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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40 Days of Lent – Reflections #1, A Series

Last Wednesday, February 26, 2020, Ash Wednesday began the Lenten season for Christians. This blog, The Prayer Journals extended an invitation to join a 6-week spiritual awakening through daily fasting, prayer and reflecting on posting Bible verses and prayer journal prompts. These Bible verses and reflection, prayer journal prompts are posted daily on The Prayer Journals Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PrayerPrompts/. Even though this 6-week spiritual awakening journey has begun, I invite you to join this event today.

Reflections #1

Each week I will be posting excerpts from my prayer journal reflections. I invite you to share your prayer journal reflections here on the blog or over on The Prayer Journals Facebook page. My sharing of my personal prayer reflections on this spiritual journey towards Easter is intended to show how journal writing can help each one of us draw closer to God.

Drawing Closer to God

In drawing closer to God, we can express our personal, heartfelt desires, failures and needs. The back page of my prayer journal lists the names of people I pray for daily. When the page is full, I add names on the previous page and so on. When prayers have been fulfilled, like a successful surgery or an answer to a job interview, I note a prayer of thanksgiving next to the person’s name and date. Why a date? It is a reflection that not all prayers are answered instantly, but according to God’s Will and perfect timing for that person.

Find that quiet space to draw closer to God. Allow yourself to write as much as you are led to write from your heart. It may only be just one paragraph, or it may be several pages. God wants to hear from you. I ask God daily to help me see Him throughout the day, to hear Him, and to help me feel His presence. God never fails to answer that request.

Daily Bible Verse and Personal Reflection

While the focus of the daily personal reflection is on one Bible verse, it is an opportunity to read that verse in the Bible in its’ full context with the beginning of the chapter in which the verse appears. The God’s Word translation is primarily used in The Prayer Journals blog and for the purpose of this Lenten series.

1 DAY- 40 DAYS OF LENT

Day 1 – “Self-Improvement”

As I read Luke, Chapter 6, the meaning of verse 24 becomes into focus in verse 37 on the topic of judging others.

Here is an excerpt from my personal prayer journal:

“As I pray today’s verse from Your Word, I diligently pray for my own self-improvement in mind, body and spirit. As I begin to fast from 3 daily meals, I pray that my hunger is not from food but a hunger to know You better. A hunger to reflect Your Goodness and deny myself any position that would make another person feel less than deserving of Your love, grace and mercy than me. I look to Your ways to help me to stop judging, to stop condemning and to forgive others. Lord, may I see not see their faults, but the highest possibilities in them. Help me to be the well-trained teacher that leads with Your compassion.”

2 DAY - 40 DAYS OF LENT
Day 2 – “To Devote Myself to God”

My prayer journal excerpt from the day:

“Dear Lord, I give you all the praise and glory. Many times, over the course of my life I relied on the wealth of this world instead of You. As I continue to fast, I peer into the deep well of my incompleteness and I have seen where I have limited or impoverished the ministry of Jesus because I have not been fully been devoted to You. I ask for forgiveness. I devote to drawing from Jesus’ well of quietness and comfort, and not the sadness and bitterness of my own, or what the world promises.”

3 DAY - 40 DAYS OF LENT
Day 3 – “To Carry Other’s Cross”

My prayer journal excerpt from the day:

“Dear Lord, not all of us have the same life experiences, but our experiences have familial roots. I pray that whether I can grasp the unique personal challenges of others that I am able accept and affirm them as Your child. As I help them carry their cross, may they see Your light in my actions and words. Lord, I am grateful to those whose names are on endless list that have done the same for me.”

4 DAY - 40 DAYS OF LENT
Day 4 – “To Cultivate Silence”

My prayer journal excerpt from the day:

“Lord, I know when something or someone disturbs me, I can make a disturbance to others. It is often something out of my control or something I cannot handle myself. So, what am I to do? I pray I will seek if not a physical place of quiet reflection, but a cultivate a place of silence within my heart so that I may feel Your calming presence. There is so much division, strife and heartache in this world, Lord, and I pray I do not add to it. Help me to hear Your whispering voice.”

5 DAY 40 DAYS OF LENT
Day 5 – “To Do God’s Will”

My prayer journal excerpt from the day:

“Dear Lord, I pray that I will not fall asleep. It is so easy to do under the weight of the today’s worldly pressures; but I pray that you will take my cup of temptation away and fill it with Christ’s living water.

I pray that I would resist using my own weapons in my own moral-resisting power; but use the spiritual weapon of implicit trust in You, a simple relationship with Jesus Christ. I know Lord that my love for You is not realized by intellectual discernment; it is a spiritual revelation.”

When I pray

I encourage you to periodically refer back to the initial invitation for this 6-week Lenten series, 40 Days of Lent – An Invitation for further journal writing guidance for the daily prayer journal prompts for the reflection topic. Please know that I am praying for you in this spiritual awakening journey toward the Easter celebration. You may reach out to me by email at theprayerjournals.com@gmail.com.

Getting to know God

I have been writing in a journal since I was a young girl. In the last ten years I have kept a prayer journal to draw closer to God. Are you waiting for answers? Draw closer to God.
I hope you will join me on The Prayer Journals Facebook page during the Lenten season (and beyond) for spiritual growth.

May I also ask that you share this blog post on your Facebook page and other social media, as well as, the daily Prayer Journals Facebook posts?

I appreciate your participation and value your prayers.

I am praying for you!

The Prayer Journals Facebook page provides prayer journal prompts and inspiration. Please join me there or on Twitter @prayerprompts. If you have a specific prayer request, please email me in confidence at theprayerjournals.com@gmail.com.

God’s Blessings to You,

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Sheri

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