Lent Bookclub Part 19: A menu of fasting options

Chapter 9: Voice and Body; Part 1: Praying with your Body

This chapter touches on various ways in which we use our bodies to pray, but it dips into the subject of fasting, and since its lent, I thought it might be useful to investigate that a little more. So this is my intro to three different types of fasting and how you might integrate them into your prayer rhythm.

And I don’t find any of them easy, so if you have any tips to share with me about them, I’d be ever so glad to hear them! Just post in the comments and share your experiences.

https://anchor.fm/lyndall-bywater/episodes/A-menu-of-fasting-options-Chapter-9-Part-1-e3m011

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Lent Bookclub Part 12: Don’t feel bad for getting bored

Chapter 5: Action; Part 2: Doing and Making

I often teach on prayer and personality, and it’s always the bit on Action Prayer that gets the best response … people coming up to tell me that it’s been a real lightbulb moment for them, or that they suddenly feel released to be themselves. I think that’s perhaps because, over the centuries, the church has often had a bias towards quieter, more sedentary forms of prayer, and that has left some people feeling distinctly inadequate.

If you’re the kind of person who finds stillness and wordy prayer rather boring … if you’re like the apostle peter and you fall asleep all too easily during prayer times, then this chapter is yours. And this podcast is just a few more thoughts on how you can pray in ways that suit you better. It’s also to reassure you that you’re not less holy or prayerful, just because you don’t find it so easy to sit still.

And the question of the moment: what activities have you turned into prayer acts today?

https://anchor.fm/lyndall-bywater/episodes/Dont-feel-bad-for-getting-bored-Chapter-5-Part-2-e3iqmc

Lent Bookclub Part 11: Prayer action stories

Chapter 5: Action; Part 1: Prayer beyond Words

It’s been a busy week or so in my world and, rather conveniently for this Prayer in the Making Lent Bookclub, it has involved rather a lot of action Prayer. So this is me telling you a few stories and giving you a few ideas of what you could do in the coming days, to turn your prayerful words into prayerful actions. We’re often a little too over-dependent on words when we pray, probably because we feel as though we should be able to explain to God what we need him to do. But God, being infinitely wiser than we are, has no need of our words and our explanations, so if you’re feeling like you just don’t have the words to pray for something today, don’t let that stop you. Think of an action which sums up what you long to see happen, and do that instead. It may feel a bit symbolic and insignificant, but Elisha purified a whole water course with a handful of salt, so never underestimate what God can do through your little act of prayer.

And of course … once you’ve done it, comment below and tell us all about it. Your idea just might inspire someone else.

https://anchor.fm/lyndall-bywater/episodes/Prayer-action-stories-Chapter-5-Part-1-e3hvdp