​​​​Take Time for Daily Prayer


http://prayer.forwardmovement.org/forward_day_by_day.php

How about a 3-Minute Retreat?
http://www.loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer.htm
 
Loyola Press’s highly popular 3-Minute Retreat is available via newsletter and app for the iPhone® and iPod touch® and the iPad. Each day, a new retreat features soothing music, Scripture verses, and reflective thoughts and questions. Meaningful time with God is always just a touch away. 

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Daily Meditation & Reflection from Henri Nouwen
Drawn from a wide range of Henri Nouwen’s writing, these short meditations inspire and guide people's mind and heart. Each reflection takes less than a minute to read and yet can set the tone for the day. It is sent via email in the early morning. 

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God Pauses
God Pauses e-mail devotions

are short, meaningful reflections on the following Sunday's lessons and gospel delivered directly to your e-mail box. By Sunday, you'll be ready for an extra meaningful worship experience. 

Link here.













Liturgy of the Hours - Divine Office App
Listen and pray the Liturgy of the Hours on the go.

The Divine Office App is an opportunity for you to participate in the recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours, an ancient and meditative collection of psalms, hymns and scripture that represent the public prayer of the Christian community. Also available are three Lite apps: Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Night Prayer. 

Link here.

Sacred Space Daily Reflection
Sacred Space Daily reflection

ordinarily follows the scripture sequence of the Revised Common Lectionary. Longer reflections on the daily scripture readings are presented for Sundays, weekdays and many saints are presented daily. Make a 'Sacred Space' a daily practice, spend ten minutes, praying here and now, at a computer, with the help of on-screen guidance and scripture chosen specially every day. (multiple languages)

Link here.

Upper Room Daily Reflections
Upper Room Daily Reflections

Each Daily Reflection includes a quote from an Upper Room book or magazine, scripture reading, and a meditation time with prayer. Sign-up at the website to received Daily Reflections.

 

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Take Time for Personal Prayer











Contemplative Prayer
Maybe you’re not the memorized prayer type of person, nor do you like to be confined to a scripture reading or a devotional book. Not to worry, there are many ways to pray and this one only takes your presence and attention. For those who have plenty of excuses for not praying but genuinely want to know God’s presence, contemplative prayer may be something to try. 













Centering Prayer
Prayer is a very personal experience of being with God. Each person finds different meaningful ways to pray. Centering Prayer is a style of meditative prayer that many people find significant while others find the long silence boring. The only way you’ll find out if it helps you connect with your deepest spiritual yearnings is to try it. 



Guided Meditation
The Psalms are wonderful prayers that can be used to communicate to God our desires, and for God to communicate in return. Using the guidance of voice, relax your body and mind and open your soul in prayer.













The Other 6


Ignatius of Loyola, the 16th-century founder of the Jesuits, devised an “examination of consciousness”—a prayerful review of the day intended to help people recognize where they were finding, or needing to find, God in their lives. Other6 takes the essence of this centuries-old practice of the Examen and adapts it for today’s Internet-driven world by posing two questions: Where have you found God today? and Where do you need to find God today? 


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Take a Course or Make a Retreat with a Spiritual Master: Creating a Monastery of the Heart 
This retreat is designed as a one-month online retreat during which Sister Joan Chittister introduces the key elements of Benedictine spirituality — prayer, silence, work, co-creation, hospitality, community, good zeal, sharing, listening heart, and humility — through excerpts from her writings, audio lessons, and recordings of two teleconferences. Participants are encouraged to create their own Monastery of the Heart by working with with journal prompts, creative project suggestions, and simple practices. 

Details here

Course: Practicing Spirituality with Joyce Rupp
Joyce Rupp describes herself as a spiritual "midwife," a title that perfectly conveys the nurturing she does in her writing and teaching. She encourages us to bring our spirituality into the light of our everyday lives. Her books, workshops, and presentations always contain concrete spiritual practices, lively anecdotes, inspiring poetry, thoughtful journal exercises, guided meditations, and unique prayers. She has a gift for reading her own experiences and finding hints of God's presence in her daily activities.
This e-course will be as diverse and eclectic as Joyce Rupp's writings. Themes will include pulling through life's losses and sorrows, letting go, using ordinary objects as spiritual catalysts, ways to soften our hearts, sharing God's promises, signs of hope, methods of praying, pilgrimage, the meanings of the four seasons, mystical connections, the ties that bind us to earth and the cosmos, sacred teachings about Sophia, paths to spiritual growth, and much more.

Details here.








September 16, 2017

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness…”  — Romans 1:18

Africa

Praise God for two boys rescued from child slavery on Lake Volta in Ghana. The Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana police arrested one suspected trafficker in August, and requested IJM support with the follow-up rescue. In addition to the rescue of the two boys, the boat master who had forced the boys to work for him was arrested. Pray for the boys as they go to an aftercare shelter, that they would quickly feel safe and secure, and that their healing would be complete. Pray as well for the ongoing case against the traffickers, that justice would be done.

Latin America

Praise God for a 50-year sentence in Guatemala on a case of two sisters who had been repeatedly sexually abused by their father. IJM has walked alongside them since 2015, for the two and a half years it took to reach a sentence. Praise God for his faithfulness and for giving our team and clients patience and endurance through this long journey of pursuing justice. Continue to pray for the two sisters as they go deeper in their process of restoration, ask God to help them know who they are in him and heal them from trauma.

South Asia

Please pray for government stability in one of the states where we work. A large number of officials have gone on strike over pay, which halts our ability to work with them on rescue operations and survivor rehabilitation. Pray for peace across the state and a quick resolution, so that families trapped in bonded labor slavery can get the help they desperately need.

Southeast Asia

Praise God for two girls who were rescued from cybersex trafficking last weekend in Cebu. Watch a video with footage from the operation, and please pray for the survivors who are 14 and 15 years old. Ask God to give them peace as they begin to process the trauma they have endured. Pray also for the evidence collection, and ask God to reveal any other victims and show his mercy and justice to the two suspects who were arrested.

IJM HQ & Global Partners

IJM has partner offices in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K.

Please join us in prayer as we enter the last week before Freedom Sunday. Praise God for the churches, pastors and volunteers in over 10 countries who will be dedicating their service on September 24 to sharing about God's heart for justice and calling His people to join the fight against slavery. Please pray for our church mobilization team as they equip churches in the final stages of planning, and ask God to grant the pastors and volunteers creativity and wisdom as they prepare this week.
Please pray as we recruit for a Vice President of Global Partnerships.IJM is seeking a senior executive to operate at a level of global statesmanship in representing IJM’s thought leadership at the highest levels of government, multi-lateral institutions, academia, development institutions and religious societies.

The Society of Saint John the Evangelist is a monastic community of The Episcopal Church & The Anglican Church of Canada. Their site is a treasure trove of spiritual "tips 'n hints" .

How can I find God when I can barely keep track of my keys?
How will I make time for a spiritual life when my schedule is overflowing?

New: Need for Prayer from the 
​International Justice Mission


Spiritual Enrichment
Growing in the Life of Prayer & Spiritual Practices

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