Devotional: Praying with All your Senses
Ears that hear and eyes that see— the Lord has made them both. –Proverbs 20:22
Prayer walking does not have to be something planned. Prayer walking can be done ANY time you are walking or driving or even mountain biking. The key is to be in tune with the Spirit and the senses that God gave you, because God desires that our hearts, minds, emotions, and senses be focused on Him. In Colossians 3 we are reminded to “set our minds on things above, not on earthly things.” In Philippians 4 we are reminded to dwell on things that are “true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable—anything is excellent or praiseworthy” (paraphrase). In Matthew 6:33 we are called to “seek first the Kingdom of Heaven.” Galatians 5:25 challenges us with this thought: “If we live by the Spirit, then we should walk with the Spirit.”
Every time we are moving about we have the opportunity to be sensitive to the Spirit as well as to how our senses are leading us to pray. Challenge yourself today to be open to the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations that you experience and allow them to lead you to pray.
I’m reminded that even in a crowd of people, Jesus focused on what He needed to do while being pushed on by the disciples; that Jesus, when touched by a woman who was desperately wanting to be healed by this Messiah and man of God, “realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” (Mark 5:34).
How often do we miss opportunities to pray for healing or restoration, to pray for sick people or churches, to pray for the nations, because we are too focused on where we need to go and what we need to do?
Today, pray with all of your senses. Smell that Indian food and pray for your Indian friends to know the ONE true God instead of following many gods. See the fire hydrant that erupted and pray for Living Waters of Jesus to heal people and our land. Hear the siren and pray for healing for the person involved and that God would meet them in their pain and fear. Brush your hands over the stone along the path and pray that your family members and friends would build their house on the Rock, Jesus Christ, and His Word to be able to withstand the storm. Taste the lunch you eat and be reminded of those who are without food and that we as believers would rise up to end hunger in our cities and around the world.
Pray today using all of the senses. Look, smell, hear, taste, and feel the opportunities the Spirit has provided you.