Prayer in Six Directions

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Prayer in Six Directions

In an unhurried fashion, we greet the six directions in prayer.

East: We turn to the east and face the rising sun. God is praised for the gift of new life, of new days, of youth, of beginnings.
South: Turning towards the south, thanks are given for those people, events and things which warm our lives and help us to grow and develop.
West: The sun sets in the west, and so we praise God for sunsets, nights, for endings in our lives.
North: As we face the north, we remember the challenges and difficulties in life.
Down: Bending down to touch earth, we praise the Ceator for the things which sustain our lives.
Up: Finally, as we gaze into the sky, we thank God for our hopes and dreams. Centred in the Creator’s universe, we remember God’s mighty deeds in our lives and can thus move into the future.

– Adapted from Linda Jones

 

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Thanksgiving Post-It Notes

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Thanksgiving Post-It Notes

During a chosen day, carry around a pen and post-it notes.  Make an effort to jot down every time something positive happens or you are aware of a reason to thank God.  This might be 1) for the sun, which provides the energy to run the planet, 2) for having a house to wake up in, and food for breakfast, 3) for having transport to get to school / work, 4) for some kind words spoken to you during the day…

If you really thought about it you would probably run out of post-it notes!  By the end of the day you may have a whole pad of blessings.  We too often make a habit of only noticing bad things that happen, and gradually forget about the good things that surround us daily.  This exercise can help alter our perspective from the ‘glass half empty’ to the ‘glass half full’ mentality.

Understandably, there might be days or indeed long periods of time when you may feel that there is little to be thankful for at all.  Perhaps you have been unwell or unemployed for a long time?  Perhaps you have difficulties with your family or job?…and so on.  If so, you might find yourself thinking, ‘Well, that’s o.k. for you, but what about my situation?’  You may find this exercise emotionally difficult, but on the other hand, it might help you to recognize some of the good things you do have, and feel a bit more positive.  Often it is the people who face the most trying of circumstances who are examples to others for their ability to realize how much there is to be thankful for, even in hard times.

 

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Prayer Journal / Diary

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Prayer Journal / Diary

Keeping a prayer journal/diary is like writing any other personal diary, except that it tends to be more focused and have a clearer purpose.  A traditional diary can sometimes become rather introverted and self-indulgent!  In a prayer diary you write about your daily experiences in the form of prayer.

e.g. ‘Dear Lord (rather than ‘Dear Diary’!), thanks for the nice weather today, and for the chance to do particular activity.  I’m worried about name, please help them with particular problem and help me to know what to do to help.  I’ve been finding difficult task hard at work at recently, please provide some help for me…etc.’

There may be ongoing situations written on one page of your diary to refer to generally.

I kept a prayer diary over some years, using it every few weeks.  Every so often I would go back to read over my thoughts and prayers, and make a note of answered prayers by drawing a smiley face next to my original requests.  I would then draw a face with a wiggly mouth next to those prayers that were still awaiting answers, and a surprised face next to the ones, which had been answered in surprising ways!  It was always fascinating and encouraging to look back.  It also reminded me to thank God for answering prayers: sometimes I had forgotten to do so.  You might devise a different system for making a note of answered prayers.

This idea can also be used at home or in prayer groups for members’ prayer needs, and similarly looked back upon, as a record of answered prayers.

 

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Letters to God

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Letters to God

Some people find it easier to write down their feelings than to verbalize them.  Try writing a letter to God, expressing what’s going on in your mind.  You might want to say sorry for something, or there may be a situation you just can’t understand and want to pour out your feelings.  Maybe you want to make a promise to God to do something particular or to change a habit?  I often find that writing something down helps me to understand it or deal with it.  By writing specifically to God, you accomplish all of the above and leave it in His hands – the best hands to deal with it!

 

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Letters to God2015-12-30T14:34:17-06:00
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