Find it hard to pray when everything is happening around?

Centering prayer is an ancient form of prayer that joins meditation on Scripture with more free-flowing prayer. Centering prayer is a way of being with Jesus and receiving His life in us. We focus more on what the Holy Spirit has to say than on our own words or thoughts.

  • Set aside at least 15 minutes. Prayer is a discipline, a habit that you intentionally build into your life.
  • Settle into a comfortable position.
  • Intentionally place yourself in the presence of God by slowing down, quietly relaxing your body, and acknowledging to Him that you know He is with you.
  • Choose a passage to read. Ask the Holy Spirit to highlight one word or phrase from the passage for you.
  • It is not unusual for the first few minutes to be filled with many noisy thoughts. Acknowledge the distractions and let Jesus draw you back to your prayer word or phrase. Don’t worry about the distracting thoughts. Let them go. Be with Jesus. Listen. Meditate on the one word He pointed out for you. Be still.
  • Rest in the center of God’s love. Trust that the Holy Spirit, who dwells in the depths of your soul, can and will connect you to God.
  • Come out of your time with God slowly and let that phrase or word center your heart with Jesus for the rest of the day.

You can use any Scripture for Centering Prayer. Here are some passages we recommend: Matthew 6:9-13, Psalm 113, Psalm 119:33-40, Psalm 119:73-80


Not sure what to pray? Praying verses from the Bible is a great way to talk with God when you don’t know what to say.

  1. Use the passages we have provided, or select a passage that intersects with your life right now and that really speaks truth to you.
  2. Ask God to bless your time in Scripture, to keep you focused, and to help you to pray through His Word.
  3. Start reading through your passage slowly, meditating on each word in the passage.
  4. Pray as you go through the passage, bringing ideas and words from the passage into your own conversation with God.
  5. Use your time praying the Scripture to let God encourage, convict, and guide you.