There is a certain pattern or process of prayer that mainline Christians sometimes forget about or frankly, know nothing about that is used by our Catholic brethren...it is called the Ignatian Way or Ignatian Spirituality. St. Ignatius of Loyola was the founder of the Jesuits and some pray in the way that was taught and passed down through the Jesuit Brotherhood. While their are various sects and religious versions who follow this way exclusively, we thought it would be a good reminder and possibly a way to reboot your prayer life this week.
"The most influential spiritual movement of the modern age is Ignatian spirituality, an approach to the spiritual life based on the insights of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Ignatian spirituality teaches an active attentiveness to God joined with a prompt responsiveness to God, who is ever active in people's lives."
Our interpretation is to put yourself in the place of those saints in the Bible who suffered for his name sake and cried out in prayer. Daniel in the Lions Den, for example, and praying as if you were Daniel. It is powerful position of humility and trust. And then follow the process below.
Here are the 5 steps of Ignatian Prayer:
- Recalling that one is in the holy presence of God
- Thanking God for all the blessings one has received
- Examining how one has lived his day
- Asking God for forgiveness
- Resolution and offering a prayer of hopeful recommitment
You can read more about St. Ignatius and be inspired.