Rhythm of Prayer
What is a prayer walk and why do we do it?
‘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. It is a powerful prophetic act of claiming ground for God in prayer. Prayer walking simply involves walking around your community (either alone or in a group), praying for the places and people you see around you. You may plan to stop at specific locations, or you may just walk and see where the Spirit leads – either way, it’s an exciting and engaging way to pray.
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 to be filled with the glory of God by going and standing there to pray.
Whether you've done it many times or it will be your first time, this is an exciting and simple way to engage in intercession for our city.
God loves York, come and help us declare this!
What is prophetic intercession and why do it?
Prophetic intercession is waiting before God in order to hear or receive His purposes (a word, a concern, a warning, a scripture, a vision or a promise etc), and responding back to Him with prayer, sometimes with corresponding actions.
Abraham, Anna and Daniel were all prophetic intercessors. They tapped into God's heart when they received His promises, which God expressed directly to them or showed them in the words of other prophets. Recognising that they had a role to play in bringing those divine promises into being, they began to watch and pray.
On behalf of someone else, the intercessor takes up a case of justice before a sovereign and righteous God. God is looking for the man or woman who will 'stand in the gap before Me for the land' (Ezekiel 22:30 NIV). This is what we at St Cuthbert's desire to do together!
We expect that what the Lord reveals through the prayer walks will feed into these sessions and visa versa. Our main desire is for people to gather together to seek the Lord's heart for our world, pray in agreement and follow the leading of the Spirit. Worship will feature as a central part of this meeting as we give Him the glory He is worthy of and acknowledge our need of the Almighty God in
the transformation of the world around us.
Come and seek the Lord's heart with us and cry out in prayer!