I have found that when prayer is practiced outside, during a walk or while sitting in a favorite spot, the rewards of prayer seem greater. Here are four benefits of such prayer.
1. The fresh air of the outdoors tends to clear the mind and keep us more refreshed and alert for prayer.
2. If you have planned to pray during a walk you may find that you have much more time to pray than if you were praying inside. I suppose that is because the fresh air keeps us alert for longer prayer; also, because, if we have planned to pray all during the time we are walking, that sometimes amounts to quite a long time.
3. Outside prayer helps us to see God’s grace and handiwork in nature, and we are led both to repentance (Rom. 2:4) and praise (Rom. 1:20; Ps. 19:1).
4. When praying outside God will often speak to us and teach us through nature; the things of nature will become His teaching tools—His flannel-graph. When we are walking by a stream, He may speak to us of the water of the Spirit, how the Spirit moves in us and satisfies us. When we see a tree by a river He may remind us of Psalms one, by which He may speak to us concerning the way of righteousness—that the righteous man is as a fruitful tree planted by the rivers of water. When we look at the grass He may teach us from James 1:10-11 about the uncertainty of riches. When we see mountains He may speak to us of the strength and majesty of God. The Bible is loaded with references to things of nature: the trees, the sun, the clouds, rain, wind, many kinds of animals and insects; hundreds of things in nature are all found in the Bible, and God may use these things to teach us about Himself and about His ways—if we will take the time to observe them and be open to His leading and teaching. Thus He will open to us the beauty of His presence, and He will take us into His house and into the beautiful inner room where He dwells.