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Title:
Daily prayerwalk : meditations for a deeper prayer life
Author:
McHenry, Janet Holm.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Colorado Springs, Colo. : WaterBrook Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xi, 190 pages ; 21 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Why pray? -- From the inside out -- Ordinary faith, extraordinary God -- God's economy -- On the lookout -- Removing roadblocks -- A confident approach -- Something only God can do -- Never give up -- Keep it simple -- Help! -- Praying the Bible -- Pulling rank -- Faith-building signs -- A thankful heart -- Heartfelt confession -- Prayer gossip -- In His hands -- On His wings -- Are we family -- Two are better than one -- The right focus -- Friendship factor -- Listening for His voice -- Watch and pray -- Give me wisdom, Father -- Greater than any of our fears -- When God says no -- Overboard and desperate -- Changing God's Mind -- Before we even ask -- Conditional answers -- When you don't know how to pray -- Waiting...and waiting...and... -- Blessing your city -- When you can do more than pray -- Praying for your enemies -- Partners with God -- Rending your heart -- No lone wolves -- In God we trust -- Going deeper -- From heaven to earth -- Stamp of approval -- Finding sanctuary -- Dumping ground -- Meditating on His Word -- Embracing silence -- First impulse -- Praying without ceasing.
ISBN:
9781578565443
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Since the release of Janet Holm McHenry's PrayerWalk, thousands around the world have embraced prayerwalking as an enjoyable and effective way to improve physical health, nurture spiritual growth, and intercede in prayer for their loved ones and communities. Now, blending biblical truths with the lessons she's learned while prayerwalking, Janet offers fresh insights and further inspiration to all who value the discipline of prayer.

Just as PrayerWalk gave readers a comprehensive overview of prayerwalking, Daily PrayerWalk explores in detail the important elements of a healthy prayer life. Whether the reader is a new or experienced prayerwalker, or one who simply wants to challenge and strengthen his or her prayer practice, Daily PrayerWalk provides both basic and in-depth insights, new ideas, and solid answers to questions about communication with God.

Readers can use this book as a thoughtful guide to a deeper prayer life or as a devotional for the days when they do prayerwalks. In both cases, this book of fifty prayer-related meditations will support and challenge them as they become men and women of prayer, strength, and discipline.


Author Notes

Janet Holm McHenry is the author of more than a dozen titles, including the popular PrayerWalk and Girlfriend Gatherings: Creative Ways to Stay Connected . Hundreds of her articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines nationwide, such as Guideposts, Moody, Virtue, and Today's Christian Woman. A high school English, journalism, and creative writing teacher, Janet has been prayerwalking for several years and is the leader of a local prayerwalk ministry in a small town in northern California.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Janet Holm McHenry follows up her popular book PrayerWalk with Daily PrayerWalk: Meditations for a Deeper Prayer Life, once again encouraging Christians (especially women) to enhance their prayer time by walking. Fifty prayer-related meditations can be used as daily devotions before setting out. McHenry also offers quick fitness tips to complement the Scripture verses and "prayer starters" that accompany each devotion. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Excerpts

