Praying to Walk By the Spirit: Day 26 of the Pray-May Challenge

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. 

 

Let’s Go For A Walk! Prayer Walking for Our Community (Day 13 of the Pray-May Challenge)

Yesterday, we prayerfully watched people. Today, we get more active by prayer walking. 

Day 13: Prayer Walking For Our Community

Prayer walking is a way of getting present to your community and praying for your community in the name of Jesus. It’s active engagement, intended to get us out to where the prayer is needed, letting the Holy Spirit guide our hearts and minds, even as he guides our feet.

So our practice for today is very straightforward. Go for a walk, and as you do, pray. This can be done alone, or with a friend (though you should tell them why you are walking and they should be willing to join you in audible prayer as you walk together. And if walking is an issue for you, then substitute driving for walking. The point is to get out there.)

I don’t want to complicate the practice with more words, because it really is that simple. However, here are 13 areas into which you could pray as you walk.

Pray for God’s kingdom to come and his will to be done, in the name of Jesus:

  1. In the families who occupy the homes you pass by
  2. In the schools of our community; for teachers, principals, admin and support staff, as well as the students themselves.
  3. For the flourishing of local businesses, farms and non-profits
  4. For those in our community who are lonely and hurting and who may be hidden from sight: shut-ins, seniors, immigrants or people struggling with physical or mental illness
  5. For those places of healing (hospitals, hospices) as well as all those who work to bring healing and care to many (doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, and care workers of all kinds)
  6. For those who have suffered recent loss, such as divorce, a bad health diagnosis or bankruptcy
  7. For the animals, soil, air and water–for health and blessing
  8. For the abused and the abusers–mercy and healing and justice
  9. Against any hidden darkness that seeks to destroy–principalities and powers and the work of the evil one
  10. For the local churches you may pass, their pastors, leaders, parishioners and witness to the community
  11. For the lost!! For every man, woman and child to come to know Jesus’ love for them
  12. For local leadership–political, ministerial, social, medical–any influencers you can think of
  13. For the growth and health of your whole community, that your neighbourhood, city or county may become a better, more loving community for everyone who lives there.

These are just suggestions–the main point is to get out there and pray as the Holy Spirit leads you to pray.

The fact is, Saturday is a great day for a walk. So let’s go for that walk, and as we do, let’s talk with our Father about his world, for the sake of its healing, restoration and salvation.

(Want to find out more about prayer walking? Check out this great post on prayer walking from WayMakers.)

Here’s my prayer for us today: Spirit, guide our feet today, as we walk with you and pray for our communities. May we go to the places that need us most, and intercede for them as you would have us do. You are the one who gave everything–even your own Son–to see the lost found and the broken healed. May we walk with you today, and pray for your kingdom to come and your will to be done, on this bit of earth, even as it is in heaven. Amen. 

And hey, after you’ve walked, let us know where you went in the comments section! Let’s celebrate together that places which received prayer today.