Friday, November 16, 2007

If We Pray - God Will Deliver

I have a confession to make and I'm looking for guidance.

Two weeks ago, on Sunday, November 4 I sat in church, minding my own business, listening to our guest pastor, Tommy Wood. November 4th was our Day of Prayer for Rain and Dr. Wood was encouraging us to do just that.

Dr. Wood went on to discuss the heart of man and referenced Jeremiah 17:5-10. He was well spoken and entertaining, and I enjoyed the service very much. I listened and took notes as usual.

But during service, after Dr. Wood talked about praying for rain, I had a strange feeling come over me. Okay, not a feeling, really, but random ideas popping into my head.

Back up a few weeks with me. In September and October, some of the WMU ladies gathered to hear Barbara Cornutt speak about Prayer Walking. Two of my friends at the church led our GA's in a prayer walk. I was interested upon hearing the phrase and wondered how a prayer walk worked. Unfortunately, I missed the WMU meeting where Barbara spoke and I wasn't with the GA's when they conducted their prayer walk.

Fast forward to November 4, me in church, thinking it would be a good idea to organize a prayer walk for rain.

Soon I imagined a group of us meeting at my church - West Hall Baptist - and walking to the Buford Dam. I can't tell you the exact mileage, but without traffic, the trip by car would take at least 15 minutes, maybe more.

Then, I was imagining thousands of people meeting at West Hall and walking with our group, whoever that may be, to the Dam. And then I was thinking how I could call my friends and family and they could call their friends and family and soon we could have a statewide prayer walk - on an assigned day.

Wait, we'll include all the states in the South who are suffering from drought and perhaps everyone will participate in a day to prayer walk for rain.

I quickly dismissed the idea. After all, I'm only one person. I know nothing about prayer walking. My prayer life is skinny, at best. Why had this idea come into my head? I couldn't organize something like that - and who would join me?

Wednesday came and I went to church that evening. I was alone again, giving me an opportunity to linger and ask the leader of our WMU group about prayer walking. Joyce offered to give me Barbara Cornutt's email, if I'd just email her with my address. Sunday came round again and I hadn't emailed Joyce.

Then, I learn on Tuesday the 13th that Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue prayed with others on the steps of the Capitol.

I read a couple of news reports. CNN.com said:

"While public prayer vigils might raise eyebrows in other parts of the nation, they are mostly shrugged off in the Bible Belt, where turning to the heavens for help is common and sometimes even politically expedient."

And then CNN quoted Ray Van Neste, professor of Christian studies at Union University in Jackson Tennessee, "Christianity has more of a place in the culture here than in some other region. And it's only natural, in a way, for the public to pray for rain."

Click here to link to the article I mentioned above.

Governer Perdue had protesters, one is quoted in the CNN article.

But can anyone ignore the fact that by Wednesday night many of us across the northern quadrant of Georgia heard a heavy down pouring of rain? The roads were wet when I went outside before six a.m. on Thursday morning. The hood of my car had water dribbled all over it.

How about that? We prayed, and God delivered.


You know I'm not sure if my idea about prayer walking for rain will ever go anywhere. But it is my hope that it may spur someone else to take the lead with this, or give me the courage to try and step forward to initiate a prayer walk in my community.

If you will, I'm seeking answers. I've searched the Internet for information on prayer walking, and found some. I've avoided it on purpose. I'll be honest, I'm a coward. I couldn't possibly organize something like this. I don't want to. But I want it to happen.

Who out there has had experience with prayer walking? In most of my research, a prayer walk happens in neighborhoods. Walkers pray over certain houses, or at schools where prayer is done in door ways, for instance.

I'm interested in your feedback and if you have none, if you're experiencing rain in your part of the world, pray it toward Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida and the other states here in the South, experiencing drought.

4 comments:

  1. Christy,

    Perhaps God is giving you something to use in a story. Start keeping a log of ideas you can use later.

    This is such an interesting post. I haven't heard of prayer walking, but I've heard of prayer marching - such as when Israel marched around the walls of Jericho. My mother was praying for a new house when I was a little girl. My father wouldn't join her, but I remember the four of us marching with her around the house she prayed for seven times. God didn't bring her that house. The wait was longer, years even. But he brought her a much better house. Here in NC, people have marched/walked around boundary lines of homes, churches and school property, while praying.

    It sounds like God is giving you something. Tuck in your heart for safe-keeping until he reveals what to do with it.

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  2. Christy, I've heard about prayer walking, but have never participated. It was brought up at our church once.
    I think you have a vision and if you or someone else sees it to fruition, it will happen. I'd be interested to know what you find out.
    Keep the vision, and like Jennifer said, maybe this is for a story.

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  3. Hi,
    I've heard of prayer walking from Focus on the Family and from my kid's school. The kids did one recently. They chose neighborhoods and went as classes to walk around and pray for them.

    I hope this comes about for you and your area. It's a wonderful, and I believe, inspired idea.

    Angie

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  4. I'm glad each of you shared what you know about prayer walking. I knew coming here with my question and ideas would get help and encouragement instead of a lot of strange looks.

    I'll let y'all know what comes of it.

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