Monday, November 24, 2008
Some postures are almost prayers themselves. Try this one. Pray with hands together close to your chest, finger pointing straight to the sky. Perhaps bow your head a bit, to the tip of your fingers. If this feels awkward, practice until it doesn't. Whether kneeling, standing or sitting, this posture draws every part of you - body, mind, heart and soul - together for more focused fellowship with God. Can you feel the energy? As thoughts and yearnings stir within, relax. Elminate all judgements. Enjoy the presence and experience the peace of God right there with you. Now that is prayer, prayer without words perhaps, but prayer neverthless, sweet and satisfying.
Monday, November 10, 2008
This prayer only applies to people who want you to pray for them and for whom you normally do pray every day, people with whom you have a prayer contract. The life-support prayer is the prayer you offer for them out-of-the-blue because all of a sudden you feel an urgent, even desperate, need to pray for that person immediately. Pray. Pray hard and seriously and confidently. Later, contact the person and talk about your experience. They will probably be able to connect the time of your prayer to a particular time of need.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Roman 8 suggests that, in the weakness of deep sorrow and heavy burdens, we don’t know how to pray, but that nevertheless through our sighs and tears the Spirit intercedes for us. And our painful, wordless prayers are heard in heaven. It is ok to sigh and cry. It is also ok to visit one in need of prayer and simply sigh and cry with them. One day after a small boy’s grandmother died, he told his mother that he had just come from helping his grandpa cry.