What is NeedlePrayer?
Recently, I’ve found that my needlepoint helps focus my prayer time. I find that I have a hard time praying intensively for someone. Once I’ve prayed for a little while, my mind will wander. But if I have a handwork project to work on, I can focus for longer. This is especially true if I’m making something specifically for the person I am praying for. Prayer focuses me on the person and the work, and the work brings my mind back to the person and the prayers. So when I want to pray intensively for someone, I pick up a project to make for them.
How Does It Work?
I begin a NeedlePrayer session by selecting the person, and thus the project, I want to work on. I get out the project and assess where I am in the work. I offer up a preliminary prayer for the session, including any special thanksgivings and requests. Then I begin to work on the project, keeping the person I am praying for and their needs in my mind. Finally, I end with a closing prayer of thanksgiving for the time I have enjoyed in craft and prayer. I find that working in this way enhances my prayer time, and results in a gift for the person I am praying for, too!
My art form is needlepoint design and stitching, but the process can work equally well for any handicraft. If you don’t do design,you can pick up a pre-designed project in your favorite craft and dedicate the working to whomever needs your prayer. There are plenty of lovely designs available which are suitable for this kind of project.