Paul's words are associated with missions outreach and the sharing of the gospel of Jesus Christ. But let's also remember that prayer is an active, ongoing, aspect of missions and the gospel going forth into the world! Without prayer, the gospel often falls upon deaf ears or hardened hearts. With prayer, eyes are opened, ears unstopped, and hearts softened to salvation through Jesus Christ.
Prayer walking, and praying on site, as mentioned above, is often used by God to reveal new people to pray for and circumstances to engage in prayer.
We walk and travel many places each day. A key difference between walking and prayer walking is whether one's heart and mind are engaged with God or not. Much of our time and our daily movements can be infused with prayerful conversation with God. If that's a new concept, or if it seems difficult to implement, ask God to help you turn your thoughts to Him- or to help you see others, or circumstances you encounter, with His eyes, heart, or mind. He'll be happy to help you see and experience things His way, and then help tune your heart to pray accordingly.
By doing these kind of things (seeking to see and experience people and matters through God's eyes, heart, and mind), we become missionaries actively engaged right where we are! God blesses our feet as we walk, drive, and move about- and He does so as a result of aligning our hearts, minds, and other senses with His!
Praying for Missionaries
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. - Ephesians 1:15-17
We may not actively consider ourselves missionaries- especially if we're not formally serving with a church denomination, ministry, etc. But by praying on site, and by prayer walking, we can personally take an active role in missions each and every day; right where we are!
As Paul wrote to the Ephesians (noted above), we can pray for one another to receive the Spirit of wisdom and revelation- so that we may know Him better (and while doing so, also help others know Him better as well). This mindset of prayer can help us pray for missionaries near and far- including ourselves and every other Christ follower around us. This kind of missions mindset (beginning with prayer in knowing God better) is a powerful way to glorify God and seek His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10
Carrying Prayer Everywhere
As we've seen, prayer can easily be carried everywhere. Whether one uses their feet, a motorized vehicle, or some other method of transportation, the key is our focus upon God, His heart, mind, and will- moment-by-moment.
This moment, I encourage you to pause and ask God to reveal to you something around you He sees that you might be missing. Ask Him if there's a way He'd have you pray about what He's revealed to you. Then, if He does, pray accordingly. It's a model you can apply to and throughout your day- wherever you are, wherever you go, or around whomever you meet.
Let's pray with our feet today!