12. Some Practical Reminders
We are the Church, the Mystical Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ, a people of of prayer, keeping watch for the coming of the Lord and seeking the Kingdom of God above all else.
Meditation is a foundation for all our different forms of prayer such as praise, intercession, thanksgiving, petition etc. Each can arise from, or lead to the other, as we seek prayerful union with God.
It can be helpful to use a chosen place for our regular meditation, a special place to celebrate time with God: a room, a corner, a basement, or even a shed.
Early evening or morning before meals are two traditional times which Christians from earliest times have always valued. But you must identify the times suited to your circumstances.
We are encouraged to keep our daily or weekly pattern no matter how simple this is, nor how different it might be from the more common routines we often follow.
Prayer is a response to the Holy Spirit's call. We will therefore find what is right for us. There is no need to strain. It is a time of rest with and in God. Start with a few minutes and increase as you feel confident.
Usually sitting upright allows us to be most alert and relaxed; but each of us will know what is appropriate. Christians do not seek to master the body but to pray with body, soul and spirit at rest and at one.
We are advised to let them come and go without allowing them to preoccupy us. They do not destroy the quality of our prayer despite how we may feel about them. Constantly choosing to return to God shows where our priorities lie.
Progress: We are warned not to compare our progress in prayer with others, nor to judge whether we are "improving". Genuine growth is demonstrated more in our daily living than in what we want to see in our prayer time.
It is good for us to develop a personal format or routine to guide us into our prayer time with God, and then lead us back to our daily duties.
This site can only offer some of the practical approaches which have stood the test of time. They form part of the ancient heritage of every Christian. Yet they have the capacity to help us reach forward into new situations with confidence and fresh vigour. Each person is encouraged to adapt what is offered to meet their own challenges.
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