COLOSSIANS 1:9-14 (NLT)
"9 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy,[a] 12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. 13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14, who purchased our freedom[b]and forgave our sins."
As children of God, prayer is, without a doubt, one of the essential practices for our lives, no matter what is going on around us. During this time of social distancing, you may have noticed that you have more free time on your hands than usual. One way you could choose to invest in that extra time would be to find creative ways to spend time in prayer daily. No doubt, our world, country, communities, and families need it.
If you feel comfortable just beginning to pray extemporaneously, then go for it, but for those who feel like a little structure would be helpful, then let me suggest two resources:
The Common Prayer link is a nondenominational approach to a traditional form of prayer Christians have used throughout the centeries. It is also a shorter resource. The Methodist Prayer resource comes from the British Methodist Church and is grounded in the form of prayer Mr. Wesley used throughout his life. Both are simply just resources. Use what is helpful, and skip what is not. The important thing here is just to start.
Happy praying; may it enrich your faith life.
Today try one of these two resources. How did you find it? Was it helpful? Why or why not?