Oftentimes, we are not sure how to pray or even know what to pray while praying. We can pray for ourselves, for others, and for the world. We can pray in lots of different ways – silently or aloud; while moving or still; with others or alone. There are thousands of excellent resources available to help us develop meaningful prayer lives. All of them will express the need for practice – practice praying.
We practice prayer because it is the means by which we practice our faith. When you pray you practice what you believe. Prayer centers us on our relationship with God, brings into focus the joys and sorrows on our minds, and can even be a way to be present in the lives of others.
Summer is the perfect time to practice prayer. It is in this season that we have a “slower” schedule. We see time differently in the summer; therefore, use this time to practice prayer. It will tone our faith muscles so that when summer is over and life resumes at a faster pace, we are ready.
This week’s reading:
- Monday – 1 Corinthians 2
- Tuesday – 1 Corinthians 3
- Wednesday – 1 Corinthians 4
- Thursday – 1 Corinthians 5
- Friday – 1 Corinthians 6
- Leaders and participants of St. Paul summer activities.
- Unwillingly absent members.
- The Ukraine Mission Team as they travel to Ukraine and abroad. (Click this link to get a list of needs.)
- Those grieving the loss of loved ones.
- Our new mayor and city leaders.
- Our families, workplace, church, and community.
- Ongoing Building Renovations, Modifications, and Phase 3: Construction of New Youth Building and rear parking.