Paremoremo Prison Psalm-walk

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Three promptings

God prompted me in three different ways over the past week concerning a place called Paremoremo.

  • I saw a road-sign to Paremoremo only last week and felt drawn to it in some way. When I saw this interesting name, my heart just jumped.
  • Felt to pray for a group concerning their prison ministry … only to later realize they were preparing to go on a ministry outreach to the Paremoremo prison!
  • I listened to a man telling how they have for years been praying that God would establish a church in their area … only to realise later he came from Paremoremo!
  • I knew I was on the right track and started to ask God what and how I had to pray.

Day 1

I prayer-walked to Paremoremo to listen to the Holy Spirit and to tap into God’s heart for this area.

As I walked, I felt to pray for Paremoremo as:

  • A hidden place
  • A place where the rain doesn’t hit the ground
  • A place of many entrances and few exits
  • A place of daily bread

I didn’t see the full picture yet, but I felt that I only had some kind of first look into the area, and that there are greater things and revelation to come.

I was excited about Day Two … I would be walking out there accompanied by the Psalms.

Day 2: Book 1 Psalm-walk

I felt in my heart to take my audio bible and while prayer-walking, I listened to Psalm 1-41 (Book 1 of the Psalms) .

That was quite an experience for me. As I walked and prayed, I had a flow of input from God’s word, into my prayers … and that was a truly powerful experience.

Here are only a few of the highlights of these prayers:

But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. (Psalm 6:11, NIV)

LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart (Psalm 15:1-2, NIV)

In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. … The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded … He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. (Psalm 18:6, 13, 16, NIV)

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. (Psalm 19:1-2, NIV)

For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. [Selah] Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD“ – and you forgave the guilt of my sin. (Psalm 32:4-5, NIV)

From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth – he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do. No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love (Psalm 33:13-18, NIV)

These are only a few highlights and I encourage you to read Psalms 1-41 – It will take you an hour and a half.

I find it amazing, how it made my praying more powerful, and how it made me draw closer to God.

Closer into His presence …
in His presence is joy.

Ohh what joy! …

I sing for joy at the works of Your hands, Lord
and I stand in awe of You,
oh Lord

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalm 100:1-5, NIV)

Amen!

Day 3: Book 2 Psalm-walk

I walked the 26km roundtrip to and from Paremoremo praying while listening to Psalm 42-89, Book 2 of the Psalms, in the background. I really found such depth in those prayers, specially since some of the Psalms deal with issues I have heard about Paremoremo. it is almost like in some way you are being “fed” words for your prayers. It helped with praying more than I would have had words for.

I was walking underneath huge trees along a beautiful country road, with cows, goats, sheep and horses on the green hills, when these words came from my audio bible:

As a deer pants for flowing streams,

so pants my soul for you, O God. (Psalm 42:1 ESV)

I must be honest, I started this walk today feeling unmotivated. In fact I can now say my soul felt downcast. In the 42nd and 43rd Psalm the following was repeated 3 times – it lifted me up:

Why are you downcast, O my soul?

Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,

for I will yet praise him,

my Savior and my God. (Psalm 42:5,11, 43:5, NIV)

And imagine my joy to pray over an area where people have for years been praying that God would establish a church in their area when Psalm 82 came on, stating:

How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty!

My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD;

my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. (
Psalm 82:1,2,10, NIV)

And yes, Lord, we just pray that You will establish opportunities for fellowship in this area.

I pray Lord that You will work in the hearts of those people who are already in the area, who are strong in You and who are able to host a fellowship in Your presence and honour, to do it Lord.

I pray Lord that it will be for the upliftment of many downcast souls in the Paremoremo.

I pray Lord that many will come to the place where they can truly say: Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.

I ask this in Your name Lord Jesus

Amen

And I sang the next Psalm over Paremoremo:

Mercy and truth are met together;

righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Truth shall spring out of the earth;

and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good;

and our land shall yield her increase.

Righteousness shall go before him;

and shall set us in the way of his steps. (Psalm 85:10-13, ESV)

Selah … Yeah, let’s pause and think about that!

Day 4: Book 3 Psalm-walk

On the last day I took the long way round and was surprised with an awesome walk through a native forest.

What an experience to just walk in awe and silence among those old trees in the forest. I could hear the wind rushing in the treetops high above.

I listened to Psalm 90-150 (Book 3 of the Psalms).

This was the song I started off with:

Lo-ve-ly are Yo-ur dwel-ling pla-ces …

Almost as if joining in, the words of Moses played over the audio bible: Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. (Psalm 91:1, ESV)

I just rejoiced as I prayer-walked in this area. For indeed this was powerful praying – I just felt it as I walked, in the area, listening to the Psalms and praying much of it over Paremoremo.

He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations. The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. They are steadfast for ever and ever, done in faithfulness and uprightness.

He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever – holy and awesome is his name.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding (Psalm 111:5-10, NIV)

And may the peace and the love of God be in this place

Amen

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