Today’s hint for using prayer as a spiritual discipline is something simple. Prayer walking! By prayer walking I don’t mean some complicated deeply spiritual process of covering a residential block in prayer, I simply mean praying while you walk.
There is a lot of benefit to walking while you pray, or praying while you walk, depending on the initial context. Being out and active is healthy and helpful [which we may get a chance to address in the coming weeks], but it also gives you an opportunity to be immersed in the world around you.
Typically, when you are walking, you don’t do much else other than to walk and to think. Why not walk and pray – there is plenty of time available, there is plenty of inspiration and things to pray about, and I find there is something helpful and focusing when you are walking. It isn’t uncommon to go for a 20 minute walk and yet for most of us we may struggle to sit and pray for 20 minutes. Purposely combining the two creates a great opportunity.
We live in a beautiful part of the world [Mildura], with perfect weather, almost ideal all year round for walking. Prayer walking can be a helpful prompt for prayer. At the same time I think it is important to spend significant time praying in other places and circumstances also. Praying while walking can be helpful and convenient but prayer is much more than convenience. Tomorrow’s hint adds an important alternative perspective.