I heard an interesting message on Christian TV. The teacher‘s main point was that lost souls are won only by hearing the truth. He validated intercessory prayer and spiritual warfare as legitimate biblical principles, but he hammered the point that Paul is our example and as he traveled to the lost and preached the Word of God, he won souls because they heard the truth. This teacher clearly does not like the movement taught in many Christian circles called “prayer walking.” Prayer Walking, in a nutshell, is intercession for your neighbors and your neighborhood.
I attended a Prayer Walking seminar several years ago and I don’t think it harmed me or that I harmed anyone. I remember receiving a lot of handouts and going home with acute awareness for my neighbors’ mortal souls and final destination. I assimilated the teaching as best I knew how to in the course of my day careful not to make a performance or a doctrine out of what I learned. I’ve always been one to start my day with a mile walk so I prayed for my neighbors as I exercised. The reason the TV preacher rejects the Prayer Walking Ministry, is because he doesn’t feel that we have to intercede and battle in the spirit realm before we share the gospel with others. It stands alone to save. He said Paul never had to do that. He stated that some folks call themselves intercessors and claim to have a ministry of only praying for others salvation eliminating the need to share Christ and His gospel.
My experience with Prayer Walking led to sharing the gospel. I did not have to knock on their doors and ask them if they were saved. One neighbor, knowing I was a Christian, called me one day and asked me to pray about her personal crisis. I went over and prayed with her in person and then invited her to a Christian women’s outreach. This neighbor heard the gospel preached at that Christian luncheon but on our drive home she told me she rejected the message. Another couple invited me to their home when the wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer. We prayed together and we discussed the gospel of Jesus and they were so grateful for the encouragement. She died about a year later.
My closing thought is that Jesus is my example. He did it all. He prayed, interceded, delivered, healed and taught. I can do nothing apart from Him. So I say to Him, “here are my feet today, Jesus. Tell me what to do.” What is my ministry? Why, it is to do whatever He wants me to and sometimes it includes prayer walking.
This post links to Charlotte & Ginger at Spiritual Sundays.