A Life of Prayer


Spirited Life has been a holistic health program, and we have tried to offer a broad framework within which participants can define health for themselves. This wellness wheel wellness wheel image color(seen at right) while comprehensive in its characterization of health, is also limiting because it keeps these parts of our lives in separate, neat and tidy little circles. I don’t know about you, but for me, that’s not quite how life works. So, how do we reconcile a life in Christ when our days are filled with grocery shopping, meetings, charge conference papers, and if we’re lucky, a trip to the gym?

A couple of years ago, while preparing for a Spirited Life workshop, we came across this article by Rev. Sam Portaro, an Episcopal priest and faculty member at CREDO.  In the article, Rev. Portaro expands the definition of prayer. He suggests that by reframing what it means to have a prayer life, we can move from a daily ritual of spiritual practices to living a life of prayer where we are in constant and holy relationship with the Lord, even in our mundane activities. In some respects, Rev. Portaro is offering us a way to integrate the compartments of our lives.

Click here to read Rev. Portaro’s article, “Practicing a Life of Prayer,” which originally appeared in William S. Craddock’s All Shall Be Well: An Approach to Wellness.

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About Katie Huffman

Katie is a Wellness Advocate with the Clergy Health Initiative. She has an undergraduate degree in History and French and a Masters degree in Gerontology; prior to her current position, Katie worked as a social worker in a retirement community in Chapel Hill. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, spending time outdoors, baking, and hanging out with her husband, Noah, their daughter, Ada, and two kitties, Grady and Gracie.

One thought on “A Life of Prayer

  1. Thanks for the article Katie
    It’s an old article.

    Researches have shown the effect of praying and brain activity.
    A doctor from Thomas Jefferson Hospital has been studying the effects of prayer on the human brain for over 20 years. By injecting patients with a radioactive dye, Dr. Andrew Newberg can see how prayer affects brain activity through brain scans.

    He notes that when individuals are at rest, the brain scans show areas of red, but when they become deep in prayer the red turns to yellow, indicating changes to brain activity. Newberg also says these changes in brain activity levels affect change in different neurotransmitters, the chemicals in our brain, suggesting prayer promotes the ability to heal.

    Full story- http://www.belmarrahealth.com/does-prayer-belong-in-hospitals/

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