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Prayer Exercises

This page will offer you an opportunity to engage your imagination in prayer, entering into the stories of Jesus as a way to listen and respond to the Spirit's invitation to you.

Imaginative Prayer:

We become like the people we spend time with. As people who follow Jesus we desire to become more like him. One way to do this, to "spend time" with him, is to enter into the stories of his life we find in the gospels and experience them as if we were there ourselves. Our imagination is an amazing gift we have been given which allows us to do this. 

 

We can imagine ourselves sitting and listening to Jesus teach in the synagogue. We can watch as John baptizes him in the river. We can accompany him on the dusty roads as he traveled from town to town. We can marvel at his many miracles. We can experience the way he spoke to people and loved them. 

 

Many gospel stories are familiar but praying them allows us to experience Jesus in a whole new way. I invite you to take a few minutes and enter into the world of these stories, watching and listening to Jesus.

You can do this in one of two ways. You can listen as the story is read, with pauses and questions along the way. Or you can read the dramatized story yourself going at your own pace. Of course, you can also simply read the story in the Bible!

Click on the titles to the right or find them in the dropdown list under Prayer Exercises above, to navigate to the prayer.