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centering prayer

This type of prayer is often used in conjunction with a desired stretch of time. If it's new to you, perhaps begin with a five minute goal and increase from there. A timer is useful so that you can relax and not worry about time passing. This is a practice that takes practice...give yourself permission to take it slowly.


Begin with breath --  inhale, hold, exhale -- a few times until you have fully arrived in this intention.

Choose a Scripture passage, one that's not too long, perhaps a favorite, one that describes a longing, or one you've been studying.

Read the passage three times, slowly, aloud if you like, noticing the word that is the theme, or that stands out to you. 

Be with God in that word. Allow Him to speak to you about what He wants you to know. If you become distracted, allow "your" word to bring your mind back to your being there with God

When your timer dings, close with a prayer asking God to continue to enlarge what He has uncovered for you during this time, journaling about anything you gleaned

Adapted from Calhoun, Adele Ahlberg. Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices that Transform Us. InterVarsity Press, Westmont, IL 2005. 

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