THE JESUS PRAYER
Like Centering Prayer, the Jesus Prayer is a simple exercise in being quiet. However, unlike a single word or phrase, we use a small prayer, spoken over and over again. The Jesus Prayer is likely the oldest form of reflection prayer used in the Church, with some studies tracing it back to the 5th century Desert Mothers and Fathers. As we move into the Passion Week, where we reflect on Jesus’ journey to His death, we will use this prayer to remind us of the great sacrifice of Jesus. The goal is to remind us of our need for God, and to place ourselves in a position to remember and receive His mercy.
THE JESUS PRAYER EXERCISE
- Find a comfortable place to sit. You should sit in such a way that you are relaxed and settled – but not so relaxed you fall asleep! Try to let go of all your thoughts, restlessness, tensions, and stress from the day, and simply be present.
- Read the Daily Scripture, slowly spending time listening to what it is saying.
- Read this Prayer, which is taken from the phrases often attributed to those who came to Jesus for healing: “Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Some find it helpful to say this as they breathe. As you breathe in, say “Lord Jesus, Son of God”, and as you breathe out say, “Have mercy on me, a sinner.”
- Repeat this 20-30 times (or as many as you like), allowing the words to remind you of Jesus’ role as your Leader and Saviour.
This week’s Scripture is the story of the Last Supper, Jesus’ trial, and Crucifixion, as told in Luke’s Gospel. As we move through the final few days of His life, this story will ground us in the reality of what Jesus went through for us.
Monday – Luke 22:7-30
Tuesday – Luke 22:31-38
Wednesday – Luke 22:39-53
Thursday – Luke 23:1-25
Friday – Luke 23:26-55
THE BIG SABBATH!
Look for the big unveiling of our Big Sabbath activity!