Day 5: Prayer Walking. This morning I read the challenge for today, and I’m gonna be honest, it made me a little nervous. Not the prayer walking part of it, but the challenge to talk to someone about prayer along the way. This is the first time in the challenge that we are asked to speak to someone who may or may not be a follower of Christ. I thought through the logistics of how I would make prayer walking a part of my day today. My husband works on Wednesday nights, so I am single momming it tonight. I could have chosen to take both kiddos out in the stroller, but it was a tad bit chilly for that today. Finally, I decided, what a better way to pray for my workplace? After work, I spent time walking the halls of the school I work in praying for the teachers/staff that work there and the students who attend there. I can’t believe I had never thought to do this before! Before I knew it, I had been walking the halls and lifting up needs of the school for 45 minutes!
As for the “ask someone what you can pray for them about” part of today’s challenge, I was approached by the custodian of our building as I was walking. This is a woman who I have a conversation with every day I work in that school, however, it rarely gets deeper than: “How are you today?” This afternoon, I decided to change that. After I answered her question, I told her that I was walking the halls and praying for our teachers and students. I asked if there was anything specifically that I could be praying for her about. Surprise! She was not mean at all and she certainly wasn’t offended that I took up her time to ask her this question. She smiled and told me her prayer request. She then asked where I went to church and told me that she attended one up the street. This is a lady who I have conversations with all the time and I honestly had no idea as to whether she was a believer or not. It was sort of eye opening to me to realize how many times I interact with people who I honestly never have a conversation that is deeper than the work at hand. I thought I was pretty good at looking for opportunities, but I guess not. I definitely plan to be more intentional from here on out.
Oh, and don’t forget as you go through the rest of this challenge that yesterday we made a prayer calendar! I almost forgot about it, like I had checked it off as a completed challenge from yesterday.