Prayer walkers from Thurrock’s neighbouring borough Havering prayer walked into Thurrock on Friday (14 May).
The three ladies – from left to right in the picture, Jane Almond, Linda Holt and Gerry Smith – were prayer walking from Rainham Village to Coldharbour Point, the final stretch of a round-Havering prayer walk done in sections over a period of time.
At Coldharbour they were met by Tim Harrold of Transformation Thurrock. Tim brought to them the greetings of the borough, and then they all prayer walked together to the Rainham RSPB Centre.
After this they entered the borough of Thurrock, going across the new bridge over the Mardyke between Rainham Marshes and Purfleet and through what the locals refer to as the “Engagement Ring” gateway (which is in fact a ‘solar disk’ with a solar flare).
The Engagement Ring has now been fitted with a timeline inside, tracing significant moments in the history of Purfleet and the world from earliest times to the present.
Tim and the Havering ladies went to one side – by the Mardyke outflow – and spent a few minutes praying for Thurrock, Purfleet and the Garrison. Linda blew the shofar as a prophetic announcement of the Lord’s coming.
Jane, Linda and Gerry have also prayer walked the boundaries of Essex during 2008-2009, which meant they’ve come our way before. They have also been involved in some of the Thames Gateway Prayer Days. Prayer walking has a clear prophetic mandate for those who are called to do it, as you can see from the scriptures below.
As part of Transformation Thurrock’s activities, Tim will be collaborating with Lara Akinola of Prayer4Thurrock and Barbara Brown of the Thurrock Healing Rooms in organising a series of prayer walks around the boundaries of Thurrock and its towns and villages over the next couple of years. Both Lara and Barbara have a clear sense of what the phrase healing the land means. By declaring God’s goodness and the Lordship of Christ over the land, and by hearing what the Lord has to say about the ‘palimpsest’ of history – peeling each layer back to reveal the hidden and forgotten underneath – we can restore the earth back to revitalised health and fresh blessing.
Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” Numbers 13:30
“See, the LORD your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the LORD, the God of your fathers, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 1:21
“Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your supplies ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own.’ ” Joshua 1:11
‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.’ Joshua 14:9
“… if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls…” Jeremiah 6:16
>>> The next Thames Gateway Prayer Day is Saturday 16 June when intercessors from Kent and Essex will meet at the crack on Tower Bridge! More details to follow.
>>> Following that, the Thames Gateway Prayernet is facilitating a Celtic Prayer Pilgrimage to St Peter’s Chapel in Bradwell-on-Sea (built by St Cedd in 654) on Wednesday 14 July. Revs Laurence & Margaret Whitford will be leading us in a Celtic Communion and giving us some historical background. If you would like to join us please contact Tim Harrold on firstname.lastname@example.org.