When launching a new congregation, prayer is your greatest asset as you seek to reach the people to whom God has called you. You can engage intercession at many levels: as a planter, it is imperative to have personal prayer warriors; your church should have its own intercessors; your leadership should be praying regularly for the hearts of those God may be preparing to visit your church.
And you can prayer walk. Have you tried it? Prayer walking is a great way to build community as you pray for your community. What might happen if members of your congregation began investing time seeking God’s direction, and asking His favor on the places where we live or frequent?
Below is our top-10 list of recommended music your prayer warriors could use while walking through their neighbor-hoods or driving through your targeted communities. The music (not played too loudly, of course!) helps to direct our prayers, and makes the experience even more worshipful.
The lyrics of Paul Baloche’s Open the Eyes of My Heart begs God to give us eyes to see things we’ve never noticed before. “Open the eyes of my heart, Lord/Open the eyes of my heart/I want to see You.” It is a great way to begin your prayer walk–an opportunity to pray “on site with insight.”
The words of To Know You by Casting Crowns speaks to the difference our personal relationship with Jesus makes in our lives, and recognizing what it can do for others: “To know You is to never worry for my life/To know You is to never give into compromise and/To know You is to want to tell the world about You/’Cause I can’t live without You/”To know You is to hear Your voice when You are calling/To know You is to catch my brother when he is falling/To know You is to feel the pain of the brokenhearted/’Cause they can’t live without You.”
You’re the God of This City, by Chris Tomlin, offers praise to God, acknowledging who he is and the hope he offers: “You’re the Light in this darkness/You’re the Hope to the hopeless/You’re the Peace to the restless…/For greater things have yet to come/And greater things are still to be done in this City.”
We are challenged to serve and share the love of Christ with others in the words of Until the Whole World Hears, another song by Casting Crowns: “Ready yourselves, ready yourselves/Let us shine the light of Jesus in the darkest night/Ready yourselves, ready yourselves/May the powers of darkness tremble as our praises rise/Until the whole world hears, Lord, we are calling out/Lifting up your name for all to hear the sound/Like voices in the wilderness, we’re crying out/And as the day draws near/We’ll sing until the whole world hears.
The song Save My Life, by Sidewalk Prophets encourages us to look people in the eyes, and “Tell me what I need to hear/Tell me that I’m not forgotten/Show me there’s a God/Who can be more than all I’ve ever wanted.”
Every Man, also by Casting Crowns, reminds us that “There is hope for every man/A solid place where we can stand/In this dry and weary land/There is hope for every man/There is love that never dies/There is peace in troubled times/Will we help them understand/Jesus is hope for every man.”
Jeremy Camp’s song Jesus Saves urges us to “Sing it out/To let all the world know that Jesus saves/Raise a shout/To let all the world know that Jesus saves.”
The words to Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble? by Sonic Flood provide wonderful word-pictures: “We can see that God you’re moving/A mighty river through the nations/When young and old return to Jesus/Fling wide you heavenly gates/Prepare the way of the risen Lord!”
Donnie McClurkin’s The Days of Elijah also provides a pretty clear picture for us: “And these are the days of the harvest/The fields are all white in Your world/And we are the laborers that are in Your vineyard/Declaring the Word of the Lord.”
And, finally, be sure to include the well-love hymn, Amazing Grace. “Amazing Grace/How sweet the sound/That saved a wretch like me/I was once lost/But now am found/Was blind but now I see.” It is because of God’s amazing grace that we are about praying for and reaching out neighbors. It was by His amazing grace that someone did the same for us!
What other songs would you add to our list?