A heart full of THANKS & GIVING

thanksgiving_2016_nxpOn this day of Thanksgiving, we invite you to join us in taking at least five minutes from the fun, the food, the football, and the family to just “Be” with God, giving Him thanks for his manifold blessings.

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6,7

Ready to begin? Nexus Prayer can be done in as little as 5 minutes a day and The Steps are easy to learn. Questions? Feel free to contact me anytime!

Getting Started with Nexus Prayer

Nexus Prayer Window | © Copyright Erin Theisen Photography | Used with Permission

GETTING STARTED WITH NEXUS PRAYER
It is recommended that beginners start with a single, five-minute daily prayer session divided into five equal increments of one minute each, gradually building up to three five-minute sessions a day. (Morning, noon, and night.)¹ The total length of these sessions may gradually be extended from fifteen minutes up to one hour a day as one gains more confidence and experience with Nexus Prayer.

WHERE DO I BEGIN?
To begin, you will need the following:

  • A genuine desire to intentionally connect with God a few minutes each day.
  • A relatively quiet room or outdoor space.
  • A sturdy, comfortable cushion, chair, stool, or bench.
  • A timer. A prayer timer app for your cell phone is ideal to mark five one-minute increments of time, although you can also use your watch, a kitchen timer, or even the timer on your microwave. (I recommend the Meditation Timer Pro app for iPhone (99¢) at the App store.)

CHOOSE A QUIET PLACE
First, begin by choosing a relatively quiet place to pray away from your TV, computer, phone, or other external distractions. If at home, this could be a chair at your kitchen table, in your living room, or even in your bedroom. If at work, the chair at your desk will work just fine. Almost any location outdoors – a garden, a church, a chapel, a park – will work as a sacred space.

BE STILL
Sit straight, but comfortably with your hands by your side or in your lap. (If you like, light a small candle as a symbol of God’s presence with you.) After starting your pre-set (5 minute) prayer timer, gently close your eyes and either mentally or verbally recite the scripture in reverse order as shown below. Allow yourself about fifteen seconds of “quiet time” before beginning Nexus Prayer to signal God of your intention to listen and to be fully present to Him. Similarly, at the end of your five minute prayer session, allow another fifteen seconds to pass in quietude before returning to your normal activities.

For a five minute prayer session², allow one minute for each segment of the prayer. It is up to you whether you repeat the words of the prayer audibly or silently. At the end of each word or phrase of the prayer, simply ruminate or reflect on the key prayer word of that specific phrase for a few seconds before beginning the listening phase of the prayer. Then, just be still and silent allowing God’s Spirit to commune with your spirit. After one minute of listening or “being still”, move to the next prayer word or phrase until all five steps are completed. As you can see, with Nexus Prayer the first phrase of Psalm 46:10 is prayed in reverse order until all segments of the verse have been completed.

LET GO, AND LET GOD
Finally, should any thoughts, sounds, memories, problems, distractions, etc. arise during your “quiet time” (and they will), this is quite normal. Just “let them go.”(I like to think of this stage of Nexus Prayer as the time when we are “uploading” all of our concerns to God.) Ignore all mental and external  distractions by returning to the key prayer word in the phrase you are praying at that time. This effectively returns you back to God’s presence, allowing you to continue your quality quiet time with Him.

BE
We are created as human be-ings. So, just “be” with your Creator during Nexus Prayer. This is the time when God is doing all the talking and we are doing all the listening. (Again, I like to think of this stage of Nexus Prayer as the time when God is “downloading” directly into our soul – the nexus of where God’s (Holy) Spirit meets our (human) spirit.

STEPS OF NEXUS PRAYER
Ready to begin praying with the 5 Steps of Nexus Prayer? Awesome! I’d love to hear about your experience and answer any questions you may have. Contact Me anytime.

NOTES & CREDITS
1 “Evening, Morning, and Noon” was King David’s pattern of daily prayer Psalm 55:17. The daily eight periods of prayer included in the Canonical Hours include: Vespers (evening), Lauds (morning), and Sext (midday.)

2 The time limit of every prayer session varies based on your schedule, experience, and inclination. Nexus Prayer sessions are usually done in 5 minute, 10 minute, 15 minute, or 20 minute increments – once, twice, or three times a day totaling between 5 minutes and 1 hour daily.Save

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Nexus Prayer: Listening to God

nexusPrayerGraphic1_NXPNEXUS PRAYER | LISTENING TO GOD

Thanks to modern technological advances – iPhones, computers, apps, and especially social media – people today are communicating, seeking a connection with one another more than at any other time in human history. One need look no further than the popularity of Facebook or Twitter to prove that point. Likewise, it seems more and more people today are seeking a genuine connection with God. They attend church services (maybe even a prayer meeting), go to Sunday school or bible study, read religious books, and may even volunteer for worthwhile social causes, but they still yearn for a deeper, authentic connection with God. Ironically, although ours may be the most “connected generation” of all time, we’ve never been more isolated and alienated from one another. God, too, seems so distant. How do we best reach Him? Answering this question, among others, is precisely why Nexus Prayer was created.

