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bobbieinok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 06:37 PM
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know the leaders of the religious right......Ted Haggard: prayer walking
Haggard is the minister of a large church in Colorado Springs. Largely as the result of his books and workshops, many church groups around the country (and the world) are now doing 'prayer walks' in their cities and towns. When I heard him speak, he talked specifically of 'prayer walking' around gay bars and other gay hang-outs and Islamic centers; they walk and pray that 'these people' will accept Jesus.

At this site are links to Haggard ministries' web pages.


Ted says praying while walking makes prayer purposeful. "I find that my prayers are more intentional and focused if I keep my body moving," says Ted. There is also a great difference between praying for a community from your prayer closet and praying for a community while walking through it. Both are valuable, but hearing the sounds, seeing the sights and smelling the smells of the community give us an idea how to pray for people. Once Ted and a friend prayer-walked one of the neighborhoods near their homes in Colorado Springs. They bumped into a police office and talked with him about the most dangerous places in town: some old ruins in the old mining district. It was an obvious hangout for dark powers; grotesque images were on the walls. Ted says they prayer-walked that area and not long after, the city forced the owners to clean up the ruins. "Steady streams of miracles seem to accompany prayerwalking, and it's not difficult to figure out why," says Ted.

Ted says as we pray through a neighborhood, it may be helpful to draw a spiritual map. Spiritual maps work much the same as political or topographical maps. But instead of highlighting facts, these highlight spiritual facts. On a local level, we could make a map of the community and shade certain economic areas in one color, colleges and schools in another. Patterns often emerge and offer ingenious ways to pray that may not have been considered before.

A few years ago, Ted and others went to the state capitol building to pray and walk around. It was 9:30 at night and one of the fellow prayerwalkers said, Wouldn't it be great if the governor pulled up so we could pray over him? A few minutes later, a limo pulled up and the governor stepped out! The governor greeted them and walked into the capitol. Ted says the group was motivated to pray for an extended period of time in a way they never would had they been alone in their prayer closets

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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 06:40 PM
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1. This is funny
because mystics use walking practices that could be called "prayer walks" all the time. Of course, we are praying to get closer to God, not to allow our egos to get out of control!

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sangh0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 04:56 PM
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2. And Buddhists believe in "walking meditation"
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TaraMoon Donating Member (45 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 08:22 PM
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3. Prayer Walks
You're missing the point. The Religious Right uses prayer
walks as a show of force for the purpose of intimidation and
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