Have you ever walked and prayed? Taken a prayer walk?
When I see something spectacular in nature on a hike, I say ‘thank you God for this beauty’. My friend and I decided to try the different methods of prayer outlined in the book “Want to Hear God? Connect with Him in Prayer” by Nancy B Booth.
“Breath prayer” made us more aware of the small nature gifts: shade from hot Colorado sun, a path wide enough for two, very few people, and our eight year friendship on our prayer walk. “Breath prayer” is saying the names of God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit on inhalation and what you request in one or two words on the exhaling. Repeat the phrase seven or eight times. Please keep your eyes open for safety!
We walked and prayed for about 20 minutes in Palmer Park, a large 200-acre park in Colorado Springs. I have posted about Palmer Park in other blogs and the other picture is in Divide CO on a hike that week. Dry. High Desert. No Water.
We tried a new area of this familiar park, and found a small patch of vibrant fuchsia flowers on our way. The ‘hoodoos’ (sandstone rock formation) framed distant snowy streaked Pikes Peak when we stopped for a few moments of silence.
My San Diego born friend lamented the loss of the ocean, and she felt God so much nearer when she was by the sea. She had returned from a week in Mexico near Belize and her pictures were stunning so I understood.
I looked up into the sky as a noise caught my attention. What in the world?
There were five seagulls crossing overhead. Four more came out of the blue sky. We are in the middle of the city of Colorado Springs and thousands of miles from any ocean in the plains of Colorado. Sea gulls?
After 45, yes, forty-five sea gulls had crossed our sight, they disappeared. We were stunned to silence. God is not only very personal to give my friend a gift from the ocean; He does immeasurably more than we can imagine!
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” Ephesians 3:14-21 NIV