I know in the past, prayer was something that I mostly did either in the morning or before going to sleep at night, or primarily on a Sunday at church. It was only as I started to grow more in my journey of faith, and as I really started to study God’s Word, I started to realise just how important and how powerful prayer is in our daily lives. It started to become more of a daily habit because I felt so much more at peace when I prayed. It’s something I love to do in my quiet time with God, to talk to God, to let Him know how and what I’m feeling, to hand everything over to Him, to let Him know the prayers that are on my heart, what I need help with, and all the prayers I have for other people.
It was probably only in the last few years that I heard the term ‘prayer walk.’ A prayer walk is exactly what it sounds like, a time dedicated to prayer as you walk. But here’s the great thing about a prayer walk, it can be done anywhere, wherever you may be whilst on a walk. My most favourite things about a prayer walk is that it’s a time to reflect, spend time with God, take in everything around me, pray all those prayers that are on my heart, pray for the people, places and the things around me, and to just be amongst nature and all that God has created, praising and thanking Him for it.
Below I have listed 5 reasons why I love going on a prayer walk. I hope and pray that this post inspires you and encourages you to go on your very own prayer walk. It’s a great way to spend time with family, friends, your church and join together on a prayer walk, whether it’s around your local community, your town, city: it can be anywhere.
I love to spend time reflecting
I always find that when I’m walking, my mind tends to wander. This definitely isn’t a bad thing, but it depends on the things that pop into my mind and what I’m spending my time thinking about. Instead, on a prayer walk, I focus my thoughts purely on spending time with God, to let Him know my prayers, my thoughts and my feelings. To reflect on what God is doing, what He has done and all that He is going to do.
For me, this time of reflection also helps me to focus my mind on what’s most important, to change any negative thoughts into thoughts of praise and thankfulness. It can also be a time to reflect on the Word of God, remember His promises, recite scripture and to use those powerful words to pray over other people I pass and meet and the places around me. I also like to listen to what God might want to say to me, what He is guiding me towards, and to spend time reflecting on this.
I can help pray for other people
Prayer is powerful, and throughout the Bible, we are reminded of that in verses such as 1 John 5:14, Ephesians 6:18, Jeremiah 29:12, Mark 11:24 and Matthew 26:41. On my prayer walk, I like to pray for the people around me, the people that I pass, the homeless, the people on the opposite side of the road, in the park, the people that are sitting in the restaurant as I’m going by, and those driving past in their cars.
There are so many people who need our prayers, who may need help, those who are hurting and those who may be experiencing pain mentally and physically. We may not always know exactly what they need, but God does, and God hears our prayers. I also like to pray that they will come to know Jesus.
I can help cover the streets in prayer
Just like praying for those who we pass in the street, praying for our streets as a whole is also so important. I like to pray for everyone who may be living on that street, for all the nature and animals that are there, and for all the people who I may be walking past but who are inside their homes.
A few things that you can pray for on a street in your village, town or city, can be for healing, protection, for the Holy Spirit to be in and surround the street, prayers for anyone you may know who lives there, and prayers for help, strength and breakthrough. Your prayers can also be for schools, for buildings, businesses and churches that you may pass. It’s also a wonderful time to thank God and praise God for all that He is doing and going to do in this street, and for the people and different things that fill it.
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I’m amongst nature and God’s beautiful creation
I love that when on a prayer walk, I’m surrounded by God’s wonderful creation. It helps me to really look closer and discover the beauty that is around me. In our day-to-day lives, that beauty is often missed, and just taking time to go on a prayer walk helps me to slow down and to take everything in that is around me, and to pray for the nature that surrounds me.
Nature needs our prayers too. The same as for people, we can pray for healing, for protection, for growth and for strength. Again it’s a perfect time to thank and praise God for all the nature and beauty that He has created and given us.
It helps remind me to pray for the things that I may not always think about or forget to pray for
Going on a prayer walk helps remind me to pray for all the things that sometimes I might not necessarily think about or forget to pray for. For example, when I’m walking past a shop that may have a closing down sign in the window, I can pray for all the workers that are working there and who may need to still yet find another job. Emergency services that are going past, I can pray for those driving the vehicle and for those who they are going to. When going past a car that seems to have broken down, I can pray that they are able to get their car fixed, that they will get the help that they need.
Going on a prayer walk also helps me to pray for the person who may be sitting alone, the person who may look lost, the children who I pass, the person who may be struggling, the person who is getting impatient in a long queue, the person who may not yet know God, and the person who may just want someone to talk to.
Even the little things that I pass when on my prayer walk help remind me to think about all the people and things around me who need prayers. I also like to ask God for Him to guide me to those who may need help and who I can add to my prayers.
In the Book of Matthew, Jesus says:
“Pray then like this:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.”
What an important and powerful prayer. This is a prayer that I also love to say when I’m walking and praying. It’s a prayer that often only gets said on a Sunday during church, but it’s one to also add to our own daily lives.
I also wanted to share this little book that my husband David and I found in the Lichfield Cathedral shop, called Pocket Prayers Of Blessing, compiled by Jan McFarlane, published by Church House Publishing, and part of the Pocket Prayers book series. This wonderful book is full of prayers to use in our everyday life, not just for in our own lives, but for those around us, the people we meet in the street and those who we feel guided to pray for.
“This small collection of prayers reminds us that there is no situation or concern that is beyond God’s care. It enables us to seek and to bring God’s blessing on the daily round and everyday tasks, our homes, families and friends, journeys and the people we meet, life’s milestones, times of trouble and loss, the changing year.”Pocket Prayers Of Blessing by Jan McFarlane.
This book is a lovely companion to have whilst on a prayer walk, and also fits perfectly into a small bag or large pocket. There are prayers for a home, for people around us, for people we may know who are going through difficult times, prayers for when we hear an ambulance or police siren, prayers for students who we may pass on our walk, and prayers for so much more. These prayers can also be used as a guide for when we want to pray for someone, but may not know the words to speak.
“This little book is a collection of prayers asking God’s blessing on the people we meet day by day, as well as on the more unusual situations we encounter from time to time. In asking God to bless, we’re asking for His protection and His help. We’re asking God to be present and to make a difference, even if we can’t always immediately spot God’s hand at work.”Pocket Prayers Of Blessing by Jan McFarlane.
Another thing which I love about this prayer book, is that it includes prayers for different things that I may not have thought about praying for. Especially in relation to number 5 above, this book is a blessing for helping me in my prayer time, and for those prayers that may often get forgotten or not thought about.
The content of the book is divided into different sections, so you’re able to easily find just the prayer you are searching for. There is a lovely introduction to read which explains more about God’s wonderful blessings, the purpose of this book and how to use this book during prayer time. This book can be purchased here.
Have you done a prayer walk before? If not, is a prayer walk something that you would like to do?
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