If this is new to you we want to encourage and welcome you to a growing movement. Firstly be at peace, you are not alone, and there is no great mystery or secret. Prayer walking is as simple as it sounds – praying as you walk, out loud or silently. God told Joshua: ‘I will give you every place where you set your foot.’ (Joshua 1:3 NIV). There is something powerful and significant about making our prayers physical: expressing our longings for places by going and standing there to pray.
As you walk, listen to the voice of the Lord. Our aim is to capture the heartbeat of heaven and declare it into being. You are tapping into the divine heart and mind of God to usher in His purposes. Respond to what He is saying and share it with us here.
As you walk, pray out loud. When we speak out loud, we are using the mechanism which God chose to use to create life and hope and love (Genesis 1). The Bible says our words are powerful, declarations that partner with heaven bring transformational, life-changing blessings upon the people and the land. When we agree with the word from heaven, power is released in the here and now on Earth.
As you walk, bless the land. As we pronounce blessings, we echo the Aaronic blessing from Numbers 6: “the Lord bless you and keep you: the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace” (vv.24-26). As we speak blessing, so we put God’s name upon the land and He will bless it (See Numbers 6:27).
As you walk, sing over the land. You could sing the Blessing like the one recently sung right across the world. “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples”. (Psalm 96:1-3)
As you walk, take authority over the land to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth through the activity of prayer. You are praying from His heart and calling into existence the very desires that are already in the heart of God. You are praying from heaven because you are seated with Him in heavenly realms in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6).
As you walk, speak to the very earth. We are literally speaking to the Earth, to hear the word of the Lord, not forgetting that we ourselves were made from dust. “For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed” (Romans 8:19). We have been called to ‘sow in His Word’.
As you walk, believe that your prayers and action are making a difference! Nothing is wasted. “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).
We want you to enjoy your time walking, and be prepared and safe. The following are some guidelines for you to think about which we hope you will find helpful.
Planning Your Route
No matter how far you are intending to walk we recommend visiting the National Trail website. Here you can readily identify areas that are more suited to walking, cycling, or the altitude gains you would be comfortable with. The trails are firm under foot but some sections can be more challenging and many routes have stiles. They are well sign posted, but it is always good to have a map with you or downloaded on your phone.
Be Well Equipped
Everyone is responsible for their own health and safety as they travel and walk. Be sure to check the weather forecast before heading out and plan appropriately. Some parts of the South Downs are remote so please ensure you are equipped with the right layered clothing as the weather can change quickly. A light waterproof jacket is useful to pop into your backpack. Wear appropriate footwear, have a hat, first aid kit (especially blister plasters and bite cream), sunglasses, water in a reusable water bottle and food/snacks as cafes may not be open. Sunscreen is important even if overcast.
Please respect and honour the land that we are walking on and follow the Country Code at all times. In brief, we need to:
- Be safe, plan ahead and follow signs and stick to the route.
- Leave gates and property as you find them.
- If on a coastal part of the path, be directed by the signage as to what is safe.
- Protect plants and animals and take your litter home.
- Keep dogs under close control and on a lead.
- Do not light fires or BBQs.
- Ensure you are following all Covid 19 guidelines.
For more detailed information on the Country Code, please click here.
For more detailed information on how to prepare practically for walking the land, please read our blog post on Prayer Walking – Practical Tips.