SEVEN SPIRITUAL PRACTICES FOR BUSY PEOPLE
For the past few weeks we have been reflecting on the challenge of keeping our priorities straight in a busy world. We have looked at David, “a man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22) and a true “Renaissance Man”, who made spending time with God his first priority:
One thing I asked of the LORD,
that will I seek after:
to live in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the LORD,
and to inquire in his temple
The “one thing” above every other thing David pursued was to live daily in God’s presence and beauty. We have looked at three spiritual practices that you might find helpful in living each day in the awareness of God’s presence with you:
- The Daily God Hunt
- Down/Palms Up
- Praying Scripture.
Today I want to commend to you Practice Four: Prayer Walking.
PRACTICE FOUR: PRAYER WALKING
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.
1 Timothy 2:1
Jesus and the apostles did a lot of walking. Jesus and the apostles did a lot of praying. Since Jesus said that we “ought always to pray” (Luke 18:1), then I think they must have done a lot of praying as they walked. Many people find they do some of their best praying while walking. Sometimes I lose my focus when praying, or I get sleepy. Prayer walking helps me with this. Donald Whitney, in his book Simplify Your Spiritual Life, offers these helpful words on Prayer Walking:
The walking and the weather invigorate my sluggish soul. Looking up into the blue or out to the horizon refreshes my sense of the greatness of God. The sights, smells, and sounds of my Father’s world surround me with reminders of His presence. The cadence of my pace or stopping occasionally to stare into the distance, often enables me to concentrate in prayer more easily than when I’m still and my eyes are closed.
I like to walk, and I like to pray. Here are some things I’ve learned about Prayer Walking that I pass on to you:
- Begin your walk by asking the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to what He wants you to see and hear as you walk.
- Greet anyone you meet along the way, breathing up a blessing for them.
- Pray for your neighbors as you pass their homes; the ones where you know there is illness, unemployment, loneliness, discord, etc.
- Keep all your senses alert to any sight, sound, or scent you encounter in the Father’s world. Talk with God about what you are observing.
- Make room for silence as you make room for the Holy Spirit to speak to you, and think His thoughts through you.
- Pray for any school or church you might pass.
- As you walk remember the basics of prayers, ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication.
If you already walk for exercise or recreation, why not turn it into Prayer Walking this week. If you are not walking, how about going for some walks just for the sole purpose of praying. And sometimes, take another with you as you walk and pray together.
Grace and peace,