~ 1 Samuel 14:6
I was struck by that verse this morning as I reflected on this last weekend’s first ever GSAE Prayer Walk. 98 people gathered at UGM on a beautiful Saturday morning to worship, pray, and receive a commissioning to go out and pray around every public school in the city of Spokane.
It was a glorious sight to see this band of people that love Jesus so much, and that love our community enough to pray for them. The Gospel was central to our prayers, obviously, but the theme of the day was the issue of “fatherlessness”.
That theme even came out in one of the prayer-walk stories we heard from that morning:
“We joined another prayer team sent from One Cry today. We overlapped at Shadle Park High. It was a strength joining forces and finding we had been praying some of the same things at our first two schools. The other was an interaction with a Security Patrol Officer. We heard some of the difficulties he/they have to handle from dealing with the kids issues. We asked his name, what he felt was one of the biggest concerns to pray for:
He said for so many single parent homes.”
Other great stories from the Prayer-Walk:
- The friendship that happens when people pray together is precious.
- It was such a strength and hope to come together, for our school children and all the homes represented through theses. Can’t wait till the next time. It is so needed…to Cry out to God for our City, in every area that God could have His Heart and Way in our city through our Hearts and Prayers!
- We lead a life group from Life Center. We had already planned a walk around Shiloh Hills Elementary on Saturday. Our group is 70% non-ambulatory so we will cover that school on foot and by car! We don’t mean to be loners, we just can cover only this school. Especially cool is that one of our members is a teacher there. We will return, celebrate and pray for the three school employees in our life group.
- That God would make the invisible realities visible, that students who have had the bar set so low would actually aspire beyond that and that students wouldn’t find their identities in their schools or activities but rather in God.
- The Lord called us to pray and consecrate the school to him as a lighthouse school . The Lord showed us a dark cloud oppressing the school covering the roof of school. We prayed to remove that dark cloud which brought a spirit of doubt, hopelessness and discouragement to the school and we then asked for the Holy Spirit to pour into the school.
- We got sense of students struggling with anxiety, depression, purposelessness, issues of identity, and different types of abuse. God led us to pray for freedom, healing, and a new sense of identity. He wants his church to remind the students the name by which he calls them and the destiny he has for them.
- This was an AMAZING event and it was so cool to see the churches uniting together. We would love to continue to participate in these events. Such a beautiful variety of voices being shared and so much beautiful and heartfelt passion for our city.
- We had a divine appointment as we were just coming up to the front door to pray a teacher was going in to do some weekend work to catch up. We explained why were there and she looked somewhat apprehensive. She went in and then a few minutes went by and she came back out and asked if we wanted to pray inside. (I had privately hoped she would do that when we met her!) We entered and found a picture of the whole school and staff in the foyer. What a great prayer target! We prayed for quite some time there as the Holy Spirit gave us wisdom and direction. We then proceeded down through the halls and finally met the teacher who had let us in, and we struck up some more conversation which prompted her to tell us that she was a believer and SO encouraged by our presence and the prayer that was going forth throughout the District that day. She confessed her discouragement which led us to pray for her as well.
- What a great event to host for Spokane! I signed up and invited quite a few people, then at the last minute was not able to be there by 9 this morning. I showed up at 10:30 and of course you were all dispersed to schools by then. I prayed over in the park for awhile, then I headed up the Five-Mile Prairie School because it’s one that I am familiar with and I guessed that it might not be one that other prayer walkers went to….Such a beautiful day to walk and pray! Thank you for your work for Spokane and the Unity of the Body of Christ.