How Prayer Beads Benefit PrayerNew Every Morning | March 15, 2023
Like the rosary, Protestant prayer beads offer various benefits to prayer: They enhance focus, offer a way of being still, and serve as a sign of God’s presence. But whereas the rosary has a formula for prayers to be said with each bead, Protestant prayer beads do not. This means you can use them in any way that feels comfortable to you and even experiment with different ways of using them, depending upon your need at the time. Consider this a wonderful opportunity to explore new ways of being with God.
—Kristen E. Vincent and Max O. Vincent, Another Bead, Another Prayer: Devotions to Use with Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books, 2014)
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Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty firmament!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his surpassing greatness!
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
—Psalm 150:1-2, 6 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Pray the following prayer as you touch the cross, invitatory bead, and resurrection beads on a set of Protestant prayer beads.
Holy God, heaven and earth are filled with your glory.
Let my praise be united with that of
the angels as we proclaim that
you are holy, holy, holy. Amen.
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I’m not ready to “go there”…the prayer bead route. Maybe it is my stubbornness. Maybe in a particularly dry season without focus, I will re-consider.
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