Prayer Walk and Primate
I’m looking forward to the opportunity to go on a “Neighborhood Prayer Walk” tomorrow! What’s a prayer walk? Well, I’m glad you asked…
In the Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, Adele Calhoun defines prayer walking as “a way of physically walking with Jesus through places (businesses, schools, playgrounds, housing projects, etc.) that you are concerned about. From the vantage point of proximity, prayers for the kingdom to come are offered to God.” Prayer walking is about moving through a physical space, in this case our neighborhoods, and taking in what we see and encounter and offering it up to God. The intention is ask for God’s kingdom to come in the places we live and frequent, and also that we would more clearly see these places and the people in them through Jesus’ eyes, with a perspective on the larger activity of God. In my experience, prayer walking helps us to notice better, both in terms what God might be doing and also the people and places we might easily overlook.
I wanted to invite you to join me tomorrow morning from 10 a.m. to noon for a prayer walk in the Windsor Park, University Hills and Mueller neighborhoods. We’ll gather at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of Harris Elementary for morning prayer before fanning out to walk and pray. We’ll have some prompts to guide us in prayer, but there will also be space to simply walk and listen to the Lord. If you’re unable to make it at this time I want to encourage you to take some time tomorrow to walk and pray in the area around your home. You can do this alone or together as family, simply as a way of being the church where you live. Let’s participate in what God is doing where we live!
Grace and Peace,
P.S. I know that some of us may have tracked this past week with the Anglican Primates meeting in Canterbury include. This was an important meeting in a lot of ways – thank you for praying. If you’re interested in learning more, I’d be happy to talk with you about it. You can also check out these resources:
- The Primates issued this communiqué regarding the substance of their gathering.
- Our Bishop, Todd Hunter, and our Archbishop, Foley Beach, who attended the meeting, each issued statements found here and here.
- For background, Father Thomas McKenzie, a priest in Nashville, is writing a series on the structure of the Anglican Communion.