Giving time to prayer is engaging in a process that takes us deeper into relationship with God. In this leaflet we offer some important tools in which the active prayer can be taken further and deeper.
Having given some time to prayer – in whatever form that may be, whether imaginative contemplation of scripture, a walk with God, or gazing on a picture, or anything else, this can be taken further through review and further conversation.
Ask God to work through these methods to help enter your own experience – to open yourself to the power and mystery of God’s transforming presence within us …
After your prayer, take time to stop and reflect on the experience.
This can be helped by jotting down notes as you look back over your prayer – pondering these questions
The next step, which you may find yourself doing quite naturally, is to take what has emerged into conversation with Jesus. Share your thoughts, feelings, doubts, concerns, joys, confusions …
Be completely honest carrying on a conversation, ‘talking as with a close friend’.
This may seem a technical term for a natural process, but all Journalling is to keeping notes of your experience of prayer, review and conversation with Jesus. This can be a significant way of keeping aware of your journey of prayer. It also gives additional engagement with the experience, deepening and reinforcing.
The whole process of Review and Conversation with Jesus can be done with notebook and pen in hand – letting the writing become the conversation.
Find what works for you.