Lent Devotions

Lent Devotions


March 17: Centering Prayer

Posted: 16 Mar 2014 09:07 AM PDT

Read: Psalm 46

Be still and know that I am God! (v. 10 NRSV)

Have you ever had the problem of your mind wandering when you are trying to pray? Who hasn’t? I have found a method called “centering prayer” to be helpful. It helps me become aware of the presence of Christ dwelling at the center of my being. The result is a greater awareness of God the rest of the time. It is a way of dealing with the many distracting thoughts that come when I take time to be quiet with God.

There are always many thoughts that come to mind when I am in silent prayer. I disregard them by repeating a word that says, “I want to be with you, God.” For a long time the word I used was my favorite name of God. I would let distractions vanish by recalling that name. I now use a word that expresses my desire to be open to the presence of the Triune God. Instead of trying to chase random thoughts away I gently return to that word. Rather than resisting or reacting to my various thoughts I simply restate my intention to focus upon the presence of God.

Twice a day I take twenty minutes for this centering prayer. The practice helps me know that God is near. –David Muyskens

Prayer: Help us, O God, to be still enough to know your loving presence. Amen.

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