Praying with the body [2] Hand to heart

Prayer is not just about our words. We need to engage with prayer in our totality – head and heart, body and spirit, word and action.

These prayer exercises put together words and action, mixing inner stillness with outer movement. Text and images by Ian Adams, mission spirituality adviser for Church Mission Society.

 

[2] Hand to heart

Here's an astonishing thing. To pray is to learn how to become present to God who is always present to us. And to discover that God is so close it is as if God is within us. This experience may be what St Paul referred to as "the inner nature", what Peter called "the inner self with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit" and what the Orthodox call the 'Cave of the Heart'.

As you go into prayer today place a hand to your heart and let it rest there. Say whatever you sense you need to say, and then fall silent. As far as you can, allow yourself to be open to the possibility of God's presence. Let your hand to your heart be a physical sign of your desire to be present.

You may like to use this simple prayer with echoes from scripture:

Here I am…

2 Cor 4.16

1 Peter 3.4

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