Walk-back Prayer-walk

11 days that will transform you life
A pilgrimage on dusty roads  through spectacular landscapes. The sun paints artistic shades on sandstone mountainsides. The wind carries a strange freshness in the air. The Maluti mountains boast their splendour. The African soil under your feet reminds of a journey deep within.
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We are here to serve God

and to walk the road where He leads …

and He is leading me in my heart

to do a specific prayerwalk for a week

– on a dusty pot-holed road

And you’re invited …

Join me in the spirit to pray this week, for our nation

And this is how I believe we should pray, for hearts to turn:

“With weeping they shall come,

and with pleas for mercy I will lead them back,

I will make them walk by brooks of water,

in a straight path in which they shall not stumble,

for I am a father to Israel” (Jeremiah 31:9)

Thank You God that you proclaim over us that You are our Father

Thank You Jesus that we can pray with compassion for the people of South Africa to humble their hearts and in tears and repentance pray for Your mercy as we pray for the future of this land.

Thank You Holy Spirit that You will lead us back

to WALK BACK to a place of fullness.

Amen

Please pray with me for this week

‘cause I’ll be on that dusty pot-holed road

praying the uneven ground shall become level,

and the rough places a plain – as we

make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,

and all flesh shall see it together, (Is 40:3)

And on the first walk this morning I can say that the Lord encouraged me with this –

What happened in the past is over. We are here in the present to drink form the life-giving water He supplies for us and to grow in HIM.

To walk with HIM

To live in HIS ways…

Lord Jesus

I pray for the people of South Africa now

Lord many hearts are hardened – just like that hard pot-holed road.

Hearts full of bumps and holes as others have stepped on them

and messed with their feelings

and hearts trodden into the ground

self-worth smashed and broken in the sand

and tears have only helped to harden the walls around their hearts

Lord Jesus

it is with compassion that we pray these words

it brings tears to my eyes

to see how people

have been made to feel worthless

and how they have little hope for the future

and how they don’t live … live …live …

It is with tears that we turn to YOU

and look to YOU

and trust in YOU

and reach out and help each other up

build each other up

encourage each other

stir the gifts in each other

to come to YOU

in a new and fresh way

to say

F A T H E R . . .

F A T H E R . . .

M Y . . .

. . .

MY FATHER

We accept your declaration over us

We take it with all our hearts

My Father

A m e n …

Back-walk prayer on a road to no-where (Day 2)

On this second day of prayer-walking – after a night of rain – the dusty pot-holed road became a muddy mess.

As I passed the last townhouse complex to the overgrown veld (bush) I noticed lots of wild cosmos just blooming all over among and between the tall grass.

A pretty impressive sight

of flowers – pink and white

BUT here at the start – so bright

a special special sight

a cosmos neither pink nor white

BUT yellow and so bright

I felt the Lord say – Keep that in mind. So I did and started out on the prayerwalk.

Each day so far this week, the Lord has led me to walk a different road; but today, He taught me a precious lesson about a muddy pot-holed road.

  • Some would say it is a road to no-where …
  • Some would say it is a dead end road …
  • A road less traveled
  • And yes … a river does indeed run through it!
  • A road is not a natural phenomenon. It is man-made and has a purpose.
  • Even this road serves to help people get out to where-ever they need to go.
  • But … when they WALK-BACK on this road; it takes them … HOME

It takes them home.

Therefore I now understand not to despise any old road. Even if it is rugged, pot-holed and river-ridden, it still leads to someone’s HOME.

And that is the theme of my prayer this morning.

And as I walked, I know I was covered in prayer by my wife, interceding for me together with over 150 prayer partners from all over the world. All praying (be it a sentence or an hour or two) over the people of this country.

Lord Jesus

I think of all the dusty or muddy pot-holed roads in this land.

They take people to their homes – when they (mostly) walk back.

Roads taking people home.

I pray for many people today – who will be walking back on muddy or dusty roads – back to their homes.

And I pray Lord that in the spirit – they will find the road which will lead them back to You.

That road less traveled.

A road which is sometimes hard to walk

A road where the river of Your Holy Spirit runs through

A road filled with mercy and kindness and Your love.

Lord we pray that You will divinely visit this country and show people in remote areas the way to your kingdom

… and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:14)

Lord we pray for a miracle in this land that will lead many to walk back with You.

We pray Lord that

With weeping they shall come,

and with pleas for mercy I will lead them back,

I will make them walk by brooks of water,

in a straight path in which they shall not stumble,

for I am a father to Israel” (Jeremiah 31:9)

And thank You God for proclaiming over your children – You are our FATHER.

Thank You Father

Thank You Father

Thank You Father

… amen.

And this is the song I got in my heart to sing over that old dusty pot-holed road:

Based on the song: That old rugged cross

In a place far away lies an old dusty road,

damaged by potholes and trodden to bits

and I know that old road always takes me back home

if I walk back the same way I came.

So I’ll walk back on that old dusty road

All my pride and and my hatred must go

I will follow the call of my God

and I’ll keep to the road where He leads

O that old dusty road – so despised by the world

has a wondrous attraction for me

for the dear Lamb of God left his glory above

to walk His own road of sorrow and shame

On that old dusty road, full of pot-holes and trash

a wondrous beauty I see,

for ‘twas on an old dusty road where I once walked alone

that He reached down to sanctify me

To that narrow difficult way I will ever be true,

its shame and reproach gladly bear;

then he’ll call me some day to my home far away,

where his glory forever I’ll share.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

On returning on the muddy pot-holed road to the townhouse complex at the edge of the overgrown veld (bush) with its many wild cosmos just blooming all over among and between the tall grass, I felt a nudge in my heart to stop and look back.

