· Silence - carve out time to be away from the noise and pace of regular life
· Breathe slowly and intentionally (breathe in God’s truth, blow out things that distract you)
Save water, pray for those without access to clean water
As you rinse, confess and be washed clean by God
· Brush Your Teeth - May God use the words you use to lift others up and usher in the Kingdom
· Post scripture on mirror - that you may know your true identity in Christ and live into it.
· Post scripture/prayer across from where you sit on toilet
· Prayer Canvas - write out prayers, doodles, etc
· Posture of prayer - kneel, lay prostrate (on your face), having your hand up to the heavens, having your hands open to receive, standing, bowing your head
· Light a prayer candle or incense
· Prayer Mansion (imaginative prayer exercise) - so good. Find someone who knows how to lead it.
· Pray the alphabet, pausing at each letter to see what one thing you can be thankful for, and who rises to the service to lift up to God.
· Pray your commute - lift up the people whose houses you drive by, or spots that remind you of certain people from your journey
· Pray for doppelgangers - I lift up the person that I am looking at and the person they remind me of.
· Let Social Media (Twitter, FB, and Instagram) remind you to pray for the people you are looking at
· Pray the ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplications)
· Make Art Pieces - express your inner thoughts to God
· Journal or write poems that communicate with God
· Pray for coworkers
· BLESS - Body (health), Labors (work), Emotions, Social Life, Salvation
· Five Finger Prayer
o Thumb - those closest to you
o Pointer - direction and those who direct people’s paths (teacher, pastors, etc)
o Middle - your enemies and those who “stand tall” (authorities, cops, etc)
o Ring - your ring finger is your weakest, so pray for poor, in pain, and oppressed
o Pinky - your own needs, for God to use you
· Pray in tongues (take spiritual gifts test, consult with someone who has the gift of tongues)
· Pray in a group (take requests, pray over them)
· Prayers of the People - pray out, then say, “These are the prayers of my heart.” Group responds: “Lord, hear our prayers.”
· Call and response prayers
· Book of Common Prayer - written prayers for different days and different occasions
· Keeping the Hours - set an alarm clock to go off at certain times in the day. Traditionally those were upon waking up, midday, and evening prayer.
· Praying the Seasons - Phyllis Tickle organized into a 3 part book The Divine Hours
· The Prayer Rope - research out what all the knots represent. You can easily make one to guide you through the different prayers of Jesus.
· Making the Sign of the Cross - I touch my forehead with the end of my two fingers and thumb and pray, “In the name of the Father.” I move my hand to the middle of my chest and say, “and of the Son.” I move my hand to the left side of my chest and say, “and of the Holy Spirit.” I move my hand to the right of my chest and say, “Amen.”
· Pray the Lord’s Prayer
· Praying with Icons as reminders of the different aspects of God (my Jesus kneeling)
· Pick a passage in Psalms and read it out loud
· Sing songs that put scriptures to music
· Converse with God out loud like Jesus is sitting there next to you. (Works while driving too)
· God in Regular Language - Have God-talk be in your regular way of talking with people. “God bless”, “Praise be to God”, “Amen”, “Amen for your life”
· Pray with the way you eat! Pray as you shop for food, prepare food, pray over your dinner guests. Is this who Jesus would invite to dinner? Let the deliciousness of food that you eat remind you of God’s goodness.
· Pray over the way you purchase. Who am I affecting with this purchase? What am I supporting?
· Let the innocence of your pet or a young child remind you that God looks at us the same way. Pray for that moment and the posture of your heart before God.
· Let Facebook posts from family members remind you to thank God for the healthy aspects of your family, and lift up to God the ways that you still need God’s peace, patience, and deliverance.
· Household chores - use any of these other techniques during chores. Also, ask that God would reveal all areas of your life that need to be cleansed that you might be hiding or missing
· Dance around! Pray your favorite song, sing out. Cut loose.
· Pray the Scriptures. Pray God’s promises back to God.
· Take time to be in nature. The rocks and trees cry out to God if we don’t. See God in God’s creation. See the stars or the sand or the ocean and have the Scriptures that reference those aspects of creation come alive. God’s love is big and deep like the ocean, etc.
· Pray over the current events trending on your Yahoo, Huffington Post, etc homepage
· Practice Confession - to a trusted friend, spouse, and then pastor
· Pray through physical activity - my brother works out to thank God for the gift of a body that works
· Thank God for what you have - I try to thank God for safety, a roof, a comfortable bed, etc
· Pause when you’re insulted, offended, or angry - Pray in that moment. Why are you angry? Is it zeal? If so, catch your breath and defend the defenseless. Are you proud or insecure? If so, lift your heart up to God, be forgiven, then forgive and move forward.
· Pray your worries, turn them over to God. Hold an object, name worries, and release it.
· Visualizing/Imaginative Prayer (also through Scripture) - read the story and imagine you are a part of the story. Pretend to be there as yourself, how would you react? Imagine yourself as the different characters. What do you see? smell? hear? weather? surroundings? what are the actions? what is the Lord doing? saying? saying to you?
· Examination of Conscience -
· What have you done this week that made you feel fully alive?
· What were the highlights of your week?
· Have you experienced anything lately that robbed you of your joy?
· What has been the most discouraging thing that has happened to you this week?
· Read Scripture out loud and/or Lectio Devina
· Respiratory Prayer - pray The Prayer of the Heart as you breathe. “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Repeat it as you breath.
· Guided Prayer - in community praying through a guide or following a prompt to pray for the same topics at the same time
· Prayer Labyrinth - praying through a physical representation of a story from Scripture
· Have everyday occurrences remind you to pray (ie. passwords, during commercials, time on clock)
· Google “prayer” or “ways to pray” or “scripture on prayer” or “bible verses about prayer”
· Prayer postures
· “For every word of the mouth of Jesus God has taught us how to pray.” -Kevin
· Memorize the Shema
· Praying the Lord’s Prayer for others - N.T. Wright
“Prayer” by Richard Foster
“Presence-Centered Youth Ministry” Chapter 8 by Mike King
www.sacredgateway.org - a collection of links