2019 Prayer Walks

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2019 Prayer Walks

2019 PRAYER WALKS IN ERIE COUNTY AND THE FRUIT:

Erie County map by PrayErieWhy did we shift this year from prayer walking the city square to prayer walking all of Erie County? Good question! I don’t know which came first, thinking about the prayer walks or noticing while reading through the book of Kings in the Bible, how even the good kings didn’t destroy all the shrines in the country outside Jerusalem. The good kings destroyed the altars to Baal but not the shrines in the hills (I Kings 15:14, 22:43, II Kings 10:28-29, 12:3, 14:4, 15:4, 15:35). But what’s the difference between the shrines and the altars?

It was Solomon who disobeyed God and initially set up the altars to the foreign gods to please his foreign wives (I Kings 11:1-10). But it was King Jeroboam, the first King of Israel (after the ten northern tribes revolted), who built the shrines away from Jerusalem. He built these because he said it was too much trouble for his people to go to the city of Jerusalem to worship (I Kings 12:25-31). Actually, his motivation was to strengthen his own kingdom which drove a deeper wedge of disunity in the Hebrew people (I Kings 12:19). It wasn’t until Hezekiah that all the obelisks, idols and shrines came down (II Kings 18:4).

Which swings me back around to the prayer walks. There has been so much wonderful focus on prayer and serving the city but we also hear the Lord saying, “You must not forget the rest of the county”. There are forces which seek to steal our faith, kill our relationships and destroy our unity.

Believing that we govern the atmosphere by properly stewarding the Word of God over our territory, we dedicated this year (Hebraic year 5779) to prayer walking through-out Erie county. Our prayers through-out the county hinged on the blessing from Isaiah 32:18; “My people shall dwell in peaceable habitation, in safe dwellings, and in quiet resting places.”

Erie County is (conveniently) divided into 12 school districts so we went to a different district each month. We choose to meet in front of the Middle School of the district on the first Saturday of each month. Basically, following the districts alphabetically, with a couple exceptions. And God blessed our prayer walks with fruit!

Here is a synopsis of where and when we prayed and the fruit we noticed. Some might say these are coincidences, maybe so, but we’ve noticed a lot more “coincidences” occur when we pray!

October 6, 2018

General McLane Prayer WalkGeneral McLane School District, Edinboro, PA. Kicked off the year’s prayer walks in the center of the county and were joined by the PTO. PrayedIsaiah 32:18; “My people shall dwell in peaceable habitation, in safe dwellings, and in quiet resting places.”

November 3, 2018

Corry Prayer WalkCorry School District, Corry, PA. Prayed Isaiah 32:18; “My people shall dwell in peaceable habitation, in safe dwellings, and in quiet resting places.”

November 23, 2018

Erie Times News Prayer WalkErie Times News headline 11/23/18; “Blue Zones (Health Initiative) Launches in Corry”

December 1, 2018

Fort LeBoeuf Prayer WalkFort LeBoeuf School District, Waterford, PA. Prayed with Middle School teacher remembering the area’s key governmental heritage. Erie Times News 12/15/18; Washington’s Waterford Visit Remembered”

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Erie and Waterford and the history of the forts is a treasure trove of heritage.  In 1753, the French traveled the waterways from Canada and built forts in Erie and Waterford in order to claim the land south of Lake Erie, known then as the Ohio Valley. Objecting to the French claim, Virginia’s British governor sent young George Washington to Fort LeBoeuf in December of that same year with orders for the French to leave. This lit the spark for the ensuing French and Indian war against the British. What I find fascinating about this geo/political history is the application it has to our prayers. Psalm 19:3-4 says, “There is no speech nor spoken word from the stars; their voice is not heard. Yet their voice in evidence goes out through all the earth, their sayings to the end of the world. Of the heavens has God make a tent for the sun.”  Does it not make sense for Christians to declare the Kingdom of God here?  From this land where history teaches its significance to establishing empire? In 2006, Apostles Kevin & Denise Nelson and others from ALCOE along with Pastor Jack & Pam Risner and others from Erie First, declared this land for the Kingdom of God. That is exactly what we reinforced in prayer, and more in Waterford at the prayer time Saturday.

