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Contemplative Prayer Practices

Today’s Reflection

SPIRITUAL FORMATION and contemplative prayer practices, like reflective reading of scripture, enable us to slow the pace of our busy minds and lives. Without reflective moments, our minds race along, captured by the most recent trend or product. It’s astonishing how many words and images we encounter each day, all competing for our attention. It is more important than ever to find time when we may be called into praise and hope for victory over life’s challenges. We receive this gift in worship with others. Worship invites us into reflection on our own life through scripture, exhortation of the Word, prayers, hymns, and support of the community. We emerge refreshed and ready for the week ahead.

– Dwight H. Judy
A Quiet Pentecost

“From page 34 of A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life by Dwight H. Judy. Copyright © 2013 by Dwight H. Judy. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Is contemplative prayer a part of your devotional life? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

12:20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’

“So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

Luke 12:20-21, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who have no place to live. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:
Basil the Blessed
(August 2).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling August 4, 2013, 1:35 am

    Yes, contemplative prayer is part of my devotional life and I strongly agree with the writer that ‘we emerged refreshed and ready for the week ahead’.

    Thank you Father God for time for contemplative prayer so that we can be recharged, refreshed and ready for the week ahead.

  • Jill August 4, 2013, 4:49 am

    Father – I long to worship You rightly this morning. I think I am thirsty for something – but satisfy my thirst in Your way. Father – draw me to You – that my desire may be You and Your will.

  • robert moeller August 4, 2013, 5:42 am

    This message on contemplative prayer seems to have come at a very opportune time. Yes, being in church today will be a blessing. I am strengthened, encouraged, and supported by the opportunity to worship God.

    Lord, help us to do Your will for homeless people. An opportunity came to us recently and we are trying to decide what to do, guide and direct us that what we do is pleasing, appropriate, right according to You. In Your name I pray, Amen.

  • Joan August 4, 2013, 7:36 am

    A difficult practice, but so worth it! A chance to soak in God’s love and listen.

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