Drive by Prayers
1. Daily or at least weekly, drive or walk slowly by the person’s/family’s house and bless each person by name. “Lord, bless Mary. Lord, bless Jim.”
2. Daily or weekly, sit somewhere quietly and bless each person by name or imagine each person surrounded by the light of God’s love.
3. Make contact with the person and let them know you are from St. Andrew’s and will be praying for them the next five weeks. Is there anything particular they would like you for you to pray?
4. Send a card with a scripture or blessing. Sign it, “Praying for you, a friend from St. Andrew’s.” Include your name or not.
5. Invite them for dessert or dinner as an opportunity to get to know each other better.
This is a simple yet powerful prayer that comes out of the Orthodox tradition. It is to be prayed repetitively over a long period of time, allowing one’s spirit to be saturated by God’s mercy. “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
Ron Del Bene in The Breath of Life, encourages people to develop their own breath prayer as a way of constantly turning toward God. This is a prayer that can be said in one breath that includes your favorite way to address God, (Dear Lord, Heavenly Father, Wonderful Spirit, Creator, Gracious Savior, etc.) and a simple request of God. The request is something that concerns you on a deep level. It might be for you, for a group, or for another person. Examples include:
O God, help me through this.
Jesus, bring your healing power to ________.
Lord Jesus Christ, fill me with your own life.
Spirit of God, hold _____ in your forgiving love.
Pray the prayer repeatedly as you walk, jog, drive, do dishes, start a day, end a day, or face a stressful situation. Let it saturate your life. Note how your experience with the prayer changes over time.
When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, he taught them this prayer. It is a good one to start and end the day.
“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. “
“ACTS” is an acronym for a sequence of movements that make for a well rounded prayer.
Adoration: Tell God or Jesus what you adore, love or appreciate about their presence in your life and the world.
Confession: Offer specific apologies to God for the ways you have hurt others and your self. Include things you should have done but did not do. Take time to let God forgive and cleanse you with the mercy of Jesus.
Thanksgiving: List before God what you are thankful for in the immediate past.
Supplication: This means to ask God for specific help in your life, the life of others, or the world.
Use your body to help express your love or need for God. Examples include:
Dance to lively music, letting your body express thanks to God for being alive.
Sit with your hands open, a symbol of releasing a problem to God or a willingness to receive a gift from God.
Walk slowly through the woods or a beautiful garden. Be aware of God’s presence in the beauty. Let your slow pace invite you into an appreciation of the moment.
Memorize a favorite song and sing it to God. Emphasize different phrases and words and observe how it changes the meaning. Let the music carry you into God’s presence.
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