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Collage Prayer, Part Two

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Here’s a variation of collage prayers that can be used in a small group setting.  Have the same supplies available (magazines, scissors, glue stick and cardstock paper).  On the back of each cardstock, write one name of a person in the group so that each person has a cardstock with their name on it.  Turn the papers over and mix them up.  Hand them out again with the name facing down.  Then begin to collage.  You can either have each person place one or two items on the page and then pass it on to the next person until its gone all around the circle, or you can have each person complete an entire collage.  Then flip the page over and distribute to the person whose name is on the back.  What is God saying to you through the collage developed either by one other person or the whole group?  If each person contributed, you can have them share why they placed that picture or image in the collage.  It’s amazing to see how God works through this to speak to you about your identity and destiny, especially when the person doing it did not know who it is for.  The collage pictured above is one that a small group put together for me, each adding a portion. It was interesting that no one knew it was for me and yet my name is Hebrew and I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Israel.  God also speaks to me significantly in dreams.  Try this with a group of your friends!  It’s amazing how God can use it to speak to you!

Apr 21, 2014 - 51-100, Everyday Prayers    2 Comments

Collage Prayers

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I love God’s creativity!  He can speak to us through a sunrise or sunset, a flower, a billboard, a book or a poem.  One way I love to hear Him and to pray His desires for me back to Him is through making a collage.

What you’ll need:

A couple of magazines,

Scissors

Glue

Cardstock paper

Sit down in a prayerful attitude with the magazines.  Don’t think too much about it as you skim through the pages, looking for either a picture or caption/words that grab your attention.  Cut it out and lay it aside.  When you have a number of words/pictures cut out, begin to lay them on the cardstock paper as the creativity God placed within you leads you.  You’re not trying to create a masterpiece, just a simple collage between you and God.  Then glue the pictures/words on the paper.  What is God speaking to you through the phrases or pictures about you, your life, your relationship with Him?

The picture above is a collage I made a number of years ago, but it still speaks to me today.  I could see myself in both the woman dancer and the young girl.  Each picture or word means something to me when I look at it and God continues to communicate His love and purposes through this collage.  Encourage you to try it.  Take some time.  Be creative and enjoy some time with God.  A picture is worth a 1000 words or maybe a 1000 prayers! : )

Praying the Stations of the Cross, Part Six

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series on the Stations of the Cross from www.soulshepherding.com!  If you are able, find a retreat where you can pray the stations of the cross as you prepare for Easter!

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Have No Fear of Death – 14th Station – Jesus’ Body is Laid in the Tomb by Joseph

Praise the Lord: I praise you Lord Jesus Christ.  By your cross you gave us your life and showed us how to live.

Read Scriptures:  Matthew 27:57-60; Psalm 39:5, 11

Contemplate in Silence

Consider Your Need for Christ:  Prayerfully anticipating your death tomorrow does much to improve your life today.

Death is the ultimate insult to us.  We have no control over how we die, when we die, or what happens next.  We may suffer pain.  We may experience deterioration of our capacities and be dependent on other people to care for us.  We may die before we reach old age.  We will leave this world with some hopes unfulfilled and some work not finished.

Death means complete submission to God.  We have to let go of everyone and everything in our lives—even our own bodies.

It’s no wonder that most of us don’t like to Read more »

Praying the Stations of the Cross, Part Five

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Seize the Day Before it’s Too Late! – 11th Station: Jesus is Crucified with Two Thieves and Offers them New Life

Praise the Lord:  I praise you Lord Jesus Christ.  By your cross you gave us your life and showed us how to live.

Read Scripture: Luke 23:33, 39-43)

Contemplate in Silence

Consider your Need for Christ:  Seize the day! We like to exclaim. We long to live with enthusiasm, but few of us know how to do it.  Crucified between two thieves Jesus showed us how.

Soldiers cheer as they charge forward with weapons raised and adrenaline surging to overcome their enemy.  Athletes rally as a team to win their game.  Achievers press on with optimism that they will reach their goal.  Friends lift a toast to let the good times roll.  A thief dying on a cross cries out to Jesus on the cross next to him.  Who actually seizes the day?  Only the thief.

