30-Minute School of Prayer: Session One

30-Minute School of Prayer

For the past several years, I have been offering an occasional series in the parish called the 30-Minute School of Prayer. I begin the series online now with this session. I will reflect on occasion about one particular aspect of prayer. There is no one place to begin nor is there a particular sequence of reflections that must be read in order. I simply invite you to rest in God as you have come to experience God. I invite you to reflect on practical matters and issues or ideas from the gospels. Take time to reflect on the text here then be still, calm your life and be quiet for 20- 30 minutes. So we begin.

Session One:

“At the name of Jesus, every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil 2:10-11

We begin with our posture of prayer. Perhaps it has been awhile since you thought about the role of your body in prayer. I ask you to find a comfortable place in your home, your local church or in your back yard. Discover again a place that feels safe for you to rest your burdens, the conflicts of your heart.

You many want to try kneeling to begin a new commitment to daily prayer. On your knees, pray with your hands open. You may want to find a straight but comfortable chair to sit quietly. If you sit, close your eyes, rest your hands on your lap and breathe deeply, paying attention to only your breath. You may even want to stand, feeling the earth under your feet, closing your eyes and slightly bending your knees. Discover the body posture that suits you today to begin this prayer. You may want to use a different posture for different liturgical seasons or times of the year.

Once you have decided on your body posture, reflect on the this scripture passage. Remember that God is waiting for you. Listen with all your body, mind and heart. Relax in God. Discover today the beauty of your body not only for prayer but as prayer itself. Learn today a new gratitude for your earthly self.

So now I invite you into silence. Let us begin.

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