Rita's Reflections

By Rev. Dr. Rita Sims, Pastor of First United Methodist Church, Kosse

I share with you another form of prayer to hopefully enhance your prayer life. It is called Ignatian Prayer, named after St. Ignatius of Loyola from the 16th century. This type of prayer uses the scripture as a basis for prayer. For instance, in looking at the stories of Jesus, you may imagine yourself being present as the story unfolds. What would you see if you were there? What would you say? What would things taste and feel like? What would you hear?

In the story of the woman washing Jesus' feet with her tears in Luke 7:36-50, you could imagine yourself being the one washing Jesus' feet with your tears. Why would you be weeping? What is it about Jesus that caused you to believe that he would give you what you need? Imagine Jesus saying to you, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."

In thinking about our movement closer to the cross of Jesus during this Lenten season, identify with Jesus as he is in the Garden of Gethsemane in Mark 14:32-42. Remember times when you felt abandoned by God and your friends. Also, ask for God's strength and courage to pray the same prayer that Jesus prayed, "Not my will but yours be done."

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