Prayer Walk: interceding for our City’s most vulnerable people
During Baptist Care SA Month in August representatives from Blackwood, Rostrevor, Unley Park and Flinders St. Baptist Churches as well as Baptist Care SA staff recently completed a powerful prayer walk for the most vulnerable people in our city.
Inspired by the teaching from the ‘On Earth as it is in Heaven’ resource, the group walked across the city, praying for those in our state experiencing homelessness and mental health concerns, as well as for those exiting the prison system and for refugees.
The prayer walk included visits to significant city sites where participants heard about vulnerable people groups before commencing a time of prayer.
“It was so interesting to become more aware of the city by walking the streets, and particularly, to see and hear of some of the places where Baptist Care SA extends its practical ministry of love and kindness,” said a participant from Flinders Baptist Church.
The walk began at the WestCare Centre, where the group heard about WestCare’s long history and plans for the future from Baptist Care SA CEO Graham Brown. From here participants walked to the Adelaide Remand Centre (ARC), where they were very moved to hear from ARC Chaplain Richard Hawke about the challenges and experiences of people returning to the community post incarceration. The walk also included a time of prayer at Adelaide’s oldest Baptist Church on Flinders Street and the city’s squares.
“Being ‘on the ground’ and praying in-situ in the streets and at key sites was a really moving experience. There was a strong connection to those held up in prayer, and it was an encouraging and powerful time spent together,” said Ellen Beasy from Baptist Care SA.
Everyone agreed they were looking forward to the next time they could meet and pray over the city again.
Ephesians 6:18 ~ And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Psalm 141:2 ~ May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.