by Thea Mangels, Office Coordinator
Walking Prayer is a specific type of intercessory prayer in which your surroundings encourage the purpose and type of prayer. This type of prayer can be done individually or in small groups. You can walk as short a distance as a single block, or as far as several miles. You may have a specific destination in mind when you begin, or wander, allowing the Spirit to guide your steps.
The main goal in prayer walking (or walking prayer) is to be pray for the people and things that you encounter. "Prayer walking is the practice of praying on location" ("Prayer Walking", www.gotquestions.org). For example, you may encounter a couple holding hands and pray for their relationship. You may pass a school, and pray for the safety of the students and teachers, the bright young minds inside and their swift grasp of new concepts, the compassion of their teachers, and the kindness that children often forget to show each other.
You can do your walking prayer as an individual, or form a prayer walking group, praying silently, or offering your intercessory prayers out loud. You can choose to meet at a hospital, and walk through the corridors, praying for staff and patients as you pass them. Lifting their names and faces to God, with hope for their healing and strength.
Another option is a walking prayer called Silent Giving. "As you pass people, animals, trees, or any beings, silently send out love from your heart. Be aware that the Great Spirit is continually pouring Unconditional Love through you to everyone you see and through everyone else as well. However, it’s up to us to take that vibratory energy and willingly project it out to others. Watch your thoughts, let judgments go, and just feel love, serenity, and joy radiating out to all who come near you" ("Silent Giving: A Simple Walking Prayer," www.care2.com).
Sources: GotQuestions?org and www.care2.com
Thu, November 17, 2011
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