The Old Testament has many passages relating to walking an area for God’s glory – claiming victory.
- The story of Joshua taking the city of Jericho (Joshua 6) is probably the most familiar Old Testament account of the powerful act of walking and praying. Walking around the city seven times before the walls fell flat is an example to us today of what God can do when our faith is joined by God’s miraculous ability. Our prayers and obedience can be a means of releasing God’s power to cause the walls of unbelief, violence, sin and evil to come down.
- God spoke to Abraham, “Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth; for I will give it to you.” (Genesis 13:17).
- Speaking to Joshua, God said, “Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you…” (Joshua 1:3)
These passages obviously refer to God’s promise of the Holy Land to the Jewish nation. However, the physical act of walking and claiming was a prophetic statement declaring God’s sovereignty.
As children/youth return to school, have you considered joining forces with a group of friends to prayer walk around your schools to claim the area for God’s glory – to pray for safety and the spiritual freedom of those attending them?
Praying on site is just another way of joining forces with God to participate in what He is doing in your community. This type of prayer opens our eyes and our hearts to the needs around us so we can intercede for the schools and staff.
Prayer: Lord, our children and youth spend the majority of their day in classrooms during the school year. This means the educational system has a tremendous influence on all aspects of their development. So, today I pray over every classroom (behavior/teachers/learning); the recreation/playground areas (fair play/bullying/illegal activity/substance abuse/godly friendships); books (curriculum that upholds biblical truth); offices (administration/discipline), entrances (minds/hearts/safety). In Jesus Name, cover our children with your protection, a desire to learn and a confidence to stand up for Truth. Amen.
Devotion by Julie Long