Prayer is never confined to one pattern, one place, or one practice. Through exploring apparent paradoxes in prayer our participation in the life of God is revealed to be full of surprise – and full of joy.
This series challenges us to be open to praying in ways that may not be part of our usual pattern of prayer. Text and images by Ian Adams, mission spirituality adviser for Church Mission Society.
In this series we are exploring some apparent paradoxes in prayer. In this exercise our focus is on stillness and action.
 Stillness and action
Jesus’s daily way of life is revealing. In the Gospels we find him practicing a repeated cycle of prayer in solitude – often in the open air, sometimes at night – energising him for action and conversation in the day. Both are connected; the flow from stillness into action and back again are part of a seamless whole, a connected life.
As you go into prayer find a time, choose a place and adopt a posture that you know may help you to be still. When the time comes to move into action imagine this to be an extension of your prayer, repeating to yourself ‘this too is prayer’.
A simple prayer you can use to accompany this exercise:
be with me in stillness – this is prayer
be with me in action – this too is prayer