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Prayer Walks

When: August 1 - 31

Prayer walking helps us experience God’s presence as we move, gives us space to listen, and helps us use our senses to become aware of the things God wants to show us. Each month this summer, we will offer you a prompt from Romans 12 as a way to help you pray for yourself, your neighbors, and your city. Set aside at least 30 minutes to walk and follow the prompts below.

A GUIDE FOR YOUR AUGUST WALK (download phone-friendly PDF)

Choose a location: Is there a neighborhood or a place in nature that you are drawn to?
Today’s focus:  Live in harmony.
Prepare: Read Romans 12:9-21 slowly. Read again a second time.

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Begin your walk:
Ask: Who do I need to extend an invitation to? What steps can I take to make peace with those I disagree with?

Listen: Spend time quieting your mind and heart as you walk and listen for the Holy Spirit. 

Pray: {Pray this prayer after you finish walking}

Jesus, you are the Prince of Peace.

Please give me a desire to be a peacemaker in the places you have me. I confess the ways I am easily offended and defensive {silently confess here}.  

Create in me a clean heart, O Lord, and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)

Lord, thank you for loving me and for the power of your Holy Spirit that helps me.

Jesus, thank you for the grace you extend to me despite my sin.

Please open my eyes to the places I can be an instrument of peace and hope. I specifically ask for your help in {name what has been placed on your heart today}. Amen.