In the book of Genesis creation is described as beginning in the sound of something spoken. These prayer exercises explore the gift of sound in prayer, and our participation in this gift now through the hearing and making of sound.
Text and images by Ian Adams, mission spirituality adviser for Church Mission Society.
In this series of prayer exercises we are exploring the place and possibility of sound in prayer. In this exercise our focus in on hearing sound.
 Hearing sound
In the great creation story of Genesis the world comes into being at the sound of God’s voice. ‘And God said…’ is the repeated refrain of the creation process. In Christian tradition God’s creation and recreation is continuous, Jesus the Son sustaining and renewing all things (Hebrews 1.3)
As you go into prayer give attention to what you can hear. Let go of your own words, and listen. Try not to react to what you hear as distraction, but rather as the sound of all things being sustained and renewed by God. Let this realization shape your prayer and action today. Here is a prayer you might like to use.
Jesus sustainer of all things
Thank you for your care for the world
Thank you for your care for this place
Thank you for your care for me