Prayer and Spiritual Awakening
Pray for your State Missionaries – April 2017
Butch has served on the state missions staff for 9 years. He serves in Church Planting Ministry, overseeing all areas of church planting in our state. A special initiative, IMPACT (Intentionally Multiplying Planters and Churches Together), is in place to help churches and associations start and grow healthy new churches in and among Georgia’s diverse population. The Church Planting Team partners with churches and associations to start Anglo and African-American congregations. The department’s Church Properties and Loans Program provides on-site property inspections, low-interest loans, and modular chapels for new churches. Butch asks Georgia Baptists to pray for all of our church planters and that God would provide the leaders and resources for church planting across our state.
Chris joined the state missions staff in 2012 and serves as campus minister at Augusta University. Please pray for Chris as he reaches and disciples students for Christ.
Mark joined the state missions staff in October of 2014. He serves as state missionary in Communications, overseeing all areas of communication/marketing of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board and its supporting ministries in the production of materials that are distributed throughout the
state. Communications works to effectively communicate GBMB ministry support/projects to Georgia Baptist churches, but also to communicate Cooperative Program and other success stories to churches and the population overall. Please pray for guidance on the messaging, channels of communication, and that we can reach a greater number of the Georgia population to tell them the message of Christ and share the stories of what Christ has done in people’s lives through Georgia Baptists.
Marty has served state missions for 21 years, as campus minister and, since 2009, as state missionary in Church Minister Relations. His ministries center around pastoral care, conflict mediation, pastor/staff search committee training and deacon ministries. With God’s Word in his heart, Marty looks forward to partnering with churches and associations around our great state to “reduce” lostness in Georgia. “Nothing lies outside the reach of prayer, except that which lies outside the will of God” – R.G. Lee. Please pray for Marty and his family as he serves.
Penny has served as a campus minister for 28 years, and ministers to students at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC). She reaches these students for Jesus Christ through the student-led, church- related, and Christ-centered Baptist Collegiate Ministry. Please pray for Penny’s wisdom in guiding students who possess a hunger and desire to learn and are growing in their faith, but experiencing difficulty in applying this knowledge. Penny also requests prayer as new BCM officers are appointed and begin planning for the new academic year.
Ed joined the state missions staff in 2014 as administrator for Camp Pinnacle and Pinnacle Retreat Center in Clayton, Georgia. Pinnacle was established in 1947 and is a ministry of the WMU/WEM of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. It has operated as a year-round, full service conference and retreat center since 1997, and is available to church groups of all types. Recent expansion includes six new buildings that have been added since 2005. The center offers clean facilities, delicious food, and affordable rates. Please pray that more people will discover the jewel that Pinnacle is to Georgia. Access www.pinnacleretreatcenter.com or call 706-782-3231 for more information.
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