Welcome to Saint Peter’s 21-Day Prayer Challenge. We are so glad you decided to join us on this 21-day journey. We look forward to experiencing God’s love together as we make time and space to open our hearts and minds to encounter and embrace the Holy Spirit. Our time together is centered around five spiritual practices of contemplative prayer with Bonus Challenges for you on the weekends to experience some additional spiritual practices.
Here are just a few things to keep in mind as we get started:
It does not matter where you are at on your spiritual journey, you are exactly where you are supposed to be. God is already present and working in your life. This intentional time of prayer will nourish you as you become more aware of that Presence.
As you begin the Challenge, try to find a consistent time and space that works best for you to dedicate to uninterrupted prayer. You will want to find a comfortable chair and might even light a candle as a symbol of the Holy Spirit.
Let God do the work. This Challenge is not about getting it right, it is about showing up with an openness to letting the Spirit fill your heart.
During the weeks, complete one challenge a day. There are five guided audio challenges each week. Two days of the week you are invited to select from the Bonus Challenges or do another Spiritual Practice that speaks to you.
After you complete the audio guided exercise or your Bonus Challenge, please share your experience with the rest of us in the comment section below the audio guide. You may either share how you felt about the experience, your reflections on the questions provided or whatever is on your heart. You are encouraged to read one another’s post and provide feedback to one another. We hope to create a community conversation to learn from one another as well as support and encourage one another.
There is one day each week dedicated to the spiritual practice of Journaling but you may find it helpful to journal more often in order to keep a collection of your reflections.
Initially, the silence may be a little uncomfortable and that is ok. Just sit with it and invite God into the stillness. This is not a practice to attain perfection, but a sacred time for you to grow in your relationship with God.
The reflections are based upon the church lectionary. We will be following the gospel lessons for the previous Sunday. This will give you a chance to dig deeper into the lessons you hear on Sunday morning during the week.
Go back to the main page and click on the Prayer Challenge - Week One link. From either this link or the main page you can access the Daily Challenges by just clicking on them. Read the instructions on the page for that day. Find a comfortable place to sit and begin the audio meditation when you are ready.
Once you finish the meditation, take a few moments for reflection on your prayer experience and to share your comments on the comments section of the Daily Challenge.
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Thank you to the following people that offered their gifts to make this Prayer Challenge possible:
Sara Lancaster and Brady Risendal for setting up the website.
Rick Brydum for producing the audio meditation files.
Andy Nakatani, Chris Oesleby and Julie Miller for their voices that led the meditation.