More than 20 groups walked the borders of Anoka Oct. 28, praying for the many needs of Anoka and the people who live or work in Anoka for the Prayer Walk of Anoka.
Each participant was given a map of suggested routes, with the objective being that there be no gaps in the praying anywhere on the borders of Anoka. The common goal: Christians in unity praying for Anoka.
This event grew from the efforts of several Anoka residents in 2011 to urge every congregation in Anoka to engage their members in prayer for Anoka, which occurred the last Sunday in October 2011.
This year, the informal group, which meets for prayer every Wednesday morning at 521 Johnson St. (all are welcome) in Anoka, focused on surrounding the city of Anoka with prayer.
The group encouraged prayers of support for institutions such as police, fire, churches, government and schools, as well as all the people who serve and are served.
Prayer walks have long generated a powerful resonance among those who are convinced that prayer with focus works wonders. The organizers looked back, far back to the efforts of Nehemiah to rebuild the walls and gates of Jerusalem.
Prayers for the battered, the abused, the homeless, the bullied, the addicted and all those struggling with the burdens of depression, joblessness, broken relationships and a multitude of other concerns were the common threads found throughout the Prayer Walk.
More than 150 individuals met at designated starting points and began walking and praying, mostly in small groups on that day. After the walk many met at Anoka’s George Green Park band shell for song and prayer and testimony for how the prayer walk had affected them. A much appreciated musical praise team volunteered from Mount Olive Lutheran Church.
One story from a relatively large group of walkers: “As we walked our mile and a half route, we were first joined by a family of four, who had heard nothing of the walk but immediately understood our purpose. People driving by rolled down their windows and enquired what we were doing, giving us a chance to engage them. We even were given specific prayer requests by these observers.”
In addition to making this an annual event, with Oct. 27, 2013 already on the calendar, the group believes there will be many who will incorporate specific Prayer for Anoka in their daily walks and devotions.