21-Day Prayer Challenge
Are you ready to dedicate up to just 20 minutes a day to enhance your spiritual practice of prayer and create a new prayer habit in your life? You are invited to join Pastor Dave and Jeanne, along with other Saint Peter members, on a 21-Day Prayer Challenge to start the new year.
Why Would I Want To Do This?
One of the most important aspects of prayer, and often the hardest to do, is to make time for daily prayer. To find a time and space every day to open yourself up to God in conversation. This will give you an opportunity to focus on your prayer life for 21 days straight. It just might turn into an on-going habit for you.
The challenge is designed to be done in community. The love, support, encouragement and accountability of doing it with friends will hopefully make it easier to stick with it.
While the 21-Day Prayer Challenge has passed, you are still welcome to do your own self-guided version using the content found at stplc.org/challenge/.
How Will It Work?
First of all, you will be journeying with Pastor Dave, Jeanne and any other Saint Peter members that are up for taking the challenge. By doing this together we will encourage and hold each other accountable while we are able to share our experiences and learn from one another.
The general format will be for you to find a time and a space each day that you will commit to a guided time of prayer. You and the other participants will access the challenge through the Saint Peter website which will be password protected. The challenge is broken down into three weeks. There will be five defined challenges each week for you to complete, one a day and a list of bonus challenges you can do anytime. You will be led through the challenge by an audio guide from start to finish. The length of the challenges will increase each week as you get more comfortable spending time alone with God. Starting with 10 minutes in week one, 15 minutes in week two and 20 minutes in week three. The challenges will include: Lectio Divina, Visio Divina, journaling, Christian meditation (mantra prayer) and the Examen.
After completing the daily challenge, you are invited to provide a written reflection about your experience on the website. Only the other participants will be able to read the comments. Participants are encouraged to read one another’s posts and provide feedback as appropriate. The hope is that this will create community conversation to learn from one another as well as support each other. In order to make this a rich aspect of the challenge, please be sure to log in and leave a comment, even if it is just a brief one, each day. In addition, Jeanne and Pastor Dave will be checking in on you and available for any support you might need.
If you are interested in participating, contact Jeanne Maloney to sign up.