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...]

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...]

Ten Minutes of Thanks

Sit in silence for five minutes and think about what you are most thankful for.  Then give thanks for five things, giving 1 minute to each.  … [Read more...]

Admit You Don’t Know

Place yourself before God.  Admit you don't know.  Ask that God will guide you even in your ignorance, that God's knowledge will be sufficient.  Spend ten minutes in this prayer stance. … [Read more...]

In the Night

There is a long tradition within monasticism and Christian asceticism of waking to pray in the middle of the night.  Some argue that an interruption to our sleep in the middle of the night is natural, that eight solid hours is a modern invention after we extended our bedtimes far past the onset of darkness.  Whatever the case, waking to pray in the middle of the night can be an incredibly peaceful experience of unique time with God.Tonight, set up a prayer station with candles and a col … [Read more...]

Pray with Those Who Weep

Who is weeping in your neighborhood?  What is the source of their sorrow?  Whoever they are, whatever the reason, go and pray with them.  Pray that God will guide you to those whose sorrows God would like to enter with love. … [Read more...]

Walk and Pray

Go for a long walk and pray to God while you're walking.  Carry on a conversation with God as though you were walking with a friend.  Cognitive research shows that when walking we think better and are at our most creative--give God this time. … [Read more...]


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