Backpacking Prayer Book – Opening


I set out to make a prayer book for those traveling with everything on their backs, aka wild campers, back packers, and explorers. Prayer is conversation with God and revolves around speaking and listening as all conversation does. The hope is that these prayers will for individuals or groups provide the grounding of an ever deepening relationship with God.

These are the opening pages of my little backpacking prayer book. I would love feed back and ideas, and over the next few days I am going to post the morning, midday, evening, and compline prayers. They are designed for groups, and I have used a variety of sources to bring together several traditions. Most heavily I have relied upon the Celtic Daily Prayer published by the North Umbria Community, but I have not used them solely.

I look forward to your thoughts, critiques, and any feedback you want to give.

Without further ado – this is the introduction in not so many words:

To pray without ceasing is to join one’s prayer with one’s daily work and to unite suitable action to one’s prayer; for even good works or the fulfilling of God’s commandments are to be included as part of prayer. We can only accept the command to pray without ceasing as practicable if we conceive of the whole life of the believer as one great unbroken prayer; of which great prayer, what we are accustomed to call prayer, is but a part. – Origen
Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14
May God bless the prayers of us upon our pilgrimage into the wilderness – the prayers of our steps, the prayers of our fellowship, the prayers of our mouths, and the prayers of our inner selves. May God journey with us and make his presence known to us always. Amen.


About Sean Smith

Husband, Father, Pastor, Swimmer, Writer, Reader, and attempted Adventurer!
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