“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”- Colossians 4:2
For years the discipline of prayer alluded me. I desired a more diligent prayer life. If you’ve ever seen the movie “War Room” than you know what I wanted. I read scriptures on prayer, completed Bible studies on the topic, and even purchased a fancy prayer journal. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t pray with consistency. When praying, my mind usually wandered, or I was quickly interrupted by the needs of a small child. If my schedule got hectic, my prayer time would get bumped to the back burner. Rather than becoming a prayer warrior I looked more like a prayer washout.
Then the Lord handed me a puppy. Not just any puppy. A strapping Labrador Retriever who needed consistent, daily exercise. Now walking, for the sake of walking, has never been my thing. I love to hike. I love to run. Walking not so much. But you can’t tell that to an energetic puppy who needed the discipline as much as the exercise a walk provides.
So multiple times a day, I hooked a leash to Adi’s puppy sized collar, and she and I would walk the perimeter of our property. Surrounded by the glow of the morning sunrise, the simple beauty of trees and flowers, and the sparkle of the stars and moon I found myself conversing with the Lord. It seemed as natural as breathing. With time, the Lord began laying the names of specific people on my heart with verses to pray for them. And so, my daily dog walk became my prayer walk for friends, family, and neighbors. My praying stamina grew with my puppy. Three laps around the house eventually grew into three miles through our community as our Lab reached full maturity.
I truly consider Adi my prayer facilitator. Her need for a daily walk, rain or shine, fog or snow, ensures I’m meeting with the Lord in prayer for at least three miles each morning. On these walks a line of communication is established that remains open for the remainder of the day. Know that you too have been prayed for during one of our walks.
Be . . . faithful in prayer- Romans 12:12
There’s a garden where Jesus is waiting,-Eleanor Scholl, 1920*
There’s a place that is wondrously fair;
For it glows with the light of His presence,
’Tis that beautiful garden of prayer.”
*Scholl, Eleanor. (1920). “The Beautiful Garden of Prayer” [Lyrics]. Retrieved from URL https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/The_Beautiful_Garden_of_Prayer/
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