with Janet Holm McHenry
of PrayerWalk: Becoming a Woman of Prayer, Strength,
You have written several books, and one of your most successful
was PrayerWalk. What inspired you to follow that up with
not only wanted to encourage readers to go deeper in prayer
but wanted to encourage them to have a
consistent practice of studying God's Word. While PrayerWalk
invites the reader to a meaningful prayer life, Daily
PrayerWalk takes her into the Bible.
You have heard so many stories about prayerwalkers. How
do you feel such a simple concept has so inspired people?
just makes sense. We're busy people! It's hard to find
chunks of time to do those things that are critical to
our health, such as exercise and prayer. And when folks
give it a try, they quickly find their lives changed.
Where PrayerWalk gives people an overview of prayerwalking,
Daily PrayerWalk focuses on growing into the Word. Why
is that so important in a prayerwalker's life?
need to study God's Word to grow in faith. Prayer is not
enough. If my spiritual life consists only of prayer,
it can become too experientialtoo much based on
how I'm feeling or how life seems to look that particular
day. Studying the Bible helps you pray according to His
will, because you lean so much about Who God is and what
He has done.
You bring so many of your own personal stories to Daily
PrayerWalk. How important is sharing your own story when
writing a book?
my hope to become friends with my readers and to encourage
them in their prayer lives. Hopefully, the stories I use
from my personal life also bring greater understanding
to the Biblical text I'm using.
You have been prayerwalking for many years. What are the
new ways that it inspires you in your Christian walk?
Answers to prayer inspire me. I have a folder of clippings
from our little town's newspaper, The Sierra Booster,
that literally are answers to prayer. Men
who've come to the faith. A friend healed. Changed relationships.
God's gifts of answered prayers keep me putting on my
shoes and heading out the door to pray.
In PrayerWalk you lay out some suggestions readers might
consider before walking. Why is pre-planning so important?
When I began, I was so determined to start walking, that
I just headed out the door the next day. After a couple
months my joints started aching again, and when
I had my shoes checked, the sales kid said, "Lady
you're wearing basketball shoes!" It's important
to have a good pair of walking shoes so you don't get
hurt. It's also important to dress appropriately for the
weather and to stretch out carefully after walking. You
don't want to get hurt or discouraged by the elementsyou
want to plan carefully so you can keep your discipline
in place. I explain all of this in a chapter in PrayerWalk
and offer more walking tips in each of the 50 chapters
in Daily PrayerWalk.
Why do so many people struggle with their own prayer lives,
and how can Daily PrayerWalk encourage them?
We're busy. We're tired at the end of a day or first thing
in the morning. We're pressed by the urgent. Hopefully,
Daily PrayerWalk will help readers get centered in a plan
reading the Bible daily and encourage them to live healthier
lives by walking and praying for their communities.
You say in the acknowledgements that God has changed your
life through prayer. How has that change been enhanced
by your prayerwalking?
JHM: God has graced me with dramatic changes physically, emotionally,
and spiritually through prayerwalking. I have lost weight
and dress sizes and have more energy. My shaky knees healed.
Depression that clouded most of my adult life vanished.
And crazy fearslike "I wonder if this bridge
will collapse"no longer controlled my thinking.
I'm a new person, and others have seen that in me, as
Prayerwalking is so simple. How can you encourage people
to get involved?
Find a partner and make a commitment to do it certain
days of the week. Better yet, start a prayerwalking group
and go through the 12-week Bible study at the back of
PrayerWalk. Then map out your town's neighborhoods and
cover them all with prayer!
What do you want readers to take away from Daily PrayerWalk
and the meditations it provides?
I hope my readers fall in love with the study of God's
Word. I also hope they fall in love with prayertalking
with our heavenly Creator so much that they find they're
praying without ceasingprayerwalking, in effect,
throughout their whole day. And I pray they're blessed
by the godly changes they'll find in their communities.
That'll be enough for me!