Intimate Prayer celebrates the mysterious flow of love between God, you and others through prayer. Featured here are a variety of prayer styles which aim to direct your heart toward God.
"Prayer is the inner bath into which the soul plunges itself." - St. John Vianney


Touch Stones: Solid Basics of Prayer

If you feel disconnected to God and desire to plug in to the Power Source, this is a good place to start. Try any one of these articles:

Prayer Basics: Lectio Divina (praying scripture), Daily Examen, and more

Praying Scripture (Lectio Divina)
by Wanda Schwandt 2008

Praying with scripture is a wonderful way to spend time with God and allow God’s Word to sink deeply into your heart and mind. Lectio Divina, or “Sacred Reading,” is an ancient method of prayer dating back to the Middle Ages, often described as “digesting” scripture.


Prayer is a Relationship (Daily Examen)
by Wanda Schwandt 2008

Ignatius of Loyola created a daily practice, called Prayer of Examen, which brought to daily prayer the things he was thankful for, things he needed God’s help in removing from his life, and centered on the quality of his relationships with God and others. Below are two versions of the Examen for you to try.


Prayer without Words
by Wanda Schwandt

Words help us verbalize what we are feeling, help us process the illusive ideas floating around our brain, and solidify our compassion when interceding for others. We don't always know what to say or how to pray. We become speechless with intense joy or tremendous sorrow. Can we communicate with God when we struggle to express our innermost thoughts and desires.


Practice Quiet
by Wanda Schwandt

Quieting your soul takes practice, but the results are amazing. In today’s lifestyle we rush from one thing to the next, always doing, always busy. When we are preoccupied with worldly things, the holy seems distant. Practice this quieting activity several times this week and notice that it gets easier to find that quiet place away from daily tensions. You now have a place to escape to when you need it.


30-Day Prayer Experiment
Book Review and article by Wanda Schwandt

In 1983, long before the Prayer of Jabez, Ben Johnson invited us to experiment with "An Adventure in Prayer." Johnson claimed that in 30 days "you will become aware of God at a depth you've never known before." He relates how the experiment changed him - from dull living to a transformed person with new insight and feeling.


Whole Life Prayers
by Victoria ReVera

What does it mean to "pray continually?" Surely it doesn’t mean that we spend our entire lives on our knees before God. I elicited the help of a few friends and asked for their ideas on how to pray continually. Whole Life Prayer is based on I Thess. 5:17 "pray continually."


No Pain, No Gain
by Glenn White

My prayer life, sometimes, is like walking. I know I should pray more because of those special energizing times with God. But, at times, it is hard to do. When I keep praying, despite wanting to give up, then the rest of my day goes quite well.



5 Ways to Remain Faithful in Prayer
by Wanda Schwandt

The season of Lent - a time of contemplation and introspection - has passed us for this year. But that does not mean that you need to reduce your devotion to prayer and your closeness to God. Here are 5 ways to stay connected.


Pray Without Ceasing
by Rachel Keller

A poem based on 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Rachel offers her perspective on ways to pray always, using our senses and being alert to many opportunities throughout the day.



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