We believe in the power of planning, strategizing, and executing plans well. However, more than anything else, if we want to see our city renewed and transformed by the Gospel, our greatest asset is our ability to pray.
Prayer walks give us an opportunity to learn about the needs of our neighborhood that we might pray together for it. Understanding a neighborhood’s history, to see its brokenness, its beauty and its systemic issues, give fresh vision for what God desires to do.
Gather outside of the Hunter West Building on the weekend of the Formed for Justice Conference to receive prayer walk instructions and get paired up to walk through our East Side neighborhoods in prayer.
Sunday, November 18 at 12 p.m.
SW corner of 68th St. and Lexington Ave.
Praying the Lord’s Prayer: Use the following prompts as a starting point in praying the Lord’s prayer for your neighborhood.
Our Father who art in heaven (5 mins)
In Jesus, you stepped out of heaven and became part of our neighborhood on earth. You did so out of love for us. May we desire to love and serve our neighbors in the same way you loved us.
Hallowed be thy name (5 mins)
We want your name to be known and honored in this neighborhood. There is no other name by which men can be saved (Acts 4:12). There is freedom in the name of Jesus and so we want your great name known!
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven (5 mins)
You are our King, worthy of our obedience and submission. Make us a people who live in light of your kingdom. May our lives shine in the darkest place of this neighborhood, as a testimony to your goodness.
Give us this day our daily bread (5 mins)
You know the needs of this neighborhood. Would you provide for this neighborhood and give us eyes to see how you might use us to meet those needs?
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors (5 mins)
There is great depravity and brokenness both within us and in our neighborhood. Forgive us for our continued rebellion against you and any unforgiveness we hold. May the forgiveness you offer be made known, through us, in our neighborhood.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil (5 mins)
Would you protect our neighborhood from the work of the evil one? Where there is addiction, greed, pride, lust, hate, and the like, would you crush it?
For yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. (5 mins)
Only by your sovereign hand can anyone know you. Help us see the way your Spirit is working. Give us courage to come alongside what he is doing. Even right now, as we walk, reveal to us how to make your kingdom, power and glory known.
- What prayer most resonated as you walked?
- What did you notice as you prayed that you had not noticed before?
- What prayers do you feel particularly compelled to continue praying?