“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46
This prayer walk will give you time to give thanks for what you have, but also to bring before God those people and things which need special care and attention at present. You may also wish to use the time to become aware of how much you own, and ask God to highlight for you the things you don’t need so that you can change your habits and lifestyle in the future.
Start in the Bedroom/s
Call to mind the family members who sleep in these rooms every night and thank God for them. Remember any visitors who sleep in your spare rooms, if you have them, as well as your friends and family who are unable visit at the moment. Ask God to end this virus quickly so that we can all be together again soon
Move to the bathroom
Turn on the tap and let the water run over your fingers. Be thankful for this constant supply of clean water, as well as for warm baths and showers which keep us smelling fresh. Give thanks for your flushing toilet and think of those in our world who do not have this luxury.
Open the medicine cabinet. Pray for the scientists working on a vaccine for Covid 19 that they will be successful. Pray for NHS workers to be protected. Thank God for modern medicine and our access to it.
Go into the room where you eat your meals.
Think about the meals you have shared around a table both in your home and in the homes of others. Pray that this will soon be possible once again and give thanks for the joys of fellowship and hospitality. Bring to mind the sharing of bread and wine around God’s table in memory of Jesus’s sacrifice for us and give thanks.
Now go to the sitting room.
Bring to mind, and be thankful for, all the things that aid our relaxation; music, books, tv’s, crosswords, sewing, computers etc. Remember a happy time spent in this room. Ask God to show you how to use your time wisely even in lockdown.
Flick on the light switch and pray for those who work to keep our energy supplied.
In the kitchen
Look in the fridge and the food cupboards. Be thankful for all the produce that you have available. Pray for CAP, Lord’s Larder and all those who are buying food for their neighbours and elderly relatives at present. Give thanks and pray for the farmers, growers, delivery drivers, and shop workers working to keep our food cupboards stocked up.
Think about your bin and give thanks for those who collect your rubbish and recycling. Take time to think about the rubbish that you produce and ask God to show you ways that you can reduce this.
Go to the front or back door and think about those who are homeless, those in refugee camps, in orphanages, living as street children. Lift up each one before God who knows and loves them all.
Pray for those who live on their own and are feeling especially isolated. Ask God’s protection and peace to be poured out on those for whom home has become a prison of loneliness or a place of danger.
With all these thoughts in mind give thanks if your home has become a place of safety and refuge for you at the moment, and remember that
“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” Nahum 1:7