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Many Christians, like me, want to enjoy an active prayer life. Wondering how to pursue a more fulfilling prayer life, I was reminded of a prayer wall. I’ve heard that Christian prayer walls are an avenue to make my prayer requests known and to discover the prayer needs of others. But I am wondering what a Christian prayer wall really is… and how can I even find one?
What is a Christian Prayer Wall?
A Christian prayer wall is a designated place for people to post their prayer needs, usually in written form. In response, a surrounding community of believers will pray for the posted requests. Prayer “walls” can even be found online, amongst a community of believers, where one can find prayer requests from fellow believers on these sites.
The origins of Christian Prayer Walls?
The origins of Christian prayer walls are unknown. But we do know that prayer is a significant part of the active Christian lifestyle. Paul wants the Church to understand that we are to live with prayer. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God” (Philippians 4:6-7). Paul knows that prayer is an important key in our relationship with the Father because He is listening to us (John 9:31). All throughout the Old and New Testament, we see the men and woman of God calling out in prayer and petition.
Though the origins of prayer walls are unknown, we do know the origins of communal prayer. Prayer in a community was taught by the first apostles and disciples, but even more importantly it was taught by Jesus. Jesus says “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Matthew 18:20). Our Teacher urged His believers to come together in prayer and a prayer wall does just that. The prayer wall ignites a fire for the people to stay together in prayer in the midst of hardship or in triumph.
Should I participate in a Prayer Wall?
Ephesians 6:18 says, “Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication… making supplication for all the saints”. As a follower of Jesus Christ, we are called to pray and to specifically pray for others. A prayer wall is not necessary to pray, however, a prayer wall is beneficial to pray. It will draw you into the community of saints, who are all at the prayer wall for the same reason. You will come to see the needs of others, and others will see your needs, which is a bonding experience for all. To love those around you it is a Christian ideal, and partnering with others in prayer is a great way to show that love.
There is a brotherly bond in love when we pray for one another. When we hear the struggles of someone close to us, it is difficult to not have compassion for them. This is a love that models Jesus, who is constantly praying on our behalf (Romans 8:34). As Christ’s disciple, we have the ability to take part in the Father’s heart because he cares for us all. He hears our heart for our brother when we pray for them.
Remember that the brothers and sisters in the Church are important and we must pray for them. In James 5:14-16, it is made clear that prayer can cause freedom, healing, and salvation. Prayer is valuable. “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him… And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up… Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working”. Prayer walls are a powerful way to pray for others in the Church.
The beauty of a prayer wall is the partnership in other people’s prayer journeys. Not only do we pray with our fellow believers, but we get to share the victory with them. When we hear a testimony of the Lord answering a prayer, big or small, we get to rejoice together. This is beneficial for the Church because it encourages the faith of all who participated in the prayer journey.