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Praying the Scriptures

reflections A method of prayer going back to the 4th and 5th centuries; using scripture as its base.

It moves from reading to reflection, prayer and stillness in the presence of God.


Choose a short scripture passage, read it slowly several times; noting its context and then seek to find the word of God for the present moment.


Spend some time (about ten minutes) taking this word of God, reflecting fully on it, receiving it into your life, and applying it to your own situation and needs.

Prayer: Then responding to the truth that God has revealed enter into a dialogue in which you both listen and respond to Him.
Stillness: 'be still and know that I am God'; a period of quiet, to welcome both God's word and God himself afresh into the depths of our lives, reaffirming our unity with him and his will for us. Beginning with a few minutes this period can be extended as you relax into the stillness and are affirmed by it.

Prayer Exercise


Matthew 9:9-13


Jesus came for sinners; so that none of us need ever be discouraged or imagine that we are unworthy of being in the presence of God and of Christ. Ponder afresh on God's gracious assurance of mercy and forgiveness and in Jesus call to follow him in this same pathway, extending mercy and forgiveness to those who have offended us and following him in the way of the Cross.

Prayer: Respond to this call of Jesus, dialogue with him expressing whatever is appropriate in terms of praise and penitence, gratitude and resolve; receiving and offering forgiveness in response to his truth.
Stillness: Be still and be open to God, open to his peace, joy and love and open to any insights, longings and resolutions that come to our attention, remembering that God himself is love.