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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The Prayer Habit – Beware & Be Blessed

Years ago I enlisted the help of a therapist for postpartum depression after my second son was born. I had my children in mid-thirties, and I wanted to be that perfect mother. Constantly worried about whether I was parenting correctly and obsessed with their safety, I knew that I needed help. After a few months of therapy, I remember one session where the therapist advised me, “One day, Sheri, I am going to see your teenage children in here.” She proceeded to share with me how some of my behaviors could have a dramatic effect on my relationship with my children. After that session, I felt as though I had been ‘verbally’ spanked but I was grateful for it. She made me sit up and take notice. I am blessed to have wonderful and loving relationships with both of my sons because I heeded her advice.

So when I read a devotion by Oswald Chambers last week, I felt again as though I had been verbally spanked. It made me sit up and say, WOW! While the devotion was entitled, “The Habit of Having No Habits,” the message was clear about my prayer journal habit.

WOW!

“Your god may be your little Christian habit – the habit of prayer or Bible reading at certain times of your day. Watch how your Father will upset your schedule if you begin to worship your habit instead of what the habit symbolizes. We say, ‘I can’t do that right now; this is my time alone with God.’ No, this is your time alone with your habit. There is a quality that is still lacking in you. Identify your shortcoming and then look for opportunities to work into your life that missing quality,” writes Oswald Chambers.

Here is the link to read the entire devotion: http://utmost.org/the-habit-of-having-no-habits/

I have been guilty of loving the habit of my journal writing – the habit of writing – so much so that at times I have consciously missed to simply meditating on His Word, His presence at that moment, and forgetting to put down the pen to quietly listen to God.

As Oswald Chambers wisely ends this particular devotion, “Remember that ‘the need to receive, recognize, and rely on the Holy Spirit’ is before all else.”

Is there someplace where I am not at home with God?

My prayer journal has helped me to focus attention inwardly on my relationship with God. I have created this habit of writing daily in my prayer journal, and I take my journal almost everywhere I go. However, this Oswald Chamber helped me to question whether my journal writing was a self-examination of my relationship with God, or was my prayer journal just an opportunity to write everything that was going on in my life?

Truthfully, the answer was both.

Writing in my prayer journal is a spontaneous habit in my life, but the habit hasn’t always been immersed in drawing closer to God. I thank Oswald Chambers for verbally spanking me just has my therapist had many years ago to set me on the right path.

Prayer Is

 

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8

“If we can change our attitudes about prayer – thinking of it as a process that builds our relationship with God – and cultivate a daily prayer time, we can become strong people of prayer. And the prayer life we develop has the potential to completely transform our lives.” John Maxwell, Author, and Speaker

Journal Tools

When I begin my daily prayer time, I read several Christian devotions and then I end with reading Scripture before I begin writing. God speaks to me in many different ways and in my circumstances, as well as, through other people’s perspectives. Devotion topics lead me to spiritual self-examination allowing me to explore where I am in my relationship to God. I am able then to journal my own perspective and allowing God to work with me in whatever is limiting my understanding or acceptance of His Will for my life.

The following daily devotion websites are some of my favorite reflective readings:

Our Daily Bread www.odb.org

Oswald Chambers www.utmost.org

Rick Warren www.rickwarren.org

InTouch Ministries www.intouch.org

Lutheran Women’s Missionary League www.lwml.org/mustard-seed-devotions

Biblegateway www.biblegateway.com/devotionals has a list of daily devotions.

Crosswalk www.crosswalk.com/devotionals has a list of daily devotions.

Praying the Scriptures:

“Give (me) each day (my) daily bread.” Luke 11:3

“Trust in the Lord with all (my) heart, and do not rely on (my) own insight. In all (my) ways acknowledge him and he will straight (my) paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

“Before I was afflicted I went astray,
but now I obey your word.
You are good, and what you do is good;
teach me your decrees.” Psalm 119:67-68

Prayer Writing Prompt:

If my devotions lead me to Jesus, then they are good. But, if I stay where I am, something is wrong. Is there someplace where I am not at home with God?

Am I limiting myself from doing certain things that restrict me from drawing closer to God?

You can now follow The Prayer Journals on Twitter for daily writing prompts.
Twitter: @PrayerPrompts

Comment on this post with your favorite daily devotions!

If you would like me to pray for you, email me, Sheri at Hoot@TheBloggingOwl.com or send a tweet @PrayerPrompts.

Blessings on your day!