Pray for Me

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“I’ll pray for you.”  That can be a sentence of honest intent and care, but it can just easily be a power play, a kind of spiritual violence.  I had a friend who was once struggling with faith, asking deep questions of it.  Many who did not know him well, earnest evangelicals who hadn’t been gifted with such questions, would sometimes come to him and say, “I’ll pray for you.”  “I’ll pray for you,” because I’ve got God figured out and you don’t.  “I’ll pray for you,” because I have a close connect … [Read more...]

Running is Spiritual (Emergent Reactions)

“Running is spiritual” Doug Pagitt argued during his six minute, forty second Pecha Kucha talk at the Emergent gathering last weekend. For such a short talk, it has stuck with me more than any part of the hour long lectures.  It stuck because it resonated deeply—it said what I’ve also been experiencing.Pagitt gave the presentation wearing a can’t-miss-it orange Nike shirt that said in big letters “Running Sucks.”  He then told the story of how he started running, like most of us, because he w … [Read more...]

From Head to Toe

Lie down on the ground and relax your body.  Invite the spirit of God to come into each part of you, working from your head to your toes and back again praying, "Come, Holy Spirit." … [Read more...]

Simple Prayer

A simple prayer is a short word or phrase such as "Lord Christ, have mercy" or "Bless you."  Today fill your hours with these simple prayers.  Say them as you pass others and say them when you are alone.  Bless others and praise God throughout the day. … [Read more...]

Pray Through Your Nose

We are visual creatures and we tend to pray that way.  We see a need and we respond.  But what about our sense of smell, how can we engage that sense in our prayer?  Think about how to engage God through your sense of smell.  It might be the smell of incense as you meditate or the smell of a good meal you fix to share with someone in need.  Do something today to engage with God, to pray, through your nose. … [Read more...]

Pray Through the News

Billy Graham famously prayed through the newspaper.  This is a practice that re-narrates the world's events in light of God's kingdom and the fundamental news that love wins.  Today pray through the news whether its online, on paper, or on the screen.  Don't pray for any outcome other than that God's kingdom will come in its fullness in each life and story. … [Read more...]

Memorize Monday: Prayer of Saint Ephrem the Syrian

In addition to memorizing scripture it is also fruitful to memorize prayers, especially ancient prayers that have played a significant role in the church.  The prayer of St. Ephrem is such a prayer.  Likely composed in St. Ephrem's name around 373, the prayer of St. Ephrem is a penitential prayer and is used as a the essential prayer of Lent by the Eastern Orthodox Church.  It is a beautiful prayer that in a few sentences helps name the sins that so many of us wrestle with day in and day out.  M … [Read more...]

Go to a Garden

Take time today to walk in a natural setting--it could be a garden, a hiking trail, or beach.  Pray that God will reconcile all of creation and ask what your role in that reconciliation might be. … [Read more...]


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