12 May Grace, sunshine…and homework?
Happy Tuesday morning to you all! The sun is finally back with us! Enjoy it. One of my passions is to walk with you in your discovery of intimacy with Jesus. There is no greater choice we can make, no more rewarding investment, and nothing more vital to our journey than intimacy wit Him. So, with that in mind, I have a prayer exercise I would love to share with you.
Several years ago, I was a ball of anxiety, struggling with control issues, and just a frazzled mess. One of my mentors encouraged me to practice silence before the Lord. To be completely honest, I was not very excited about the exercise he gave me until I tried it.
I wanted to share the practice with you. It begins with your Bible, and Psalm 46v10, “Be still, and know that I am God!” The practice is to sit outside, allowing the sunshine to wash over you. Close your eyes, and recite the whole verse, taking care to linger on the last word. Let that word spark prayer and fuel your thoughts towards the Lord. When you have finished those thoughts, recite the verse again, lingering one word earlier. Repeat the exercise until you simply recite the word, “Be.”
With this practice, you will systematically work through each of the words in this text, allowing your heart and mind to consider the power of each word of this phrase. It is actually a very old monastic style of prayer, called, “Centering prayer.” I have found it to be incredibly useful in crazy seasons of life. Try it!
FF&E update: Our goal is $50K. To date, we have received $18.5K. Praise God! Thank you again for your faithfulness!
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Grace and Peace to you. I love being your pastor!