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New book describes prayerwalking as effective missions strategy

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)–Prayer is a powerful weapon that can destroy the enemy’s strongholds, but it helps to pray within the walls of the enemy camp, according to Dan Crawford and Calvin Miller.

Crawford and Miller have published a new book on prayerwalking, or interceding on location in cooperation with the Holy Spirit and fellow believers for the growth of God’s Kingdom. In “Prayer Walking: A Journey of Faith” Crawford and Miller reflect on their participation in an “around-the-world” prayer journey in September 1997.

Crawford, professor of evangelism and spiritual formation at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and Miller, a former Southwestern faculty member and current professor of preaching at Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, were two members of a prayer team that prayerwalked through gateway cities in China, India and the Middle East.

Robert Garrett, professor of missions at Southwestern, and Randy Sprinkle, director of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board’s international prayer strategy office, also accompanied the authors and kept journals of their experiences.

Crawford said the book describes a missions and evangelism strategy that was not popular 10 years ago but is growing in effectiveness.

“This is a how-to book on intercessory prayer using the popular method of prayerwalking with numerous illustrations including the journal of a three-week prayerwalk through China, India and the Islamic world. The strategies and models contained in this book have already been translated into many languages and used by missionaries and national leaders throughout the world.”

Many of the events described in the book were reported in editions of The Commission magazine in 1998.

Miller said that the book “is intended to lay down a model for others who have the same need to minister in this less direct but highly effective way.”

“It will be obvious to the reader that both Dr. Crawford and myself were changed forever by sharing in this walk of faith,” Miller said. “The book principally focuses on loving Christ in the middle of a needy world so that those who pray while they walk and those among whom they walk can never be the same again.”

Crawford plans another prayerwalking journey in central Europe during a sabbatical leave from Southwestern. He will reside in Prague, Czech Republic, and prayerwalk through cities in 10 nations.

“Prayer Walking: A Journey of Faith,” published by AMG Publishers, is available in bookstores and at Christianbook.com.
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