By Susanne Timpani
I listened to a speaker recently who claimed that a survey in the USA concluded that most people prayed. Whether they prayed to win the lottery, pass an exam or be healed of an illness, they said that they prayed.
Some knew the name of the person, or 'being' that they prayed to, some made up their own name, and some hadn't really thought about it.
My personal conclusion to this survey is that we are all born with an innate desire to pray.
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Some time ago I came across an ancient Christian tradition known as Lectio Divina. It describes a way to pray with scripture that draws us into a quiet place where we can encounter God. Our experience of prayer is taken to a whole new level. The 10 Minute Daily Retreat draws parallels to this method of prayer.
For writers to excel they must write, for athletes to win they must train and for musicians to perform well they must practice.
It's no different with prayer. The aim of the 10 Minute Daily Retreat is to provide us with a regular opportunity to sit in God's presence and enjoy what we discover there.
In the first 5 minutes we Read and Reflect on the daily scripture and reflection. A team of writers has been formed so that the reflections are rich and varied.
The next 5 minutes we Listen and Respond. This can be the most challenging part of prayer, yet it can be the most valuable. It's often in these few minutes that our spirits begin to recognize the voice of God.
The retreats will be emailed on alternate weekdays. This way we can spend two days on one reflection, maximizing the chance of unhurried reflection. On the weekend there will be a blog post which can be followed via face book; it will not be emailed at this stage.
The first reflection will commence on Monday, 13th October, 2014. I'm looking forward to sharing the journey.