The British won this war but a coalition of Native American Tribes under the leadership of Chief Pontiac continued to fight in what is known as Pontiac’s War. In June of 1763, a well-planned simultaneous assault was attempted against the outposts under British control, including Fort Presque Isle and Fort LeBoeuf. Of the 13 frontier posts, Fort LeBoeuf was the only place from which men were able to escape without loss of life. Discerning an impending attack, they crawled out at night without notice and made their way down LeBoeuf Creek. Part of our prayer Saturday in Waterford was to thank God that He still provides a way of escape! Psalm 18:1-3 in the Living Bible says, “The Lord is my fort where I can enter and be safe; no one can follow me in and slay me…. Oh, praise the Lord – I am saved!” We also prayed prayers of repentance, reconciliation and restoration following the Prayer of Confession which we read together at the annual prayer breakfast.

God’s geographic design and history of the area tells us this is a place to set a watch and establish dominion of the territory. As watchmen called here to pray, we decree and declare the Kingdom of God be established here, in the Erie region. We saturate the ground with the Word of God believing, “where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more” (Romans 5:20). This is the word of the Lord to “the Erie area”: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty (Zechariah 4:6).

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January 1, 2019

Fairview Prayer WalkPRAYER WALK at Fairview Middle School 4967 Avonia Rd, Fairview, Pa. Prayer with local business owners. Standing in unity and praying for Fairview Families to live in secure dwellings, peaceful habitations, quiet resting places (Isaiah 32:18).

Land was purchased in Fairview Township in 1797, only two years after Seth Reed landed on the shores of Presque Isle. Colonel Thomas Forester looked out over his property at the mouth of Walnut Creek and exclaimed, “I have yet to see a fairer view!” We pray God will give the people of Fairview His view. He is calling the “seers”, those with eyes to see from a heavenly perspective! (Zechariah 4:1). Praying for middle-class families to see and understand God’s Kingdom view, to rise up and speak up for righteousness.

The week after our prayer walk, a Bible Study was started in the Middle School! Praise God for fruit. It may be coincidence that the Bible Study began the week after we prayer walked but have you noticed that coincidences happen much more frequently when we pray?

February 2, 2019

Girard Prayer Walk ImageGirard School District, Girard, PA. Prayer with local business owners and school administrators. Jesus’ name is above all names. Our brothers and sisters in Girard have an interesting history. The township of Girard was founded in 1832, when a petition to reassign lands from neighboring municipalities was granted. The name was chosen to honor Stephen Girard, an admired banker, businessman and philanthropist who owned land in the area but who lived in Philadelphia. As depicted in the Girard/Lake City Chamber of Commerce seal, Education was important to the early settlers and it was hoped that Mr. Girard would locate Girard College here in Erie County. It was not to be so. The seal also illustrates the high value Girard citizens place on attending church, manufacturing, and farming.

We petition Almighty God for the welfare of the people of Girard & Lake City and lift up His Name! “Let the people praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His splendor is above the earth and the heavens. And He has raised up for His people a horn, the praise of all His faithful servants, [of Girard/Lake City], the people close to His heart. Praise the Lord” (Psalm 148: 13-14).

March 2, 2019

Harborcreek Prayer WalkHarborcreek School District, Harborcreek, PA. It is no coincidence that the Prayer Walk was here today. A sweet 7th grader passed from us this week, we prayed with community members for peace to cast out all fear; to be replaced with joy. 15 people from 5 churches united in lifting up the name of Jesus!

April 6, 2019

Iroquois Prayer WalkIroquois School District, Wesleyville, PA. Prayed Isaiah 32:18; “My people shall dwell in peaceable habitation, in safe dwellings, and in quiet resting places.”

May 4, 2019

Millcreek Prayer WalkMillcreek School District, Millcreek, PA. After looking at the school’s web site, we prayed the district’s defining quality would be gratitude for the favor they have been given.

At the turn of the 1800’s Millcreek was one of the earliest townships in the Erie Triangle to be settled. As families came, they moved from the bayfront settlement of Erie and began to form small hamlets such as Federal Hill, Kearsarge, Marvintown, and Weigelville, all to become part of Mill Creek Township. Today Millcreek Township almost completely wraps around the city. At 53,000+ people, Millcreek township is larger in population than the cities of Altoona and Harrisburg.

