I’m sure you’ve heard the quote, “Be careful what you pray for.” The admonition suggests that you could be overwhelmed by a holy response to your less-than-prepared conversation with The Almighty. And if the one who prays is unskilled or somehow out of practice, the phrase doesn’t make it clear whether the effect will be positive or negative. It can stall the heart that seeks authentic conversation with God.
Abiding God, I see your creation. I sense your presence, and it makes me feel.
We walk our spiritual walk (sometimes more focused, sometimes wandering off the path) and we want to be sure our style is effective. We want to be sure that God will hear us and that we cover all the important issues. When we turn toward God in response to our lives, we are urged to pray about the things and people we care for, giving our concerns and joys back to God in accordance with God’s will.
Please, be in this, bringing those who are involved closer to You and Your love.
As the conversation of our souls grow toward God and deepens in holy awareness, God guides, challenges, nurtures us. Regular prayer encourages our response as we engage others in the lives we’ve been given.
As You will, may the moments and things of today draw my prayerful attention.
The “Common Ground” women’s event sponsored by Amor Ministries at the ICOM in November offered many interesting reminders and tools that can help focus us on the importance of prayer and a regular prayer practice. Kim Butts from Harvest Prayer Ministries led us in a group experience of many of the following.
- Praying scripture – Several subject lists and schedules were offered as resources for prayer prompted by scripture. Prayers of blessing, prayers for husband, wife and child. (I currently use a schedule of daily scripture readings that focus on God’s love).
- Prayer drawing or journaling – Often prompted by scripture, these prayer responses are drawn or written as our minds reflect on God’s word.
- Praying the labyrinth – Following a path by foot (or even on paper with a finger) can quiet the mind to listen for God. Scripture can also be used to initiate this prayer time.
- Prayer beads strung as a necklace or bracelet provides something tactile to help give rhythm and focus to one’s prayers. Sometimes colored beads are used to represent an aspect of prayer. (ie. black-confession/mercy, red-God/adoration, yellow-thanksgiving/supplication/intercession, green-healing, blue-world/peace/justice/world leaders, purple-personal needs.) A similar approach using colored candies can be used as a teaching tool.
- A prayer rock can be placed on the pillow to remind us of the need for evening prayer. If dropped on the floor (and stepped on in the morning!), it can also be a reminder to start the day with prayer.
- A “serenity sack” can be used to hold our worries then given symbolically to God.
- The simple shape of a pretzel, arms folded in prayer, is also a reminder to pray.
In response to Your creative Spirit, Lord, may I be united to all I care for, in You, through Christ Jesus. Amen.