Personal Prayer

‘Mary … sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.’ Luke 10:39

Mary’s behaviour was most unusual in a society where only men were encouraged to sit, listen, learn from and engage with a religious teacher. And yet, Jesus acknowledged her for prioritising the one most important thing (see verses 41-42).

What would ‘sitting at Jesus’ feet’ look like for you? Is there a particular chair or place in your home or garden that helps focus your attention on His presence with you, a place that encourages you to still your busy thoughts or racing emotions, and know God with you, for as little or as long as you are able?

Be honest with how you are feeling or what is occupying your thoughts, but give space to be still, to be quiet, to receive whatever blessing of His presence He wants to impart to you in that moment.


Read a few verses or a chapter of your bible too – these words are God’s messages to your life today. Ask Him to speak to you as you read, reflect, and open your heart to receive. If it helps, pray these prayers with an open heart, before you start reading:

‘Speak Lord, for your servant is listening…Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.’ (1 Samuel 3:9; Psalm 119:18)


There are also many prayer apps available that you may find helpful. Read up and try a few out for a few days to find one that suits your style.

One we can recommend is the LECTIO 365 Daily Devotional Resource written by leaders from the 24-7 Prayer movement, produced in partnership with CWR. You can find more information here:

Premier Praise offer some great tips on prayer and how to keep a prayer journal at

If you are parents of younger children, do encourage time to be with Jesus in prayer with them too, nurturing their own faith and trust in Him. If it helps, you can sign up to who offer a number of prayer resources for different age groups.

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