Local Christians pace out annual Prayer Walk in Anoka

With spirited energy and hearts beating in rhythm with the word of God, dozens of local Christians  participated in the Oct. 27 Prayer Walk in Anoka.

Ramona Smith blows the shofar and Jean Moe waves the flag, leading a prayerful pace down Main Street with Floyd and Mary Van Engen during the Oct. 27 Prayer Walk in Anoka. Photo by Sue Austreng

Ramona Smith blows the shofar and Jean Moe waves the flag, leading a prayerful pace down Main Street with Floyd and Mary Van Engen during the Oct. 27 Prayer Walk in Anoka. Photo by Sue Austreng

More than 100 walkers met at seven designated gateways to Anoka and then – praying and praising along the way – sought the power of the Holy Spirit to transform the city as they walked the routes leading them toward Anoka City Hall.

On arrival, prayer walkers gathered in the lower level community room for worship and refreshments.

The second-annual prayer walk, christened “Prepare the Way of the Lord” (Isaiah 40:3) was planned and organized by a group of Christians who meet for weekly prayer meetings and sensed spiritual direction to take action.

The pre-Halloween timing of the Prayer Walk in Anoka is not coincidental, one organizer said, noting that “evil surrounds” the Halloween Capital of the World.

The purpose of the prayer walk was “to open the gateways into the city, to prepare the way of the Lord’s arrival and to invite the Lord to enter the city,” said Bob Kirchner, one of the core group of Prayer Walk organizers.

Prayer Walk partner Gary Lantz said he believes “the groundwork is being laid. This is the foundation. We are changing the spiritual atmosphere here so that the enemy cannot do his work. This is the foundation.”

Pray Anoka participants invite local Christians to join them for weekly prayer. The group meets 8:30-9:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Homestead at Anoka (3000 Fourth Ave., Anoka).

For more information, visit PrayAnoka.com.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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