Guided Prayer Suggestions
Prayer invites you to join your Second-Ponce family in supporting our church and God’s work. We know that everyone encounters God differently; however, we recognize that from time to time you may appreciate a more guided approach. Here are some ways in which you might prepare and participate in intentional prayer.
How much time should I spend in prayer?
Everyone is different and there is no "one size fits all" time frame for prayer. As a guideline; however, covenant with God to spend an amount of time that challenges you- Is that ten minutes, 30, more? The time you spend is between you and God.
When should I pray?
A common recommendation is to set a regular time so that prayer becomes a discipline that you will reliably perform. No one knows your schedule as well as you do. Additionally, pray as God leads and when you can best step away from the busyness of the day.
Where should I go?
Prayer space can be a quiet place in your home or your office. Occasionally, outdoors may hold your sanctuary. There is always a prayer space at Second-Ponce. We are blessed to have a beautiful, dedicated place we call our Prayer Room. on the third floor just outside of the Swilley Chapel. Come on a Sunday, Wednesday evening or during church office hours (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday).
How do I mentally prepare for prayer?
Spend some time "centering." Prayer is a way to enter into fellowship with God. Block out grocery lists, phone messages and other distractions. Turn your cell phone off or leave it in a different room. Focus visually and spiritually on God. Some find a word, an image or a phrase to say aloud (meditatively and repeatedly), as they “center." You might try:
Hear me, Lord Jesus
Almighty God, Creator
Help me to see you, oh God
Be near me Lord
Come, Holy Spirit
What could I pray about?
If you don't have a specific list, consider praying for:
Those on the Second-Ponce Prayer List. Picture those people you know. Celebrate that God knows them all, including those you don’t.
Stories from the news. Follow the leading of the Spirit to pray for matters of concern.
Read the church calendar and pray for whatever events you find. Ask God to grow your own personal charge to share love with the world. Pray for a spirit of hospitality that will open you to newcomers and guests during your time at Second-Ponce.
This prayer list that includes missionaries, chaplains and pastoral counselors serving through the CBF.
Here, find prayer opportunities identified by the International Mission Board
Ignatian prayer is imaginative, reflective and personal. This website includes information on The Examen prayer and the Spiritual Exercises, among other themes.
This prayer page is offered by an interdenominational prayer and devotional resource group.
This one web link contains two devotional sources. Year-round, d365 is the default web site that will provide you with daily devotionals. In the Lenten season, Journey to the Cross will activate and give you a special Easter devotional reading.
This is the link to a free downloadable book, Praying for Change: Developing a Prayer Life Like Jesus (written by SPdL member Dan Hayes)
This resource is created by a group of writers, editors and content producers seeking to provide applicable, educational and entertaining content to help Christians with daily life.
Here, access an online, interfaith community of spiritual discussion, resources and perspective.
A collection of Christian classics that you can read either devotionally or for your interest in growing your spiritual discipline.
*Some of these titles are available in the Second-Ponce library.
Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
Prayer: Finding The Heart’s True Home by Richard Foster
Beginning Prayer by John Killinger
Contemplative Prayer by Thomas Merton
A Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
Everything Starts from Prayer: Meditations on Spiritual Life for People of All Faiths by Mother Teresa
Prayer by George Buttrick
Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamont
Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God by Sybil MacBeth
Writing to God: 40 Days of Praying with My Pen by Rachel Hackenberg
Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God by Dallas Willard
The Contemporaries Meet the Classics on Prayer compiled by Leonard Allen
A Hungry Soul Desperate to Taste God’s Grace: Honest Prayers for Life by Charles Qualls
I Promise. Rejoice! By Carol Boseman
Prayers by Michel Quoist
More Prayers by Michel Quoist
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller
Additional titles on prayer can be found through the Cathedral Bookstore.