One of the most frequent topics talked about during Spiritual Direction is Prayer. It is because of this, the focus for the next few months will be on prayer types. Not just praying, but different types of prayer, prayer practices and how prayer impacts our life.
Prayer, is a practice of speaking to God. Then there is, Intercessory Prayer, which is a prayer for someone. Jesus demonstrated this when he raises Lazarus, look at John 11:35-37. Similarly, intercessory prayer, can also be a prayer to a Canonized Saint or a Holy Person, for ourself. Just as much as an intercessory prayer could be a prayer for someone or a situation in need of prayer. Then finally there is rote prayer, which is a repeated prayer. Some that might be recognized are the Serenity Prayer, Rosary and the Our Father.
To begin with, prayer is a practice. It may begin as something that is needed to be scheduled into a day, but it can become a part of everyday life. If it is possible to look at practice as many athletes use practice, it is something done to prepare for whatever sporting event. They may mention, practicing (while some may reference it as training) during off times from game time. The action of practice, is what helps when we are called to pray with or for someone else, to help remind us of our spiritual faith, in addition to help us focus our minds.
With that, I will leave a prayer that is the first retrained by memory as an adult. This could be used as a form of rote prayer. Start a practice by reading the prayer below, as time provides and is comfortable to commit to. Sit in a quite place and think on what the prayer said. Then different parts of life it can relate to and connect with spirituality.
Disease is so limited; It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope. It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace. It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship. It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage. It cannot invade the soul.
It cannot reduce eternal life. It cannot quench the Spirit.
It cannot lessen the power of the resurrection.
In God’s love we rest. Amen.