Centering Down: A Prayer Method
The Quakers were an anabaptist group founded by George Fox in the seventeenth century. They are typically known for two things: Shaking or quaking under the power of the Holy Spirit, and oatmeal. But one other amazing gift they gave us is a particular prayer known as Centering Down.
Centering Down is a prayer in which we come to God for the purpose of bestowing upon Him our burdens and taking from Him whatever He wants to give us in replace of them.
Centering Down consists of three parts
1) Release: Begin your prayer by becoming still and quite before the presence of the Lord. Hold out your hands with the palms facing downwards. This is a symbol of releasing whatever burden may be plaguing you into the ever capable hands of your loving Abba. In your own way, quietly or verbally, begin to release your burdens into the hands of your Father. Tell Him whats going on, how you feel, and intentionally exercise your will to cast those burdens into His hands.
2) Receive: Next turn your palms upwards and invite the Spirit of the Lord to reveal to you what it is He would like to give you in place of those burdens. You may see a picture, have a short vision, have an inner knowing, or have a thought spontaneously pop into your mind. When you have heard from Him, intentional receive what He is offering.
3) Rest: Now that you are in the presence of God, take a moment to simply rest in His presence. Allow His love to calm you, still you, or wash over you. Remain there as long as you feel necessary. Thank the Lord, give Him praise, and close out the prayer.
This is a wonderful prayer to do when you feel overwhelmed, are struggling with chaotic emotions, or you just want to close your day out feeling refreshed!