There are many different forms and methods of prayer, but at its core, prayer is simply a conversation – talking with and listening to God. Since most of us do pretty well with the talking part, the focus of Nexus Prayer is on learning to better listen to God. And although God can and does speak to us primarily through the Scriptures, he also speaks to us today through his Son, the living Word.¹ Prayer then, is just a conversation with a Person, or to be more precise (as is the case with Nexus Prayer), a conversation with Person(s) – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.² The problem is that most of us are either too preoccupied or too busy in our complicated, multi-tasking lives to take the time to read, hear, or truly listen to what God is trying to tell us.

To that end, Nexus Prayer provides the time, space, scripture, and method to allow anyone to connect with and hear from God. To do so, Nexus Prayer utilizes the first part of Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God” to form the nexus of our human spirit and God’s divine Spirit each and every time we pray.

Ready to begin? Nexus Prayer can be done in as little as 5 minutes a day and The Steps are easy to learn. Questions? Feel free to contact me anytime!

NOTES & CREDITS

1 Hebrews 1:2

2 “Elohim” is the first name of God mentioned in the Old Testament. “In the beginning, God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth.’ (Genesis 1:1) In ancient Hebrew, Elohim is the plural form of “El” which, for Christians, is a reference to the Godhead, or Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.)

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Bipedal Praying

Nexus Prayer Walk

 

Nov. 3, 2016

“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8

“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25

nxp_prayerwalk1As some of you may know, my wife and I have been without a car for a couple of months due to an auto accident that totaled our vehicle. With our rental and loaner benefits long since exhausted, I’ve become “very good friends” with many an Uber driver as we shop around for our next set of wheels.

Last night a local church here in Spring, Texas held a special event dedicated solely to prayer. Desiring to participate, I had the option of either walking or hitching a ride from my house to the church. So, choosing to turn the proverbial lemon into lemonade, I decided to walk the 1.37 miles to the church prayer meeting…and turn that walk into a “bipedal prayer meeting” for our neighborhood.

Dubbed my first official Nexus Prayer Walk, it immediately reminded me of the countless prayer walks taken by my musical muse and mentor, John Michael Talbot, whenever he visits a local community leading up to his concerts.

Fittingly, my walk “just happened” to fall on November 2, All Souls Day. And so it was, that during my solo sojourn to the church, I prayed for all of the souls in my neighborhood represented by the parked and passing cars, people working and playing in their yards, joggers, dog walkers, houses, and streets. From Singing Creek Lane to T.C. Jester Boulevard, from Butteroak to Windypine, Pamela Way to Winding Ridge, and every street in between – my soles did the walking and my soul did the praying.

As I left to make it to the church on time, I wasn’t out the door of our house for even ten seconds when there was a loud clap of thunder. As I looked up to the clouds above, feeling the light, misty rain fall on my face, it was as if God himself – like the children of Israel centuries ago being led by a pillar of a cloud by day Exodus 13:1,2 – was not only leading me to the church by the clouds above, but also listening to my every petition every step of the way.

So, I prayed for my neighbors with every step. But since my prayer walk was piggy-backing the church prayer event, I also prayed for everyone preparing to gather at the church for that very special prayer event.  Not a surprise to anyone who knows me, I also included a 10 minute nexus prayer during my walk – with a special emphasis on the “know component” of nexus prayer – praying for every family, house, and street by name that those who dwell there would come to KNOW God and Jesus Christ. As diverse as the houses I passed, so too are the needs of all of the people who live within. With the song “People Need the Lord” on my heart, my prayer, like Steve Green’s song, was that “… my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Although this was my first Nexus Prayer walk, it certainly will not be my last. In fact, I’m already planning other walks until I’ve prayed for every house and street in our neighborhood. This time was a solitary walk (with God), but who knows? Maybe you’ll join me next time for some serious bipedal praying?

Ready to begin? Nexus Prayer can be done in as little as 5 minutes a day and The Steps are easy to learn. Questions? Feel free to contact me anytime!

NOTES & CREDITS:

Photo Credit – “Spring Creek Oaks Prayer Guide.” by Allen Aaron White. © Copyright 2016 Nexus Prayer International. Used with permission.

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