We pray over meals, at church, before a big decision, in times of Crisis… but how confident and comfortable are you with prayer?
Are you more comfortable talking to God in your head?
Are you more comfortable praying by yourself in your quiet time?
What about in a group or with strangers?
I remember being asked as a child and as teenager to pray. Why? Because I was the preacher’s kid. Of course I knew how to pray, but I was really uncomfortable, worried about saying “the wrong thing”. I still worry about that when asked to pray at a public event with no warning.
I often remind myself, prayer is a conversation with God. Granted, public and private prayer are a little different. When you pray publicly, you are to offering prayers for others, not only yourself. But in either case, it remains a conversation. This conversation includes saying hello, giving thanks for listening, sharing what is on my heart and mind, asking for help, assistance, and guidance. Especially in private prayer, it is a conversation. This means, I have had to learn to make space to listen for God’s response, to believe God will speak. And this is the hardest part for me: sitting in the silence and waiting.
No matter what, when I pray, I remember God promises to listen if I talk. God also promises: if I seek, I will find; if I knock, the door will open (Matthew 7:7-8).
Over the years I have experimented with many prayer practices. One I have really grown to enjoy is the practice of prayer walking. I was introduced to it in the back to school season. I was invited to join other neighbors and friends to walk around our high school and pray for the students, faculty, and staff. At different points we stop and collectively pray for specific aspects of the school year and life on campus. It was so much fun to hear elementary school and high school kids and their families praying for their school collectively.
Have you ever prayer walked?
Would you be willing to give it a try?
Here is your opportunity. This school year is going to be like none before it. I want to personally and physically show support to our teachers, administrators, and staff of our neighborhood schools. This Sunday at our back to school drive-through backpack blessing and teacher survival kit event, we will be passing out prayer walking guides. You can join me or other members of our church at a specific campus on Sunday night at 6 p.m. at the flag pole and prayer walk together. Or you can pick another time that works for you and your family. The prayer walk guide is on the church website for you to download as well.
You may still have questions about this prayer walking thing.
What to Wear:
- Comfortable shoes for walking
- Comfortable cloths to be outside.
What Do I need to bring:
- Strollers for young children
- Hat or Sunscreen or umbrella (wishful thinking)
- Cell phone or camera
- Take a photo of your group so we can share
What else might you need to know?
- Sunday night at 6 p.m.
- Meet at the Flag Pole
- Polser Elementary
- Creek Valley Middle School
- Hebron High School
- A School of your choice
- Invite others to join you.
- Print the Prayer Guide
- Meet at the Flag Pole
- How Long will it last?
- Enough time to walk around the building 1 time.
- For more information or to download the prayer walking guide and prayers, go to aldersgatecarrollton.org/backtoschool
I am excited to impact our community with prayer this weekend.
Will you join me?
I hope you will.