On this page are links to the initial resources used by the East Coast Early Bird Two Way Prayer Group. The group is no longer using this blog to store their documents. If you would like to contact them directly, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the link to a format for leading a Two Way Prayer group via Zoom.
Here are links to 2 different versions of How to Listen to God. This is the original version, written by John E. Batterson, who was a personal friend of Dr. Bob Smith, one of the co-founders of AA, and a member of the Oxford Group.
If you would like to know more information about John E Batterson, and some of the historical background, I highly recommend this site. The author also has several links to spiritual techniques to manage stress.
Here is another version of How to Listen to God which is more secular and rewritten in more modern language. The author, Jay Stinnett, changed the title to How to Listen. It is reposted on the blog with his permission.
I have a bias that Two Way Prayer is best done in silence. I believe that silence, together with solitude enables one to have a direct and personal experience of “the still, small Voice” of calm that resides within each and every person. Time spent in quiet contemplation allows one to listen to God’s direction and guidance without any distractions. And, when I take the time to truly listen to God, I set aside a space within myself that allows God to work through me and direct my life according to His will, rather than living according to my will.
When practicing Two Way Prayer in silence, it may be useful to use a timer to keep track of the time and provide a visual cue. There are many timers available on line.
That being said, many people find it helpful to listen to meditative music while practicing Two Way Prayer especially when not meeting in person. Below are links to meditation music that might be helpful.
Below are links to 3 current favorite sources of relaxing mediation music available at archives.org.
Each link has several different options for relaxing music. The choices are almost all longer than 15 minutes
Link to more information on the 4 Absolutes
Optional Tenth Step Inventory before Two Way Prayer
Here is a link to a 10th Step Inventory that was used before Two Way Prayer. The technique that we found best for the group was to write the 10th Step, silently and yet together, and then prior to practicing Two Way Prayer to share on a “disturbance” that was particularly troubling.
Here is the format that we are using.
Following the Set-Aside Prayer, everyone does a 10th Step, silently yet together, with meditative music playing in the background for 10-15 minutes.
Here is the format to run the Tenth Step 5:00 AM ET Group
Old format: Two Way Prayer Format for group.