An intercessor submitted this wonderful article detailing specific miraculous answers to prayer from prayer walks. We hope you are inspired.
Our family lived in a very liberal, New Agey university town in Arcata, Calif. My husband, Clay, was pastor of a local church near the campus for 15 years. Christianity was not a favored religion there, but we were able to make a difference. We were very active in sharing our faith and in prayer ministry. We have since moved and are away from such a center of spiritual clashes.
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I could easily write a book, but I know there are others out there. I do wonder why I hear so little about prayer-walking anymore. Was it just a fad? That makes no sense. Perhaps the interest has passed but should not have. Perhaps it needs reviving.
Many of our own prayer-walking testimonies are dated, but they are no less true, relevant, and powerful. We need to get back to this ministry, just like everyone else. This is a desperate hour, and the hedge of God’s protection is coming down in America. The big question: Is the Church prepped for the task of getting that hedge back up?
New Age Fair Goes Bust
Our city was to have its first annual New Age Fair. Big New Agers from Oregon were coming down to help. A few days before that weekend, we got access to the Eagles Club banquet hall where the fair was to be held. A team of us prayed throughout the building. I remember standing at the threshold and praying that people would look in, turn around, and walk away.
The day of the event, a couple of us went to the site to do more praying. We hung around and prayed silently. I watched as a few people trickled into the building, but many others looked in, turned around, and left. After a while, some “wizard” character came out and confronted me. He wore a long, sparkly gown and a tall, pointed hat, and he held a walking stick with a huge crystal at its top. He told me that we were not permitted to be there. I told him that we could. He began to wave his scepter around in circles in front of my face. I prayed boldly that God would prevail. He left and went inside.
The “annual” New Age fair was pretty much a bust. Under our watch, they never had another, despite its being a New Age town.
As an aside, God eventually answered our prayers, and that same Eagles Club hall permitted our church to hold a Christian coffeehouse there. As thanks for this permission, my husband invited the Eagles Club members to attend a complimentary dinner at our church. Twenty-five core members came — and fifteen of them accepted Christ.
Pagan Center a ‘No Go’
A church member who was a park ranger invited us to the state park. A new Native American cultural center was to open soon on the site, and he was concerned about the pagan rituals that were planned. He had raised his family here and didn’t want this lovely land to be spiritually corrupted. A team of us went to the site and prayed throughout the place. We went into the sweat lodges and other structures and prayed thoroughly, inviting the Holy Spirit to come. I asked what the teepee off in the distance was, and I was told that a medicine woman had been inside all week long, doing her own incantations in preparation for the dedication. We kept our distance, but quietly circled her area, praying as we went. Several weeks later, I asked the ranger what had happened since. “Oh, it never opened,” he replied. “The medicine woman didn’t like the vibes, so they abandoned it.” I cannot speak about the ensuing years, but during our years there, that pagan activity was never resurrected.
Prayer Walk on the Reservation
Our church, led by my husband, was going to have a breakthrough Victory in Christ Seminar in Hoopa, Calif., home of the Hoopa Native American tribe. A prayer team drove out the week before to pray over the grounds in preparation. We went to the seat of government and prayed around the grounds. Then we went to various small churches, laid hands on their doors, and prayed. Afterward, we enjoyed a picnic in the park. One of our team glanced up to the surrounding hills and said something like, “I feel that flaming chariots of angels are encircling us up on those hills as they did with Elisha.” It was a very cool moment. On the way out of town, we laid hands on a church door and prayed. The pastor came out of the parsonage and asked what we were doing. We told him we were praying for him and his church. He was grateful. Suddenly, way atop a hill there came three lightning strikes. I asked the pastor if this was common. He said he had never seen anything like it. (After all, it was a sunny day!) One of our members wore a T-shirt with a Native American theme: Chief Cornerstone, the Risen Warrior, Tribe of Judah was inscribed on the front, along with a Bible verse. On the back was printed the image of three lightning bolts and a reference to Psalm 77, which speaks of God sending out His lightning bolts. She gave me that T-shirt, which I still possess.
Spontaneous Combustion Downtown
On the town square there was a popular herb shop. We had tolerated it, but suddenly their storefront and window display had literal idols of pagan gods. This lasted awhile, and the day came when a few of us went inside and discretely walked around silently praying and carefully anointing the idols, walls, and shelves with oil. Sometime later, I walked by and saw the idols gone. I went inside and saw that a portion of the store had been cleared out completely. And I did not see the idols there either. I asked what had happened and was informed that they had some kind of odd spontaneous-combustion fire and were changing some things.
