Tag Archive: prayer

Pray “Daily Office”

The earliest Christians, following the practice of their Jewish forebears, had a rhythm of daily prayer that involved starting and ending the day (and perhaps a short mid-day prayer too) with readings, songs (especially the Psalms) and prayer.  We tend to associate that pattern (sometimes called “office”) of daily prayer with monastic life, and for…

20 Ways to Add More Prayer

Wish you could add more prayer to your life, but life seems to get in the way?  Lillian Daniel offers twenty practical ways to make prayer more a part of your everyday life.  Check them out here.

Pray the Bible: Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina is a way of praying meditatively with the Bible so that the Word of God can reach into our hearts and our minds. It’s a simple and natural way of meditation practiced by the early monastics—women and men who followed God’s call to a radical vocation of silence, prayer and love. Other great…

Praying the Psalms

Psalms has been called the prayer book of the Bible in both Jewish and Christian traditions. It is a collection of sung prayers that has been used in worship from the time of ancient Israel up to the present. Because the psalms range so widely in emotional expression, from the heights of adoration and praise…

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.

The Examen

In his Spiritual Exercises, Ignatius of Loyola urged that all be taught “the examen”, a daily prayerful examination of our deepest feelings and desires. He believed that God would speak to us through these feelings and desires.  Learn more about the examen here.

Spirituality and Social Justice

Sometimes, Christians speak of spirituality and social justice as if they were opposites: we can be either devoted to God and a life of prayer, or to serving others.  Jesus exposes this as a false division, and tells his followers that serving the hungry, the sick and “the least” is serving him. Christians who dive…

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…

Prayer without Words

Sometimes (perhaps often), we think of prayer as words directed at God.  Even if we view prayer as a conversation, it still seems word-focused.  Frederick Schmidt writes about prayer without words: “Prayer shaped by conversation in mystery is marked by unspoken prayer — those transparent moments when the distance and the love overwhelm us in the…