Advertisement

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Why Centering Prayer Is So Important

Image courtesy of nuchylee/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of nuchylee/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

If you’re like me, you find that your prayer list gets longer each day. World problems, individual petitions, personal prayers – we skip around this globe quite a lot when we sit down to have our quiet time with God.

But if we’re too scattered with our prayers, we might lose sight of the very important type of prayer that helps us strengthen and face our personal health challenges with grace and wisdom. That kind of prayer I call “centering prayer.”

Advertisement

By “centering,” I mean that we pray all the things on our lists and then envision our prayer focus inward. Very inward. Deep into the heart and soul, the life that is ours, given by God. With this action of going to the core of our relationship with God, we leave the other petitions aside. It’s okay. We have already prayed them. And, even before our prayers, God knows what it is we will/would pray for.

In this centered time, then, we forget the limited words we use to express our prayers, fears, and worries. We leave them aside, too, and instead look purely and simply at the center of our joy, life, and love – God.

Centering prayer enables us to be truly quiet, profoundly still. And in the stillness, it fills us up with new, strong breath, energizing and inspiring. After a time, we will emerge from this deep place of prayer and continue with our lives. But we will be changed, in a good way, from the time spent “just being,” from allowing ourselves to “just sit” with God.

There’s no right or wrong amount of time to spend in centering prayer. It’s up for each of us to decide. The important thing is that we include it in our regular prayer, and allow ourselves to grow in faith and fullness – and joy!

Blessings for the day,

Maureen

Previous Posts

A Praying Spirit: Too Easy?
Is your prayer time over before you know it? Gone through the list and all finished? Sometimes, we get into a routine ...

posted 5:02:35pm May. 23, 2015 | read full post »

Chronic Pain: When It Seems As If You're Playing A Losing Game
Lately, my pain experience has been much like playing that arcade game where you hold a hammer and wait for a thing - sometimes an artificial mole, sometimes something else - to pop up from one of the many holes on the game playing board. When ...

posted 2:00:48am May. 21, 2015 | read full post »

TLC Tuesday: Accept No Substitutes!
"I'll go to the gym instead of taking a nap - I'll feel more energy afterward." "I'll get this report done before I call a friend; I'll have time later." "I take this easier class instead of the hard one; I'll get less credit, but I won't ...

posted 10:00:42pm May. 19, 2015 | read full post »

A Praying Spirit: One Word at a Time
When I was a youngster, I used to be really mad that people in church seemed to rush through the prayers. "They're going too fast," I used to tell my mother. "They should slow down." As I developed my own prayer life, I realized that there ...

posted 1:31:56am May. 16, 2015 | read full post »

Chronic Illness and Pain: All Tied Up in Ribbons?
I noticed that the cashier at a store where I shop was wearing a red dress ribbon, for heart health. I commented on it, ...

posted 1:19:46am May. 15, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.