Resources for Prayer

INTRODUCTION

The Bible contains prayers and canticles (songs) that give us words to pray and praise. Many, such as the Lord’s Prayer, the Magnificat, and the Canticle of Simeon, have become part of the common prayer of the church liturgy. Yet any of these may also give voice to our own joys, yearnings and struggles. We truly pray the Lord’s Prayer when we take each phrase and make it our own, finding its truth reflected in our beliefs, needs, fears and aspirations.

Lectio Divina divine reading

One of the most central and ancient practices of Christian prayer is lectio divina, or divine reading. In lectio divina, we begin by reading a few verses of the Bible. We read unhurriedly so that we can listen for the message God has for us there…learn more>>

Ignatian Method virtual experience of scripture

Think of the Ignatian Method-named after Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) – as a sort of virtual experience of the scripture where you read the scripture and then create in your mind a short film about what you read…learn more>>

Icons praying with eyes wide open

Many of us were taught to close our eyes when we pray. Praying with icons is an ancient prayer practice that involves keeping our eyes wide open, taking into our heart what the image visually communicates…learn more>>

 

personalizing scripture

The Bible contains prayers and canticles (songs) that give us words to pray and praise. Many, such as the Lord’s Prayer, the Magnificat, and the Canticle of Simeon, have become part of the common prayer of the church liturgy…learn more>>

 

The Examen remembering the day

In his Spiritual Exercises, Ignatius urged that all be taught the examen, a daily examination of our deepest feelings and desires. He called these feelings our consolations (what connects us with God, others and ourselves) and desolations (what disconnects us)…learn more>>

 Praying As We Are your favorite way to pray

So, now you know you are a Lover, Mystic, Prophet, or Sage. (If not, take the Spiritual Types Quiz.) Did you know that each of the spiritual types has a favorite way to pray? …learn more>>

 

Making Decisions a way to reach clarity

Looking for clarity? Learn the Quaker way of the Clearness Committee to help with making tough decisions….learn more>>

 

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