Today I had the opportunity to lead another neighborhood prayer walk as we asked God to make Himself known and to pour out His blessing upon the community. I enjoy leading prayer walks because it gives me the opportunity to teach about developing a lifestyle of prayer in a practical context.
The context behind a prayer walk is really not that complicated — you walk and you pray. Praying on-site in a neighborhood, workplace, school, or anywhere else can help you learn to pray more effectively as you pay attention to what is really going on. Yes, I can pray for a neighborhood from anywhere, but when I walk the sidewalks and observe with my eyes, ears, heart, spirit, emotions, and anything else available to me, I often pray about things that I would never otherwise even think about.
For me, prayer walking is a practice that helps me apply God’s command to “pray without ceasing.” When I make a deliberate effort to pray, I find that I am constantly looking for things to pray about that would be meaningful in my conversations with God. I might notice a home health care van parked in front of a house and pray for the person needing extra care. I walk past an auto body shop and pray for those whose lives have been impacted in situations represented by the assortment of wrecked vehicles waiting to be repaired. I walk by a park and pray for the families and children who will come and play. I walk past a school and pray for the safety of all who are there each day. And the list goes on . . . it seems that each house or property has something to say that would lead me to pray in a specific way. Yet even in the specific prayers, I keep in mind the greater context that God would bless the neighborhood in ways that would make Himself known.
Tonight’s prayer walk was the first I had focused on the neighborhood I was in. Depending on time available, my first prayer walk in a neighborhood is usually a perimeter walk as I surround an area with prayer. Follow-up walks would then work my way up and down each street, asking God to help me notice the things I ought to see.
In case you’re wondering, I’m not writing this to try to say, “Look what I did!” No, I’m writing this in an attempt to say to you who are reading, “Look what you could do!”
This is the audio from the February 4, 2018 sermon, “The DESIRE of Your Heart!”, shared by Tom Lemler at the North Wayne Mennonite Church.
Text: Psalm 37:4
God promises that when we delight in Him, He will give us the desire of our heart. While it is easy to jump to the thought that God will give us what we want, the larger promise is that our delight in God will put within us a new desire that could only come from Him.
Our delight in the Lord will give us the . . .
Direction of our heart.
Expressions of our heart.
Surrender of our heart.
Inclination of our heart.
Rejoicing of our heart.
Endurance of our heart.
When God transforms the desire of our heart through our delight in Him, we become more like Jesus with each passing day!
This is the audio from the January 28, 2018 sermon, “DELIGHT Yourself in the Lord!”, shared by Tom Lemler at the North Wayne Mennonite Church.
Text: Psalm 37:4
We often like the idea of God giving us the desires of our heart but it is easy to overlook the first half of that promise where we must delight our self in the Lord. The audio file is missing the “Heal yourself in the Lord” point, but here are the main points from the sermon:
Discover yourself in the Lord.
Encourage yourself in the Lord.
Love yourself in the Lord.
Inspect yourself in the Lord.
Guard yourself in the Lord.
Heal yourself in the Lord.
Teach yourself in the Lord.
The key to finding delight in all of this is not the “yourself” part of the statement, but the “in the Lord” part!
This is the audio from the April 30, 2017 sermon, “A Prayer of FAITH”, shared by Tom Lemler at the Deer Run Church of Christ.
Text: James 5:13-16
Praying with faith is all about believing that God exists and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him. Prayers of faith seek to honor God and pursue His will rather than demand He accomplishes our will. We pray with faith as we pray with . . .
. . . and praying with faith is a growing process in our life that ought to result in good works that glorify our Father who is in heaven!