If you read the title of my post and got excited about learning a 'new form of prayer', then you may be a little disappointed, but I really hope not. So, please hear me out and hopefully I can change your mind.
I think that a lot of Christians struggle with prayer and most often it is because we aren't sure if we are 'doing it right!' We stumble along, trusting that God is listening and perhaps even getting bored of our routine words. However, prayer is so much more than trying to get a formula correct - it is about spending time in the presence of the Almighty - and there is no formula for that!
Contemplative prayer is a newish word for a form of prayer that has been around for generations. This is how Jan Johnson describes it:
"Contemplative prayer, in its simplest form, is prayer in which you still your thoughts and emotions and focus on God Himself. This puts you in a better state to be aware of God’s presence, and it makes you better able to hear God’s voice correcting, guiding, and directing you…. The fundamental idea is simply to enjoy the companionship of God, stilling your own thoughts so you can listen should God choose to speak. For this reason, contemplative prayer is sometimes referred to as ‘the prayer of silence."
So, if you have never tried it, then I urge you to find a quiet spot and just BE STILL.
Mark 1:35 - Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
Living in Grace