Praying in Color by Sybil MacBeth

Dec 14

Praying in Color by Sybil MacBeth

Praying in Color

Drawing a New Path to God

Sybil MacBeth

2013

100 pages

 

 

I was immediately drawn to the title, Praying In Color. What a curious and vivid image! I had to know more because I’m an advocate for engaging God with both sides of your brain.

Silent prayer can be a challenge for anyone, but even more so if you are a visual person stimulated by color and design or a kinesthetic person who needs to keep your hands busy to keep your mind focused. This is the need solved by Praying In Color. The idea is to doodle while you pray—and the doodling itself can be a wordless prayer.

 

Praying in Color is an active, meditative, playful prayer practice. It is both process and product. The process involves a re-entry into the childlike world of coloring and improvising. The product is a colorful design or drawing that is a visual reminder of the time spent in prayer." - Sybil MacBeth, Praying in Color, page 5.

 

Jot down a name and doodle around it while you think about that person’s needs. God knows your thoughts. Make designs, patterns, and shapes and fill them with color. Then move on to pray for the next person on your heart in the same manner.

It’s profoundly simple and beautiful. The author says if she does this in the morning, she can visually remember the doodles for each person throughout the day and it prompts her to pray several times a day for each person. Visual learners remember things visually. She also suggests this as a method for memorizing Scripture because the visual nature of it will help visual learners remember the words and phrases.

 

If praying in color seems more like playing than praying, remember Jesus asks us to become childlike. “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3 NRSV). Prayer and play are both about letting down our inhibitions and becoming childlike. In prayer we let down our inhibitions to let God in. (Sybil MacBeth, Praying In Color, page 40).

I encourage you to pick up a copy of Praying In Color to further explore how you might be able to use these concepts in your walk with God. It’s a short 100-page book and I read it in less than 90 minutes. There are plenty of full-color examples throughout the book to provide ideas of how to get started and plenty of other applications.

 

You can connect with Sybil MacBeth on her website: prayingincolor.com.