Spiritual Practice

Meaningful Ways to Pray

Lindsey, Jennifer, Kathy, Deana, Doug, Karen, India, Donna & Michelle

Going Beyond “Hi”

When we first meet someone, we ask getting-to-know-you questions. As we become better friends, our talks become deeper. God also wants to get past the “Hi. How are you?” questions and to talk more openly with us as we pray.

—Lindsey Clinton


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When I have trouble sleeping, I pray through the alphabet. I pray for someone or something that begins with the letter A, then B, then C, and so on. As I consider the needs of others, I am less absorbed with myself. I feel a sense of calm as I pray, and sometimes I fall asleep before I make it through the alphabet.

—Jennifer B. Jones


“Hallowed Be Thy Name”

As Christians, we are to keep God’s name holy and to live our lives in ways that honor God. One way I try to do this is by regularly asking myself if I can I stamp the words “Hallowed be thy name” over every aspect of my life — the time I spend with my boyfriend, my parents, my siblings, my friends, my teachers.

—Kathy Irey


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Ask a group to meditate together in silence. Invite individuals to pray aloud whenever they want and to end their prayers by saying, “God is good.” Then everyone else responds, “All the time.”

—Deana Hadley


Picture Prayers

Pick a picture of a loved one or a friend, and pray for that person. A picture is worth more than a thousand words. Portraits can be portals of prayer.

—Doug Rose


Praying Continually

My prayers are an ongoing conversation with God. When I think of someone or something for which I am thankful, I let God know. When I pray from my heart throughout the day, I am more aware of God’s presence and of opportunities to show other people God’s love.

—Karen Earls


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To thank you for the life you gave,
I sing and dance, I laugh and pray.
I try to bring honor to your name
by what I think and do and say.
In these, my life is prayer entwined
with all my love. I hope you find
in this, my purest gratitude.
Through my life, let me thank you!

—India Cable



Thank God for God’s loving care, for family, friends, food, clothes.

Admit your sins and ask for God’s forgiveness. Ask God to change your actions and attitudes.

Listen to God. God has a purpose for your life. Be still and listen as God guides you.

Keep a list of prayer requests. When God answers a prayer, be sure to say thank you.

—Donna Lott


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I keep a running dialogue with God—no fancy words, just honest feelings. “God, I’m stressed; and I don’t know what to do.” “I really enjoyed that movie, especially the part where . . .” God is interested in hearing our casual conversations as well as our deepest thoughts.

—Michelle Felder




Say a Prayer: God, teach me to pray according to your will. Amen.

Pick a Prayer: Each week for the next month, try a different way to pray.

—from devozine (July/August 2005). Copyright © 2005 by Upper Room Ministries. All rights reserved.

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