Sculpting Group: Jesus Prayer Project Week Two
The Brain and Repeated Prayer:
Repetition is like creating a rut in a muddy road. When the road dries the rut is still there and we easily steer into it. When we say something over and over we build a strong pathway in the brain. Like ruts in a dirt road we easily fall into whatever we have repeated. Some of the things we repeat to ourselves are not helpful ruts. Repeating the Jesus Prayer and other desired phrases creates ruts that we will find helpful. Now and in the future dry days.
This is your sculpting project. So try it on, remembering that one size does not fit all. Make adjustments in the project so it fits your mind, heart and soul.
Some adjustment fellow sculptors have made in this project:
1. Saying the Jesus Prayer in 30 sec. segments throughout the day. (Instead of one block of time.)
2. Changing the words of the Jesus Prayer to “Lord Jesus Christ, fill me with your (light, love, hope, . . .).”
3. Saying a different prayer or phrase. “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty . . .”, “ Thy Will be done.”
4. Singing the Jesus Prayer.
A little theology to inform your prayer.
Lord: recognizing authority, both personally and in the larger society.
Jesus: the factual, historical person. Name means: savior.
Christ: Anointed One, Messiah.
Son of God: Special relationship with God. Deity.
Have mercy on me: God is able and willing to be merciful and wants relationship with us.
Sinner: Created beautiful, but we have fallen from some of that beauty and need restoration.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. Then secondly, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:30-31
Using our strength to sculpt our heart, soul, and mind to love God and our neighbor.
1 Cor. 10:31