GOD WILL RESTORE.
SETTLE IN. HUMBLY. FULLY.
SEEK HIS FACE. LISTEN FOR HIS VOICE. TRUST HIS PROMISE.
GOD WILL RESTORE.
ONE MOVEMENT. ONE DAY OF PRAYER. NOVEMBER ONE.
HOW SHOULD I SPEND AN HOUR IN PRAYER?
An hour can seem like a really long time to pray. Here are a few ways to engage in those 60 minutes with an openness and intention that will create space for God to meet you there.
- Begin with a focus on our Lord’s unsurpassed greatness – pray Psalm 103 aloud to God.
- Choose to read or listen to one or all three of the litanies provided for this day of prayer. After each, ask how you can respond faithfully.
- Choose one of the scriptures provided here (one from each category, perhaps) and meditate on the words of each. Ask the Spirit to speak to you as you read.
- Intercession for particular global, national, community, and acquaintances’ needs – choose one or more of the centering prayers to use during this time.
- Have time for just listening. You might even have a notebook nearby to write down thoughts, images, people that the Lord brings to mind in your quietness.
- Make requests for personal needs.
- Give an honest appraisal of life events, asking God for forgiveness, clarification, understanding, courage, and direction as needed.
End as you started with praise.
If you are unable to walk outside, gather reminders of locations, neighbors, places in your community and let them guide you from a chair in your home.
- It may be done solo, two by two, or in small groups.
- Prayers are voiced in conversational tones. (This is not an attempt to draw attention to ourselves).
- The pace is unhurried.
- Pauses may occur when the prayer focus is on some target area. (With a particular focus on the pandemic, racial injustice, and economic challenges, hospitals, jails, challenged community areas, and businesses might be places to pause.)
- If prayer walking is in neighborhoods pray for families of each of the houses you walk by. Pray for their spiritual needs, marriages, children, grandchildren, health, employment, etc.
- Allow the Holy Spirit to give direction on specific ways to intercede.
- The places where you walk will often speak into the content for your prayers.
- Along the walk you may have opportunity to ask others if you may pray for them. Be open to those moments that might be powerful moments of ministry.
- If the focus is for personal connection to God, walks in more secluded, less trafficked areas may prove beneficial.
WHAT IF I WANT TO INVOLVE MY SMALL GROUP OR CONGREGATION?
Here are some tips for engaging in this day of prayer as a small group or in the context of your congregation. Please observe COVID-19 restrictions and exercise wisdom for the gathering.
- Pray that God prepare the group in advance with a hunger to have a deeper experience with God
- Announce the prayer time in advance and offer opportunity to cover all 24 hours or select one particular hour for your group to engage.
- Begin the time by sharing selected Scripture passages to center on the presence of God and humbling yourselves.
- Have a short time of worship.
- Take time for short prayers of praise and thanksgiving.
- Read one of the three litanies and then pause for prayer together, sharing responses if appropriate. Continue through the other two litanies in the same way.
- Ask individuals or groups of 2-3 to pray through a centering prayer and then to pray for each person in the group.
- After gathering again in the larger group share in few worship songs and scripture. Encourage them to continue in their life of prayer.
RESOURCES FOR PRAYER
L I T A N I E S
A LITANY FOR JUSTICE
REV. DR. KIMBERLY MAJESKI
A LITANY FOR HEALING
REV. W.G. ROBINSON-McNEESE, MD
A LITANY FOR ECONOMY
REV. JIM O’BOLD
HAVE YOU EVER TRIED CENTERING PRAYER?
Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that invites us to rest in the loving presence of God. It is not about saying the right words or thinking the right thoughts, nor is it about presenting requests to God or asking God to do anything in particular. Instead, the intent of Centering Prayer is to deepen one’s relationship with God simply by communing with God for a period of time. Typically, those who practice Centering Prayer will sit in silence for twenty minutes at a time, once or twice a day.
Four guidelines describe the method of Centering Prayer:
- Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.
- Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly, and silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God’s presence and action within.
- When engaged with your thoughts, return ever-so-gently to the sacred word.
- At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.
For more information, history, resources, community support, and a free Centering Prayer app, visit https://www.contemplativeoutreach.org/centering-prayer-method/