Go to the cross and Jesus says to you and to anyone who calls out to him what he said to the thief on the cross, “It’s not too late for you.  Come with me into paradise.”  In other words, if we’ll die to life on Read more »

Praying the Stations of the Cross, Part Four

Continuing our series on praying the stations of the cross – for the entire prayer guide, go to www.soulshepherding.com464956199

Find Comfort at the Cross – 8th Station: Jesus Comforts the Weeping Women

Praise the Lord: I praise you Lord Jesus Christ. By your cross you gave us your life and showed us how to live.

Read Scripture:  Luke 23:27-28; Matthew  23:37

Contemplate in Silence

Consider your Need for Christ:  There is comfort for you in the cross of Christ if you seek it properly.  The women who were weeping as they followed Jesus carrying his cross had to learn this.

These mothers didn’t understand the cross – they were grieving over the injustice and pain Jesus was experiencing when they needed to grieve for themselves and their children.  They were in danger of missing Read more »

Praying the Stations of the Cross, Part Three

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Seek Surprising, Sweet Intimacy with Jesus – 5th Station: Jesus receives Simon’s help to carry the cross

Praise the Lord: I praise you Lord Jesus Christ.  By your cross you gave us your life and showed us how to live.

Read Scripture: Mark 15:20-22, Psalm 38:6-7, 10-11; Philippians 3:10-11

Contemplate in Silence

Consider your Need of Christ: There is a surprising, sweet intimacy with Jesus if you learn how to accept the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings.  Simon of Cyrene discovered this, as did the Apostle Paul and many other great followers of Christ over the centuries.

It is one of the most touching scenes of Jesus’ passion when Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his cross.  At first he has to be forced to take on the pain and shame of helping Jesus.  But when he and his sons discovered that Jesus was the Savior of the world and that he extended God’s mercy even to those who crucified him, they apparently realized that they had been given the greatest honor and put their trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savior (Romans 16:13)

Do you and I love Jesus enough to help him carry his cross?  In a sense we help Jesus carry his cross whenever we deny ourselves, take up our own cross, and follow him (Luke 9:23-24) Read more »

Praying the Stations of the Cross, Part Two

Enjoy the continuation of this prayer guide from www.soulshepherding.com
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2nd Station: Jesus accepts his cross while his disciples flee

Praise the Lord – I praise you Lord Jesus Christ.  By your cross you gave us your life and showed us how to live.

Read the Scripture:  Matthew 26:56; John 19:1, 14-17; Hebrews 12:2

Contemplate in Silence

Consider Your Need for Christ – The cross is a horrific instrument of torture and death.  It’s no wonder that Jesus’ disciples ran away from it.  We may do the same and yet it is the source of heavenly joy.

“For the joy set before him Jesus endured the cross (Heb 12:2) What joy? The joy of Read more »

Praying the Stations of the Cross, Part One

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Over the next six weeks until Easter, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite resources from www.soulshepherding.com.  This prayer guide to praying the Stations of the Cross, I believe, will take you to a new place in your devotional life as you prepare for the Easter season.  Because of its length, I will be posting an abridged version over the weeks.  Here is the introduction and beginning station:

Introduction: The Stations of the Cross make a journey of prayer that brings to life the events connected with the passion of Jesus Christ.  It’s a devotional practice that can be life-changing for you!

Jerome records that in the 4th Century pilgrims traveled Read more »

Prayers for Lent

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I wasn’t raised practicing Lent, but have friends who do.  Lent is 40 days of intentional prayer and fasting leading up to Easter.  It is a great time to prepare our hearts to celebrate what God has done for us.

Here are some ideas from the website The Practical Disciple for ways to enter into Lent through prayer, fasting and action:

Prayer Disciplines:

Practice the Examen (see previous blogs)

5-finger prayer (see previous blog)

Praise for 40-days – educating our hearts to focus on Him

Bible Reading Guide:

40-days to read the book of Read more »

Concordance Prayers

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I recently read a book by Dennis Fuqua called “United and Ignited – Encountering God through Dynamic Corporate Prayer.”  While an excellent read on praying in groups, he also mentioned what he calls concordance prayers, looking up various words such as peace, hope, joy, truth, etc., reading the verses and using it as a springboard to prayer.

I love Scripture-based prayer!  This is a great way to fill your heart with more of God’s Word and then to pray it back to Him!  I grew up with the big, thick Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, but today enjoy the convenience of internet based concordances such as www.blueletterbible.com.  You can pick a word like Read more »

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