Tag Archive: 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.    

Talk to Kids About God

Got kids in your life — your own kids, grandkids, kids of friends, or kids at church?  Kids learn faith and spirituality from the adults around them.  But sometimes we’re just not sure how to help.  Read Donna Schaper’s article: Talking to Kids About God.

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.  

Use Your Imagination

Ignatian Prayer with Scripture St. Ignatius of Loyola advised Christian disciples to use their imagination to prayerfully enter into the experience of scripture.  Usuing contemporary metaphors, you could think of it as a sort of virtual experience of the scripture where you read the scripture and then create in your mind a short film about…

Labyrinth: Walking Prayer

Christians from many different traditions are recovering walking the labyrinth as a prayer and meditation practice.  Although labyrinths are found in many ancient traditions, Christians in the middle ages used them as a way to symbolically make a pilgrimage journey to the Holy Land.   Labyrinths are not mazes, but have only one path in…

Prayer for Healing

“Are any among you sick?  They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them…”James 5:14 The book of James is full of practical pastoral advice.  It urges those who are sick to have others pray for them.  What might this look like in today’s world?  Read Kenneth Carter’s sermon,…

Praying with Art

While Lectio Divina is a method of praying with scripture, Visio Divina (Latin for “divine seeing”) is a method for praying with images or other media. While the Orthodox tradition has long practiced praying with images through icons, the western church, and Protestantism in particular, is less comfortable with this type of prayer.  But with…

Praying in Hard Times

At some time or other, all of us encounter hard times: when we feel overwhelmed, exhausted, depressed, confused or powerless.   Some times our problems seem so large or pressing, that we have no energy or space in our lives for much else.  Praying in those hard times can be difficult, and sometimes even seem impossible. …

Prayer of Examen

Reflecting on the Year Past and Every Day New Years Day is traditionally a time for making resolutions, but more broadly for taking stock, reflecting on the year gone by, and reflecting on hoped-for changes for the year to come. Prayer of Examen, a prayer practice which comes to us from St. Ignatius of Loyola,…