Breathing Life into Your Conversations With God

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As I wrote earlier, contemplative prayer is a big deal right now.Christian Women Online has an article by Keri Wyatt Kent on this topic.

Keri suggests three techniques which she has used for a decade. Here’s a quick summary in reverse order. Go here to read a specific example of how to do each one.

  •  Being There – “Gospel meditation, or “being there,” has traditionally been called the Ignatian Method, after Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556). He instructed his followers to spend time with Jesus by imagining themselves in the gospel story. Imagine yourself in the story while reading a passage.” The authors of the two books I referenced earlier would call this visualization. Unfortunately, the new agers have highjacked this term and it now tends to mean something anti-biblical.
  • Breath Prayer – “A breath prayer is a short prayer that can be prayed in the space of one breath. It expresses your love for God and your desire for God’s touch in your life. . . Sometimes, it’s a form of confession or self-examination.  . . . A classic breath prayer used for centuries comes from Luke 18:13: “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
  • Deep Listening – “You read a passage slowly several times, spending time in silence between readings, letting the words sink into your soul as you listen for the one word or phrase that touches you most deeply.”

This is also called Lectio Divina which doodah referred to and has been practiced by Christians for centuries.  You breathe in God’s word and breathe out a prayer. The intent (I think) is to be so in tune with God’s Words that you hear God’s message not your interpretation. “Traditionally, this practice includes four parts: reading, meditation, prayer, and contemplation.”

I am excited about continuing this discussion with y’all. And learning more on how to incorporate some of these disciplines into my life in a lasting way. I just wrote in a paper (for school) that I need to find a community who practices these with me and holds me accountable.

Entry filed under: Learning, Meditations, Prayer, Susan's World.

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  • 1. doodah  |  . at .

    This year I started what Foster & Co. call a “Spiritual Formation Group.” The basic purpose is to provide “a community who practices these with me and holds me accountable.” It isn’t the same as a prayer group or a bible study or “accountability group” although all those elements are part of what we do.

    I describe it as an exercise class. Like you would have a running partner or go to a pilates class to help encourage you to do physical exercise – this is a group that helps encourage you to do spiritual exercise. In fact, we call our group “Spilates” heh heh – Spiritual-Pilates. LOL! We just did our six month evaluation and decided to keep going until May, b/c we are all getting alot out of it.

    If you want more info, I can email you – a bit long for a comment.

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  • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

    Yes, I’d love the info. I’ll email you. Thanks!

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