June 1, 2019

Northeast School District, Northeast, PA. Prayed also at the Wabtec gate. Prophetic act of burying a coin (Utah State quarter) symbolizing agreement with railroads and laborers. Erie Times News 6/7/19 banner reads, UE, Wabtec reach deal”

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Six intercessors (from five different churches) gathered in front of North East Middle School. We took communion together and prayed. The prayer points are:

  • Isaiah 32:18, The people and families of North East will have safe resting places, secure dwellings and peaceful habitation.
  • Prayed for the new school district superintendent to be supportive of the Women’s Care Center Sexual Risk Avoidance programs. Praise God for the commitment the outgoing superintendent demonstrated!
  • Prayed for President Trump, Vice President Pence and the cabinet. Call for the nation to pray for the president tomorrow, June 2.
  • Prayed against the Spotted Lantern Fly infestation in eastern PA, that no weapon formed against Pennsylvania fruit, natural and spiritual, would prosper!
  • Prayed against the porn industry just across the border of New York. Big billboard on I90 advertising the “Lion’s Den” adult store.
  • A key was used to unlock the Northeast territory in Pennsylvania and New England. A lady was going to New England to realign the Puritan Migration Movement back to the original intended purpose of God sending us to America. This key had the Lion of Judah on it and unlocked the natural lock.Finishing at 10:15, we felt led to drive to the Wabtec (old) GE plant and pray on-site.
  • God is so good! I remember looking at my phone specifically to see how long we had been. From there, we drove to a gate of the old GE now Wabtec plant. All six cars in a caravan on assignment.
  • We prayed “God’s Kingdom come and His will be done on earth (here in Erie) as it is in heaven.” Prayed as Jacob did in Genesis 28:10-22, connecting with the Lord Jesus at the head of this ladder/portal and set an altar.
  • Prayed that new management and labor would work together to be a connecting force in the tri-state area, to be a hub and connector. Greed and power struggles will be replaced with trust in God.
  • A Utah quarter was brought to stake the land for God (see history below). The image on the reverse of the quarter shows a stake between the two railroads meeting, depicting connection. This quarter was used as a symbol of uniting the differences of greed, fear and division. After we prayer over the quarter, we then planted it at the Wabtec factory in Lawrence Park, PA. The union workers were divided and demonstrating against the new owners.
  • Declared “no more war”, no more as in the War of the Gauges from 1850, (see history below) no more war over contracts as with GE and Unions, no war between Wabtec and Unions! Set up an altar declaring Erie will be a good connector producing and transporting much fruit, we were at the gate until about 11:00.From Howard & Cheryl who couldn’t be with us for the prayer time but were praying from home – We are looking forward to hearing what happened in North East today! We had a great time of praying for North East people, leaders, pastors and church family. Midway, during the prayer and worship the Lord gave me a new song too. (especially around 10:20-11:AM powerful prayer.) Words included God’s peace and victory. Can’t wait to see what is happening!Coincidence? I think not! Truly, they were with us in spirit!From Ruth – The reverse of Utah’s quarter features two locomotives moving toward the golden spike that joined the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads, linking East to West and transforming both the Utah Territory and the Nation with the inscription “Crossroads of the West.” The coin also bears the inscriptions “Utah” and “1896.” On May 10, 1869, two steam locomotives met at Promontory, Utah, for the “Joining of the Rails Ceremony,” at which the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads completed the transcontinental route. The event was crucial to the development of the American West because it made cross-country travel more convenient and economical. The construction of the railroad, and the subsequent mining boom, brought diverse ethnic and religious populations to Utah. The railroad also symbolized the changing technology, and moved Utah from an agrarian economy to a more industrialized one.

From Cindy – War of the Gauges: It has been said, “history will repeat itself” and that it is a time we can learn from past mistakes or repeat them. Jeremiah 6:16-17 says, “Stand by the roads and look and ask for the eternal paths, where the good, old way is; (learn the lessons of history that they might not have to be repeated) then walk in it and you will find rest for your souls…listen to the watchmen.”

When history repeats, there is opportunity to ask God for the fullness of the blessing He originally intended for the land. I see that opportunity unfolding, again, in Erie. There was a struggle over GE planning the relocation of 1/3 of the Erie work force from the Erie plant. Union workers wanted to save jobs; GE was looking to improve the forward movement of the company. I would suggest things did not end well for either party. [Today there is a new, old struggle between management at Wabtec and the local union.]

