Today was the prayer walk day. Well I didn’t get to prayer walking as we had people over to our house for lunch and had to spend much of my day preparing for a chapel we are doing at a local high school about God’s heart for the nations. So I had a little time before our congregational meeting at night so I decided to prayer drive, partly because it was raining, partly because I was running out of time. I started driving around town and ended up driving around the college campus praying for the discipleship groups going on, praying for the spiritual well being of the campus, praying that as my good friend takes the job as spiritual director that lives will be changed, praying what my part will be in all of this.
I did something similar to this earlier in the year. The challenge was to pray for everyone you come into contact with…..So I started doing that. At first it was a big adjustment because I so used to having thoughts of judgement toward others. When I did this my whole attitude changed as did my posture toward people. Instead of getting frustrated I prayed for what might be causing. them to be grumpy. I filled my head with prayers instead of wandering thoughts. I caught my thoughts and turned them into prayers and it was glorious. But at the end of the day my mind was tired. It just taught me how much I don’t train my mind.
As I finished my prayer driver I did see people biking and running and prayed for them. On my way home I prayed over each home and the people I knew who lived in them. I am going to work on praying at work tomorrow as well for people again. It made my days much more enjoyable and I was way more compassionate.