“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” Martin Luther (1483 – 1546)

A preacher told his personal experience while prayer walking. He was in his office studying for his next sermon; discouraged about the lack of evangelism going on, he began to pray, asking God for help. In that time of prayer, he had a strong impression that he should go outside to walk the neighborhood with the purpose of praying for them. He went to a few neighbors, prayed for them, but the next door he knocked, an elderly lady answered the door and said “Oh my, you are an answer to my prayers; I’ve asked God to send someone to teach me what I need to do to be saved”. You can guess the rest of the story, yes she obeyed Jesus!

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The posture of our praying, whether it is prayer walking, or sitting at your desk, isn’t what it’s all about; it’s more about our conversation with God and our willingness to listen to God’s leading and following His lead. Prayers of intercession are offered in and with the Holy Spirit. Prayer walking is done in harmony with God’s agenda, rather than ours.

”When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:36-38

Jesus taught his disciples to ask the Lord of harvest. When we ask, sometimes God’s Holy Spirit changes our plans, as he did with Paul on his second missionary journey. Paul and his companions were headed back to revisit the places they had been on the first missionary journey when “they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.” When they tried to go another way, “the Spirit did not permit them” (Acts 16:6, 7). The Bible says “the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us” (Rom. 8:26). Paul encourages us to be “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (Eph. 6:18). Jude adds we should be “praying in the Holy Spirit” (Jude 20).

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Often I pray Lord protect me from myself because I don’t know what to pray! And I thank Him for that protection! Jesus spent time praying with others, for others and praying alone. He taught his disciples to never give up, never stop praying because praying is the first step to leading others to him.

“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” – Luke 18:1

“Watch therefore, and pray always.” – Luke 21:36

“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication.” – Acts 1:14

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” – Ephesians 6:18

“We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you.” – Colossians 1:3

“Pray without ceasing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Because of your prayers, God is blessing us to expand these outreaches. Things are exciting around here, more mission trips; more mission outreach all to the glory of God. Please continue in your prayers for all of us and for open hearts for the gospel of Christ worldwide. Pray for more people to pray for the world, pray Kingdom prayers; prayers beyond ourselves, just as we read in Ephesians 6:18 – “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” 

With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people, therefore making a difference here and in eternity.

Jo Gower new photo 1-IMG_5951Jo (Carolyn Jo Gower) is a wife, mother, grandmother and prolific writer about prayer. She works with the World Radio outreach of Whites Ferry Road Church in West Monroe, Louisiana. You can often find her on the back cover of the World Radio News quarterly report with encouragements about prayer. She also writes about prayer, faith, and family at her blog located HERE.