This reminds me of the 1850’s War of the Gauges. At the time the gauge of the rails used in New York and Ohio matched but the gauge of rail in Erie was different. This necessitated the off-loading of all cargo and passengers at the New York/PA state line. Then re-loading said cargo and passengers onto RR that were designed for use on the rails running through PA. The entire procedure was repeated at the Ohio/PA state line. Erie teamsters fought against the RR to protect their loading/unloading jobs. The RR was looking for an unimpeded flow of commerce from NYC to Chicago. In the end the RR ran without interruption through PA.

My prayer for the city in this struggle is not only for the satisfactory and peaceful resolution between labor and management but also that the word of the Lord is spoken over the city.  Perhaps God has allowed history to repeat itself in this current conflict. As the city is praying for a peaceful resolution to a very real problem it is in my heart to also change the course of the city by speaking words of life that invite favor and blessing to Erie.

Daniel 9:16-19 Prayer for Erie: “Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Erie. Our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors have made Erie and your people an object of scorn to all those around us.17 “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. 18 Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. 19 Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”

PRAISE GOD! Is it coincidence that in the following week Wabtec and the UE announced an agreement? I think not!

UE Wabtec reach deal Image

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Six intercessors (from five different churches) gathered in front of North East Middle School. We took communion together and prayed. The prayer points are:

  • Isaiah 32:18, The people and families of North East will have safe resting places, secure dwellings and peaceful habitation.
  • Prayed for the new school district superintendent to be supportive of the Women’s Care Center Sexual Risk Avoidance programs. Praise God for the commitment the outgoing superintendent demonstrated!
  • Prayed for President Trump, Vice President Pence and the cabinet. Call for the nation to pray for the president tomorrow, June 2.
  • Prayed against the Spotted Lantern Fly infestation in eastern PA, that no weapon formed against Pennsylvania fruit, natural and spiritual, would prosper!
  • Prayed against the porn industry just across the border of New York. Big billboard on I90 advertising the “Lion’s Den” adult store.
  • A key was used to unlock the Northeast territory in Pennsylvania and New England. A lady was going to New England to realign the Puritan Migration Movement back to the original intended purpose of God sending us to America. This key had the Lion of Judah on it and unlocked the natural lock.

Finishing at 10:15, we felt led to drive to the Wabtec (old) GE plant and pray on-site.

  • God is so good! I remember looking at my phone specifically to see how long we had been. From there, we drove to a gate of the old GE now Wabtec plant. All six cars in a caravan on assignment.
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  • We prayed “God’s Kingdom come and His will be done on earth (here in Erie) as it is in heaven.” Prayed as Jacob did in Genesis 28:10-22, connecting with the Lord Jesus at the head of this ladder/portal and set an altar.
  • Prayed that new management and labor would work together to be a connecting force in the tri-state area, to be a hub and connector. Greed and power struggles will be replaced with trust in God.
  • A Utah quarter was brought to stake the land for God (see history below). The image on the reverse of the quarter shows a stake between the two railroads meeting, depicting connection. This quarter was used as a symbol of uniting the differences of greed, fear and division. After we prayer over the quarter, we then planted it at the Wabtec factory in Lawrence Park, PA. The union workers were divided and demonstrating against the new owners.
  • Declared “no more war”, no more as in the War of the Gauges from 1850, (see history below) no more war over contracts as with GE and Unions, no war between Wabtec and Unions! Set up an altar declaring Erie will be a good connector producing and transporting much fruit, we were at the gate until about 11:00.

From Howard & Cheryl who couldn’t be with us for the prayer time but were praying from home – We are looking forward to hearing what happened in North East today! We had a great time of praying for North East people, leaders, pastors and church family. Midway, during the prayer and worship the Lord gave me a new song too. (especially around 10:20-11:AM powerful prayer.) Words included God’s peace and victory. Can’t wait to see what is happening!

Coincidence? I think not! Truly, they were with us in spirit!

From Ruth – The reverse of Utah’s quarter features two locomotives moving toward the golden spike that joined the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads, linking East to West and transforming both the Utah Territory and the Nation with the inscription “Crossroads of the West.” The coin also bears the inscriptions “Utah” and “1896.” On May 10, 1869, two steam locomotives met at Promontory, Utah, for the “Joining of the Rails Ceremony,” at which the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads completed the transcontinental route. The event was crucial to the development of the American West because it made cross-country travel more convenient and economical. The construction of the railroad, and the subsequent mining boom, brought diverse ethnic and religious populations to Utah. The railroad also symbolized the changing technology, and moved Utah from an agrarian economy to a more industrialized one.

