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In Need of Prayer

This morning, while walking this sweet hymn, “I am standing in the need of prayer” came to mind. As soon as I got home, I found it on YouTube and played it a few times to let the words sink in.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kyd1M3U5VsQLately, I long a to be in a prayerful community. I pray as I walk, pray before meals and read prayers. I meditate daily but it is in private. Sensing this inward urge to connect with others seeking a sacred space to pray and meditate together, I decided to set a day and time for like hearted folks to come together. Though I do not have all the details worked out I have set aside Fridays at 1:30 pm. Tentatively, the first prayer group will be July 26, though the place is yet uncertain.

Have you wondered what prayer and meditation have in common? Me too. Several years ago, my prayers morphed into meditation. For the past several years, I practice meditation and continue to pray. According to Merriam-Webster:

1a(1): an address (such as a petition) to God or a god in word or thought said a prayer for the success of the voyage(2): a set order of words used in praying b: an earnest request or wish2: the act or practice of praying to God or a god kneeling in prayer3: a religious service consisting chiefly of prayers —often used in plural. Meditations defined by Merriam-Webster:

1: to engage in contemplation or reflection He meditated long and hard before announcing his decision.2: to engage in mental exercise (such as concentration on one’s breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness. These definition urged me to compare these activities ad the benefits each offers. In this and many other articles, benefits are linked to prayer and meditation.

“Prayer and meditation are often seen as something specific for people who are religious. However, even non-religious people have said that prayer can bring on a strong sense of inner strength or power.” Yet, this article continues emphasizing

Group in meditation

“Prayer and meditation are often seen as something specific for people who are religious. However, even non-religious people have said that prayer can bring on a strong sense of inner strength or power.”that prayer can be useful when used alongside treatment, but a physician should always be when it is used. Meditation helps individuals focus their attention and become aware of their thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental way. This usually results in a state of calmness, physical relaxation, and psychological balance. Although beneficial, prayer and meditation should not be used in place of medicine to treat illnesses; but used in conjunction with a with therapy and support groups as a complete approach to recovery.” Reflecting on how prayer and meditation helps me in my grief journey even more than that I am becoming more grateful, forgiving and compassionate in my daily life. 

Like meditation practices, there are many forms of prayer. Here are the most well known: 1; Blessing and adoration or worship, 2; Petition, most familiar is asking for something from God 3; Intercession: is another form of prayers of petition, but more nuanced such as praying ro our children. In such prayers we’re not concerned with our needs but with the needs of others. 4; Thanksgiving prayers, perhaps most neglected. While Grace Before Meals is a good example of a prayer of thanksgiving, we should get into the habit of thanking God throughout the day for the good things that happen to us and others. I learned to say Grace before meals an it has been my habit since childhood. 5; Praise is a form of worship prayer, giving credit to God and acknowleging Him/Her to be the source of all power the Holy One, the Creator the Source of Alpha and Omega.

Here the major Types of meditation: Loving-kindness, Body scan, Mindfulness, Breath Awareness, Kundalini yoga, Zen meditation and Transcendental meditation. With the many types of meditation to try, there should be one to suit most individuals. …  Each meditation category has many subtypes. For further information explore: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320392.php. I lead and practice several forms of meditation and found many of the benefits listed in this scientific research article:

12 Science-Based Benefits of Meditationhttps://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-benefits-of-meditation

  • Reduces Stress. Stress reduction is one of the most common reasons people try meditation. … 
  • Controls Anxiety. Less stress translates to less anxiety. … 
  • Promotes Emotional Health. … 
  • Enhances Self-Awareness. … 
  • Lengthens Attention Span. … 
  • May Reduce Age-Related Memory Loss. … 
  • Can Generate Kindness. … 
  • May Help Fight Addictions.

Getting back to what began my inward longing to begin a meditation prayer group. While I pray, and meditate daily, it is a community in sacred space that I long for. Come if you feel the nudge. Respond in the reply section for information about the location. 

Praying togther is powerful.

A New Year

 

January 16 and 17 I attended a Prayer Bead Retreat at Camp MInnescah. It could not have been a more beautiful weekend. Twenty women gathered to learn about the history of prayer beads in many different religious traditions. Amazing, we Protestants are discovering their unique properties to aid in prayer. Learning about prayer bead lead us to to selecting clay of wonderful colors and to creating the beads. The creative work was enhanced by our prayers as we formed the beads.

In the brisk Kansas wind, the dry grasses rustled. I felt alive and exhilarated. Path along the Ninnescah River

Path along the Ninnescah River

 

I was among a group of women gathered to create our own prayer beads. We worked in prayerful atmosphere. We prayed, sang and worshiped but most of all we formed bonds of friendship, A new year, just beginning was beginning to fill with hope.

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Checking-in

We are accustomed to “checking-in”, a task we perform to get our boarding pass on the flight for which we have purchased a ticket. It’s an easy task to check in on my home computer and print my boarding pass for my departing flight. However, away from home, checking in and especially printing a boarding pass can be a bit more complicated. Airlines offer apps to check in on your smart phone. Never the less, you must check in at the security gate, a process that can be tedious. Signing your name, getting your packet at a seminar and name badge is another familiar activity. Arriving at a hotel, checking in at the registration desk or picking up a prepaid ticket at the admissions desk involves checking in. All check-in involve some form of identifying yourself.
checking-in
Nowadays, many of us check-in with our friends on Facebook. In fact, Facebook invites you to “Share how you’re feeling or what you’re doing.” Most support groups counselling groups begin with an invitation to share your feelings and what is happening with you In an individual counselling session the counselor or therapist may start the session asking you to share about your present circumstances.
Group session
A far deeper checking-in is a part of prayer, a going inward process. Though formal and public prayer could involve a checking-in with God, individual prayer by its very nature involves going deep into our innermost self. A prayer that begins with checking-in involves a humble request, “Search me, O God, and know my heart,” Psalm 139:23. Checking-in involves putting aside pride, ego and above an attitude of knowing our needs. Surely God knows are needs. More than we know ourselves.
Checking-in at the onset of prayer is identifying yourself, who are, where you, how are you feeling right now, what bothers you. Checking-in part of prayer is like going through customs at an international airport. Not only will your baggage be checked, but you will be asked questions about what you are brining into the country. Checking-in when you pray is like that, only you are the one going through you baggage asking yourself, what am I brining into prayer today? How do I feel? Is there anything I need to declare? Asking these questions is the invitation for God to search into our hidden places to illuminate the dark places in our hearts. “[T]ry me and know my thoughts try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me,” urges the Psalmist further in Psalm 139:24.
Prayer Prayer should not be a list of our requests but rather going into your inner room, closing the door and praying to our Father who is in secret, who sees our secrets. Jesus taught, “when you pray, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. “So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. “Pray, then, in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Matthew 6:7-13
Listen to The Prayer
Our busy lives can become a barrier to spending time in prayer. Like the airlines apps, prayer websites can help us check-in with our soul’s needs.
The Angel of the Hour is my favorite prayer website.Angel of the Hour
I love closing my day with Compline Compline