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Prayer in November

November 14, 2012

 

During November, our Sunday services have reflected on prayer.  As we continue our year’s focus on “Learning to listen to God in our personal lives,” we are encouraged to commit to a particular prayer practice for this month.

Examen of Consciousness

Review each day’s events, thoughts, and feelings asking the Holy Spirit to help you notice what drew you toward God and what stood in the way of walking closer to God; for what were you most grateful, lest grateful.

Gratitude List

Review each day and list at least 5 things in the day for which you were grateful.  Offer thanks to God.

Lectio Divina

Read a short passage of scripture several times over, preferably slowly and aloud to yourself.  Note any words or phrases that especially speak to you.  To what in your life right now do these words or phrases speak? To what are you being invited? Challenged?

Praying the Hours, or Fixed-Hour Prayer

Pray at regular intervals each day, taking time to notice once again God’s presence in the world.  The following prayer times are often observed: morning, between 6 and 9 a.m.; midday, between 11 and 2; evening, between 5 and 8 p.m.

Prayer Labyrinth

Quietly walk the path designed centuries ago, letting the twists and turns speak to you about your journey with God: moving inward – letting go of distractions, opening to God’s presence; lingering at the center in stillness; moving outward toward love and service, new focus.

Silence and Solitude

Establish a regular time and space where you will sit in silence for 10, 15, or 20 minutes each day.  Choose a 6-8 syllable prayer phrase that expresses your desire or need for God and can be prayed in the rhythm of your breathing.  Do not judge what happens; you are just being with God.

 

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  1. November 21, 2012 3:47 am

    The tried and true ways.

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