A Home Cleansed
One day a woman called Clay at the office and asked if he could come to her house to pray. We didn’t know her, and Clay asked me to accompany him. She explained that she intended to divorce her husband but that she wanted him to be blessed. Well, that was strange indeed. Nevertheless, we walked with her throughout the house, praying and anointing it with oil. Demonic activity especially was perceived and rebuked in the bedroom. A few days later, a man called Clay and said he needed to talk. Clay didn’t know him. It turned out he was that woman’s husband, and days earlier we had prayed through his house. His wife, however, had never told him about our visit. He just felt a need for God and randomly called a pastor! Clay got to pray with him, and they began to work on their marriage.
A Church Delivered
We were at a conference in Reno, Nevada, and a pastor asked if we would come by her church and do a prayer walk, because the church was horribly oppressed. We prayed through, especially around the pulpit area. As it turned out, there was pornography hidden. Once that was found and removed, things got much better.
God’s Exclamation Point!
Our youth group’s name was 7th Revolution. This was based on the story of Joshua leading Israel’s army to march around Jericho for seven days. On the final day, Israel made the circuit seven times. The last time around, the priests blew their trumpets, the people shouted, and the city’s walls miraculously collapsed.
One time, Clay decided to lead a Jericho march at our town square to claim the city for the Lord. About 50 of us showed up to march around it seven times. It was rainy, and we were the only ones out there. Most people had escaped into the bars and restaurants surrounding the square. As we did our march, we sang boldly. We got to the last time around and sang the song “Our God Is an Awesome God.” Many don’t know the verses, but Clay knew them well and was leading us loudly: “There’s thunder in His footsteps and lightning in His fists, our God is an awesome God!” Suddenly, as we took the last few steps of our Jericho march and sang the final “our God is an awesome God,” an enormously bright and loud lightning bolt crashed right over our heads! It was so loud that people came running out of the bars and restaurants to see what had happened. They must have wondered, “Why are those crazy people out there walking and singing?”
In our many years of living in that area, we have experienced lots of rain, but rarely any lightning. Yet, at that very instant, what had God done? He had put an exclamation point on the final words of our song, declaring: “You got that right! Yes, I AM an awesome God!” An unforgettable experience. Praise You, Jesus!
Does this article encourage you to do prayer walks of your own? Share below!
Cheryl Ford and her husband, Clayton, reside in San Diego. Cheryl is the author of six books, including her award-winning modern translation of The Pilgrim’s Progress for Tyndale Publishers. They have two grown children, both of whom are in ministry, and five grandchildren. Dr. Clayton Ford has been a pastor, renewal leader, and conference speaker for about 40 years. He is national ambassador-at-large for Holy Spirit Renewal Ministries (Hsrm.org) and teaches courses for the Renewal School of Ministry (Hsrm.org/rsom). He is the author of three books, including Called to High Adventure: A Fresh Look at the Holy Spirit and the Spirit-Filled Life. The Fords have been active in intercessory prayer their entire life in ministry together. They participate in three intercession groups and believe that God is calling His people to pray with great urgency for spiritual awakening in our nation and the world. Photo Credit: Canva.
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My husband and I moved into a very nice neighborhood about 4-5 years ago. Spiritually it felt pretty clean. We go for walks for exercise. The last 2-3 years we have noticed signs of witchcraft outside of a few homes, so as we walked we would pray and intercede for this neighborhood. Then the past 2 years at halloween we noticed a clown theme. Nasty, demonic clown theme throughout the neighborhood. And a clown mask in a drain on one of the streets. So we continued to pray. All was taken down after halloween, but put back up the following year, and it was worse this year. Now we are in 2023 and a flying witch has been put up by the lake between some houses. We continue to pray and intercede on our walks and trust in the Lord to turn this neighborhood around for His glory and we pray binding satan and loosing heaven on earth, His Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven and for salvation for everyone here and give dominion and domain of this land back to Jesus and invite the Holy Spirit here to dwell among us. We Praise the Lord, and in His timing He will cleanse this land. Psalm 97.
Hello, Yes prayer walking works.! started prayer walking in Goshen, Elkhart, Indiana in 2000. been prayer walking for 22 years. Was reading Henry Gruvers book that year. I also have many stories about haw God changed the atmosphere after prayer walking. keep going time is short! loved the stories, many blessings, douglas suter
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This is really good!!!
