Feb 11, 2013 - 1-50, Corporate Prayer    No Comments

Group Lectio Divina

While meditation is typically an individual discipline, it can be done in a group, building community and a shared experiencing of the Word of God together.  There can be different ways to do it, but here is an outline adapted from an article by Luke Dysinger (www.http://www.valyermo.com/ld-art.html).

Lectio Divina can best be done with 4-8 people in a group.  Provide each participant with a written copy of the Scripture to be shared and the basic outline so they can follow along.  There are three parts to Group Lectio Divina, each beginning with a reading of the Scripture.  

Listening for the Gentle Touch of Christ through the Word

1.  One person reads aloud the passage twice, as the rest listen attentively for what phrase or word especially touches them.

2.  Silence for 1-2 minutes as each participant ponders the word they received.

3.  Each person briefly shares (one or two sentences) the word or phrase that touched them.

How Christ Speaks to Me through the Word

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Meditation, Part Three, Lectio Divinia

In the active pace of our lives, we seldom take the time to contemplate or meditate on Scripture to hear God’s whispers.  It takes effort to set aside time to be still and listen.  Much of our Christian life is often focused on what we do, yet God intends for us to experience the rhythm of who He is in both stillness and activity.

Lectio Divinia is an ancient practice of contemplation and meditation, of opening up the eyes of our heart to really hear God’s Word to us through the Scriptures.

To begin, get in a comfortable position and spend a few minutes Read more »

Meditation, Part Two

Wondering where to start in going deeper in Biblical meditation?  Try these suggestions from Kirk Bennett (www.7thunders.org).

  • Find a quiet place with space enough to walk, pace or even dance!
  • Play anointed music the helps you focus on Jesus
  • Get in a position that helps you stay alert and not fall asleep
  • Have your Bible, pen, paper and water available.
  • On your paper, section off one side to write tasks that will “pop in” as you try to meditate.  Then you can put it out of your mind and focus back on Jesus.

Then pick a verse from Scripture that you would like to gain greater understanding in.  Then as you begin, try this method of meditation (R-W-S-S-P) Read more »

Meditation

Interested in a Biblical key to prosperity?  Want success in all you do?  Consider these verses:

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,  that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither and whatever he does shall prosper.”  Psalm 1:2, 3

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night…for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”  Joshua 1:8

Think it is just an “old testament” thing?  Consider 1 Timothy 4:15

Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.”

We’ve lost the inheritance from our Jewish roots of the benefits of meditating, maybe scared off by new age ideas or simply unaware of God’s plan of blessing through pondering His word day and night.

There are interesting statistics that although Jews make up only 2% of the American population: Read more »

Jan 7, 2013 - 1-50, Everyday Prayers    No Comments

Soaking Prayer

Worn out?  Weary?  Need inspiration in your prayer life?  Try soaking prayer.  It’s not about asking for something or even declaring something.  It is a restful place to encounter God.  Find some quiet worship music.  Get comfortable – lie down, recline – whatever is relaxing for you.  Shut off your phone and computer.  Simply invite the Lord to encounter you as you rest in His presence.

It’s not uncommon for distracting thoughts to arise.  If you have a pad of paper and pen handy next to you, write down any tasks that come to mind.  This helps you put it out of your mind so you don’t worry about remembering.  Continue to focus on the presence of the Lord and enjoying Him.  If it helps you relax and focus on Him, try some simple breath prayers such as “I surrender.  Jesus, come fill me.”

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Dec 26, 2012 - Uncategorized    3 Comments

Surrender Prayer

Have you ever tried walking backwards without looking where you are going?  Not a good idea…unless you have someone you trust leading you.  Most of us feel like we have to be able to see where we are going and what’s ahead.  However, in the Christian life, surrendering our control is one of the biggest hurdles to finding true freedom in Christ.  It’s when we let go of our ways, our plans and our desires that He is able to work through us His best good for our lives.

During this Christmas season, I’ve been pondering Mary’s response to the angel when he announced a major shift in her life.  Instead of trying to figure it all out or arguing, she simply replied, “Be it unto me according to Your word.” (Luke 1:38)   This is one of the greatest declarations of surrender.  Recently I’ve been using it as a breath prayer – as you breathe in say, “Be it unto me” opening yourself up for God to work.  Then breathe out “according to Your Word.”  Consider Read more »

Dec 18, 2012 - 1-50, Everyday Prayers    1 Comment

Wonder Prayer

Ever take some time to just wonder at the amazing God we pray to?   While Christmas is a good time to consider, ponder, and be in awe of all that God did for us through Jesus, often we become jaded to the wonder of Christ and His incarnation in the midst of shopping, parties and presents.

Sometimes seeing things in a new light helps change perspective.  Take the fractal for instance.   Here’s one explanation:

“Relative to science, fractals are essentially geometric shapes or forms that are represented in natural objects, from a fern leaf or tree, to a spider web or snowflake, to larger phenomena such as clouds, hurricanes, or even galaxies in space.  The discovery of fractals allowed for defining irregular shapes which could not be defined, or represented before by mathematics.  One could define (or model mathematically) a square, rectangle, triangle etc, but one could not define or model the irregular shape of a cloud formation, or tree outline, or coastline.

One very common shape or form, found in both fractals & throughout nature, is the spiral.  This is one of the most common forms represented in the fractals one sees frequently on the internet, and this mathematical shape is pervasive throughout nature as well.  Is there a connection between the mathematics and science and creation?  Fractals have been called the “Thumbprint of God”, and perhaps they are!”  (http://fractalarts.com/SFDA/whatarefractals.html)

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Sanctuary Prayer

In the Old Testament, God came to “dwell” with the Israelites through the sanctuary in the wilderness.  A picture of how God wanted to relate to them, the tabernacle contained three main sections: the Outer Court, Holy Place and Most Holy Place.  Each contained objects which were used to help them interact with God.  See diagram below:

When using the sanctuary as a model of prayer, we begin with “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise…”  Psalm 100:4.  Begin with adoration, praising who He is and what He has done for you.

The first object an Israel would see upon entering the courtyard was the Read more »

Desperate Prayers

I’m grateful we can come to God in our most desperate times and He is there.  We can cry out to Him from places of pain and need and He doesn’t turn away.  I love that in the Psalms, David and others were able to express the depths of their feeling without fear of being judged, condemned or dismissed.  Though He holds galaxies in His hands, God is still interested in the smallest details of my life, including my emotions.  I don’t have to craft the perfect prayer to please Him.  I can pour out my heart to God, unedited and He loves my honesty.

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Apostolic Prayers

Want to lead a life like the apostles, full of power and authority?  How about praying like they did?  I’m thankful that we have a record of some of their prayers.  You will notice they aren’t praying for bigger houses or cars, but for the advancing of God’s kingdom through believers.  I know I want my prayers to more fully reflect these Biblical prayers.  You can use them as models, paraphrasing them to fit your personality and flow.  Start by slowly reading the Scripture, meditating on it and then pray it in your own words.  Here’s some examples:

“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”  Philippians 1:9-11

You can pray it personally:

Jesus, today I ask that You would fill me with Your love so that it overflows to others and that I would grow in knowing who You are.  Read more »