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Centering Prayer

Today’s Reflection

[MANY] METHODS OF PRAYER require concentration. Some forms of prayer involve passionate petition. In intercession we earnestly bring our concerns to God. In listening prayer we give rapt attention to what God is saying to us. Mantric meditation employs concentration. The constant repetition of the mantra or short phrase helps the pray-er focus and move into another state of consciousness. Concentration can make us more attentive. Mindfulness meditation can increase awareness.

Centering Prayer does not require constant use of a mantra or consciousness of breathing or any effort of exerted attention. Letting go of all our efforts, we simply sit with the intention of surrendering to God. We wait with openness, turning to God through the use of our prayer word that expresses our readiness to receive the love of God.

– J. David Muyskens

Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God: The Practice of Centering Prayer

From page 84 of Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God: The Practice of Centering Prayer by J. David Muyskens. Copyright © 2006 by J. David Muyskens. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Have you practiced centering prayer? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

37:9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.”
Ezekiel 37:9, NRSV

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  • Jill April 1, 2014, 3:17 am

    Yes, I have practiced centering prayer. A few times my spiritual director has led me in it, and some mornings I intentionally take a few moments of simple stillness and try to void my mind of action. It seems though that I slip into petitional prayer, as a person or situation breaks into my thought. I do not necessarily believe that God gets tired of my requests. But – I think He appreciates when I come just to abide in His presence – simply to be with Him quietly.

  • John April 1, 2014, 4:27 am

    I usually start the morning on my knees just for a few moments in acknowledging the Holy trinity and all the angels of God. Also enjoy the challenge of praying without ceasing, praying together with my lovely wife, and corporate prayer with the local body. As Pastor Robert said nowhere in the bible do they ask teach us to preach but teach us to pray. Lord search our hearts and minds and intercede for us according to the will of God.

  • Debbie April 1, 2014, 4:39 am

    I like the thought of being very heavenly minded so I will be of earthly good to those that need Gods touch. I enjoy sitting quietly before my Jesus, I would like to do more of this. That He would fill me with more of himself, so I can be filled with the mind of Christ. I like to intercede for those around me….even strangers who always need a touch. I pray that God would continue to enlighten me in His word. I pray for moreeeeeee wisdom, moreeee knowledge, moreeee understanding so I can bless people with Jesus and His love. More of You, Jesus. Amen

  • Betsy April 1, 2014, 6:57 am

    I will use centering prayer often when I need to slow down and focus on God. The Sight Psalms website, with the photos and short scripture, have been a help in entering into a time with God.

    I am thankful for all those who entered into intercessory prayer on behalf of my minister, Rev. Joe. He is still awaiting tests to check for blockage in his heart. I plan on going by and visiting with him today. I will share with him the wishes all you have sent him as your prayers lift him up. Thank you, Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

  • Andrea April 1, 2014, 2:31 pm

    I practice centering prayer when I’m walking. It is a way for me to simultaneously pray and move my body, the latter being part of the prayer, in my mind.

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