How to Rediscover Prayer Walking
A few months back we began fostering a friend’s German Shepherd. This led to 15-30 minute walks each day. Since I’m not a huge fan of cardio exercise, the daily walk was a benefit to me. But even more importantly, I rediscovered the joy of prayer walking.
Below are some suggestions you might want to incorporate into your own prayer life.
I thank God for many things while I walk.
For the ability to walk
For physical health
For the ability to think
For the invitation to commune with Him
Once I begin to give thanks, one thing leads to the next, which leads to the next, which leads to the next.
Prayer for Strangers
I pray for the residents in the houses along the route I walk.
I pray for the owners, the employees, and the patrons of the businesses I pass.
I pray for the motorists and pedestrians I encounter.
Prayer for Replacement
I pray that God would replace negatives with positives in the lives of those along my route.
Doubt with saving faith
Darkness with light
Despair with hope
Loneliness with companionship
Turmoil with peace
Woundedness with healing
Lies with truth
Spiritual blindness with spiritual eyesight
The Opportunity to Listen
As I observe the beauty of the Creator’s handiwork, He reveals more about Himself. Oh, that I would have ears to “hear”!
“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made” (Romans 1:20, ESV).
I admit that I am easily distracted. The physical activity of walking actually helps to keep me focused. Plus, of course, I do thank the Lord for things and pray for individuals I am less likely to pray for during my prayer time at home.
What advantages of prayer walking have you discovered?
Steph Beth Nickel
Steph Beth is a wife of over 30 years and the mother of three grown children. Steph’s eclectic interests include writing, editing, fitness, photography, and childbirth (she is also a labour doula). Steph’s was honoured to co-author former Paralympian Deb Willows’ memoir. Living Beyond My Circumstances is available from Amazon and directly from the publisher, Castle Quay Books, among other places. Steph edits for Christian Editing Services under the leadership of Karen Burkett. She is a long-time member of The Word Guild and a more recent member of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.