“Prayer … is the very beat of the compassionate heart.” Henri Nouwen

Make your life a prayer.1 Thessalonians 5:17 TPT

PRAYER CARE PLAN

 

At the beginning of the year, many of us make a plan to eat better, exercise more, read our Bibles cover-to-cover, or another resolution. Yet when our initial enthusiasm begins to fizzle, we wonder how to proceed. How many of us have ever considered developing a plan for our prayer lives?

Perhaps what we need most is to sit at the feet of Jesus — but what exactly does that look like? Maybe we’ve heard about seasons in which others have prayed the names of God or prayed through the Psalms, but what happens when we don’t quite know where to begin?

 

PRAYER IS A PRECIOUS INVITATION FROM GOD

 

Prayer can also seem complex and uncomfortable. We might feel awkward or tongue-tied. We might not know what to say or even how to say it — and we’re not alone. Anxiety over prayer stems from that very first bite of forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, the moment everything between God and His creation changed.

Yet His precious invitation stands. “Come.

However we are, wherever we are, with words or without, freshly showered or after days in our pajamas, day or night, God invites us to be with Him.

 

TIPS FOR PRAYER CARE PLANNING

 

Every month we’ve been highlighting different methods of prayer and we hope they will draw you into the Presence of God, not through formulas or specific words or even templates, but through experiencing new ways to think about prayer, to enter in, and to be with Jesus.

We make plans and lists for so many things in life, yet we so often struggle with prayer. Sometimes we need a little nudge to start again; other times we need a fresh approach, a opportunity to learn to lament the hard, or an easy explanation or an invitational guide.

 

A YEAR-LONG PLAN FOR PRAYER

 

This is your invitation to join our year-long exploration of prayer as month-by-month we engage in a new practice together. If you find an approach you love and want to linger, do! You’ll discover all of our prayer resources under the link: Let’s Pray.

 

CREATIVE WAYS TO PRAY

  • Axe Head PrayerRedeeming your spiritual edge. As we open our hands in surrender, speaking honestly with God about where we lost our edge, what feels like loss actually draws us deeper into God.

  • Breath PrayersEvery breath is an extraordinary gift from God. Every breath is a sacred gift; without it, we die. That’s what makes breath prayers so powerful. They connect us to God with every breath.

  • Holy Attention • The Spiritual Discipline of Noticing and Appreciating. Holy Attention, the spiritual discipline of noticing – of being intentionally aware of – God and His creation, draws us into fresh gratitude, recognizing His Hand in every atom of creation.
  • Lament • Crying Out to God in Pain. Pushing our pain aside, hiding it, or feeling shame because of it, diminishes our human experience. If Jesus wept and cried out in anguish, why do we feel it is somehow faithless to honestly express lament?
  • Lectio Divina • Savor the Words of Scripture. Lectio Divina is the ancient practice of slowly, contemplatively reading the words of Scripture — an invitation to savor God’s Word as we are nourished, fed, and refreshed in His holy presence.
  • Pray Continually • Closeness with God. To pray continually is to reorient from task to presence – less about constant communication than about abiding presence – leaning into a quiet and tender closeness with God.
  • The Prayer of Examen • Reflections with God. The Examen is an ancient prayer of reflection, beautiful in its simplicity, which helps us to recognize God in every moment of our lives.
  • Prayer Journaling • A Touchstone of God’s Love. A prayer journal can become a touchstone of God’s love and faithfulness, a reminder of His Presence, and a testimony to God’s abundant mercy and grace.
  • Praying the Psalms • God’s Prayer Book for His People. The Psalms are filled with raw honesty, calm reflection, and deep wisdom – words we can pray to God when we cannot find our own.
  • Questions of Jesus • An Invitation to Prayer and Deeper Faith The Questions of Jesus draw us into Scripture, invite us into prayer, strengthen and deepen our faith, and help us to identify what we believe and why.
  • Show me, Lord • Teach me. Guide me. Are you overwhelmed, weary, discouraged, or unsure of how to live this life you’ve been given? There are three words you can always pray: “Show me, Lord.”
  • Suffering & Joy • Joy Thrives in the Midst of Suffering. Suffering and joy are two strands of a single fiber. Joy thrives in the midst of suffering, for it is not rooted in circumstance, but is born of the knowledge that God is present in every moment of our lives.
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