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Psalms 46

Updated: Oct 29, 2018

As you enjoy your Sabbath this week, I invite you to focus on the words of

Ps 46:10 by trying this quiet activity. It is called “The Prayer of Repetition and Reduction”. It's a way of praying scripture. It uses a brief passage which then is repeated in a gradually reduced form until only one word remains.

-Begin by finding a quiet place (if you can).

-Sit in a relaxed and comfortable posture that will allow you to engage with God’s words for at least ten minutes.

-Gently and slowly repeat the words from Ps 46:10.

-Pray it slowly and deeply from your heart. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Colossians 3:16).

-Rest quietly and hold the last word from each phrase in your heart as an echo.

-Allow God to speak to you about the reality of each word by pausing on it for at least 30 seconds.

-Continue on to read the next shorter phrase one at a time and pausing on the last word of each phrase.

-The repetition can be continued by rebuilding the phrase to its original form.

Psalm 46:10 NRSV

Be still, and know that I am God!

Be still, and know that I am.

Be still, and know.

Be still.


Be still.

Be still, and know.

Be still, and know that I am.

Be still, and know that I am God!

**(Optionally continue the repetition rebuilding the phrase, as in example above)

**You can also do a similar prayer with Deuteronomy 6:5

Additional Resources on Silence:

Rest, Personal Retreat, Sabbaticals:

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