Summer 2016, we felt it was time to encourage Christians in the City to ‘leave the church building’ and to increasingly pray and be seen praying on our streets.
We are now developing Prayer Walks, both regular and ‘reactive’ (that happen at short notice in response to local or national events, such as crimes and crisis). As such events occur in the future we want to be able to quickly call local Christians to a Prayer Walk in the immediate vicinity.
Visibility is a key factor. We want to make sure people who see us know who we are and what we are doing. We wear blue reflective vests with the fact we are praying for the City clearly printed upon them.
As we walk, we carry God’s presence, The Kingdom of Heaven, to our streets. As led by the Holy Spirit, we pray generally over areas, specifically over certain roads or landmarks, schools, public buildings and so forth. We may speak positive blessings and declarations.
We are not specifically looking to speak with and pray with people we meet, but are very happy to answer questions, share our faith if asked, and are prepared to pray for people, either there and then or later.
We go out with an expectation that as we step out in faith, God will move in response.
We have a leaflet that will explain to anyone we do encounter that we represent The Church in Chelmsford and how they might discover more about us and our faith in Jesus Christ.
We first trialled some Prayer Walks over the weekend of 23-25 September 2016, which was the National Prayer Weekend and since December 2016 are gradually introducing more.