What is a prayer walk and why is it a good thing to do?
‘How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger bringing good news, breaking the news that all’s well, proclaiming good times, announcing salvation, telling Zion, “Your God Reigns!”’(Isaiah 52:7 The Message)
A prayer walk is exactly what it sounds like: a walk filled with prayer. Prayer walking has been woven through the history of the British church for centuries. People would walk from Cathedral city to Cathedral city on pilgrimage, and these pilgrimages were all about prayer. Still today, many churches have a prayer walk around their parish boundaries. This tradition is called ‘beating the bounds’, and is an act of claiming the ground for God in prayer.
Due to COVID19 these Prayer Walks are Virtual Prayer walks
We begin with Main Street Bellshill where our church is located, our doors open out onto and where the heart of our community lies. Pray for the people who live and work here, pray for the Key Workers who are keeping things going, the retail workers, the health care workers and countess others.
A Virtual Prayer walk simply involves thinking of and praying your way around your community (either alone or in a group), praying for the places and people you would see around you. We will choose a street, an area or a grouping of streets for you to focus your prayers on each week.
God told Joshua: ‘I will give you every place where you set your foot’ (Joshua 1:3 NIV), and there is something powerful and significant about making our prayers physical: expressing our longings for places by going and standing there to pray.