We all need more exercise, and there’s a way to combine the physical kind with the spiritual… prayerwalking. Surely our
Lord Jesus and his disciples engaged in this kind of ministry often. We see many examples in the gospels of the priority of prayer in Jesus’ life, and since he and his followers obviously walked from town to town, from synagogue to seaside, prayer surely flowed as their heels kicked up swirls of dust.
Today, many of us have put aside leather sandals in leiu of some sturdy walking shoes, and that, coupled with a heart sensitive to the Spirit’s leading, are all that’s required. Here are some things to consider before setting out:
§ Prepare your heart. Spend time in God’s word, and ask him to reveal anything that would hinder your hearing from him. Confess and forsake the things he reveals.
§ Realize the Lord is with you (Hebrews 13:5, Joshua 1:9). Claim him as your walking partner and prepare to let him show you things to intercede for as you walk.
§ Bring a notepad and pencil to jot down things you’d like to remember. You many even want to slip a gospel tract into your pocket, in case a witnessing opportunity arises.
§ Ask the Lord to guide your path (Psalm 119:105, 133).
As you walk, pray as you feel God is leading you. Allow for times of listening – prayer is a two-way street. Pay attention to the houses in your neighborhood. Pray for cyclists, walkers, and stroller-pushers you might pass. If someone begins to talk to you, consider it a divine appointment, and tell them what you are doing. Ask how you can pray for them. Jot down the info in their presence, and pray for them right then. Get contact info when appropriate.
When you see someone in the yard, seek to engage them in a conversation. Many whom you’ll encounter are probably experiencing some deep need, and would welcome an opportunity for a compassionate person to pray for them.
When you return home, grab a glass of cold water and take a few minutes to journal your experiences. On occasion, invite a like-minded friend to prayerwalk with you. Challenge members of your congregation to schedule prayerwalks of their neighborhood. Consider getting together to share experiences.
Prayerwalking can and should be taken outside the confines of one’s neighborhood. Examples: your local hospital, area schools and apartment complexes, shopping areas, and even communities where you sense God may want to begin a new work. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to “Pray without ceasing”. As you go about your daily business, seek to be in an attitude of prayer. You might see God working in new ways, and be called to partner with him!
For more info on prayerwalking, consider getting a copy of Follow Me: Becoming a Lifestyle Prayerwalker by
RandySprinkle (available from New Hope Publishers – www.newhopepublishers.com; 1-800-968-7301).
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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