Prayer

“Prayer is an exercise of love.”

-Teresa of Avila

by Richard J. Foster

"You see, we have been in a far country. It’s been a country of noise and hurry and crowds. It’s been a country of climb and push and shove. And God is inviting you and me to come home: home to where we belong, home to that for which we were created, home to the loving heart of God …"

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LISTENING PRAYER

by Jan Johnson

"I stumbled into listening prayer by accident. After having been a hyperactive church leader, I experienced huge disappointments in my work life and personal life. Everything seemed to fall apart. As a result, I no longer wanted to pray..."

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THE PRAYER

OF EXAMEN

from Intervarsity Justice Programs

The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to see God’s presence and power, and to discern his direction for us.

by Ruth Haley Barton

“A leader is a person who must take special responsibility for what’s going on inside him- or herself, inside his or her consciousness, lest the act of leadership create more harm than good.”

—Parker Palmer

by Richard J. Foster

“reflection on the vices is one part of the practice of self-examination, but that practice must first and always be framed by the love of God, which steadfastly holds us. Proceed in the confidence that when we confess our sinful nature and die to sin, it is only a prelude to God’s creation of a beautiful new life in us.”

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CONTEMPLATION/ REFLECTION

by Beth and David Booram

Contemplative prayer or centering prayer is unique to other forms of prayer because it is generally wordless. It is more a posture than a conversation. It is an experience of beholding God in silence as one might behold a gorgeous sunset.

by Jan Johnson

"I wasn’t so cynical, but I also wasn’t hopeful.I was just ready to hang out with God.But this time I wouldn’t bombard God with so many prayer requests.This time I would just be still and know that God is God.And learn to love it."

by Beth and David Booram

The Prayer of Recollection...enables us to collect all the pieces of our lives (distractions) and offer them back to God as we come to rest in his love. When practiced over time, [it] can help us notice our unhealthy attachments to the things that keep us from God’s love. And it shows us how to return, again and again, and rest in his love.

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THE LORD'S

PRAYER

by Haddon W. Robinson

"The Lord’s Prayer, one of the most familiar of all prayers, has been much repeated but little understood. Haddon Robinson...cuts through the confusion and shows us that Jesus gave a blueprint for prayer that remains just as relevant today as it was 2,000 years ago."

by Paul Anderson

"Perhaps our inward “distractions” are the very things we need to offer back to God as a life-based outline of a prayer agenda. I wonder if the lifting of these concerns to God might even fit a pattern of prayer that becomes a part of our spiritual growth and transformation."

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INTERCESSION

by Ruth Haley Barton

"One of the most consistent patterns of Moses’ life in leadership is the regularity with which he prayed for the people he was leading and sought God’s guidance for situations involving them. Rather than getting caught up in defending himself or arguing a point, he used his energy to carry the people into the presence of God..."

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BREATH

PRAYER

by Intervarsity Justice Programs

Slowly, and with practice, your Breath Prayer will become a part of your routine, as natural to you as breathing... you will gain a deeper understanding of your need for God, and see God walking with you throughout your life.

by Jan Johnson

"If we’re going to weave prayer throughout the day, greater intimacy with God is bound to develop.  When we run out of things to say to God, we can bring up whatever or whomever is in front of us...But how do we turn our thoughts so quickly?  One helpful method is the time-proven “breath prayer” format..."

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