“Prayer is a two-way conversation between you and God” Billy Graham
Like all habits, getting into a prayer routine takes effort. Set aside 10-15 minutes each day to read scripture. Begin to keep a list of people and intentions for prayer: family, friends, co-workers, those affected by violence and war, the sick, those who lead our country for wisdom, strength and justice, doctors and nurses, fire-fighters, teachers ec. Pray for those on the list.
Begin each day’s devotional with a prayer that your heart would be opened up to see God’s grace and power and that God’s Spirit would be present. Read and meditate on the scripture. Pray through the daily prayer list thanking God for each of the individuals and groups. Pray also that God who knows and loves all of humanity would strengthen all people in their deepest needs. Some people find it helpful to keep a journal to write prayers of gratitude for the life that you have been given.
Spending time in prayer and meditation creates a greater awareness of God’s presence and tunes our heart closer to God.
Prayer Ministry at Immanuel
Prayer is an essential part of our being as Christians. It can take many forms and take place anywhere. Besides being an integral part of our worship services, there are other opportunities for prayer at Immanuel.
Silent Prayer, also known as Silent Preparation for Worship, meets each Sunday morning in the chapel from 10:10 to 10:25 am, before our 10:30 am Holy Communion service. A leader begins the time with a Psalm and then those gathered continue with a time of meditation. You are welcome to drop by for any portion of the time that you are able. Everyone is welcome to come and share these moments of peaceful preparation for our community worship.
Centering Prayer is a group grounded in Christianity’s contemplative tradition. Participants have completed a series of orientation sessions, either at Immanuel or elsewhere, to become familiar and comfortable with this form of meditation. The group meets the third Saturday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30 am in the chapel. Participants rotate facilitating sessions. During 2014 the team sponsored a 4 session training session led by Stan Wood.
The Immanuel Prayer Chain–“David’s Chain” Participants participate by being a part of a call list or email list. People are prayed for when requested or when identified by church staff as someone who may need prayers if they give their permission. The confidentiality of the chain means that only the subject of the prayer and the name is shared along the chain. Gossip or other conversation about those being prayed for is not allowed. If you would like to join the Prayer Chain, email Janet Bouman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 773-262-7954.
or contact us at email@example.com or 773-743-1820.