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:
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.
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.
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.
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.