This is our week of prayer and fasting at Freedom Church. As I started to think about the coming week, and when I could make the various prayer slots, I believe God clearly reminded me of how He walks with us all the time.
On the 6th of December, I was run over on a zebra crossing in Winchester (yes it can happen!). At the moment I am struggling to walk properly, but with physiotherapy I am relearning how to walk again. It’s a long process, and certainly not a quick fix.
To be honest, I am really struggling with being patient and having a new pattern to my life at the moment. However, God has been so good – the more I have come and walked with Him, the more peace and strength He has given me. There are many verses in the Bible about walking with God, here are a few great ones:
Genesis 17:1-2 (NIV) When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”
Deuteronomy 10:12 (NIV) And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul,..
Isaiah 40:31 (NIV) but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Psalm 40:2 (NLT) He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.
1 John 2:6 (NET) The one who says he resides in God ought himself to walk just as Jesus walked.
I have especially been encouraged by Psalm 40:2 which in the New Living Translation says: ‘…and steadied me as I walked along, or in the ESV: …making my steps secure.
In this season, God is continually calling me and us as a church to walk before Him and to spend more un-rushed time in prayer and Bible reading, to listen to and hear his voice.
I love the fact that in Uganda, walking is often referred to as sloping – it’s not ‘power walking’ but for taking your time over, observing the things around you, keeping your senses alert to everything.
Come on church – let’s start practicing that, this week. Get up earlier, put the remote control or mobile phone away and learn to walk with God – there are many treasures to be found.