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What is prayerwalking?

Prayerwalking combines two actions as old as time: praying and walking. Simply put, prayerwalking is communicating with God while walking. There is no formula for prayerwalking: some people walk in groups and pray aloud while others prefer praying silently on their own. Praying can be done at any time, in any way, by anyone.

What does prayerwalking have to do with tourism?

Prayerwalking presents an option to the Christian who wants more out of a trip than just seeing the sights. Since prayer can be a silent activity, it is an ideal way to make an eternal difference in a foreign country without offending nationals or committing a cultural faux pas.

Walking around a city provides a perspective that cannot be experienced from the windows of a car or a bus. People want to experience the sights and smells of the city, to see “behind the scenes” and to get a taste of local color.

Here are some tips to keep in mind for your prayerwalk:

  1. Plan Your Route. Before heading out on your walk, have at least a rough idea of the area you want to cover. You don’t have to do the walks in the order they appear: change them up to suit your needs and interests.
  2. Pack Light. Packing light is smart. It makes you less of a target for pickpockets and allows you to store items that you may find or buy along the way.
  3. Wear Comfortable Shoes. Go for comfort over fashion. You’ll do a lot of walking and your feet will need some pampering. But no matter how many blisters you may get as a result of prayerwalking, remember: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:15)
  4. Enjoy the Journey. Learn to appreciate each moment of your journey as you experience it through your senses. Look into the eyes of the people you encounter and allow yourself to be moved with compassion for them just as Jesus was for Jerusalem (Luke 19:41).
Joshua 1:3, “Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you.”