Why pray using the Rosary, Protestant Prayer Beads or Orthodox Prayer Rope?
“Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. Ephesians 6:18
In a world full of distractions, it sure is easy to lose focus, especially when we are praying. Our minds skip from here to there at the slightest sound and we find our minds wandering all over the place as wetry to talk to God. That makes it even harder to listen to God and we wonder why we think we do not hear from God. Prayer Beads help us to meditate as we pray and finger each bead as we move around the circle of beads. There are 33 beads, the number of years in Jesus’ life here on earth. We begin with the cross that reminds us of our salvation and God’s saving grace. Thereare 4 weeks, or prayer sections divided by a larger bead called a “cruciform” bead and 7 beads in each week. For some, each group of 7 reminds them of the 7 days of creation or the Christian number for spiritual perfection.
The circle of beads reminds us of completeness and wholeness in our creator God. Of course, there is more history and ways that we use beads while praying and it becomes a very personal spiritual experience as time goes by.
If you are interested in learning more about making or using Prayer Beads as a form of meditation. This is the site where I purchased the book A BEAD AND A PRAYER that I am giving away along with a set of Prayer Beads that I am making at our monthly Creative Hands Meeting at Asbury United Methodist Church in Altoona, PA.
Please send all prayer requests to contact at www.myfaithbreak.org. Persons sending prayer requests will be considered for the give away.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2)
God Bless You All,