Title and Text: “Prayer as Communion with God” – Psalm 131
Questions for Discussion and Reflection:
- What is primary for you: prayer as conversation or communion? How do these concepts overlap? How do you understand the distinction between them?
- Read Luke 10:38-40. If we are “anxious and troubled” like Martha, how can we become “calmed and quieted” like the psalmist (v 2)?
- The key metaphor in this psalm is a maternal one: a weaned child with its mother” (v 2).
- How do you relate to this metaphor? Can you picture yourself in relationship to God like a weaned child w/their mother?
- How do you respond to prayer that isn’t trying to get something from God but is content to be with God?
- What connection do you see between the relinquishing of self (v 1) and resting in God (v 2) with the call to “hope in the Lord” (v 3)?
- Take five minutes at the end of each day this week to practice prayer as communion w/God. Try one or more of the following practices to help:
- Soaking prayer: Lie on your back and “soak in” God’s presence and love for you. Rest in God’s love.
- Centering prayer: Sit w/eyes closed and give consent to God’s presence and activity. Then hold your mind on a key word (joy, peace, hope, Christ, etc.). Gently return yourself to the word when you get distracted.
- Examen prayer: Recall the events of the day. Notice where your attention is drawn. Hold that moment in the day before the Lord. Ask God if there’s anything he wants to say to you.