Over 240 people gathered at Panther Park Sunday, Sept. 8, to take part in the first annual Prayer Walk.
“I am amazed at how the community continues to pour out support for good causes, but I am not shocked by this,” Organizer Tyler Pearson said. “Knoxville is notorious for getting behind each other for events like the Prayer Walk. I love the variety of people who came together as a community of believers. We had over 240 people from 18 different churches and a variety of age groups and backgrounds.”
The larger group split up into smaller contingencies to pray over different sites around Knoxville. There were 10 lists of locations, which included parks, schools, municipal buildings and other public places. Group members went to each one and said prayers.
“We’ve heard so many incredible ‘God moments’ from walkers — how they felt God’s presence during the walk and ever since the event and how they enjoyed walking alongside other believers, some who they had never met until that day, for a common purpose,” Organizer Kevin Stittsworth said. “It was confirmation that God is working in Knoxville. What I love about my hometown is that we have people who are passionate about ensuring that our community thrives. It’s exciting to see the mountains God will move in the coming year! Anything is possible when we are all united in prayer for our community.”
Every Sunday, members of the Knoxville Prayer Walk will share a weekly prayer request for the entire community to uphold in prayer. You can stay current on these @knoxvilleprayerwalk on Facebook and Instagram.
“This is an easy and impactful opportunity for every Knoxville Panther to unite as one body and strengthen our community by focusing our prayers on one specific topic for the upcoming week,” Stittsworth continued. “Our hope is that this will help us all stay accountable and continue momentum until next year’s Prayer Walk.”