The Severn Run Campus Prayer Walk
In the cool breeze and the bright sunshine of a beautiful spring day, on April 24, 2016, Severn Runners participated in a Campus Prayer Walk around The Church of Severn Run. Upon exiting the back of the church building, we donned our sunglasses, turned to the right and began a time of prayer and reflection.
Station 1: Clean Hands. Pure Heart
…he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3)
This is actually the way to start any time of prayer. At this station we confessed any sins, grudges or burdens that we were carrying. Then we washed our hands to symbolize that God had cared for and cleansed us of those things.
Station 2: Staff and Ministries
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. (Ephesians 1:15-17)
There are many people who help The Church at Severn Run reach those who need to know Jesus personally. Here, we wrote prayers for our staff and ministries in little journals.
“We went through as a family and I was awestruck about how God is working on my children's hearts. The prayers that each one (7 &10) wrote for the staff members were very touching. What they wrote on their footsteps for where they want to go with the Lord showed their conviction, and the names of friends, teachers, and family they put on the wall showed their love
for others. We took our brick home to decide on a verse together and then put it in a place that is visible for all of us to have a daily reminder.” -Kari Skelton
Station 3: Our Purpose
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)
The Church’s mission, commandments, practices, and passions were clearly displayed at this station. We asked God to help us to see and help us fulfill our individual serving places in the purpose of our church.
Station 4: The Tree of Prayer Warriors
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
Here we prayed for the commitment to our passion of “Living Jesus”. We placed our thumb in wet, green paint and then placed it on the tree as a symbol of our commitment to abide in Christ throughout our Severn Run journey.
Station 5: Build the Road
And it will be said: “Build up, build up, prepare the road!
Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.” (Isaiah 57:14)
At this station we prayed that we would do our part to bring the Gospel to those who need to hear it. We were encouraged to take a brick to write a motivational phrase on. Then we placed it somewhere at home where we would be reminded to work hard to spread the Good News.
“In our congregation we have a wide range of people: from those who are unsure of their faith or just starting out on their walk with Jesus, to folks who are very spiritually mature. It was cool to see the many different approaches people had when walking the brick path and then picking one up and writing a verse or saying to remind them to pray.”
Station 6: Beautiful Feet
How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
“Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7)
On a long white piece of paper we traced our foot as a reminder that we each have a Jesus story to share with those around us. We prayed to live our lives every day as a witness to those around us; that we would live in such a way it would cause others to want the saving grace that we enjoy.
Station 7: Let’s Go
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
There was a large map of our area including the location of partner ministries. We put a pin on an area and committed to praying for the people in that specific area for the next two years—that they would come to know Jesus in a personal way.
Station 8: Salvation Station
This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (1Timothy 2:1. 3-4)
At this station we wrote down names of those in our lives who need to know Jesus on a wristband to wear this week as a reminder to continue to be in prayer for them. We also wrote those names on a glass wall and picked some other names from the wall to pray for as well.
“The wall where we wrote names of people and made the bracelet to wear was great. Names came to mind that I didn't even think of at first. Wearing my bracelet has reminded me to pray for them.”
Station 9: It Will Be Done
“According to your faith let it be done to you.” (Matthew 9:29b)
Here, we thanked God for the campus that we have, and asked him for the resources to build more and larger facilities to house the souls that have yet to know Jesus and enjoy a church home. We wrote these prayers on construction flags and claimed the ground for Jesus in faith!
Station 10: I Will Go
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)
At this last station we prayed about our personal commitment to stay On The Road over the next 2 years by praying, asking, serving, and giving. We took a cross necklace as a reminder of our commitment. Learn more about what being On The Road means here.
The Campus Prayer Walk was a meaningful way to engage with the campus and pray about the work that has already been done at the Church of Severn Run, how we see him at work in our daily lives, and anticipate in faith what God will continue to do.
Enjoy a brief slideshow of pictures taken during the Campus Prayer Walk by following this link.