Part one: Prayer-walking is a spiritual and missiological practice that pretty much defines itself: it is walking and praying, specifically, praying for a specific area by sight. The idea is that as you walk and pray, you can pray more specifically and strategically because you have an actual part of the world in front of your eyes. (Here is a guide for prayer-walking, if you are interested).
Part two: Google Street View. If you don’t know about Street View, it is a feature of Google Maps that provides a continuous picture of many streets in many cities. Here is an example, set at the entrance of Kentucky Country Day School (where Crossing meets for its morning gathering):
Part three: virtuality. As Laura and I look toward the future, praying about where God might have us, we have used Street View as a resource. Today, I realized that combining the idea of prayer-walking with the technology of something like Street View provides a unique opportunity to pray by sight for many areas of our cities and world, even though we can’t see them “in person”. The opportunity to use this for God’s kingdom is astounding. One thing I thought about: commit to praying for one street or block of my city while looking at it via Street View. That is, a sort of virtual prayer-walking.
Of course, we can (and should!) pray for places and people we cannot and might never see. But this still could be a powerful way to help us prayer more intentionally and specifically for our world.