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Lent Day 24: Centering Prayer

About a year ago I was introduced to Centering Prayer. Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer – prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.
This type of prayer requires twenty minutes of uninterrupted time that we can dedicate to communing with God.   I have practiced Centering Prayer most days for the past year, specifically using the prayer word Surrender. Through this practice I am noticing a shift in my trust in God.  It is a slow process, but something is happening as I sit with the Lord and do my best to surrender all things to Him.

The source of Centering Prayer, as in all methods leading to contemplative prayer, is the Indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with Jesus. I believe that as we grow in our relationship with Jesus we can’t help but release control of our lives to Him.  The more we know Him, the less inclined we are to try to be God, which is really what is behind the temptation to control our own lives or the lives of others.

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