Posted by: Philip Rushton | August 6, 2012

Crafting Your Own Prayer Retreat

Last Thursday we had a great prayer retreat at Mt. Angel Abbey near Woodburn, OR. I know there were a few of you who wanted to come but had a scheduling conflict, so I wanted to provide a resource for you to craft your own prayer retreat. The main part of our retreat last Thursday was spent working our way through the book, Alone With The Lord: A Guide for a Personal Day of Prayer. Gordon Smith was a professor of mine at Regent College.

Those who attended the retreat said that it was a helpful resource. I know that was the case for me. The prospect of spending a whole day in prayer seems a bit daunting. We may be wondering how we could or should fill the time. Smith leads the reader through four sessions of prayer – the prayer of thanksgiving, the prayer of confession, the prayer of meditation, and the prayer of discernment. Each session includes a psalm reflection, a spiritual exercise, 15-20 minutes of silence, and an opportunity to journal. As you go through each session Smith provides some short but timely insights as to how we might experience the fullness of each type of prayer.

If you weren’t able to join us last Thursday and would like to craft your own prayer retreat this summer, I have a few extra copies of this prayer guide. I was able to get a group rate on them for 7 dollars. Let me know if you want a copy! This would be a great resource to use on an annual basis.

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