We're all walking a lot during this "shelter in place" period. Let's redeem our walks by making them prayer walks.
What is a Prayer Walk?
A prayer walk is a walk dedicated to praying for the people and things you see as you walk. You can prayer walk by yourself, or you can prayer walk with one or two other people. The goal is to listen to the Spirit by letting Him prompt you to pray about the things you see. The things you see - a family, kids, signs, bumper stickers, graffiti, schools, churches, shops - prompt you to pray for them.
Why Prayer Walk?
Prayer walking is an effective way to learn to pray. The physical nature of it (walking and looking) makes it easier to concentrate and pray, and the prompts from what you see make it easier to know what to pray. Prayer walking develops your relationship with God because it is conversational. You learn to look at things to see what God sees and hear what the Spirit would have you pray.
How to Prayer Walk
Pick a Time
Start by picking a time and place. Prayer walks can be any length of time, but 30-60 minutes is ideal to get into a rhythm of seeing and praying. It's best to put it in your schedule rather than trying to get around to it when you have time.
Pick a Place
You can choose a route in your neighborhood and begin from your house, or you can drive to a specific location to prayer walk there (a school, UT, the capital, another neighborhood, business district, downtown, etc.).
Prepare Your Heart
Pray an opening prayer, asking God to speak to you and give you ears to listen as you start your prayer walk. It's also helpful to read a passage of scripture to prepare your heart and to provide direction to what you plan to pray about, at least at the start of the walk. Here is a list of a few scriptures that could be useful to prepare your heart.
Matthew 9:35-38, Luke 10:1-I6, Timothy 2:1-7, I Thessalonians 1:2-10, Colossians 4:2-6, and Ephesians 6:10-20.
If you're by yourself, take a moment to reflect on what you thought of the prayer walk. Write a few sentences in your journal. If you were with someone else, have a brief conversation at the end of the prayer walk. Whether by yourself or with others, ask the following questions.
What did God show you during the prayer walk?
Were you surprised to by anything you saw and led to pray about?
Is there anything you think God would have you do in response to the prayer walk?