Seeking God, Sharing Christ, Serving Others
Honest and open communication is essential to any healthy relationship. Prayer is an ongoing conversation with God, where each of us can communicate directly with God and where God can even communicate with us.
Eastgate offers several ways to develop your prayer life, including a daily calendar of suggestions for prayers. These daily prayers encourage ways to listen to God and be more honest with God, opportunities to explore different ways of praying, and raise awareness of various groups of people that you can pray for.
In addition, Eastgate hosts a monthly prayer breakfast, publishes a prayer list weekly of people facing health or other personal challenges, and has a voluntary system to learn about pressing prayer needs by phone or email.
Please note: you can subscribe to the daily prayer calendar to have the prompts appear on your personal calendar.
Styles of Prayer to Explore
The Divine Office (or Daily Office)
This style of prayer prescribes various types of prayers at specific times each day. Most often associated with Roman Catholic religious orders, it is also utilized in various forms by many Christians. While at its fullest it suggests eight different times for prayer each day, today many people combine some of those prayer times together. Learn more.
Holding a Cross (or other item)
Sometimes, the feel of an item can help to focus someone on the act of praying. Over time, holding the same item can create a habit of prayer, encouraging a pattern of praying. The item can be a small cross or item that fits in the hand, including a string of beads (as with Catholics praying the rosary), or it can be something worn or wrapped around the body, like a prayer shawl.
This is a way to pray using verses of the Bible. It takes four basic steps. First, read a short passage (1-4 verses), and find the word(s) or phrase(s) that grab your notice. Second, meditate on the passage, focusing on the words or phrases you noticed. Third, speak the passage to God. Fourth, contemplate God's response to you through the passage. Learn more here.
Pray in the Shower or Bath
Often, prayer involves looking for a quiet time or space to speak with God and listen for God. One place with fewer distractions is the shower or bath. This can be an excellent opportunity to find moments of peaceful prayer.
Pray when Someone Comes to Mind
This is a simple practice. When a person that you know crosses your mind (you wonder how they are doing, or you are reminded of them in some way), offer a short prayer for them. This can includes gratitude for your relationship, intercessory prayers for their needs, or simple praise for them as children of God.
Pray at the Sound of the Siren
Sirens on emergency vehicles alert cars that officials are responding to urgent situations. While we may not know what these needs are, the siren can alert us too to offer prayers on behalf of those in need and the first responders headed to help them. Try offering such prayers when you hear sirens.
The ecumenical community in Taizé, France encourages prayers through music (often sung in multiple languages). The short songs repeat many times, which encourages a sense that the prayer simply becomes completely embodied by the person praying. It also can encourage some meditation. You can listen to prayer service podcasts from Taizé here, or you can read more about meditative singing on the community's website.