Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Prayer Walking

I just had the most wonderful morning. After I went to the grocery, and returned home with a big cup of Starbucks, I felt inclined to sit outside and read my Bible underneath the starry sky and a brilliantly shining moon. This personal time with the Lord was so precious and sweet, as He convicted me of a glaring sin I had unknowingly been clinging to, and brought me sweet repentance and instruction through His Word. I did not want it to end. The crisp early morning was bidding me to stay out and further enjoy quiet time on the quiet campus, and I had the idea to go on a prayer walk around the Seminary lawn. This idea of prayer walking had been planted in my mind by Terry Rogstad, a godly woman at my church, who mentioned how she loved to go for walks and speak to the Lord.

Perhaps this is something everyone does, but it was new to me! How delightful to praise, pray, speak out loud, or whisper very softly requests that tumbled to the forefront of my mind as I was stimulated by the exercise. Scriptures came, and I prayed those for dear ones I loved, and at the very end (there is a big clock on top of one of the buildings that chimes the half hours so I could watch my time) I saw the gorgeous sunrise, orange and pink and peach, filling the sky with a sorbet of colorful clouds.

Here is a scripture (paraphrased) that I prayed for my sisters (Anna, Emily, if you are reading this, I pray this for you):

Ephesians 3:16&19
I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources
he will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit.
May you experience the love of Christ,
though it is too great to understand fully understand,
then you will be made complete with all fullness of life and power that comes from God.

4 comments:

brittany said...

I've done a version of that. I used to "prayer drive". I drove at least 20 min daily and would spend that time praying. When I worked in the next city over, I'd pray on the way to work many mornings. It was great alone time w/ the Lord.

Anonymous said...

Gretchen, thank you for thinking of us while we were being lazy sleeping :) Thank you very much for praying for me. That means so much! I miss you and Josh. Maybe we can visit sometime, or you can come here.
Anna

Sara Mincy said...

I love it!!!!! The mornings are so wonderful...but I know I am missing even more blessings because I don't get up as early as you. You are an inspiration.

Thanks for your comments at my blog....I LOVE the vintage decoupage idea.

And about that paper on my fridge...just tape! Works like a charm! I think you could put it anywhere. It would be adorable on kitchen cabinets.

Emily said...

yes. I too, pray out loud when I drive alone. It is just different to pray out loud then it is to pray quietly.
I was touched to learn that you pray that sweet prayer for me. God knows I need it.
-emma