The Prayer Walk – A Habit

What is challenging my faith right now?

How about you? What is challenging your faith?

Faith is absolute trust in God

Every time I venture out in my life of faith, I find something in my circumstances from a commonsense standpoint that flatly contradicts my faith.

How can I reinforce my confidence in Christ in this continual testing of my faith?

The Prayer Walk

Today, I am introducing a new page to The Prayer Journals website – “The Prayer Walk” (see the tab at the top of this page for future reference).

The Prayer Walk is dedicated to building confidence in the Christian faith incorporating physical exercise with journaling prayers and strengthening a relationship with God.

The Prayer Walk is to steadfastly believe in Jesus Christ and build our trust in Him.

Strong in Mind, Body, and Spirit

Many of us find it difficult to establish healthy habits particularly when it comes to physical exercise. The Prayer Walk is not necessarily just a walking plan or whatever physical exercise you choose such as bicycling or cardio weight training. It is a plan to help establish a healthy habit of daily journal writing, prayer and meditation time including daily physical exercise.

“Your level of success is determined by your level of discipline and perseverance.” Unknown

The above quote alone can make many of us give up before trying because we have failed in the past when trying to establish healthy habits of exercising and diet including daily prayer! We know it is critically important for us to do so but the habits don’t seem to stick.

Let me put it another way.

Common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense.

Yet, when I venture out with courage on the words of Jesus Christ and when my strength runs out, I am faced with a testing of my faith. Why is that? I know better, but why don’t I do better?

“My God will richly fill your every need in a glorious way through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Making The Prayer Walk a Habit

I developed The Prayer Walk much like I developed the habit of writing daily in my prayer journal by taking one day at a time.

“Instead of saying, ‘one day’ make it ‘day one.’” Robin Roberts

NO:
1) No day is the same – vary routes or routines.
2) No steps or reps will be counted.
3) No distance will be measured.
4) No time tracking.
5) No one is competing with you OR vice versa.

YES:
1) Download the Bible Gateway App (or use another Audio Bible of your choosing) and select your favorite Bible translation – use earbuds, if possible.

2) After walking/exercising, record in your prayer journal the ending Bible book, chapter, and verse to pick up where you left off the next time you walk/exercise.

3) After you walk/exercise or before you walk/exercise again, take time to reflect and pray upon God’s Word during your last walk.

Sample journal prompts:
a. How did listening to God’s Word help me through my walk/exercise routine?
b. What did I learn about God? What is He teaching me?
c. When did I begin to feel God’s presence?

4) Let your prayer partners know when you begin your walk/exercise routine so they can lift you up in prayer and encouragement. Don’t forget to let The Prayer Journals know too through Facebook private messenger.

5) Have the attitude of Jesus. “It is God who produces in you the desires and actions that pleases Him.” Philippians 2:13

When I began The Prayer Walk plan, my hips, joints, and legs ached, but I was amazed when I finished my walk how God’s Word carried me farther and longer than I could have possibly imagined. Remember however, that every day will not be the same which is the purpose for the “NO” steps of the plan. The point of The Prayer Walk is to establish a habit and building confidence to rely on Jesus Christ in our daily walk with Him.

Join me on The Prayer Walk

My personal goal with The Prayer Walk is to walk my way through the Bible beginning with the book of Genesis. I will be posting periodically my personal prayer walk to provide whatever encouragement I can for you. I will also be including any helpful tips for physical exercise and journal writing.

The Prayer Journals Facebook page

I will be posting on The Prayer Journals Facebook page when I begin my walk so I hope I can count on you to lift me up and others in prayer and encouragement. Please post in the comment section or private message me through The Prayer Journals page so I can pray for you too!

“So admit your sins to each other, and pray for each other so that you will be healed. Prayers offered by those who have God’s approval are effective.” James 5:16

“So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper. I will not be afraid…” Hebrews 13:6

“Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you.” Matthew 7:7

 

Obstacles

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Disappointed vs Discouraged

We eagerly waited for the New Year so we could put 2020 firmly in the rearview mirror. The first week of the New Year was met with anything but a relief from the coronavirus and political divisiveness. The reality of the evil embedded in this country continues to smack this country in the face to which we can no longer avoid the reckoning of our spirit.

“Peace if possible, truth at all costs.” Martin Luther

This post is not about debating the current political situation in the United States. It is about looking within our heart and determining our individual spiritual state in how we, individually and collectively, can move forward to a better future for each person.

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.” Thomas Merton

Not every person wants another person to succeed unless of course their success mirrors their own version of living. It may be because they believe differently in mind, body, and spirit; they are of a different ethnicity or skin color; they identify differently than the gender they were given at birth; they believe some of greater rights than others; and others believe it is their responsibility to ‘convert’ others to the image they believe is in keeping with who they believe is the correct way to be and live.

Today’s Journal Entry

I am human. I am a work in progress. And in my humanity complicated by sin, I cannot always see objectively. I am striving to be holy being brought to the place where I can receive from God through faith in Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of my sins. I ask God to clear my sight that is clouded by biases and pride so I may truly be His holy worker.

1 Peter 1:15-16 (GW)
“But because the God who called (me) is holy, (I) must be holy in every aspect of (my) life. Scripture says, ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’”

What does it mean to be holy?

The power that God gives to me through faith in Jesus Christ is to love. To love one another is to love God who is holy.

1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 (GW)
“We pray that God our Father and the Lord Jesus will guide us to you. We also pray that the Lord will greatly increase your love for each other and for everyone else, just as we love you. Then he will strengthen you to be holy. Then you will be blameless in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all God’s holy people.”

Disappointed but not discouraged.

I can be disappointed in others. I can even be outraged in their beliefs and in their actions. But I have the power of love and prayer, and therefore, I am not discouraged. I must be persistent in prayer to ask for wisdom as Solomon did in 1 Kings 3:7-14 (GW):

“LORD my God, although I’m young and inexperienced, you’ve made me king in place of my father David. I am among your people whom you have chosen. They are too numerous to count or record. Give me a heart that listens so that I can judge your people and tell the difference between good and evil. After all, who can judge this great people of yours?”

The LORD was pleased that Solomon asked for this. God replied, “You’ve asked for this and not for a long life, or riches for yourself, or the death of your enemies. Instead, you have asked for understanding so that you can do what is right. So, I am going to do what you have asked. I am giving you a wise and understanding heart so that there will never be anyone like you. I am also giving you what you have not asked for—riches and honor—so that no other king will be like you if you live. And if you follow me and obey my laws and commands as your father David did, then I will also give you a long life.”

I believe that God can fortify and protect my thought processes far beyond where I can go. The same spirit that fed the life of Jesus Christ will feed the life of my spirit. If I am struggling with sin of any kind, I ask God to show me how grievous it is to Him and to look at it from His perspective. I cannot just be sorry without truly carrying out my repentance with action. I rely on God’s power and truth to overcome every temptation.

It is only after my own repentance that I can put into action the wisdom that God grants to me with a heart of understanding and love.

Dear God, Help me to treat others with grace and mercy You showed to me through Jesus Christ. Amen

Getting to know God

I have been writing in a journal since I was a young girl. I have kept a prayer journal over the last ten years to draw closer to God. Are you waiting for answers? Draw closer to God.

The Prayer Journals Facebook page provides prayer journal prompts and inspiration. Please join me there or on Twitter @prayerprompts.

God’s Blessings to You,
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Sheri

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