Seventy years ago this week, during World War II, 156,000 Allied troops (American, British and Canadian forces) stormed onto five beaches of Normandy, France.
The assault was suppposed to occur on June 5th, but due to bad weather, was moved to June 6th.
Prior and during the invasion, a bombardment from Allied planes and naval warships pounded the enemy lines in the area. After that, came the invasion.
The entire world is deeply indebted to all of the servicemen who partook and gave of their lives (4,000 Allied troops) on that day alone.
There is yet another D-Day that is soon coming for the world. This day will be one that will be remembered throughout eternity. It will be a day like no other. This will be the day when Jesus Christ returns to this earth as King of kings and Lord of lords. As in WWII, the nations will have been at war with each other and then will be at war against Jesus Christ and be defeated. After that momentous event, the world will never again be the same.
Years earlier, after Jesus rose from the dead, the church was commissioned by Him to spread the good news of man’s redemption back to God (Matthew 28:18-20). You see, when Jesus Christ died on the cross, the entire world was liberated (1 Corinthians 15:22; 1 John 2:1-2). It is this news that man is free from the curse that Adam brought, is what the church is telling the world. Many people have believed (are believing and will believe) this gospel and become celebrators of God’s gracious act to the world.
Therefore, the Christians’ role now is not to conquer the world – not to overrun the enemy. Right now, the church is only to preach the good news of man’s salvation by Jesus Christ and make disciples until He returns. But it has been met with fierce opposition. Much persecution has resulted against those who have responded to the news and have become disciples.
Interestingly, a modern “weapon” being used by many Christians today is prayer walking. What is prayer walking? It is the practice of praying while you are walking through various locations. Individuals or groups may walk in a neighborhood and pray for the inhabitants of the homes they are passing by.
Prayer walking may be walking and praying around school yards – elementary, middle and high schools. Many Christians prayer walk inside the church’s sanctuary before worship services, Bible studies, and evangelical campaigns.
The question is why? Why conduct these prayer walks for others? Did not Christ already pay for the sins of the world? Will not God, the Father, eventually present Jesus Christ to every person who lived, is now living or will live in the future? The answer is yes.
But, while Jesus was on earth, He prayed. He prayed constantly. The Father always listened to Him. Christ prayed before He chose the disciples. He prayed before He went out healing others. He prayed before raising certain individuals from the dead.
Jesus knew the value of prayer. While a human on earth, He was God who prayed. Christ, therefore, was the unblemished (sinless) and strong Lamb for the world. Why? Because He prayed.
If Jesus prayed, then, following His example, we are also to pray. We need to pray so that the commission of spreading the gospel would continue with maximum strength.
Prayer walking by us Christians is very much like conducting aerial assaults onto the world. It is a way of getting ourselves ready for Christ’s return. The world may become more difficult and darker before He returns, but our prayers will help us through. And when the world finally sees Christ, many will know they had been witnessed to.
In the meantime, prayer walking is a way for us to know what the needs in our communities are. It is a way to help us keep focused on Christ and how He loves the world.
While prayer walking, you or your group may see a homeless indivivual asking for money. The group, with the help of the Holy Spirit, may then make a decision as to what to do next.
While prayer walking, you may encounter a church building in the midst of an unkempt part of town. You then pray for that church to make a diference in people’s lives.
You may walk by a soup kitchen or a food pantry for the poor. Pray that there be enough food to help feed the hungry. Pray that God will coninue to stock this food pantry with daily bread to provide for those in need.
Prayer walk around City Halls.
Prayer walk by municipal courts.
Prayer walk by police and fire stations. Pray for their protection as they provide services to the community.
Prayer walk by hospitals, funeral parlors and hotels since these places are always encountering the hurting, the mournful, and the lonely.
Prayer walk by temples and places of worship of other religions. Why? Because Jesus Christ died for the worshippers who go to them also. One day they will see the Light – the Light of the world – before their eyes – when He returns.
Like the walls of Jericho that fell after the Israelites marched around the city (Joshua 6 :1-24 and Hebrews 11:30), pray that the walls of ignorance, pain and suffering be lifted in the areas you see as you walk. Pray that those who God is calling from them may not be hindered.
In Luke 10:2, Jesus said this to the seventy-two that He sent out:
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
As you prayer walk, pray that God will send out these harvesters- especially to the areas where you walk. They will be the infantry of workers that will go into these fields because of your prayer walk.
May God be with you and bless you when you do this.