The practice of centering prayer has been a long tradition in Christianity. Center prayer takes a short phrase and makes it a focal point of the prayer experience. It's an easy "pin in the map" to return to when distraction comes. It provides opportunities for multiple layers of insight and meaning. As you pray today, use this phrase from Romans in a centering prayer way.
"Rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn."
Quickly memorize the phrase or write it down. Then chew on it for 5 minutes or so. If you are distracted, simply return to the phrase and continue. Look for new layers of meaning and insight as you steep in the phrase.
About the Author
Isaac Gaff is the Managing Director of Worship and Creative Arts at Calvary UMC