As a wife and mom, there are so many things that I desire to cultivate in my home: love, grace, safety, peace, joy, patience, and a heart towards God, are just a few. Our house is my mission field. One of my strongest desires is to raise our children up to know the Lord and show them what grace and love really mean. I want our home to be filled with prayer, scripture, love, grace and service toward one another. When I think about our home, it makes me think of the lyrics, “Holy Spirit, you are welcome here… come flood this place.”
I want a home like that. But, if i’m honest, some days that seems hard to obtain through toddler tantrums, burnt dinners, and loss of patience. However, I will wake up and strive to fill our house with things of God.
One way I like to fill our house with prayer is through prayer walks. While I do most of my prayer at night before bed or during moments in the day. I also like to have prayer walks through our home. I use this time to pray over each aspect of our home and our family.
What is a prayer walk?
A prayer walk is exactly what it sounds like – praying while walking. The first time I did a prayer walk was in middle school where we actually went as a youth group to a park and walked around and prayed. I have also done prayer walks through school and through our church building. It is just a great way to bless a place and the people who enter. You essentially just walk through a building or area and pray over each part as you go. This can involve thanking God, asking for blessings, or requesting protection. Really anything goes!
How do you do a prayer walk through your home?
Really, there are no rules. I know some people start outside and pray for traveling mercies as their family goes to and from work. You can pray for protection over your home from harm, you can pray for blessing over your home. You can pray over your doorway for all who enter. Once you’ve done that, you can move inside or you can even start from inside. Pray over each room, your family, and visitors that come into your home.
Here is a simple guide for prayer walk through your home:
Entryway: Ask the Lord to bless all that enter your home. You can pray about guests you know will be coming soon or even prayer requests friends may have. Or, you may be in a season where you are longing to have more community and find friends, pray for that need.
Dining Room: Pray for communication in your family. The dinner table is a great time to communicate and pray that the Lord would bless your conversations and guide your tongues. You can take a minute to thank the Lord for the blessings in your life.
Kitchen: Pray for the food you have to eat and for the Lord’s provision in your life. Pray over your finances and commit them to the Lord. Acknowledge that everything comes from him, that he is the life bread of your life. Pray for unity in your family.
Living room: Lots of play and laughter happens in our living room, so I pray for joy and laughter to fill our home. I pray for peace and for grace. I pray for us to be a close knit family and that we would love and care for each other immensely.
Kids rooms: I pray for each of them individually. I pray for their relationship with God. I pray for their future. I pray over current prayer requests for each of them. I pray over my parenting. I pray for wisdom. I pray for patience.
Bathrooms: I pray for kindness and goodness to mark our lives. I pray that others would see Jesus through us and that we would be good examples. I pray that the Lord would give us a desire for his word and that we would listen to His call.
Master bedroom: I pray that our room would be a safe space. I pray for our marriage. I pray for my spouse. I pray that we would always have soft hearts for one another and be quick to forgive each other. I pray for unity in our marriage. I pray for grace for one another. And, I thank God for my spouse. I thank God for each of my children and the blessing they are to me.
This is just one example to help get you started, but really anything goes! Prayer is always a communication between you and God, so it is whatever you want it to be like – talking about whats on your heart. Tomorrow I will have different scripture for each room in your home that you can incorporate into your prayer walk as well if you want!