Some folks may feel overwhelmed with people and things to pray for. Some may feel dry and silent. Some may be praying without ceasing. Some folks may already have a developed prayer life and some may find themselves praying for first time in a long time.
Whether you are seeking help to begin to pray or looking for new ways to cry out in these new times, you may find some of these resources helpful.
The most important thing to remember is that there is no perfection in prayer. There is no wrong way to talk to God. All of these forms of prayer are “practices”, and the more we practice something the more comfortable we feel.
Prayer is as much about listening as it is speaking, so if words fail you, trust in this verse in Romans and simply sit and listen for and in God’s presence. God’s presence with you and love for you is not dependent on your praying – it is simply a way for you to learn to experience it.
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
Finally if your prayer is simply “Lord give me the desire to pray”, that is a good starting place.
Follow this guided practice to welcome the divine indwelling amid daily life – whether chaotic or calm.
Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.
Follow this guided audio meditation to help you learn this ancient prayer. https://gravitycenter.com/practice/centering-prayer/
Lexio Divina is a prayerful way to encounter scripture. You are not trying to analyze or contextualize you are simply letting small portions of scriptures serve as a place of communication between you and God.
The basic steps to pray using Lexio Divina are as follows.
It can be nice, when you’re first learning this practice to have someone talk you through it. Check out any of these videos from our collection to have Sarah walk you through a Lexio Prayer.
Prayer Attributed to St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.