-Chris Daley & Dawn Reynolds
As we get closer to the beginning of Sligo’s 4th year of commitment to praying for 20 schools in the Greater Takoma Park area, there is an enormous amount of gratitude to the Sligo congregation for faithfulness in prayer. In April we will mark three years of praying for elementary, middle, high schools, a local college and two universities. In that mix are 6 schools that are part of the Seventh-day Adventist educational system.
As we move forward and deepen our commitment to prayer for all of these places of learning, we want to explore a way to pray that may be new to some of you. It was introduced here at Sligo several years ago by Ruthie Jacobsen, North American Division Prayer Coordinator. (www.nadprayerministries.org) It’s called Prayer Walking.
Prayer walking is the practice of praying on location, a type of intercessory prayer that involves walking to or near a particular place while praying. Some people believe that being close to a location allows them to “pray nearer to pray clearer.” Prayer walks are taken by individuals, groups, and even whole churches. They can be as short as a block or as long as many miles. The idea is to use the five senses—sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch—to increase the intercessor’s understanding of prayer needs.
For example, if you walk through your neighborhood looking for things to pray about, you might come across a yard that is extremely untidy and rundown. This might prompt you to pray for the health, both physical and spiritual, of the residents inside. Some groups prayer walk around schools, prompting prayer for the teachers and students inside, for their safety and peace, and for the schemes of the devil in their school to be thwarted. Some people feel they can concentrate and direct their prayers more effectively by walking near the people and places they are praying for.
If you would like to take your prayer commitment to another level by joining a prayer walking event, leave a comment below, or leave a verbal affirmation with Chris as he greets you in the Atrium or with Dawn, who can be found in the Primary2 Sabbath School classroom. You can also call the church office and leave a message there (301.270.6777). Please include your name and contact information. We will communicate with you about the date and place.