THE GENESIS OF NEXUS PRAYER
Be still, and know that I am God.” ~ Psalm 46:10
What began for me in the summer of 2015 as a simple curiosity about the well-known and much loved eight little words buried in the middle of Psalm 46, soon became a passion…then a project. Today it is my humble little prayer ministry.
For 365 days straight I researched, read, studied the original languages, digested, and yes, prayed all of Psalm 46, but especially verse 10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Now several years later, the fruit of my time spent praying (listening) to God is this website and what is now known as Nexus Prayer International.
I often refer to nexus prayer as “The Nexus Prayer Project”, but the truth is I’m the project! Day by day, week by week, month by month, and now year by year God has gradually been transforming me from the inside out as I have learned to listen to His still, small voice through nexus prayer. Plans include for the expansion of this website, an eBook, a “real” book, advocacy for “the least of these”, synchronized prayer cells, prayer groups, workshops, presentations, gift shop, and more! Questions? Feel free to contact me anytime through this website. I’d love to hear from you!
A NEXUS PRAYER PRIMER
Not to be confused with Mindfulness, yoga, meditation, or other methods of contemplative prayer, and not associated in any way with so-called New Age theology, nexus prayer is a short, simple, and scripture-based method of contemplative prayer. Although rooted in the ancient wisdom and prayer practices of the desert fathers and mothers, nexus prayer was specifically created for the contemporary Christian living in a modern, busy, and noisy world.
It is easy to learn, and can be used by anyone, anywhere, and anytime by simply praying the first part of Psalm 46:10 (“Be still, and know that I am God”) several times each day. As such, it is designed to supplement, not replace one’s regular church attendance, daily devotional time, weekly bible study, or other times designated for prayer..
“Nexus Prayer helps us to better hear the “still, small voice of God” through the stilling of our soul, the quieting of our mind, the letting go of our problems, and the surrendering of our will.”
Whether done at home, the office, church, or even on-the-go, nexus prayer helps us carve out the time in our busy schedules to create some quality one-on-one time with God. Think of it as a daily, scheduled, divine appointment that takes as little as five minutes a day.
In the stillness of nexus prayer, our intention is not to talk to, but rather listen to God. (It’s worth noting that the words “listen” and “silent” both contain the same identical letters.) Nexus prayer, then, helps us to better hear the “still, small voice of God” I Kings 19:9-13 through:
- the stilling of our soul
- the quieting of our mind
- the letting go of our problems, and
- the surrendering of our will
leading us, ultimately, to an authentic connection to and communion with God.
Notes & Credits:
1 Photo Credit: Original Bible photograph by Aaron Burden | Used and modified with permission via Unsplash. | Nexus Prayer International.