Prayer

If you would like to get on the Prayer Ministry Hotline please call Sheri at the church office, 250-479-1733.

Prayer is an important part of our relationship with God; it is how He communicates with us. It is a way for us to receive instruction and encouragement in our daily lives, to help others in need, and to pray for those who don't know Him.

 

Jesus said in Matthew 21:13, “My house will be called a house of prayer...” When you go to an Italian Restaurant, you should expect Italian food. When you go to the house of the Lord, you should expect prayer.



Our Church is a house of prayer. Believing in the power of prayer, we set aside a brief time before each service to pray for God’s will to be done in the lives of those attending. We invite you to either join in with us or to simply allow the atmosphere of prayer to prepare your heart for the presence of God.

 

Why Prayer is so Important?

God wants us to pray. One way God moves is through our prayers; so when we pray, it enables God to move on earth.
 

  • "And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth." Luke 11:2

  • To be in touch with God and ask Him to give instructions for our lives.

  • "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure." Philippians 2:13

So God can communicate how much He loves us.
 

  • "For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

  • To ask God to help others in need.

  • "But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

  • To pray that others may come to know Him as Savior and Lord.

  • "I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty." 1 Timothy 2:1-2

 

Prayer Walking

Prayer walking is a method of intercessory prayer that involves walking while praying at the location of the prayer journey. Prayer walking is a way of being on the scene without making a scene. It could also include riding, jogging, boating, biking, or any other means of transportation. The method of communication is to pray on site, rather than from a distance.

At its most basic level, prayer walking is simply walking and praying at the same time. How one walks and prays, however, takes many forms around the world and in different faith traditions. A walking prayer might also be more open ended, paying attention to whatever thoughts enter one’s mind while one walks and contemplating their potential meaning.

Prayer walking can be done alone or with others. When walking with others, one may wish to alternate between time in discussion and time in quiet contemplation.

To some people, prayer walking is a deeply contemplative exercise in which a person walks at a very slow pace while opening one’s self up to God. Others use prayer walking as a form of blessing the world, asking that God bring peace or other benefits to the lives of those whose footsteps fall on the same pavement or path.

Recent years have seen a surge of intercessors walking through their neighborhoods, praying both silently and aloud for their neighbors. Other intercessors have followed God's leading to travel to distant lands to intercede for the lost peoples of those places. Certainly prayer is biblical. But prayer walking? Is it really valid and effective or just a passing "fad"?


The old...

A study of the early chapters of Genesis reveals that in the beginning man and woman were created to walk with God. Men such as Enoch and Noah are described as ones who "walked with God." It was God's intention that we experience this most intimate and confidential of relationships with Him. Rebellion brought an end to the "walk," but God through Christ redeemed us back that we might again walk with Him.
 

...and the new

Now in the the 21st century, as world evangelism accelerates, God has done a new thing. Beginning in the mid-1970s, believers throughout the world began to sense His leading to move out of the church buildings and the prayer closets and intercede out in the world. This kind of moving, on-site intercessions has become known as prayer walking. It is walking and talking with God, hearing and heeding His voice, seeing and sensing as He does.
 

Types of Prayer Walking

Devotional. All prayer walking begins with and then issues from our personal prayer walk with God. Ensure that the most important goal in your life is nurturing a pure and unhindered walk with God.
Incidental. As we walk with God through the responsibilities and activities of our day, we will find Christ prompting us to intercede for others around us. This is incidental prayer walking. Incidental to our normal work in the world. God uses us as intercessors.

Intentional. Strategically important are our planned and organized times of on-site intercession as God directs. These could be as simple as an evening prayer walk through our neighborhood or as involved as leading a prayer team overseas. Planned, intentional prayer walks are powerful for preparing the way for witness and ministry in Jesus' Name.

  • The talking church sounds good.

  • The walking church looks good.

  • The prayer walking church brings good.


For a number of reasons, much of Christ's church has become distanced from God and from the world to which she's called: prayer walking has shown itself to be a divine solution to both of these problems. As God leads us into a closer walk with Him, we simultaneously find ourselves in closer proximity to our lost world. Walking with Him, we see as He sees and respond with pointed, empowered intercession. Then as He answers these insightful, on-site prayers, we are right where we need to be to extend a touch of love and share a word of hope. Truly, the prayer walking church brings great good to its neighborhood and its world.

Preparing to walk

  • Recognize that God is calling you to join Him in prayer in the world. Say, "Yes!"

  • Stay prepared to walk with Him by confessing any hidden sin and then by keeping your life pure.

  • Read and meditate on the word of God daily. His Word will increasingly frame your prayers in perfect accordance with His will.

  • Invite the Holy Spirit to fill you and guide you daily.

  • Be ready to obey Him whether He leads you to another neighborhood or another country.

Prayer walkers cannot remain the same. Neither can their world.

VICTORIA CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE

Phone: (250)479-1733

Email: firstnaz@pacificcoast.net

4277 Quadra St.

Victoria, B.C., V8X 1L5

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