“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7
These are some of my favorite verses in the entire Bible, for two reasons. First, they remind us of the importance of prayer; and second, they encourage us with the promise of peace. There is a connection between our prayer life and our sense of peace, and that connection is made here in this passage.
That connection is also made at Peters Lake, through Trinity UMC’s Peters Lake Prayer Walk ministry. This ministry began about a year ago, when we noticed how many people from Trinity walk around Peters Lake on a regular basis. We realized how peaceful it is there, and imagined what a difference it might make if we used that walking time as prayer time.
A team of people met and designed a prayer brochure with seven different prayer stations, Scripture passages, and prayerful themes to consider as you walk. One day last fall, a group of 15 people gathered at Trinity and walked together down to the lake to kickoff our first prayer walk. In these days of social distancing, we cannot recommend that people gather together for these walks, but there is no reason you cannot prayer walk by yourself, or with those who are already in your immediate circle of safety. The brochures are available at the church or via email for anyone who would like one, and we encourage you to consider prayer walking as a way to develop both physical as well as spiritual health and well-being. Prayer not only works as a meditative practice to help you connect more closely with God, we also believe that prayer truly makes a difference and that you will bless those you pray for.
If you have any questions about our Prayer Walk ministry or want to participate, please contact the church office for more information.