Rosh Hashanah 2015 ushered in a Jubilee year, a fiftieth year in God’s ordained calendar. This Hebraic year of 5776 is the 700th Jubilee year observed since Joshua led the children of Israel into the Promised Land! “…. you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land. And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family.” (Leviticus 25:10) In Jubilee all slaves were released, debts were cancelled, families and inheritances were restored, and property returned. 2016 will be a year of Jubilee blessing and release!
Historically, Jubilee years birthed the end of 1400 years of Muslim rule over Jerusalem in 1917. The victory took place on October 31, 1917 – the exact date of the 400-year anniversary of Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg church and started the Reformation. 2017 is the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation. It is interesting for us in America that Leviticus 25:10 is inscribed on America’s Liberty Bell. Let it be a mandate from the Lord for us all to speak and decree over our nations God’s blessings, release and restoration!
In this year of Jubilee there is a call to pray all the postal codes in the United States. I determined to organize prayer-walking teams for the small towns of the region in Colorado where we live. Shortly thereafter, we were asked to write a short article for the Kneeling Army newsletter. We pray that this missive will expand the Jubilee call to prayer into Canada and beyond as we join together to see God’s will done on the earth as it is in heaven through our prayers.
Because God has decreed that the church is to display his wisdom to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places; and because of Christ and our faith in him, we come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. Where two or three believers are gathered, Christ’s presence, power and authority are promised. Prayer-walking is simply two or more believers walking with Jesus throughout our cities and declaring His heart for the city and its people aloud. Prayer-walking is praying on site with insight.
Two fundamentals in prayer-walking are praying the Scriptures and praying with the Spirit of God. It is easy to know God’s heart through His Word. The Lord’s heart is for redemption. His purpose is for the nations of the earth to honor and glorify Him. He is the Lord of the Harvest and will partner with those who pray His heart.
Pray blessing on the neighborhoods and businesses that you walk through. Praise the Lord and give Him a thank offering for the blessings He is pouring out through your prayers for each city, family, prodigal and nation. Ask for repentant hearts to turn to God and pray for mercy. Agree with others on the team. Report results and impressions of team members at the end of the prayer walk in anticipation of what God is planning or has done for the next prayer walk.