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10 days of prayer and repentance. Would you dare to even start?

Straight away you might tell yourself this is not for you. Like me looking at a masterpiece of hand knitting, your mind will tell you ‘You cannot do that” and “You would never finish it

. . until now?

Meet Kelly Needham – a young christian woman who finds herself at home alone for 10 days. She has a choice of being resentful or of accepting this as a chance to do something special.

10 days of prayer and repentance – turning an obstacle into an opportunity.

She set herself the challenge to use the time to reflect on Psalm 139.

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139: 23-24

As I cross the bridge toward my life beyond breast cancer I join Kelly on her journey.

Meditating on these two short verses will be part of a good ending for me.

How about joining us and praying for Kelly?

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So what is unceasing prayer?

Is it possible, do we want to do it, and if so how can we do it?

We make choices all the time – and the most powerful one is what we do with the moment that is now. Where we put our attention and invest our energy.

As he thinks in his heart, so he is

Business leaders, spiritual leaders, coaches and psychotherapists, all have something to say about this. And they all agree about the benefits of being able to control our thinking and our focus of attention.

How much of our time and attention do we give to God in an average week – in prayer and reading the scriptures?

How well do we expect or want to know Him?

Frank Laubach (1884-1970) was a christian evangelical missionary. One of his most widely influential devotional works was a pamphlet entitled “The Game with Minutes.” In it, Laubach urged Christians to attempt keeping God in mind for at least one second of every minute of the day.

That sounds like hard work . . .

And yet if we can increase our awareness of the present moment we will be more in control of what we do with it.

Here are two resources for you.

The first is a 4 minute meditation produced by a group of occupational psychologists, based on a psychological concept called Mindfulness. This involves focusing the mind using breathing techniques and can help with stress and personal performance. For Christians it provides us with a simple technique to develop our awareness of God. When you listen you will recognise the link with the picture.

And the second is my favourite bible verse. Here Paul is speaking to a group of people who do not know the God they seek to worship.

The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. . . . he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. . . . he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being.

As you practice the meditation you will become more aware of the power of your breathing as a way of focussing attention on the present moment. And you can then choose to use that moment to reflect on the Lord of heaven who gives you breath – He is not far from you – and in Him you live and move and have your being.

And you can thank God for his presence with you now – in the present moment.

There is more to know and learn about God through different types of prayer and through reading the scriptures.

As a start, being open to God’s presence can be only one deep, full, enjoyable breath away – and taking several deep breaths in a row might give God a chance to speak to me.

Try it when you are going to sleep; when you are travelling; when you are in the shower. You can sing about it along with Hillsong. Maybe unceasing prayer is not such hard work after all.

Listen to the 4 minute meditation, choose to focus your attention on God and let us know what happens . . .


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