How Can We Seek Sacred Pauses in Our Lives
by Joy Lenton
Prayer can feel like deep mystery as well as the simplest and most natural activity of all. There are no set formulas, no wrong way to pray.
We learn and grow in the doing of it.
Methods may help us to find our feet or keep thoughts focussed but they are never intended as things to enslave and prevent freedom of expression.
The acronym below is a suggestion to aid us in coming to prayer, a possible preparation process that can help us to engage more fully with knowing God. It is intended to encourage greater mindfulness in how we come to God and growing awareness of how precious it is to be in communion with Him.
Prayer is primarily about being in a dependent, loving, surrendered relationship and continual conversation with God.
Pause ~ from busyness. Breathe deep. Exhale. Just be. Take time to taste the sacred in the secular. Ready yourself to receive.
Reflect ~ on God’s goodness and grace, your need for mercy and forgiveness, His provision for every problem you may encounter.
Ask ~ boldly because you come in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Because you are God’s beloved child. He longs to hear your voice and answer every need.
Yield ~ the answer, outcome and timing to God. Yield your mind and heart, your will, your life and your desires to His greater plans and purposes.
Engage ~ your senses; sharpen your spiritual antennae. Be fully present and in the moment. Listen attentively.
Respond ~ with gratitude, thanksgiving and praise, with a deep abiding appreciation of God’s will and ways, with obedience, with a surrendered spirit.
Help us to take sacred pauses out of our schedules so that we can co-labour with you to set them according to your schedule.
Show us how to take opportunities to listen and learn in an open dialogue with you, to experience a meeting place between the miraculous and the mundane, the eternal and the temporal as heaven touches earth.
May each divine encounter leave us changed and transformed by grace, renewed by Holy Spirit’s touch and revived by your amazing love.
Joy is a grace-dweller and storyteller who weaves words out of the fabric of her days. Her desire is to seek the poetic in the prosaic and look for the eternal in the temporal.
As an M.E and chronic illness sufferer, who is also recovering from a painful past, she writes with a heart for the hurting and to support and encourage others who are struggling with life and faith issues.
She is a member of the Association of Christian Writers and Fellowship of Christian bloggers.