A Guidebook to Prayer
Why Is Prayer So Hard?Many of us have asked that question. We want to pray. We intend to pray. But, as spiritual director and professor MaryKate Morse notes, " we don't pray as consistently or as meaningfully as we might...
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Why Is Prayer So Hard?Many of us have asked that question. We want to pray. We intend to pray. But, as spiritual director and professor MaryKate Morse notes, " we don't pray as consistently or as meaningfully as we might like."And yet prayer offers us such spiritual riches. Prayerdraws us to experience love and to be loveincreases our faithexpands our vision of Godhelps us grow in self-understandinggives us perspective on life and deathMorse continues: "Through prayer, we experience forgiveness, guidance and peace. We are healed physically and emotionally. We experience the mystery of God, see truth and receive spiritual gifts. We receive vision and courage for God's mission. Faith becomes more beautiful, more real."This guidebook is designed to move you from lamenting over prayerlessness to the joy of praying. Whether you are a beginner or a lifetime person of faith, you will find a treasure trove of riches here to guide you into a deeper experience of prayer.Each chapter explores a different angle of prayer with sections focusing on each of the persons of the Trinity--Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And each chapter offers specific ways to pray both on your own, with a partner and/or in a group. Sprinkled throughout are reflections from the author's former students describing on their own experience with these practices.A treasure trove of both resources and encouragement, you will find this book to be an indispensable guide to your life of prayer.
MaryKate Morse (PhD in Leadership, Gonzaga University) is professor of leadership and spiritual formation at George Fox Evangelical Seminary and director of strategic initiatives at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon.
In addition to teaching she also serves as a consultant to churches and organizations in transition or with leadership challenges. She has planted two churches with leadership teams, Community of ChristChurch in Hillsboro and RiversWay Community in Portland. Along with being a Quaker minister and a trained spiritual director, she also does conference and retreat ministries and mentors leaders. Most recently she has authored Making Room for Leadership: Power, Space and Influence.
- Foreword By Rev. Joshua Choonmin Kang
- Introduction: Prayer As Roadness To God
- <strong>part One: God The Father</strong>
- 1 Community Prayer&-god As One In Community
- 2 Creative Prayer&-god As Creator
- 3 Work Prayer&-god As Active
- 4 Contemplative-rest Prayer&-god As Rest
- 5 Prayer Of Confession&-god As Holy
- 6 Blessing Prayer&-god As Loving-kindness
- 7 Worship Prayer&-god As Worthy
- <strong>part Two: Jesus Christ The Son</strong>
- 8 Reflection-examen Prayer&-jesus As Human
- 9 The Lord’s Prayer&-jesus As Lord
- 10 Servant Prayer&-jesus As Servant
- 11 Simplicity Prayer&-jesus As Reconciler
- 12 Prayer In Play&-jesus As Love
- 13 Scripture Prayer&-jesus As Teacher
- 14 Relinquishment Prayer&-jesus As Suffering Son Of God
- 15 Forgiveness Prayer&-jesus As Savior
- 16 Sacrament Prayer&-jesus As Head Of The Body
- <strong>part Three: Holy Spirit The Comforter</strong>
- 17 Tongues -prayer Language&-holy Spirit As Abiding Presence
- 18 Conversational Prayer&-holy Spirit As Companion
- 19 Breath