Centering Prayer

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Set aside some time for silent letting go.


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Matthew 6:6

“But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.”


Jesus’ instructions on how to pray are very telling.

He said not to “babble” like those who think they will be heard because of their “many words” (Matthew 6:7).

And that God knows what you need before you ask (Matthew 6:8). 

Jesus is quoted in all four of the canonical gospels as stating to God, “Not my will but yours be done.”

So clearly, this is the aim of prayer for Jesus: Let go, let God.

And the best way to do this is to simply sit in the silent presence of the Divine Presence.

In contemplative prayer, we are invited to simply be still.

This involves surrendering your ego.

In the Christian form of meditation known as Centering Prayer, you spend 20 minutes or more simply letting go of one thought after another.

You introduce a sacred word that you pick for yourself such as “love,” “peace,” or “Jesus,” etc., as your consent to God’s presence and action within you.

Then you settle into the silence and only when you find yourself engaged in your thoughts do you ever so gently return to the sacred word.

This practice of going to your inner room will deepen your relationship with God and will lead to more peace in your life.


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Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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