Prayer Without Words is not just symbolic or metaphorical. It is a very real act. Praying without using words, isn’t empty. It’s also not the act of using images or thinking thoughts. If anyone is sincere in their prayers, but uses words to make up the body of the prayer, then they can also pray without the use of words.
Guide for how to pray without words.
To proceed in practicing this method of praying:
As we pray with sincerity – as we pray our normal way of praying, we usually have both words and feelings. We especially have both when we pray for someone we love who is suffering or in need. It is these prayers which come from our heart and it is the heart that is at the core of the Prayer Without Words.
If we find we’ve relied so much on words, that we’ve forgotten to add our heart, then we may have a little difficulty. But, try anyway.
We begin by praying one’s normal prayer, for example, The Lord’s Prayer or any other prayer that is meaningful to us. In praying this with sincerity, we are talking to God, not reciting to Him. Go ahead, talk to Him. Then, as we’re talking to Him, we let go of wondering whether we’re doing any good. We simply talk to Him through our words. We talk to Him, letting our hearts be a part of the contact.
If we need to change the words of the prayer to make it real for ourselves, then go ahead.
Then, when we’re in the middle of the prayer, stop speaking – stop thinking the words – leave “words” behind, but continue to pray. Keep going. Don’t judge or critique anything. Continue the heart in prayer, but don’t use words. Don’t analyze either, and just continue the heart in prayer.
I will not add my comments to what the experience will or won’t be for anyone. But, a word to the wise, if ever our heart is not in it, then we are not really praying.
I’ve found for myself, that occasionally a word or 3 may still come forth wanting to be expressed. When so, I’ve expressed them.
The two types of prayer – with and without words are both different from each other yet still hold similar aspects. Both have their purpose.
“God’s presence is strengthened in the lives of those prayed for.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2007-2014, Jodie Senkyrik)
“It is still appropriate for us as the human race to pray ‘God forgive us, for we still know not what we do.’ ” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1997-2014, Jodie Senkyrik)
“A good prayer – “God, help us be good soil.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1997-2014, Jodie Senkyrik)