It doesn’t take but a cursory reading of the Gospel accounts to see that one of the critical practices of Jesus was prayer. Jesus throughout his life goes looking for places to pray away from the crowds, at times spends all night praying with others, and constantly urges His followers to pray.
Since the first human being was called to work and keep God’s creation, we have created tools to empower fruitful work. The same is true in our spiritual pursuit of prayer. The Psalms have been the refined tools of prayer for God’s people for millennia.
Though some practices of prayer are lacking or misunderstood in certain circles, we want to lean into them for our focus on the discipline of prayer. One such practice is imaginative prayer. Ignatius of Loyala (1491-1556) called this contemplation. Ignatius was convinced that God can speak to us by the power of the Spirit as surely through our imaginative efforts in Scripture as through our thoughts and memories of Scripture.
The disciplines are practices that the Spirit of God often uses to do His work of shaping us to be more like Jesus. In light of the sharpening article from Tuesday practice the discipline of prayer in this way today.
Take time today to pray through Philippians 1:9-11. Make it your own. Pray God’s word back to Him. One of the best ways to meditate on God’s word is to pray through it, another way to heighten your prayer of scripture is to memorize it. Let the concepts, ideas, and images marinate in your soul as you internalize the Word.
Each week we take time to learn more about the disciplines. Take the next 5 minutes to get an introduction to WHY we need to learn MORE about prayer from Reid Kapple.
Take time to reread Philippians 1:1-11 from Sunday. Review your notes. What is God bringing back to mind from His Word?