In the quiet of Centering Prayer, receive the gift of Divine Presence. Let go of the noise that prevents you from being aware of God.
Read 1 Samuel 3:2-10. Listen to the prompting of the Spirit that comes through a word. Meditate on what you are given. Let it crystallize into some words of prayer. In silence prepare to take the word you receive with you.
—J. David Muyskens, Sacred Breath: Forty Days of Centering Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)
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Now the LORD came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
—1 Samuel 3:10 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
This week we invite you to practice Centering Prayer:
1. Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.
2. Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly, and then silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God’s presence and action within.
3. When engaged with your thoughts [which includes body sensations, feelings, images, reflections], return ever so gently to the sacred word.
4. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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