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, 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.