The Practice of Prayer

Most mornings I have been practicing a new-to-me habit that begins with reading a very small bit of the Bible. Next I jot down whatever phrase jumped out at me. Using that phrase I take some brightly colored pens, that I find wacky joy in, and draft a written prayer. It's kind of like an abbreviated, illustrated Lectio Divina. I'll call it "bright prayer" for now.

Here's an example.

Deut. 6:4-5 - (The Message) God - the one and only! Love God, your God, with your whole heart; love HIm with all that's in you, love Him with all you've got!

Prayer - Lord, sometimes I feel like I'm giving You are fraction of what's in me. I feel guilt and shame over all that I DO NOT. Teach me how to love You well - how Karis loves You. Perhaps it is less about what I do and more about being Yours fully. Take me more deeply into Your love, Your rhythm, Your delight. As we go, I pray that I will learn to love you holistically. Yes! (The Word "amen" basically means "yes", so I've been using that instead of the traditional ending to prayers.)

(I failed to mention that a soundtrack is also helpful - for me it's been the Spotify Christian Meditation playlist.)

Like the pea that kept the princess up at night, this practice seems negligible in the grand scheme of theological study. In the alluded to fairytale, the insignificant pea provoked a significant outcome for that girl. I'd say that this practice has been my pea of late, in a positive way. In attending to small things, like noticing how the light hit a branch on my morning walk, I've been sustained. Just thought I'd share the little things that are making a difference in me.

May the God of big and small things bring His light to you wherever you are.