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Prayer
Many people are eager to learn more about the power of prayer and how it can support everyday life and the struggles we face. Those who seek to know about the history of prayer and how the Lordís Prayer functions throughout many different religions and personal experiences can browse these articles. Additionally, there are articles exploring the nature of unanswered prayer and answered prayer.
  1. A Pattern for Prayer by John D. Witvliet

    The author believes the study of ancient liturgical materials facilitates special insight.He discuses at length the understanding which lie in the structures and patterns of early collects and similar prayers, for preparing such prayers challenges us to draw on nearly the whole range of theological themes and motifs.

  2. A Pattern for Prayer by John D. Witvliet

    The author believes the study of ancient liturgical materials facilitates special insight.He discuses at length the understanding which lie in the structures and patterns of early collects and similar prayers, for preparing such prayers challenges us to draw on nearly the whole range of theological themes and motifs.

  3. Exploring a Life of Prayer by Jane E. Vennard

    The author provides activities to help the reader you affirm and learn from the experiences of prayer. She explores what keeps us from responding when deep in our hearts we long to be in relationship with God. The encourages trying different forms of prayer.

  4. Learning to Pray by Madelyn Chandler McIntyre

    The author sees prayer in multiple and unique forms, and its value from many different religious perspectives. In all cases, it works toward purposes we cannot predict or prescribe.

  5. Learning to Pray by Anita Mathias

    Prayer is archaic, anachronistic, against the grain of modern life, solitary and often heartbreaking, embarked on without the certainty of fruit. Prayer does not promise fame, money, and the love of beautiful people. Itís working with blind faith, stubborn hope, dumb love. But the more you pray the better youíll be.

  6. Learning to Pray: An Interview with Roberta C. Bondi by Roberta C. Bondi

    Bondi shares what she has learned about the practice of prayer from her study of Christian monks of ancient Egypt.

  7. Let Us Pray by Ricky Hoyt

    How to pray to the God of love and justice, who exists in everything but isn't supernaturally powerful. Praying that the source of love fill your heart and help you decide what path to take, can be very effective.

  8. Lord, Teach Us to Pray (Luke 11:1-4) by Ronald Goetz

    We’ve never had it so good, yet our civilization has managed to keep God at arm’s length. At the same time, we fear we have sold our birthrights. We are afraid and preoccupied. We know there is no way out of our dilemma that does not begin in prayer.

  9. Not About Me: Prayer is the Work of a Lifetime by Merold Westphal

    The author discusses three types of prayers: the prayers of Samuel, those of Mary, and a prayer sung by Elvis ("I want you, I need you, I love you with all my heart.").

  10. On Providence and Prayer by Jack A. Keller

    We are not to give up cooperating with God’s redemptive power. With this understanding of providence and prayer, it makes sense to keep on trusting God’s limitless love.

  11. Prayer and the Common Life by Georgia Harkness

    (ENTIRE BOOK) Dr. Harkness discusses first the relation of prayer to the basic structures of Christian faith. The second section book deals with ways of praying and the third with the psychological and social aspects of prayer.

  12. Prayer, Metaphysics and an Eskimo Named Nuckkerweener by Ron Durham

    How does prayer work? To ask such a question is to plunge us into the murky waters not of physics but of metaphysics -- and no one has bothered much with that topic for years. Whether or not I can prove prayer’s effects, I said a prayer for "Nuckkerweener" anyway.

  13. Praying Today: Practical Thoughts on Prayer by Norman Pittenger

    (ENTIRE BOOK) For moderns who find difficulty with prayer, prayer is defined as the intentional and attentive presence of God, the purpose being the of alignment of self, in desires and actions, with divine love who is our heavenly Father. It is to open ourselves to God, to link our little selves with God's divine will.

  14. Recovering Healing Prayer by Gordon Dalbey

    We must cooperate with God to bring about our healing. The Kingdom includes both social justice and bodily wholeness. Healing prayer is not an effort to change God’s mind, but our minds.

  15. Sacraments for the Christian Life by Ellen T. Charry

    Christians need to be re-Christianized, to have their true identity in Christ made palapable. The sacraments embody this.

  16. Sage, Sweetgrass, and the First Amendment by DaShane Stokes

    Smudging involves burning material like sage or cedar as an act of worship among many native Americans. Bans on smudging condone policies that, intentionally or not, foster racism.

  17. Table Blessings by Kelton Cobb

    We take food for granted, and generally neglect to regard it with the proper seriousness and reverence. The fast food factory liberates us to live in the jet age, but it does not teach us that food is holy. Fast food teaches us that food is fuel; consequently, we are much better at cursing food than at blessing it.

  18. The Call For God by Theodore W. Jennings

    Insofar as prayer is rooted in our situation and in our sensibility, it is rooted not in our sense of Godís presence but in our sense of Godís absence. The greatest obstacle to prayer is that it is too often addressed not to the One whom Jesus called Abba but to ourselves or to an idol of our fantasy.

  19. The Office Of Prayer by Arthur Paul Boers

    The author reviews six books on prayer.