“So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

– Isaiah 55:11

The Practice of Prayer-Walking

Prayer-walking is to simply walk with the Holy Spirit, consider the environment around us, and then keep the eyes of our hearts open and sensitive to the Holy Spirit as we pray.

As we prayer-walk, we are inviting the Holy Spirit to speak and reveal His thoughts and heart for our neighbourhoods.

We usually pray out aloud, and ideally we want to prayer-walk with someone. There is a natural flow that happens when praying together, as we reinforce the prayers of one another and at times stop and pray at various locations.


During our prayer walking, these things should form part of what and how we pray:

  • • Thanksgiving for the area you are walking (Psalm 100:1)
  • • Praise and worship (John 12:32)
  • • Repentance (Daniel 9:2-19)

Using scripture is our most powerful tool, as we are agreeing with God’s promises. We know this with absolute certainty: “so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)

We can also pray:

  • • For eyes to see and hearts to be open to see the light and truth of the gospel (2 Corinthians 4:4);
  • • For the peace of God to be upon homes and families, businesses and workplaces, that the knowledge of God would increase in these places, and for peace to be in our city (Numbers 6:24-26, Jeremiah 29:7);
  • • For the revelation, knowledge and worth of Jesus to be revealed, and praised in every place among the community (Philippians 9:2-11, John 12:32).


Consider gathering a group of any size, and walk together as partners. The larger your group, the more you will have to plan your route and consider the places you can stop together. Prayer-walking in pairs is a great idea, as we are also coming together in agreement (Matthew 18:20).

You might like to journal your prayer-walking, record where and what you have prayed, and take note of the tangible answers you see to your prayers.


  • Prepare your own heart – pray for protection and covering, and spend some time in His presence beforehand;
  • Have a prayer focus – focus mostly on ‘positive’ prayers (rather than ‘tearing down’ prayers), asking for the light of Jesus to come, and for goodness of God to touch your community;
  • Take scriptures and prayers – consider using pre-determined scripture/s or prayer declaration. Take a small bible with you if possible;
  • Plan where and how long to walk – look online and see how long it might take to walk a certain route. Take note of key places and locations. An hour is a good amount of time.


  • • Seek the Lord as to where He is sending you. Engage with His heart and purposes as to where, how, and what to pray at any given location;
  • • Listen to the Lord’s leading during your prayer-walk, and respond to what He is saying to pray or do in that place;
  • • Decree the Word of God and what He has done and will do;
  • • Persevere, and trust that the Lord hears your prayers.

Be confident that your prayers affect the environment the Lord sends you to intercede for, and trust that He is faithful to respond to our prayers. He alone can change hearts and transform a community, a city, or a nation. It’s our privilege and blessing to partner with Him in faith and in obedience, and look with expectancy for what He will do.

“We can be confident that He will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will. And if we know He is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that He will give us what we ask for” (1 John 5:14-15)