​​​​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.









November 18, 2017

“At that time I will deal with all who oppress you. I will rescue the lame; I will gather the exiles. I will give them praise and honor in every land where they have suffered shame.” — Zephaniah 3:19

Africa

Praise God that last week Sean Litton (IJM President) and Blair Burns (VP, Justice Operations) had the opportunity to meet with the Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, to talk about our partnership with the government to address child slavery through enforcement of Ghanaian law. It is incredible to see how far we’ve come in just the past year, to a point where Ghana’s leaders are speaking about the importance of working together with partners like IJM to end child slavery. Pray that our government partnerships would continue to strengthen and lead to the end of children being enslaved in Ghana.

Latin America

Praise God that justice has been served in Bolivia. Last week, our team’s relentless efforts to pursue justice led to strong convictions in the case of a 16-year old girl who was kidnapped by a taxi driver and taken to a remote place where three other men were waiting to rape her. The four men were charged with rape; two of them were given a 20-year sentence and are held in custody, and the other two were given a 25-year sentence but have run away. Please pray for the police officials who are trying to find the two abusers who are on the run. Pray for wisdom and clarity of mind as they track them down, and for a quick arrest that can help stop these men from abusing others.

South Asia

Pray for our teams as they try to intercept inter-state trafficking networks that enslave the poor during this time of year. As the dry season begins in South Asia, many large brick kilns and rock quarries will recruit poor laborers to begin seasonal work — and many of these jobs become traps for bonded labor slavery. Our teams will work with police to intercept traffickers at train stations or major highways, and to monitor these high-risk businesses. Please pray we could stop criminals before they can enslave and abuse poor families just looking for good work!

Southeast Asia

Pray for nine children rescued from cybersex trafficking in the Philippines last Friday. Praise God that all of the victims were located after three hours searching the neighborhood. Pray for the girls and boys, ranging from 2 to 9 years old. Pray for the suspect who was arrested; she is accused of offering these young children to foreigners who would pay to live-stream sexual abuse via the internet. Pray that she will repent and find Christ.

IJM HQ & Global Partners

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

Join us in asking God to continue using The New Activist Podcast to mobilize his people to stand up for the poor and the oppressed. The show’s third season recently launched, continuing its partnership with the RELEVANT Podcast Network. Thank God for the listeners who have already taken action to fuel the work against slavery, and pray that the show would continue to rally people across the globe to step into the fight in new and powerful ways.


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

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents