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How to Rediscover Prayer Walking

How to Rediscover Prayer Walking

by Stephanie Nickel


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.

Give Thanks

I thank God for many things while I walk.
For the ability to walk
For eyesight
For hearing
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?


God invites you to discover the wonders of prayer walking. (tweet this)


Steph Beth Nickel

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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.

Steph blogs at Steph’s Electic Interests. Her author website, Steph Beth Nickel, is a work-in-progress.

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Prayer Walking Continued

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about Prayer Walking and asked readers to write to me and tell me their thoughts.

Here they are in the order I received them. Some very good thoughts.

by Alan Ross

Prior to some pretty serious foot surgeries I loved to walk and prayer while walking was a great joy. When the ability to walk very far or for long was lost, I missed both the walks and the times with Christ out in His world.

Now, I often go through my address book in my computer and just scroll down through the list, praying as God leads for people on the list, never knowing why or for what I am praying unless I know their current circumstances as friends. Mostly, it is a walk with the Holy Spirit, looking at the name (their house) and asking God to bless, minister to, touch, heal ore encourage that person. At the end of such a time I am at peace and abiding.

Sometimes, but not often enough, I will jot a short prayer to one of the contacts as an email. Message header “Prayer for you”. Then I quote the prayer, “Father, please be with Brent today. You know his passion and his purpose. Please give him everything he needs this day to encourage him in living out his life through You.”

The reply several days later was a clear reminder that the Spirit knew what I did not. Be strong and courageous.


My Prayer Walk

by T.L. Wiens

We live in a very remote area so the idea of walking through the neighbourhood praying is not very practical. But there are other ways to prayer walk.

When my son was being bullied, we started a prayer vigil for the bully and his family. This led to a different kind of prayer walk. I ran into these people every time I went to town. I heard their names in many conversations. The Lord opened our eyes and we began to pray very specifically for the situation and this family.

To make a long story short, the young man that tormented our son for years approached him shortly before finishing grade 11. He asked my son to be his friend. God has used this means of prayer walking many times in my life and I’m always amazed at the results.


From Elsie Montgomery

I have had a few pithy answers from God when prayer walking. Some days I am so burdened that I can hardly think straight. On one of those days, I was stewing about all the things that bothered me instead of praying. God interrupted me with a clear message, “Get off of MY to-do list.”

Another time I was grumbling. I had so much work to do and even said to God that I wanted to hurry home and get to it. He interrupted my complaining with another clear message, “This IS your work.”


A little addendum from Jan

I also prayer walk in my mind. When I pray for my Bible study groups I like to picture where they live and then as I pray for each one I take a trip through my mind to each of those homes. It seems to connect me with each member of my groups.

My Gratitude List for this past week:

91. A royal wedding where love seemed evident
92. A royal wedding message that made God come first in their lives
93. Chicken cooked from the store (no cooking tonight!)
94. Medicines for pain
95. Hubby who does the dishes every night
96. Time of prayer with a friend
97. First buds of trees (we had a very late spring this year)


Father, thank you for prayer – anytime anywhere. Thank you for this wonderful method of communication you have given us. Help us to use it better each and every minute of every day. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

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Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has written a children’s book in which she is the watercolour illustrator. She hopes to publish it this year.