@Nancy_Wiens Pastor Wiens just posted a fascinating note about restful kinds of prayer. https://biologos.org/articles/breath-prayer-an-ancient-spiritual-practice-connected-with-science I appreciate her insight. I have had questions about types of prayer that help in various times. Listening to my 11, 8 and 5 year old children has also been inspiring as we talk about our relationship with God. Has anyone else found helpful ways? Quotes?
When it all comes down, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us, as written in one of my favorite verses:
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
C S Lewis apparently always knelt to pray–his wife Joy was impressed to find him kneeling by their bed when they were first married. I believe he wrote that we should never underestimate the power of how we adjust our selves in subjection to God. @Daniel_Fisher, our C S Lewis aficionado, may be able ot comment here.
The ACTS prayer suggestion goes like this, and has helped me some; but meditation and the breath prayer have been variations.
The ACTS method of Christian prayer goes like this:
•Adoration: Give God praise and honor for who he is as Lord over all.
•Confession: Honestly deal with the sin in your prayer life.
•Thanksgiving: Verbalize what you’re grateful for in your life and in the world around you.
•Supplication: Pray for the needs of others and yourself.
Jesus recommended that we pray in the closet, so no one would honor us for what we did; but corporate prayer (The Book of Common Prayer was one of the most beautiful works I’ve read) is also, I think, helpful.
Dallas Willard, in “The Spirit of the Disciplines,” speaks of prayer as essential in bringing us to be like Christ.
Does anyone else have a way they have found helpful to pray?