Walking. One foot in front of the the other. Sometimes in short, quick steps, and at other times, by long strides. Navigating around broken pavement, fallen branches, and garbage strewn along the path, we make our way forward.
Walking. In the Scripture, walking is a metaphor for our relationship with God. Enoch walked with God, as did Noah. Abraham was commanded by God: “walk before me faithfully, and be blameless,” as was all of God’s people just before they entered into the land God had prepared for them.
Walking represents togetherness and agreement. To walk before the Lord meant putting one obedient foot in front of the other, humbly living in response to the Father who loves us. Walking was a sign of presence and of friendship, such as God walking in the garden with the man and the woman, or choosing again to walk among his people as their God in the wilderness.
So let’s walk. That’s our prayer today, that we would walk in friendship with God. It is grounded in Paul’s letter to the Galatian Christians, when he commanded them to “walk by the Spirit.” Keep in lockstep with the One who has been given to us, as a deposit by the Father. Remain close to the One who fills us with new creation life, and lives in us.
On Day 26, this is our prayer: Spirit, let us walk with you.
When we first open our eyes in the morning, let this be our prayer: “Holy Spirit, help me walk with you today.” This can be a daily practice, and helps centre us as we wake. We can lay for a moment and think of our day coming, inviting the Holy Spirit to lead us as we go.
By purposing to walk by the Spirit, we are reminded that God is always with us, as the One who is in us. This helps us acknowledge God’s presence, even during difficult or boring moments.
Walking by the Spirit also keeps us attentive to ways he is working, inviting us into people’s lives, asking us to pray, challenging us to witness, convicting us of sin or neglect, and calling us to keep up as he moves forward. By keeping this prayer before us, we are more ready than ever to respond to his still, small voice.
The promise in Galatians 5:16 is clear: by walking in the Spirit, we are able to live the life God has given us. “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Instead of living for ourselves, we can live for each other. Rather than doing what feels right but destroys relationships, we can do what is right, and see our relationships flourish (see Galatians 5:19-26 for more). What a powerful promise.
So, that’s our prayer challenge for today.
Holy Spirit, may we walk in you today. Grow in us your fruit, which are not only signs of life but also bringers of life to all who are around us. And as we read in Galatians 5:25, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” That is our prayer today: may we keep in step with you. Amen.