Listening is the first dimension of prayer, because prayer begins with God’s initiative. God’s love comes first; we breathe in that love as we listen. It may seem that prayer begins with our calling out to God, but before we utter a word, the Spirit puts in our hearts a desire to communicate with the Source of our being. God has already been prompting us to pray.
—J. David Muyskens, Sacred Breath: 40 Days of Centering Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)
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Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.
—Romans 8:26 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Pause to breathe deeply. Fill your lungs with fresh air. Hold that breath briefly. Then release the air you are holding, ridding yourself of the old and making space for the new. And as you breathe, rejoice in the gift of life. Let the rise and fall of your lungs be a celebration of the amazing gift of being alive!
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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