, love and prayer burden for the people and the area. Of even greater importance, prayer walking places the Christian in partnership with God in carrying out His plan of releasing His power in response to the prayers of His people.
Reprinted: Through Every Door with Prayer
Prayer for Spiritual Awakening Department, Florida Baptist Convention
from: Prayer walking by Steve Hawthorne and Graham Kendrick
and Prayer walking -Praying On Site With Insight by Minette Drumwright