How interesting this is! A powerful article. I did this during one of Florida’s recent elections. The whole state was ensconced in spiritual warfare (over that election) and there were teams of us fasting and praying across the state for at least three months. An almost failed election suddenly turned around. It truly was a miracle.
Thanks for reminding us about prayer walking.
What a wonderful article. I am familiar with some of these stories since the Fords are dear friends of mine. I can tell you they live the life of Jesus! I am challenged and inspired to start prayer walking in my neighborhood. I pray this will inspire many to pray big for our great God to do great things!
Thank you for sharing your Prayer Walking testimonies – so encouraging and inspiring! Ive prayer walked as well and watched my neighborhood positively change. It is powerful and lays many seeds. It strengthens our faith as well. We are in a season where Prayer walking in our neighborhoods, schools, churches, government buildings, capitol buildings would be a powerful spiritual weapon! May this timely article inspire more and more Prayer Walking throughout America!
This was such an encouraging piece.
Years ago in the late 70s and in the 80s I was apart of a group of prayer walkers and God did mighty things to answer our prayers. This is something my sister and I want to start up again
in our small town of Littleton NH.
I am asking God the heal my hip so I can walk further, we will start with short walks and going into several stores as we are led. Thank you Cheryl for sharing this and the encouragement it brings to us. May God Bless you and continue to use you for His Glory.!!!!
Praying God’s healing for your hip, Marsha, so you can prayer-walk for His glory!
Thank you for sending in this article to remind us of prayer walking and taking back what territory the enemy has stepped to steal. The power of prayer cannot be emphasized enough. The effective Fervent prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective!
Thank-you so, so much for sharing these stories!! A timely uplift.
Awesome testimonies- God is so faithful and good
We loved the Lighthouse of Prayer movement of the early 2000’s. We organized many churches in our community and set aside a day each week when everyone Prayer walked their neighborhoods. So many testimonies of salvations and encounters sovereignly set up by the Holy Spirit. Let’s do it again!
My wife and 3 do lo g distance cycling tours. We “pray cycle “! Last years prayer cycle was thr Denmark and Sweden. This year France.
We have ridden and prayed fr Wyoming to Ohio in2021. The Appeal to Heaven flag waving on our bikes.
Lord let us be called to walk in places that need our spiritual help. Empower us with the ability to remove unwanted spirits and demons and cleanse areas that we tred upon. Let us cause a shaking for you Father. Amen
I was just sent a link to your site and it was
very encouraging to read this, wow, what
power prayer has…like Elisha, he was just
like us, yet he prayed!
Many years ago, I began prayer-walking my town. When the distances became too great, I rode my bike.
At the end of one “bike-walk”, I stopped in front of a drug house close to my home. Being a shy person, I stood quietly and WHISPERED a rebuke to the demonic forces there. A month later, I asked my neighbor, who lived next door to the drug house, how things were going there; I hadn’t heard any commotion over there in a long time. He told me they had all moved out a month earlier, right after I had prayed!
On another walk, I prayed for a neighborhood on the other side of a large wetland. I began to weep deeply but didn’t know why. The next morning, two planes flew into the Twin Towers, 9/11. I learned later that a friend, who lived in that neighborhood, had a granddaughter who worked in one of the Towers. She was just arriving right after the first plane hit. A man coming out of the building grabbed her and ran with her for two blocks and got her to safety. Now I understood why I had been so deeply moved when I prayed.
It amazes me to see how God moves us to pray at just the right time, the right place, the right words (even when whispered). His heart is so great with love for all of us. His eye is on each one of us, and He truly listens and responds to our prayers. How astonishing that we actually PARTNER with God when we pray, bringing His will into the earth.
Many years ago in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada there was a planned new age gathering beneath large circus-like tents. During our march for Jesus we prayed against this gathering. An unusual, strong wind came and blew down the tents. Thanks for these wonderful, inspiring testimonies. I claim our small town of 350 for you Jesus – be gone religious spirits, come Holy Spirit and reign over our fellow citizens.
