Tag Archive: contemplative prayer

Silence is Essential in Prayer

Most of us think about prayer as “talking to God”.  There are long and deep traditions of Christian prayer that focus instead on silence and stillness in God’s presence.  Pastor and spiritual writer Chris Erdman argues that silence is essential in prayer.  Read his blog post here.    

Prayer: Obstacles & Images

Are you happy with whatever place and practice prayer has in your life?  What keeps you from praying?  How do the images of God that you learned (both consciously and unconsciously) impact your prayer?  Roberta Bondi reflects in an interview entitled “Learning to Pray” on obstacles to prayer, images of God, and what fourth century…

Breathing Prayer

We all breathe.  Not to breathe is to die.  There are many writings about the emotional, physical and spiritual benefits of paying attention to our breathing.  Within the Christian faith, there are long traditions of reflective prayers that seek to match the rhythms of our breathing.  Read about a contemporary breathing prayer here.  

Contemplative Reading of Scripture

Lectio Divina –Latin for “divine reading” is a way of praying with scripture– has a long history among Christians.  In this way of prayer, a short passage of scripture is read and “chewed over” in the heart, seeking to deepen our relationship with God.  The passage is read slowly multiple times, listening with the heart…

Contemplative Prayer

“Just Being” with God Have you ever wanted to just be with someone, not to do anything in particular, but just to be in their presence?  That’s the essence of contemplative prayer: just being with God, open to God’s presence. Read here about several types of contemplative prayer, including centering prayer and breath prayers.

Prayer on your iPod

Download mp3 Prayers & Meditations Has an mp3 player become significant in your life?  Consider downloading free mp3 prayers & guided meditations for each day.  Download single dates, a whole week, or subscribe to the podcast.  Each day’s session lasts about ten minutes.  Click here for more info.  Mp3’s can also be played on most desktop computers with media players…

Praying with Icons

  Around the year 1000, the Christian Church split East and West– Orthodox in the East, Catholic in the West.  One of the many areas of dispute was praying with icons, and this prayer practice was kept alive only in the Eastern traditions.  Today, many Christians are rediscovering the power of praying with icons.  This…

Jesus Prayer

The Jesus Prayer is from the Eastern tradition of the Christian Church (sometimes called the “Orthodox” tradition). The standard formula of the Jesus Prayer is: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.”  The prayer is repeated like a mantra as a part of contemplative way of praying.  Sometimes, a “chokti”, a prayer rope…

Jesus Prayer

Although it has roots in very early Christianity, the Jesus Prayer has been most frequently practiced in Eastern (Orthodox) traditions.  Christians from many different traditions are reclaiming this prayer and meditation practice, discovering that it can lead beyond words to silent contemplation of God’s loving presence.  Using the rhythm of breathing, and sometimes beads or…

Pray at your Computer

If you are comfortable with technology, maybe prayer at your computer isn’t such a foreign idea.  Sacred Space is a website that offers a daily prayer experience with a scripture reading and gentle guidance for reflection.  The guidance is very contemplative in spirit, and encourages looking for connections between your own life and experience and…