Heart Prayer, part 2

Heart Prayer, part 2

 

One thing I like about heart prayer is how it side-steps two of the pitfalls of vocal prayer: aptitude and attitude.

Aptitude: some folks are gifted and articulate when they pray spontaneously. Others are not. They hem and haw like nervous public speakers, making a hash of the prayer. Of course God accepts these prayers, but the rest of us have to endure them.

Attitude: I hate to say it,

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but some of us sound judgmental, bossy and superior when we pray for others:
“Dear God, show Fred that he’s dating a floozy.” “Dear God, I know I need to be patient, but please hurry up with curing Grandma before the wedding!” “Lord, please help my daughter to realize that I am right.”

In heart prayer you don’t have to say anything. You just hold the person in God’s love with no judgment, no suggestions, no arrogance. I think the pray-er comes away from such prayer as well-loved as the pray-ee.

Try heart prayer on the folks on your prayer list. Let me know in the comments how you like it.

Heart Prayer, part 1

Heart Prayer, part 1

 

Take a look at the painting of Jesus that accompanies this blog. Nicole Schiffers painted it, and it appears in our Jesus in Jeans Journal (available on Amazon). Though Nicole painted it with her own inspiration, it ties in to a prayer method I mention in our Pray for the World book: Heart Prayer.

To “pray for somebody” without words, use your imagination to put the person into your heart. Your heart is where God and his love dwell. The person you want to help can be healed and comforted by God’s love, right? So hold the person in your heart, perhaps placing your hands over your heart as Jesus is doing in the painting. Breathe and feel the person being bathed with love inside you. You don’t need to direct anything or fix anything. Just hold the person.

In my children’s book, I suggest picturing your heart like a washing machine, swishing the person in God’s love till the problem, the pain, is washed away. You decide how long to hold them.

Then you can let them go, secure in the knowledge that you prayed well for the person. Hand them over to God, if you like, thanking God for his healing love.

You will probably feel as if you have been prayed for, too. Funny how that happens.

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