Prayer is a surge of the heart

For me, prayer is a surge of the heart;

it is a simple look turned toward heaven,

it is a cry of recognition and of love,

embracing both trial and joy.

-Thérèse of Lisieux 1873-1897

St. Therese of Lisieux

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • What word or phrase captures your attention?
  • Sit with this word or phrase and allowing it to be poured over you again and again.
  • Where does it rest on or in your body?
  • What freedom does this word or phrase give to you?
  • What tension still exists?
  • Embrace both the freedom and the tension.
  • Invite God into both places.
  • Be open to a message from God.
  • Stay with this place of openness.
  • Listen.
  • What do you hear?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer, embracing freedom and tension.  Give thanks for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, January 15, 2012, the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B 
1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
John 1:43-51

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.

Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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