I assume that each of us has a favorite kind of prayer that connects us with God. Mine is definitely intercessory prayer. Not a bad way to pray, but I wonder if I give it such a spotlight on center stage that other kinds of prayer don’t get much of a chance for even a bit part. I try so hard, when all Jesus wants is for me to be with God in all the different ways possible. I need reminders that besides intercessory prayer, like the little boy, I should lay down a trail of praise, thanksgiving, confession and forgiveness. Secretly I should be trying them all.
Centering Pray is one way to lay down the trail and I’ve been fairly faithful so far, although in no way am I close to a habit. Centering Prayer is a secret way of praying because the benefits are God’s secrets. Cynthia Bourgeault tells us that these benefits don’t appear in our thoughts but in the ways we respond to life. I keep watching for results, but I think that misses the point. God doesn’t reveal all of God’s secrets.