Take a Prayer Walk to be with God
When I first heard of the concept, I thought, how luxurious it is to stroll with God. But on second thought, perhaps too luxurious? I don’t think I can chisel it into my busy schedule. I concluded, God is with me everywhere I go, so I don’t really need a dedicated prayer walk.
At that time, I didn’t know the purpose of a prayer walk goes much deeper. It’s a time of meditation. It’s a spiritual discipline as you consciously invite God to go with you. It’s an opportunity to fully experience in your body the extraordinary gift of life.
At first, this idea may feel outside–of–the–box. Think about it as if it were a walk with a good friend, a time to enjoy each other’s company.
Outdoors is the best place for a prayer walk. God is so beautifully revealed to us in nature. Here are some ideas to help heighten your awareness of God as you walk.
■ Acknowledge God’s presence and invite God to walk with you. We read how the Lord walked with Enoch, Noah, and David. He does the same with you and me. What an honor!
■ Be aware of your body. Notice your posture and your balance. Pull your shoulders back and feel centered. Expand your chest.
■ Breathe deeply. Observe the rhythm as you breathe. Take several deep breaths and get in touch with your body in God’s presence. Every breath is a gift from God. Relax any tightness in your body. Breathe into that place and ask God to relieve the tension.
■ Walk at an easy pace and be fully present with the Lord. This is not a race. There is no agenda.
■ Notice everything. Be aware of your body, thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
■ Talk with God or be receptive to your surroundings. Notice nature’s colors, scents, sights, and sounds (breeze rustling the grass), or even traffic noise (hopefully in the distance).
■ When something catches your eye, stop. Be drawn and fully present in the moment.
■ End your walk as you began it. Thank God for His presence with you and for the gift of your body.
by Major Lauren Hodgson
|PRAYER WALK TIPS|
|■ Pick a route or trail that takes you away
from your normal patterns and places.
|■ Check the weather and dress appropriately.
Don’t forget the bug spray on those warmer days.
|■ Take a bottle of water and a small snack
for your mid–walk break.
|■ Listen for what God has to say to you
on your walk.
|■ An afternoon walk is warmer. You also see more.||■ Read any of these passages before and after
your prayer walk for spiritual guidance.
• Psalm 96
• Hebrews 4:12–16
• Psalm 104:24–30
• Isaiah 40:25
The Spiritual Life Development Department has a resource entitled, Pray a Psalm in Its Nature Setting. Download it at saconnects.org/psalms–in–nature and take it with you on your prayer walk.