Have You Ever Had Difficulty Praying?
One of the most important spiritual practices of the Christian Church is a life of prayer. Prayer is vital to living as a follower of Jesus Christ and yet it is difficult to develop. I have begun to ponder why the practice of prayer is so difficult and believe one of the major reasons for this difficulty is that each one of us has a different temperament or personality which impacts how we pray. For example my daily prayer consists of twenty minutes of centering prayer followed by the Daily Office and a time of spiritual reading (Richard Rohr, Ken Wilber and Thomas Merton are a few of my favorite authors). This pattern of prayer is not for everyone and nor should it be. It is important to begin where you are and experience prayer from your own core.
I invite you to join me and other members of SsAM for a potluck dinner followed by a program that will be experiential and I hope helpful as we go deeper into how we might live a life of prayer so that we might draw closer to the living Christ in our presence. We will meet every Thursday evening in July (6th, 13th, 20th and 27th) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. We will begin by taking a simplified personality type test and each week we will learn and practice the prayer style that might work for your personality type. This promises to be a fun evening as we learn from one another as we open ourselves to how best we pray. Also these evenings will be free of judgment as all of us are learners and we can learn from one another.