This summer, members of our congregation have been holding prayer walks all over the city. This has been part of our Neighborhood Prayer Initiative, to pray for the peace and prosperity of New York City. As of this writing, two walks have already been completed and nine more have been scheduled. To do one all you need is 15 minutes and a friend and then pray on location for a certain neighborhood—and if you like, you can pin point the cross streets of your prayer walk and invite others at: http://www.redeemer.com/summerprayer.
So why should someone do a prayer walk and why now? With Redeemer’s recommitment to being a church for the city, we took the Psalmist’s admonition to “…pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.’For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, ‘Peace be within you.’” (Psalm 122:6-8).
Prayer walks deepen our roots in the communities in which we live, work and play and they deepen our love and appreciation for the city. Given our church’s transition from one large centralized congregation to four neighborhood-based congregations, we’re hoping that those who participate in a prayer walk will also use it as an opportunity to pray for the congregation that will be in that part of the city and for the ministry it will be doing there.
Our goal is to see 100 prayer walks conducted by September 1. Help us cover this city in prayer. All you need is 15 minutes and a friend.