Nature Prayer Walk
Updated: Aug 11, 2018
But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. –Job 12:7-10
Turn an Everyday Activity into Prayer
This prayer walk is designed to be a simple way to get outside with your kids and casually incorporate prayer and talking to God in an everyday activity. Going on walks or visiting parks is probably something that you already do. Why not add prayer in? This is a great “warm up” activity if you feel uncomfortable praying with your kids.
Bring your kids outside and bring a basket, bag, or bucket. Tell your child, “God created every living thing on earth. Just like you make art projects, God made nature. We are going to walk around and find things that God created and thank him! We want to celebrate God for His good work.”
Follow your child around and help them pick out items. Place each item in your basket if it fits. You may need to show them some examples first. Everything, big or small, is great! Pray and thank God for each piece of nature.
You can keep it simple and say, “Thank you God for making this tree.” Or be more specific and detailed, “God we love trees! Thank you that trees give us shade to sit under, branches to climb on, and leaves to jump in!” If you’re feeling stuck for words, clap! We clap when our kids do something great, why not clap for God too? He deserves to be celebrated, His work deserves to be applauded.
Ask your child questions about the items. What makes this leaf unique? What makes this flower so beautiful? Can you find a purple item?
For small children and shorter attention spans: thank God for each item as the child finds it and places it in the basket. For older children: you can pray for each item as they are found or collect all the items first and then pray for them all at once as you take them out of the basket. Maybe even make an art project with the items.
If your child finds a man made object, great! Explain that God did not make that thing, a person did. But God made the person. Go ahead and pray for that person, “God thank you for the person that made this bottle. We are so grateful we get to drink clean water.” Now put that bottle in your basket and recycle it when you get home!