How to Practice Centering Prayer:
- Sit comfortably with your eyes closed, relax, and quiet yourself. Be present and make yourself aware of God’s presence.
- Choose a sacred word or phrase that best supports your sincere intention to be in the Lord’s presence and open to His divine action within you.
- Let that word or phrase be gently present as your symbol of your sincere intention to be in the Lord’s presence and open to His divine action within you.
- If you feel certain thoughts, feelings, perceptions, images, etc. come forth, return to your sacred word or phrase. After you pray would be a great time to think through these things, but the purpose of centering prayer is to simply make you presently aware of the Lord and His love over, in, and around you.
- At the end of your time, simply sit in silence and allow the Lord to lead you into what is next. The purpose of Centering Prayer is not to reach a goal, but rather to deepen your relationship with the Lord through engaging with His Presence and inviting Him into every space in your life.
Questions for Prayer and Reflection:
- What was the phrase or word you felt led to speak out during Centering Prayer? Why this phrase or word?
When you speak out the word/phrase, what do you feel? Think? Hear? What do you become aware of? How does this help you center your life?
- What surprised you about Centering Prayer? What did not surprise you?
- Do you feel like Centering Prayer and Sabbath will better prepare you to push the play button in your life? If not, what will? If so, how can this become a normal habit for your weekly and daily life with the Lord?
- What is one way that you can shift your mindset, schedule, and life to match the rhythm of creation in living and working from rest rather than living and working toward rest?