Monday, August 24, 2009
Lectio Divina is the classical monastic practice of the prayerful reading of the Bible, not with the intention of gaining information but of using Scripture as a pathway to the living God. This type of prayer is challenging and presumes you have a huge desire for God. Typically Lection Divina is practiced every day for an hour at a time. Imagine it as a spiritual mealtime, a feasting on the Word of God, in 4 courses: taking a bite, then chewing on the Word, then savoring its essence, and finally digesting the Word. My friend says, “We read a passage of scripture several times. We listen for a word or phrase that stands out, we listen for an image or feeling or memory that arises, and we listen for an invitation from God.”
Thursday, August 20, 2009
We are looking at post script prayers today. Have you ever come to the end of a prayer, said “Amen,” and only then remember something you had planned to pray about? Is it ok to just go ahead and add that thought, or do you have to start over with a “proper” beginning to an altogether new prayer? Friends, just pray. Don’t worry about beginnings and endings. Any prayer, every prayer is appropriate so long as you remember that you are not all-knowing and that God is. Actually, in my experience, my p.s. prayers (or tack-on, or after thought) prayers generally prove to be way more honest and sincere than my “real” prayers. My p.s. prayers just seem to pop into my consciousness, more raw and real than my more thoughtful prayers. P.S. prayers are fine. Cultivate the practice.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Name a hero of faith. Read about or meditate upon the character of this saint. Invite God to speak to you out of this person’s life, reputation and witness. Perhaps you would select a Biblical hero. You might choose a great hero or saint from church history. Or, perhaps there are people of spiritual stature in your own experience. Is God using what faith you see in your hero to guide you in your own journey? What would be your prayer if you prayed like Peter, Paul or Mary Magdalene; like Ruth, Daniel or King David; like Martin Luther, Sister Teresa or Michael W. Smith? Choose a different hero every day and grow in grace.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Stuck at your computer? Busy at work or addicted to games? Connecting with friends? Take a break. Go to your home page. Enter the word “prayers” in the search bar. Wow! So much information, so many prayer choices instantly at your fingertips. Dealing with debt, new love, illness, unemployment, amazing grace? Thinking about global peace, world hunger, the international expansion of the church? Thankful, troubled about the state of your soul? Google and Yahoo have it all. A mere click or two and “wal-lah” you’ve leaped from your present space to touch eternity. Ahh, a prayer, a moment of sanity midst all the craziness. Just chillin’ with Jesus.