You probably think of prayer as a quiet activity. In church we often refer to our prayer time as “quiet time.” Peaceful, quiet prayer and meditation can calm our spirits and focus our minds on God’s presence. This week, though, try praying out loud, making some noise in praise and worship God with your voice and body. Move around and shake things up a bit!
A good way to do this is to start with a Psalm. You can sing it, or just read it aloud in a good, strong voice. Stand up and walk around. Dance if you feel like it! Lift your hands up and praise God with ancient words that still ring true today. Here are some good Psalms for this kind of prayer: Psalm 95, Psalm 96, Psalm 98. Another great passage to pray out loud is Luke 1:46-55 – Mary’s Song.
Focus on the words as you pray them. Read them through more than once, putting emphasis on different parts of the passage. Add your own words to those of the Psalmist or Gospel writer. Imagine yourself standing in the stable in Bethlehem, looking upon the miracle of the newborn savior, or on the hill with the shepherds as the angels sing. What would you say? How loud would you say it?!
At the end of your prayer time, recite the Lord’s Prayer, listening and thinking about every familiar word. Use this different style of prayer any time you feel like you need to “wake up” your prayer time and enjoy the gift of your voice and the opportunity to offer prayer and praise to the Creator of the Universe.
Jennifer Creagar, Congregational Care and Prayer Ministry