Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Prayerwalking

Years ago, one of my mentors, Mike Cope, took a group of Harding guys around Searcy, Arkansas in a van, stopping at grocery stores to watch and pray for people walking in, to talk about churches and their impact or lack of impact on the community, and if there'd been honky tonks in Searcy, I'm sure we'dve stopped at one of those to pray for the people coming in and out.

My buddies, Mark Moore and John Barton, have carried on the tradition of "prayer touring" with the Jinja Tour for our internship each summer in Uganda. We'd visit sites around the city of Jinja, Uganda and nearby villages, pray for people, hear new perspectives on and pray for the poor, people living on $2 a day, people in the marketplace, and the brothels.

This morning I walked with John Dickmann, friend and Garnett Church of Christ administrator, around the property of the church, praying for the sacred ground that this place has been for many years and many people. We walked by the bus barn where JOY buses were repaired and sent back out into the streets for years, strolled by the broken sign that needs repairs, and we prayed for the neighbors bordering this property.

For more on "Prayerwalking," read Ted Haggard's book, Taking it to the streets: Impacting Communities through prayerwalking. And if you know of other books on this or would like to share an experience you've had, please let me know.

3 Comments:

At 8:36 AM, Blogger Greg Kendall-Ball said...

Greg,
Is Haggard's book and and approach to "prayerwalking" different from C. Peter Wagner's approach? In a class with Van Rheenan here at ACU we discussed a theology of power, and I remember being extremely put off by Wagner's approach. It seemed very arrogant, and triumphalistic, and war-like. I'm all for prayer (and I was touched by Mark's Jinja Tour), but I think Wagner's ideas about prayer as a weapon, about taking on spiritual entities in some sort of cosmic battle, seemed a little out there.

Any thoughts?

 
At 9:18 AM, Blogger David U said...

Thanks for sharing this memory, Greg!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

DU

 
At 7:43 PM, Anonymous Kyler said...

Amen Brother!! I am so excited that you and John did that. That is very much needed. Me and my friends have done prayerwalks as well. On OC's campus and also at University of Central Oklahoma's campus. We have been praying for an awakening or a revolution to start and I believe it has. I can't wait to talk with you about over break. See you soon.

Ky

 

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