FOR ME, listening to God in prayer is the true gift of prayer beads. We desperately desire to hear the voice of God in our noisy, busy lives. The prayer beads help us step out of the chaos.
We can take a short prayer or a short verse of scripture, such as “Fear not, for I am with you” (Genesis 26:24, RSV) or “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1, KJV) and repeat it with each bead. As we do, we shift our attention from the words and begin to listen for what God has to say to us. In the beginning, this style of prayer may seem awkward or uncomfortable. That is okay.
If you stay with the practice, I can assure you that you will begin to feel calmer and realize a new way of connecting with God, an encounter with God’s love. Like Elijah, you will find God in the “sheer silence.”
– Kristen E. Vincent
A Bead and a Prayer
From page 75 of A Bead and a Prayer: A Beginner’s Guide to Protestant Prayer Beads by Kristen E. Vincent. Copyright © 2013 by Kristen E. Vincent. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
What disciplines do you use in your prayer life to connect with God? Share your thoughts.
Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
Psalm 80:19, NRSV
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This week we remember: Dorothy Day (November 29).
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