I am a street walker.
In 1986 I was 16 years old and I came across some bible verses that spoke to me about how I should pray for the town I lived in.
Deuteronomy 11:24, Every place where you set your foot will be yours…
Joshua 1:3, Every place where you set your foot will be yours…
I was in grade ten at school when I came across those verses and they just went around and around in my heart and my thinking. I knew the verses where speaking about territory and I knew that God wanted to expand His territory into the hearts of all people and it was my job to do that in my town, so my town became the territory I would be responsible for.
Around the same time, one of my pastors, Trevor Moore, preached a message about prayer and fasting; I will never forget it.
The message I heard that day and the bible verses that had been going around in my heart gave me great faith in the possibility of reaching people—in no small way—for Jesus.
I started the habit of fasting one day a week, every week, and walking around my town praying for everyone in it on that day. As I walked house to house, I prayed for the families, that they would come to know Jesus, every man, woman and child, and their grandparents and extended families (my own parents thought I was a nut).
It is now 2011, I have moved a few times, but have always continued this habit of praying, weekly fasting, and walking around my neighborhood. I still believe, absolutely, that God will reach every one of these people.
I have lived in my current neighborhood for over eight years. In the first seven years, I saw only six families come to church. Over a year ago I started to get quite upset by that, knowing there are so many people yet to know Jesus. So my husband and I, we stepped it up a little.
In the past year and a half, there have been over 200 people come to church from our immediate neighborhood and many are now planted in our church. Many are themselves working to bring others to church. While that is awesome and reason to celebrate, I am well aware there is a heck of a lot more people and still a lot of work to be done in reaching my neighborhood; and similarly, in yours.
Become a street-walker and pray for your neighbors. Consider fasting occasionally and start to believe to have an impact in your neighborhood and lets see what God will do in our Nation.
Every place where you set your foot will be yours…