My husband brought evil spirits of pornography into our home, many years ago. He has been possessed by those demons. I, however, have had God give me dreams about what some of my husband’s purpose is. satan CERTAINLY does not want the ourposes to be fulfilled, as they would have great impact. God let me know that He will not force my husband’s decisions, but may make things uncomfortable for him. Due to my husband’s porn addiction, he became abusive to me, rejecting me, and moving into a spare bedroom. He has been more of an occasional roommate, as he is a professional driver, and is only home 2 weeks out of every 3 months. He has not touched me in any positive or loving ways, in over 9 years. Besides the porn, I have caught him communicating with other women online. I am faithful to my commitment, and pray for him, rebuking satan from our home. I will increase my rebukes, by annointing ‘his’ bedroom with God’s Holy Spirit, touching everything in that room. When he returns home, I will make it a point to ‘sneak’ away, and go into his truck, and rebuke all the evil that has been allowed to fester there. I would appreciate any and all Prayer Warriors who feel led to, to pray for me and my husband, against the demonic possession that he carried into our home, as my health has been suffering due to those oppressive spirits, and I am never without oppressive dark headaches. Since he is gone most of the time, I am left trying to maintain our farm by myself. Sometimes, I feel like I’m on an island by myself. Thank you!
Have you tried playing anointed Christian music? Demons hate places where God is being worshiped and praised. You could try singing the Psalms or other Christian music. May God bless you with peace and joy and lead your husband to repentance. In Jesus’s Name. Amen.
I sing and PRAISE constantly, through my days.
1 bind the strongman off , who is the spirit behind your husband controlling him !
Matt 16:19 18:18
2 We are given the keys to the Kingdom ! To bind on earth and in Heaven. We have authority over the unclean spirits.
3 Remit his sins this will give your husband time to repent on his own.
defn. of remit forgive, lay aside, let alone, Omit, put or send away, yield up, depart, expire, disregard, let go, keep no longer, abandon, separation, reversal, ,depart, flee, the union of the fellow ship is destroyed!
romans 8:1 Lift the heavy weight of condemnation off the person!
romans 2:4 that the goodness and love of God will bring him to repentance! because the spirit behind the person has lost control for a time over that person. keep praying!
take your authority!
we have the victory, pray from the place of victory!
blessings , doug
As a man who has struggled with pornography in the past, I am really sorry to hear of your situation. If you are able to, please encourage your husband to attend an “Every Man’s Battle” workshop and start working on his issues. Even listening to some of the New Life live programs might be insightful. Pornography typically takes work to overcome. It begins with a recognition that there is something wrong. His eyes have to be opened to the reality of the situation. It might also be good for you to connect with other women at Church or fellowship group and share what is going on, so that they can uphold you. You need to take care of your sanity as well – godly counsel might be helpful. Many families are dealing with this issue. I will keep him in my prayers.
What a marvelous testimony to the power of prayer! Praiselujah!
It’s time to begin walking in your neighborhoods claiming your neighborhood for Christ’s kingdom.
We were experiencing many break in’s and home thefts here. Prayer walking began blessing each home snd family. No reports of thefts in the past 5 yrs since .
Love this! Thank you for sharing! I wish I had known this when I lived in San Diego! 🙏🙌🙏
I have been walking and praying around my neighborhood but this has encouraged me to pray that my eyes are opened for specific targets. The schools have been a place that I know always needs prayers of protection. Thank you so very much for sharing! God Bless you and your family
Same here. I will be asking the Lord for specific areas I should be focusing on in my home and in my own neighborhood. I am excited for what the Lord is going to do!
Thank you for this encouraging article! I LOVE reading others’ testimonies of God’s power and grace.
We have a new vape shop that snuck into our town. Guess what I’m going to do?
Thanks for the Holy Hot Shot!
Glory to God!
Hallelujah and amen for prayer walking in the mighty name of Jesus….
God is always leading us on these walks! You will be blessed as you bless others!
Thank you for sharing your testimony about victory over enemy strongholds. Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world! Lord, help us to remember our authority and the power of Your name so we do not shrink back from the battles, but go boldly forward as You would have us to do.
Amen to the prayer walks. Praise the Lord to show His power & authority and answered the prayer walks!!
Praise God that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. I remember some instances to pray & praise to walk around the place to bind the works of satan. And it fled and ran. Our God is an awesome God. HE that lives inside of us is bigger than he in the world.
Will continue to pray for your ministry and pray the Lord to raise up many prayer walk ministries around our nation and the world. May Holy Spirit shower down HIS REVIVAL to our nation and raise up more prayer warriors!!
Walking … driving … flying …
A mandate for every Christian! Thank you for sharing!
Yes … OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD!!! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Glory to God ‼️ Yes! It IS Time ‼️🔥❣️🎶
Thank you for sharing those wonderful accounts of what the Lord does through prayer walks! I am now encouraged to prayer walk my neighborhood & community again, on-site with insight!!