The March for Jesus: Uniting in Praise
Months ago, plans were made for a celebration of united praise called March for Jesus, inviting and involving Christians from the entire body of Christ to an open procession of celebratory worship and prayer glorifying Jesus Christ. This had been planned for May 30, 2020 in communities across America.
“That at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”– Philippians 2:10-11
PraiseWalking: Glorify Christ and Pray for the Community
Since the Covid-19 crisis has brought different kinds of restrictions upon mass gatherings, plans have been modified for May 30th of 2020. Instead of large processions, we are encouraging smaller groups, many as small as two or three, to scatter in their communities praising and praying as they walk, drive or even stand in their homes or their front yards.
We’ve called this format of praise and prayer a “PraiseWalk,” after the well-known idea of prayer walking, which is simply praying near the very places we expect to see God answer our prayers. The PraiseWalk model highlights praise and thanksgiving, but also encourages participants to pray for Christ’s blessing upon the people, families, schools, businesses and government leaders of their communities.
Looking for ideas? See what a few of our other cities are doing
to make this year’s PraiseWalk their own.
Coming in 2021: Processions of Praise for Christ’s Glory
We are now planning a nationwide March for Jesus for May 22, 2021. On that day we expect Christians from many traditions to join together in large processions of praise in communities across the country, celebrating the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Every March for Jesus event in 2021 will culminate in a grand worship event in which Christians publicly proclaim the glory and magnificence of Jesus in song and prayer.
Encouraging Creative Ways to Exalt Christ Together
Of course, people in every community and church will find creative and appropriate ways to PraiseWalk on May 30, 2020. So that we can know that we are praying in unity with fellow believers even though we may be scattered in different neighborhoods and homes, we encourage you to follow the simple two-page PraiseWalk Guide. This guide is flexible but simple, helping believers praise and pray in unity in two ways:
Uniting in biblical prayers.
Using the PraiseWalk Guide helps participants with clear, biblical ways to exalt Christ following the theme scripture, Philippians 2:10-11. The guide goes on to offer practical ways to pray for our communities from Philippians 4.
Kneeling together: a biblical way to honor Christ.
Following the words of Philippians 2, we are inviting all participating Christians to unite in a gesture and confession of faith at exactly 12 noon in their time zone. We are encouraging participants to kneel in place, raising their hands and audibly proclaiming, “Jesus Christ is Lord.” And then to remain in that posture for a few moments to praise the Savior and to pray His blessing upon the community.