From Cindy – War of the Gauges: It has been said, “history will repeat itself” and that it is a time we can learn from past mistakes or repeat them. Jeremiah 6:16-17 says, “Stand by the roads and look and ask for the eternal paths, where the good, old way is; (learn the lessons of history that they might not have to be repeated) then walk in it and you will find rest for your souls…listen to the watchmen.”

When history repeats, there is opportunity to ask God for the fullness of the blessing He originally intended for the land. I see that opportunity unfolding, again, in Erie. There was a struggle over GE planning the relocation of 1/3 of the Erie work force from the Erie plant. Union workers wanted to save jobs; GE was looking to improve the forward movement of the company. I would suggest things did not end well for either party. [Today there is a new, old struggle between management at Wabtec and the local union.]

This reminds me of the 1850’s War of the Gauges. At the time the gauge of the rails used in New York and Ohio matched but the gauge of rail in Erie was different. This necessitated the off-loading of all cargo and passengers at the New York/PA state line. Then re-loading said cargo and passengers onto RR that were designed for use on the rails running through PA. The entire procedure was repeated at the Ohio/PA state line. Erie teamsters fought against the RR to protect their loading/unloading jobs. The RR was looking for an unimpeded flow of commerce from NYC to Chicago. In the end the RR ran without interruption through PA.

My prayer for the city in this struggle is not only for the satisfactory and peaceful resolution between labor and management but also that the word of the Lord is spoken over the city.  Perhaps God has allowed history to repeat itself in this current conflict. As the city is praying for a peaceful resolution to a very real problem it is in my heart to also change the course of the city by speaking words of life that invite favor and blessing to Erie.

Daniel 9:16-19 Prayer for Erie: “Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Erie. Our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors have made Erie and your people an object of scorn to all those around us.17 “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. 18 Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. 19 Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”

PRAISE GOD! Is it coincidence that in the following week Wabtec and the UE announced an agreement? I think not!

UE Wabtec reach deal Image

June 6, 2019

Northwestern Prayer Walk ImageNorthwestern School District, Albion, PA. PrayedIsaiah 32:18; “My people shall dwell in peaceable habitation, in safe dwellings, and in quiet resting places.”

August 3, 2019

Union City Prayer Walk PictureUnion City School District, Union City, PA. Pastors and local intercessors joined in the prayer time. PrayedIsaiah 32:18; “My people shall dwell in peaceable habitation, in safe dwellings, and in quiet resting places.”

September 7, 2019

Wattsburg Prayer WalkWattsburg School District, Wattsburg, PA. After looking at the school’s web site, we prayed the district’s defining quality would be humility and child-like faith.

From Ruth:

The scripture we prayed about pride is Mark 9:1-38. Verse 29 deaf & mute spirit could not be cast out. Verse 32 Disciples did not understand and were afraid to ask. Verses 33-37 Dealt with pride. My note: It appears pride allows a deaf (unable to hear and understand), and mute (unable to ask and talk) because of fear. Asking removes pride because the proud will not ask. Fear comes because we don’t want people to see who we really are. Verses 33 -36, show the apostles attitude about wanting to be the greatest. Then Jesus dealt with that attitude by using a little child and explaining humbling self as a servant to deal with pridefulness.

October 5, 2019

Perry Square Prayer WalkFinished up the year back at Perry Square. PrayedIsaiah 32:18; “My people shall dwell in peaceable habitation, in safe dwellings, and in quiet resting places.”

After we were done praying, a man named Robert came up to us. We got to lead him to the Lord and to be filled with the Spirit of God. We called him back to God’s destiny.

“Now will I arise, says the Lord, because the poor are oppressed, because of the groans of the needy; I will set him in safety and in the salvation for which he pants” (Psalm 12:5). We invite the Lord God Jehovah; to be Lord and Master over Erie.”

More fruit….. January 16, 2020, President Trump established Right To Pray which proposes easier access for religious organizations to federal programs and reaffirming students’ rights to pray in public schools. Under orders from Trump, nine Cabinet departments are proposing rules intended to remove “regulatory burdens” on religious organizations that participate in federal programs.

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