Calling all Hampton Roads Churches: Please save the date for the Third Annual Hampton Roads Prayer Walk as we seek the Lord for our region (May 23, Memorial Day weekend). We will meet at Mount Trashmore, Shelter #2 at 8:30 AM. Shelter #2 is the second shelter you come to on the Edwin Drive entrance, near the lake. We will prayer walk the park for about an hour and then end with a time of worship and corporate prayer at Shelter #2
This prayer walk is a cross-denominational gathering and is expected to attract Christians from several different churches throughout the seven cities - Chesapeake, Hampton, Portsmouth, Newport News, Norfolk, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. People will assemble at Shelter #2 for a brief time of instructions, then will pray together while walking around Mount Trashmore focusing on the many concerns affecting the cities. The walk is based on the scripture, Jeremiah 29:7, where God instructs us to “Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf…”
Areas of concern for prayer include: The moral state of the region; those in positions of leadership in our region’s governments to rule well and with Godly leadership in righteousness, integrity and justice; the escalation of violence; the prosperity of the region, the rich, the poor, unemployment, and our schools. The “prayer-walkers” will also be praying about righteousness and unity in the church and for the bold and unified presentation of the gospel throughout Hampton Roads.
The schedule for the day is simply that people will be walking for about an hour during which designated persons will hold small flags to represent the cities and will pray while they walk then meet back at the shelter for a time of worship where the various concerns will be highlighted and a few people will be asked to pray strategic prayers for each city. We will also be praying over first responders throughout the seven cities.
Dr. Christopher Cunningham, Senior Pastor of Global Outreach (GO Church) and organizer of the event states, “This is an event in which many churches can participate in a non-threatening environment where we can all get together to pray for God to heal our cities and as we are unified in this way, I believe that we can achieve great things throughout our communities, cities, our country and eventually the world. We need change and this is a good way to seek God in unity and prayer.”
Dress code for the walk will be white or red T-shirts (the blood of Jesus cleanses Hampton Roads). It promises to be a good day together. The day will end with a Memorial Day Unity Picnic for all churches at Shelter 2.