Prayer and Spiritual Awakening
Pray for your State Missionaries – March 2017
Jonathan has been with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board since January 2010 and serves in the Groups and Faith Development area. His ministry includes youth/student leader enlistments, Small Groups Support, Groups web pages and social media, Youth/Student Minister Networking, College and Single Adult Ministry, on-demand video training, and event coordination. Please pray for Jonathan as he assists our churches in these areas.
Tim has been a state missionary for 18 years, and serves in Groups and Faith Development. As such, he is the primary administrative leader for the staff and ministries of this area. Tim also assists churches in the areas of growth planning, leadership conferences, outreach strategies, and leadership development. Each year, he works with hundreds of Georgia Baptist churches and leaders to assist them in fulfilling the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.
One of the task assignments Tim coordinates is the Sunday School Mentoring process with participating regions, associations and churches. He provides leadership with the annual Church Facility EXPO, and also trains Church Facility Consultants to assist churches that wish to expand their buildings. He is the department’s LifeWay liaison and works with the Multicultural and Ethnic Mission Sunday Schools. Tim also conducts an annual survey of the fastest growing Sunday Schools in Georgia.
Tim requests prayer for the following:
- Travel – Pray for safety as he travels across Georgia and the United States speaking in churches and training leaders.
- Leadership – Pray for Tim in his role as the Groups and Faith Development specialist, that he provides the leadership needed to guide the team in accomplishing their purpose, goals and vision.
- Effectiveness – Pray for Tim’s effectiveness in leading churches to see their Sunday Schools and small group ministries as tools to reach the lost and equip the saved.
After working as an audio technician with Georgia Baptist Jubal Chorus recordings for several years, Nick began service as a state missionary in 2016 in the Worship and Music Ministry area. He fulfills the ministry of strengthening audio technology and contemporary worship leadership in Georgia Baptist churches. In addition to assisting churches, Nick handles audio technology for many large Georgia Baptist Mission Board events. Please pray for Nick as he expands the reach of technology and worship styles in our churches.
Jerry has served for 39 years as a state missionary in the Intercultural Church Planting and Missions Ministries area. His department helps churches and associations evangelize, equip, minister, and establish new work with language/culture people, non-readers, and the blind. Staff state missionaries work with Hispanics, Asians, Koreans and the deaf to support new and established ministries. Printed Bibles and scripture on cassette tapes are available in more than 35 languages! Continuing education classes are offered in several languages, as well as for the deaf. A migrant ministry is in place for seasonal farm workers. A literacy missions consultant is on staff who seeks to draw people to the Lord in five literacy areas. Finally, a mobile medical and dental unit operates February through November across the state, providing service to migrants and other underserved populations. Jerry asks that Georgia Baptists pray for churches in ethnically changing areas of our state, as they become multi-ethnic congregations. Ask God to give them the ability to transform to meet the needs of their new and changing communities. Also pray for new part time workers being sought for ministry among the Deaf, Haitians, Africans and Multi-ethnic churches.
Maria has been a state missionary for 19 years, serving in the Groups and Faith Development area. This ministry area is committed to partnering with churches, associations, and regions to strategically engage in making disciples and equipping them to be fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Maria disciples children and students leaders through the following areas: Childrens, Youth, and High School Bible Drills; Student Speakers Competition; preschool and children’s discipleship; and TeamKID. Maria asks Georgia Baptists to be in prayer for the children and youth involved in Bible Drill this spring. Her desire is that the verses they memorize will help them grow in their relationship with Christ and have a life-long impact. Also, please pray that churches and parents in Georgia see and act upon the vital need for children and youth to develop Bible skills, to hide God’s Word in their hearts, and learn to share their faith in order to become fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
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