Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.

3/17/2005

Being with God

Last night, we finished up a study on prayer by exploring some methods of contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer is a time of prayer which focuses on being with God separate from asking God for things. There are several ways to do this, and here are links to information on some types of contemplative prayer:
Centering Prayer
The Jesus Prayer
Anglican Prayer Beads
The Labyrinth
and
Praying with Icons

In addition to these, you may also want to follow Brother Lawrence's 17th century advice to practice the presence of God.

2 Comments:

  • At 3/17/2005 7:06 AM, Blogger Pilgrim said…

    For me, nothing could be more important than centering, focusing, and being with God! I have never been very good at praying except when I needed something. And now I know why. By surrendering my thoughts, desires, and just being with God I was able to really pray. And the amazing thing for me is now I want more of it!

    Yours,

    Matt <><

     
  • At 3/19/2005 9:10 AM, Blogger Celeste said…

    I loved the class on Wednesday night. Just to set aside time to be with God without requests, finding Him within yourself....awesome. It is different than on Wed and Sun service. I was actually able to sit still and just be...It is hard for some of us to travel outside of our comfort zone and invite all that we can handle from God. I hope I make the time to continue centering prayer. Just imagine what God could do in us if we all did.

     

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