A pretty impressive sight

of flowers – pink and white

BUT here at the end – so bright

a special special sight

that cosmos neither pink nor white

BUT yellow and so bright

I almost passed it. I almost missed it.

I felt the Lord say – Take it with and I gave it to my wife whose favourite colour is yellow.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

And to you who prayer-walks with me in the spirit …

Here’s a special bunch of flowers

… Father sent it.

Fixing pot-holes by digging other holes (Walk-back prayer-walk – Day 3)

It always astounds me how God uses simple things in life to explain the deep and dark difficult stuff …

This morning as I started out, I asked our Father where I should go. I was excited because of the previous 2 days and how he revealed those simple things to me.

He placed in my heart a yearning to go walk a very specific dusty (muddy) pot-holed road … I knew about it but have never been on it. On the outskirts of the city – almost out of town -almost in the bush.

I started of praying for the leaders of our land and continued along a very very potholed road. I came to a crossing where I had the option of three directions. I asked the Lord if there is one specific road He wants me to take. I took the one I felt He nudged me on and soon it became clear that I was following the road on the edge of a very large quarry. A deep huge man-made hole with trucks going up and down into it to take more and more out.

And I realised – how often do we fix the pot-holes on the roads with sand and stones we get by digging other holes.

A hole gets replaced by digging another hole …

And that changed my prayer:

Lord Jesus

So often so many of us are hurt even though we have walls of protection.

And when our own hearts are pot-holed, we fix it by digging for something in other peoples hearts.

And so we replace our own hurts by hurting others …

And so too in this country oh God.

People hurt one another because they are hurt themselves.

Lord Jesus

Please bring an end to that

Please bring healing in a way we cannot do ourselves

Please touch this country – and stop the hurting intentions

Please stop people from hurting each other just to feel better themselves

Please heal the hurt-ed hearts in our land with Your love and fullness.

Lord Jesus

please show us how to deal with our hurts and pains

in a way that we won’t hurt and damage other people

We are asking for a miracle

Please Lord – we pray for Your healing

In Jesus name

… amen

Forgiveness is a way towards healing without hurting others …

Lord I love to be in Your presence

The Low-down on Slow-down (Walk-back prayer-walk – Day 4)

I felt a bit rushed this morning.

I even wondered if I could do a ride-and-pray on today’s dusty pot-holed road. And when God is so gentle as He is – and gives you the option to do it your way – BUT you know it would be better His way, I suggest you always always do it His way.

As I parked and started walking towards the turnoff where the dirt road starts, I knew it was the right thing to do. If we are in a hurry, we won’t see what He wants to show us. If we rush we will also not hear HIM. So I walked. And prayed. And it was a beautiful morning. And I walked. And I prayed … You know the feeling – just doing something – and there is no spark or flame. And you stir the gift and you go through the motions … That is how it felt. I asked the Lord what should I pray and how.

The Lord lead me to the outskirts north of the city for today’s dirt-road prayerwalk. As expected, this road was also full of pot-holes. And then, as I walked, expecting something but still feeling rushed, I suddenly … surprisingly … under the shadows of a line of trees I feel HIS peace around me. That changes you!

That changes your prayer. That changes your desires in this world. His presence changes lives.

As I walked on He showed me something exquisite on that well used pot-holed dirt-road. I felt HIM nudge me to stop and look into a water-filled pot-hole. And sure … that was a surprise … That pot-hole was overflowing.

That pot-hole was the source for the water-filled pot-holes around it.

Inside that pot-hole was a fountain, almost the size of the mouse next to your computer.

From it came a constant stream of clear clear water. As the pot-hole overflowed, it filled the surrounding potholes with clear water.

I just sat there in awe and prayed with new enthusiasm

Lord God

How precious are your wonders,

“How precious is your steadfast love, O God!

The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

They feast on the abundance of your house,

and you give them drink from the river of your delights.

For with you is the fountain of life;

in your light do we see light.

Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you,

and your righteousness to the upright of heart! (Ps 39:7-9)

Lord God, we pray for your overflowing to fill this nation now.

Lord, fill us with your awesome presence.

Help this nation to see you and experience your love.

And let us be so overflowed in YOU that we will cause those alongside us to also overflow.

Amen

Pathway for Provisions (Walk-back prayerwalk – Final Day)

This morning was definitively the highlight of this week’s prayerwalk. The dusty pot-holed road I walked today was the reason for this whole week’s prayer-walking. This was the road the Lord used to get this week’s intercession going. This was the road to which I looked forward to all week.

It is only about 200 metres in length, but I estimate it has more rubble than what I have seen all week on all the other dirt roads combined.

People seem to use this piece of road as a place to ditch their building rubble.

You could almost describe it as a pile of rubble lying in a straight line …

And this is what the Lord spoke to me about today’s road:

Even though its dirty, damaged, dangerous and smelly, this road brings provisions for someone precious in the HIS sight. This short road connects the end of the tarred road to the Thandanani House of Refuge Each of the 45 children who has to date passed through those doors are indeed precious in His sight and that short road has been for them a Pathway for Provisions.

Lord Jesus

so many people in this country are so hurt

It is difficult to reach them or to minister to them because their hearts are very very hardened.

The trash from other people’s lives have made their own visions cluttered.

I pray Lord that You clear those areas in peoples where You can provide for ministry and interventions.

Lord its almost like the pathways to their jearts are cluttered with so much dirt.

So Lord we pray for healing.

Healing for so many people in our country.

Just heal and help us find each other and find the pathway to each other’s hearts.

So there will be unity and understanding and as the name of that House says:

Thandanani – LOVE ONE ANOTHER

Lord we pray that in this country, You will cause people to understand each other better.

Lord we pray that in this country, You will cause us to love one another.

And most of all Lord we pray that people in this coutry will come to love YOU as You have loved them from long ago already.

In Jesus; name we pray

… amen

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