The Practice is an experimental and practical pathway designed to help us become our true selves for our own sake, the sake of those we love, the sake of the world and the glory of Father, Son and Spirit. As part of this exploration we'll be joined by a variety of friends who are proven practitioners and fellow travelers on the journey of authentic faith. During our gatherings they will help us both consider and try out a formational practice each week.
On Sunday March 26 we continued our trek through the first phase, Origin [focused on practices that help us engage the story of who we are, whose we are and what we're designed for], and explored the practices of prayer and solitude with the help of our visiting practitioner Eric Blauer.
Here are the text, observations, questions and resources that Eric shared with us.
5 “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. 6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. 7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. 8 Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!
HOW TO PRAY
Pray when you want to pray. [v. 5]
Don’t be an actor. Be yourself. [v. 5]
Pray privately more than publicly. [v. 6]
Pray meaningful words more than multiple words. [v. 7]
Relax, God’s got this. [v. 8, Romans 8:26-27]
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
Do you see prayer as a duty or desire today?
Where is your spiritual appetite today...satisfied, stuck or starved?
Do you have a place or space for prayer?
What is your biggest difficulty with prayer?
Daily Prayer [The brown book], Robert Benson
Common Prayer, Shane Claiborne et al.
A good translation of the Psalms to pray
Letters to Malcolm, C.S. Lewis
The Practice His Presence, Brother Lawrence
Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, Madame Guyon