Excerpts

  Why Pray? Prayer Walk Focus Read Matthew 22:34-40. Daily Prayer Walk "Jesus replied: `"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."'"-Matthew 22:37 My friends are an important part of my life. I make conscious efforts to spend time with them-a day at a lake, an afternoon at a craft fair, a retreat weekend, dinner out. Through these and many other ways I've managed to stay in touch with high school friends, college roommates, and others, even with the demands of a full-time job and four children. I intentionally set aside time during the year to have face-to-face gatherings, with additional contact on the phone or through e-mail. I do this because I love my friends, they've been an important part of my life, and I enjoy spending time with them. I also feel that way about spending time in prayer with God, but this is a new attitude for me. Most of my Christian life I prayed because I knew a good Christian should do such things. Other times I prayed when I was desperate-when life was falling apart and I couldn't juggle its demands or stresses anymore. Before I started prayerwalking, I'd been sensing that God wanted me to spend more time with him, to pray without my own agenda. I wasn't too sure what that all meant, and so I headed to the streets with my mental prayer lists for my family. As I was walking one morning, I saw a young father hand over his toddler girl to a day-care worker, and I was struck with the sense that God wanted me to pray for everything I saw as I walked. Soon I began to sense God's presence as I prayed; in prayer I can partner with God. Now I pray for the same reasons I spend time with my friends: I love God, he is the most important thing in my life, and I enjoy spending time with him. Jesus cares about why we pray. In the Sermon on the Mount, he told the crowd that blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who are meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, those who are merciful and pure in heart, those who are peacemakers, and those who are persecuted. If our prayers bring us closer to living out those characteristics, then we're praying for the right reasons. Christ taught that more than anything God wants our hearts. He said, "`Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment" (Matthew 22:37-38). We pray-and fast, read the Bible, give, worship-because we love God and wholly desire to develop lives that will glorify him. I've thought a lot about why I pray and have put together this quiz for you and me: I pray (check all that apply): to seek God's guidance for God's wisdom to feel closer to God to express my love for God to confess the junk of my life to escape the worries of the world to thank God for all he has given me to ask God to help me with my day to ask God to make me a better person to intercede for others because God wants me to spend time with him because God wants me to pray for others because I like talking with God because I know I should to impress other people other: ______________________________________ God is absolutely trustworthy. When you have a friend like that, you certainly seek her out-call her on the phone for advice and regular chats, meet for lunch or a walk, go to a movie or shopping together. Similarly, my Lord has become my best friend, the one I can always depend on. Meeting with him each day, whether I'm prayerwalking or at home or in my car or in my classroom, is something I must do now-if only because being with Jesus has become my greatest joy. Prayer Starter Dear Lord, sometimes I pray only because I think it's expected of me. I want to make meeting you in prayer and in your Word the most important parts of my day-not to receive the approval of others but to simply learn more about the God I love. Help me to be more like your Son, who sought you continually for guidance, help, and companionship. In Jesus' name, amen. Fitness Tip You may want to see your doctor before you start a walking routine if you check any of the following: My doctor has concerns about my cholesterol levels. I have a form of heart disease. I sometimes have pain in my chest or upper arms. I sometimes feel faint or dizzy. I haven't exercised in a year or more. My doctor says I need to lose weight. I have smoked in the last two years. I am taking a prescribed medication. Heart disease runs in my family. I have high blood sugar or diabetes. I have severe arthritis. I have chronic back or joint pain. I have recently had surgery or another medical problem that makes me physically weak. From the Inside Out Daily Prayer Walk Read Nehemiah 8. Prayer Walk Focus "The joy of the Lord is your strength."-Nehemiah 8:10 As I have prayerwalked Main Street of my little town, I've witnessed a transformation of some of the homes and businesses. Our one and only gas station expanded into a minimart. The hardware store got a sandblasting and new varnish. The pharmacy is showing off a facelift-vinyl siding. I pray for the workers; I know it's not easy climbing up ladders and working in the elements. I'm sure it wasn't easy for the Israelites, either, when they rebuilt the broken-down walls and burnt city gates of Jerusalem. When they were in captivity in Balon, they had probably heard the passed-down stories of their beautiful promised city. But when they returned from captivity in Balon-a century and a half after their ancestors were taken away-they found their fortified city in rock crumbles. The vision of one man rebuilt the city walls: Nehemiah. His brother Hanani had traveled the thousand-mile journey back to Balon to tell him of the city's sad state. Within days of Nehemiah's arrival, the Israelites worked side side to repair the wall. The third chapter of the book of Nehemiah lists all of the workers. The "next to him ... beyond him ... beside him ... next to him" language makes me picture a Tom Sawyer row of workers, each setting rock and mortar into place. Less than two months after Nehemiah had arrived in Jerusalem, the Israelites had rebuilt the walls and gates, and the Jews' numerous enemies shrank away in fear, "because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God" (Nehemiah 6:16). Party time-the people were ready to celebrate! But even though the walls were rebuilt and the enemy had withered away, the people inside the city were still the same people-folks who were relying on the relationship their ancestors had had with God, not men and women who had their own relationship with him. But that soon changed. At the party Ezra and the priests read from the Scriptures words that had never before pierced the hearts and souls of these people. They also prayed, and the hearts of the people began to change. In fact, their mourning and weeping from the reading of God's Word prompted this famous verse: "The joy of the Lord is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10). They had thought that the walls of the city would be their strength; instead, they discovered that God's joy would be. When life presents stress, struggles, and even horror, the joy of knowing God can rise up within to give the believer the inner strength to keep going. For seven full days from sunrise to sunset, God's words penetrated their hearts, and the inside of Jerusalem-the people themselves-was changed as well. Similarly, we can build a new physical exterior-we can exercise and work out-and still be a mess inside. I experienced this many years ago when I fanatically dieted and exercised and lifted weights and was (Continues...) Excerpted from Daily Prayer Walk by Janet Holm McHenry Copyright © 2002 by Janet Holm McHenry Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
1. Why Pray?p. 3
2. From the Inside Outp. 7
3. Ordinary Faith, Extraordinary Godp. 11
4. God's Economyp. 15
5. On the Lookoutp. 18
6. Removing Roadblocksp. 22
7. A Confident Approachp. 26
8. Something Only God Can Dop. 29
9. Never Give Upp. 32
10. Keep It Simplep. 35
11. Help!p. 38
12. Praying the Biblep. 41
13. Pulling Rankp. 44
14. Faith-Building Signsp. 48
15. A Thankful Heartp. 52
16. Heartfelt Confessionp. 56
17. Prayer Gossipp. 60
18. In His Handsp. 63
19. On His Wingsp. 66
20. We Are Familyp. 70
21. Two Are Better Than Onep. 74
22. The Right Focusp. 78
23. Friendship Factorp. 82
24. Listening for His Voicep. 86
25. Watch and Prayp. 90
26. Give Me Wisdom, Fatherp. 93
27. Greater Than Any of Our Fearsp. 97
28. When God Says Nop. 101
29. Overboard and Desperatep. 104
30. Changing God's Mindp. 108
31. Before We Even Askp. 112
32. Conditional Answersp. 116
33. When You Don't Know How to Prayp. 120
34. Waiting...and Waiting...andp. 124
35. Blessing Your Cityp. 128
36. When You Can Do More Than Prayp. 132
37. Praying for Your Enemiesp. 135
38. Partners with Godp. 138
39. Rending Your Heartp. 141
40. No Lone Wolvesp. 145
41. In God We Trustp. 148
42. Going Deeperp. 152
43. From Heaven to Earthp. 156
44. Stamp of Approvalp. 160
45. Finding Sanctuaryp. 163
46. Dumping Groundp. 166
47. Meditating on His Wordp. 170
48. Embracing Silencep. 174
49. First Impulsep. 178
50. Praying Without Ceasingp. 181
Notesp. 187