Is the recommendation to walk 10,000 steps a day even a possibility for most people? Is it reasonable? Regardless, the challenge is back with the surge in popularity of smart pedometers or fitness trackers, like Fitbit. Maybe you have one.
Walking 10,000 steps equates to about five miles a day, which is quite an increase for those who sit at a desk all day. It comes out to about 90 active minutes a day, which is three times the amount recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They recommend adults engage in 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, such as brisk walking. To meet this goal you would only need to walk about 7,000 to 8,000 steps a day. Keep up the good work and be intentional as you walk!
What about adding a spiritual element to your walking? Take the opportunity to be deliberate about prayer as you stroll outside, around your yard, neighborhood, downtown; even shopping. This is a great opportunity to connect with God personally and to ask for his kingdom to come and be present right where you are. There is a renewed commitment to prayer-walking in our country.
What is prayer-walking? (from Waymakers.org)
We’ve come to call this sort of on-site intercession “prayer-walking.” It’s simply praying in the very places that we expect God to bring forth His answers. The prayers are intercessory rather than devotional. Prayer-walkers learn to pray beyond their own concerns, focusing prayer on behalf of their neighbors.
Prayer-walking is usually a low-profile affair and you can go together: Friends or family stroll two-by-two through their own neighborhoods, schools and work places, praying as they go. There are some occasions when the prayer should be demonstrative, but usually it’s being on the scene without making one. Prayer-walkers will quickly become aware of the realities and needs of our neighbors.
God is stirring us to take our prayers beyond the walls of our church building and homes. As we put feet to our prayers, we’re beginning to pray with huge kingdom-sized hope for our community. Team up and Go!
Below are some acrostics to memorize and pray along your path. And watch God work!
In Christ, Pastor Tim
PRAY TO BLESS THOSE AROUND YOU
Body – for their physical needs
Labor – for the work of their hands
Emotions – for their needs
Social – for all their relationships
Spiritual – for their spiritual life to come alive!
PRAY FOR NONBELIEVERS
Hearts receptive to God
Eyes and ears to be opened to God’s love
Attitude open to understand God’s ways
Released from any barriers, strongholds
Transformed to be Christ-like
Sent, for laborers to go out and share God’s love