​​​​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.






May 20, 2017

"The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love." — Psalm 33:5

Africa

Praise God for the release of a new advocacy song by a Kenyan artist calling for an end to police abuse of power. IJM has been working with partners in the human rights community in Kenya to raise awareness of police abuse and create public demand for change. IJM hosted an event for the launch of the song, which was covered widely by local media and highlighted the need for radical transformation in the police service in Kenya. Please pray that this support will continue to grow, and that we will see a response from Kenya’s leaders to bring this abuse to an end.

Latin America

Please pray for safety for our staff in Bolivia during a series of transportation strikes in the city of La Paz. Our team needs to travel to important trial hearings and survivor visits almost every day. We need God’s ongoing protection over every day travel around the city to make sure the children we serve get the services they need, no matter what.

South Asia

Ask God’s favor in our search for a 15-year-old girl possibly being sold for sex in one city’s massive red-light district. Our team supported local authorities in an attempted rescue operation last week—but this girl was not present and we were not able to rescue her. Please pray for our efforts to regroup and locate her quickly, and pray for her safety and protection in the meantime.

Southeast Asia

Praise God for IJM’s presence at the World Economic Forum! The Forum engages the foremost political, business, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.  IJM Cambodia Field Office Director Peter Williams represented IJM and participated in a press briefing about illegal fishing, a major source of labor trafficking in the Southeast Asia region.  Please pray for influence among global and regional leaders as IJM brings modern slavery in Southeast Asia to the forefront of global, regional, and industry agendas.

IJM HQ & Global Partners

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

Praise God for the volunteers and pastors who have already signed up to bring Freedom Sunday to their churches on September 24th! Please pray for our Church Mobilization team as they continue to rally churches to participate, equipping them to dedicate a Sunday to preaching about God’s heart for justice and calling congregants to join the fight against slavery.

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