Mindful Practices: Centering Prayer

Mindful practices are nuggets of wisdom offered to help bring peace, comfort and a sense of God’s presence to our homes.

Today’s practice is Centering Prayer – a method of silent prayer leading us to experience God’s presence within. This discipline deepens our relationship with God and can lead to greater communion with Him. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other prayer methods, but rather it creates depth and adds receptive prayer to our spiritual life. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit alive within us is the source of this prayer. 

The following method takes approximately 10-20 minutes: 

  1. Choose a one or two syllable sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within. 
  2. Begin by inviting the Holy Spirit to be present, and then sit comfortably with eyes closed and introduce the sacred word as the symbol of this consent. 
  3. Sit in silence. When engaged with thoughts, return gently to your sacred word.  
  4. When your prayer period ends say the “Lord’s Prayer” and remain in silence for a couple of minutes longer.

More Information:  Contemplative Outreach Tallahassee Area

St. John’s Centering Prayer group meets weekly on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Check our church calendar for more information.

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