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root prayers

root prayers

4938144-large-quotation-marks PRAYER is not what is done by us, but rather what is done by the Holy Spirit within us.

~Henri Nouwen

Root prayers are one of my favorite practices. The gift of root prayers is their simplicity and their guidance in helping us center with God. You can use this practice anywhere at any time.

Just like the roots of a tree or plant, these prayers ground you deeply in faith as you listen to how the Spirit is moving through just a word or two.

A root prayer begins with a piece of scripture or a short prayer. Every time it is repeated, however, a word or two is removed. By doing so, the scripture or prayer may take on a new meaning until you truly come to the root or essence by meditating on one or two words.

There is no right or wrong way to do this, no correct format of how to choose which words are pared away. I find that if I allow myself to listen to the Divine within, then the words fall away on their own until I’m left with the message the Spirit is sharing with me.

I encourage you to try this with scripture or prayers that are meaningful to you, or just be with God and see what phrase comes to mind then through one word, binds you to the Holy Spirit.

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