For those who struggle with how to pray—or what to pray—prayer beads can provide much-needed structure. Protestant prayer beads, made up of four sets of seven beads, can make prayer easier, especially for hesitant prayers. Rather than having to think of a whole prayer, they can break it down into four bite-sized pieces. For example, they can employ the first set of seven beads to praise God, using each of the seven beads to think of something to say in praise of who God is. The second set can be for confession. The third set can be for our intercessions—our joys and concerns—and the fourth for thanksgiving for what God has done in our lives.
—Kristen E. Vincent, A Bead and a Prayer: A Beginner’s Guide to Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books, 2013)
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Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. [Read the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18:2-6.]
—Luke 18:1 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26, NRSV)
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