I’ve enjoyed walking since my youth and continue to enjoy it today as my number one cardiovascular activity
I find walking to be the most flexible and relaxing exercise.
- No special equipment or skills are needed — just a good pair of shoes and sensible clothing.
- It can be done anywhere and anytime with a friend or by myself.
- Walking offers less risk of injury, with many of the benefits of more strenuous activities.
There can also be both spiritual and physical benefits by combining prayer with walking
What walking accomplishes in building a strong body, prayer achieves in building spiritual strength. Your body requires exercise and food, and it needs these things regularly. Once a week won’t suffice. Your spiritual needs are similar to your physical needs, and so praying once a week is as effective as eating once a week. The Bible tells us to pray continually in order to have a healthy, growing spiritual life.
Prayer walking is just what it sounds like — simply walking and talking to God.
Prayer walking can take a range of approaches from friends or family praying as they walk around schools, neighbourhoods, work places, and churches, to structured prayer campaigns for particular streets and homes. I once participated in a prayer walk in Ottawa where, as a group, we marched to Parliament Hill and prayed for our governments, provinces, and country.
In the Bible, there are many references to walking while thinking and meditating on the things of God.
Genesis 13:17 says, “Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”
The prophet Micah declared, “All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.” (Micah 4:5)
And in Joshua 14:9 it says, “So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.’”
I especially enjoyed prayer walking with my daughter. She’d begin with something like, “Dear God, I pray that you will help my friend whose parents are divorcing.”
My turn. “Lord, thank you for the beauty of your world. I pray that we can continue to enjoy the natural world outdoors through a healthy body.” Or I might say something like, “I thank you Lord, for the opportunity to walk with this precious gift you have bestowed on me, my daughter.”
Then my daughter will sometimes get stumped and ask, “Mom, I don’t know what to pray for next.”
I explain to her that we can focus our prayers on our neighbourhood and the people who live in the homes that we pass by. We can’t always know what lies behind closed doors. Praying for spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, and social blessings is a good place to start.
Why not put on your walking shoes and head out the front door?
“Pray continually”(1 Thessalonians 5:17).
(excerpt taken from Feed Your Spirit — Take it to the Streets)