PRAYER

Praise and thanksgiving: praise and thank God for your blessings
Repent: confess your mistakes to God
Ask: prayers for the world and those needs of others you are aware of
Yourself: pray for your own needs and desires


TYPES OF PRAYER

I. Pray this passage using your name:
Thus says the Lord, …who created you, O (Jacob)____,
…who formed you, O (Israel)_____:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name ___ you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
When you walk through the fire you shall not be burned,
And the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God, 
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior…
You are precious in my sight, 
And honored, and I love you…
Can a women forget her nursing child, 
Or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Even these may forget,
Yet I will not forget you.
See, I have inscribed (your name)___ on the palms of my hands (Isaiah 43:1-4; 49:15-16)

Does any particular phrase beckon you, implanting itself in your mind and heart? If so, stay with that phrase; carry it with you, recalling it, repeating it in rhythm to your breathing. 

II. Breathing as Prayer
The wordless language of breathing expresses the three movements of creation as we received the grace of life (inhale); redemption as our blood is cleansed (hold); and the Pentecost as we offer ourselves to the Lord of the universe in each moment (exhale): receiving, cleansing, giving. Spend a few minutes “praying” for this church (staff, members); the Lincoln community; the world; trees that protect the ozone layer; the rich and poor: love ones near or far. Offer an audible “groan” or “sigh” on behalf of creation or someone in pain (Romans 8:23, 26).

III. Kything Prayer
Kythe in Scottish means “to feel close to,” “to visualize another through present,” as we say, they are kith and kin. Center your thoughts and picture yourself in the Light; picture the preson(s) you want to pray for in the Light. Hold their face in your mind’s eye; then picture yourself with that person; “hold (him or her) in your heart” (Philippians 1:7). After a few minutes, exhale, releasing those you are praying for into the arms of God.

IV. Walking prayer
You don’t have to sit still to pray. You can walk around in the church, in your house, in your neighborhood, really anywhere. Just do it mindfully and sensitive to God’s Spirit. As you walk pray for people, marriages, families, businesses, Government, Leaders, husbands & wives, children, civic leaders, senior adults, churches, people with addictions, those effected by war, all who are ill, grieving, dying, the needs are endless. You can pray out loud as you walk. This is helpful especially when you are with a group. You can also pray silently at times.


Lectio Divina

Preparation—Take a couple “cleansing” breaths (not too deep) and begin.

Lectio—Slowly, read the passage from scripture. Pay close attention to what is being said. Focus on a word or phrase that catches your attention. Silently repeat the word or phrase to yourself. (1-2 minutes)

Meditatio—Slowly, read the passage again. Think about the passage. What feelings or emotions does it stir within you? What part or parts of the passage touch your own life today? (2-3 minutes)

Oratio—Slowly, read the passage a third time. Focus on a single word or phrase that stands out in your mind or moves your heart. Silently ask God to speak to you through that word or phrase. Avoid the temptation to say more. This is God’s time to speak to you, not yours to talk to God. (1 minute)

Contemplatio—Slowly, read the passage a final time. Then, sit in silence, open to God’s presence. If a thought comes into your mind, recognize its presence, let go of it, and return to your silence contemplation. Let the presence of God’s spirit move through you communicating to you in whatever way it chooses. (3 minutes)

Return—At the end of the time, take a couple slow breaths as you prepare to end the time of prayer. Remember that God will continue to be with you.

Suggested passags

1 John 4:7-11
God Is Love
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of
God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s
love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we
might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that God loved us and
sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.

Mark 4:35-41
Jesus Stills a Storm
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?’ And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’

Matthew 5:1-10
The Beatitudes
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:13-16
Salt and Light
‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Romans 12:9-12
Marks of the True Christian
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with
mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in
spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.

Psalm 23
The Divine Shepherd
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.