A little planning goes a long way when it comes to a safe and fun prayerwalk. Here are four helpful tips.
1. Plan Your Route – Use the information in a good guidebook to determine your daily route. If you choose a PrayerWalk guidebook, 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 for several reasons: first, the longer you walk the heavier your bag will seem; second, it allows you to store the things that you find or buy along the way; third, a bulging backpack or purse makes you an ideal target for pickpockets.
Safety Tip – Pickpockets and thieves thrive on kind-hearted and unwary tourists. Be vigilant. Jesus said, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)
3. Wear Comfortable Shoes – Go for comfort over fashion. Consider investing in a pair of quality leather shoes rather than wearing tennis shoes. Nothing says “American tourist” like wearing tennis shoes in public. Don’t forget to break in any shoes before your trip.
4. Enjoy the Journey – Prayerwalking is not just about reaching a destination. Learn to appreciate each moment of your journey and 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).