Posted by: richard | 6 May, 2008

Prayer III – Source of Light – Summary

Last night we looked at prayer as listening to God.  We came up with a list of ‘good listening behaviour’ which is interesting to apply to our listening to God:

  • Remembering what they said last time
  • Letting them finish
  • Being attentive and focused
  • Adopting positive body language
  • Keeping eye contact
  • Being sincere
  • Reformulating what you think they said
  • Not trying to give quick fixes or simplistic sympathy

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This is a pretty good checklist to meditate on to see if there are simple ways we can improve our listening to God in prayer.

We then moved on to the ‘lectio divina’ as a way of listening to God as we read the Bible.  This involves reading a passage 3 times and taking the following 4 steps:

Read – Reflect – Respond – Rejoice

First reading: listen for a word or phrase that catches our attention.  Speak it out loud.

Second reading: reflect on that word or phrase and on what it is saying to us. Speak out that reflection in a word or phrase (1 sentence max).

Third reading: respond by praying to God in the words of, or along the lines of, our reflection.  Express that response in silent or spoken prayer.

Without a fourth reading, rejoice in the God who has shown us something of His nature and His call to us through this Scripture.

Homework this week is to practice this (as well as any other prayer patterns you want to reuse from previous sessions).

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