Prayer is an essential of the Christian life. Yet confusion abounds, and we have a tendency to make it more complicated than Jesus ever intended. Going back to the basics, bestselling author and pastor Jack Hayford shows that prayer is person-to-Person communication--a combination of worship, fellowship, and intercession. He shows that the Bible's call to prayer is neither mystical nor theoretical, and he gives seven simple steps, as outlined by Jesus, on how to pray. He also gives three keys to effective asking in prayer and attacking through prayer. Prayer is not intended to be mysterious, Hayford says, but down-to-earth and practical. To live in the spirit of prayer is learning to walk in the presence of Jesus. Always.
Linus Mundy's booklet on Prayer-Walking was the topic of national attention when it appeared a little over a year ago. Now he gives us The Complete Guide to Prayer-Walking, a comprehensive book based on the premise that a walk is not only good for your heart but presents a good time to listen to the secret murmurings of your heart as well as to tune into God's heart. Increase your creative productivity, get into shape, relieve stress, and nourish your soul -- all at the same time. Linus Mundy shows you how. He explains all the whats and wheres and whens. He also offers suggestions for meditations, prayers, and prayer-starters. As a bonus, he includes four other first-person accounts of prayer-walkers, their stories, methods, and beliefs. -- What is Prayer-Walking? -- When and Where? -- How to Find Your Right Way? -- How Do You Prayer-Walk? -- What or Whom to Take With You? -- How Can You Tell When You're Really Prayer-Walking?
A compelling exploration of the biblical foundations, contemplative practices, and spiritual path of Jesus himself—from the bestselling author of The Case for Jesus “What happens when a biblical theologian explores classic spirituality? This book. Pitre’s students have asked, Why have we never heard this before? The reader wonders the same.”—Dr. David Fagerberg, author of Liturgical Mysticism The path of following Jesus is an ancient and storied spiritual tradition. Yet many believers are not familiar with the three major forms of prayer and the three stages of spiritual growth that exist to bring them closer to God. In his most personal book yet, Brant Pitre, PhD, draws on the riches of the Bible, the words of Jesus, and the writings of mystics across the centuries to shed light on the mystery—and wonder—of the spiritual life. Starting with the age-old belief that the path of prayer is not only informative but transformative, Dr. Pitre explores • the scriptural roots of the major forms of prayer: vocal prayer, meditation, and contemplation • the purgative, illuminative, and unitive stages of spiritual growth • the spiritual exercises of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving • the Jewish roots of the Lord’s Prayer • Lectio Divina: how to pray with the Bible • seven vices and their seven opposing virtues • the battle of prayer: how to deal with difficulty and distractions • the “dark night of the soul” in the Scriptures Full of sacred truths, contemplative insights, and practical steps, Introduction to the Spiritual Life is a biblical road map of the spiritual landscape that enables us to follow Jesus as our primary guide.
Most books are like visitors. They come and go. This book can be a long-term companion and assistant as you weave prayer into the tapestry of your life. Weaving Prayer Into the Tapestry of Life pictures each of us as a weaver at a loom, creating in every moment our lifes tapestry. The transformative thread of prayer is always available to be woven into our lifes design. In this weaving, we experience in wonder the creative presence of God. The chapters of this book gives an overview of Christian understanding and practice of prayer. The author combines Scripture, voices and sources from the tradition of the church, poetry, stories, and accounts of personal experience to explore ten of the most familiar ways Christians pray. These are: centering, praise, confession, meditative reading of Scripture, petition, intercession, dedication, silence, and benediction. Nine sets of Prayer Prompts, one with each chapter, invite you to move from thinking to doing. They provide a framework for personal devotion that includes all of the dimensions of Christian prayer discussed in the chapters. Resources from Scripture, prayers of the church, and contemporary materials offer structure and stimulus for expressing the prayers of your heart. These Prayer Prompts are adaptable for repeated use. Members of a prayer group or spiritual growth group may enjoy sharing experiences with this book. Martha Rowlett deeply understands Christian thinking, Christian living, Christian prayer, and, dare I say it, God. She shares her wisdom with utmost simplicity. Those who use her book will find themselves becoming better Christians. John Cobb, professor emeritus, Claremont School of Theology
Take up a new calling. Walk a new path. And experience life’s greatest adventure. Will you discover your true reason for living, enter the battle, and become a new man in Christ? Or will you settle for less? To live more purposefully, to experience a full life, to become more, you will have to become someone else and walk a new path. This kind of attitude is what the Navy Seals look for in a man: Rogue warriors. Unconventional. Committed. Guys who will do anything to win the battle and stay true to their new identities. Walking this new path requires men who won’t shrink from the battle. In spirit, the Apostle Paul was this kind of a rogue warrior for God’s kingdom. He was tough and uncompromising and he held to a code that marked his life. He lived on purpose, not by accident. He surrendered his life and became a support for others. If you choose to become this kind of man made new, unwilling to compromise, then let this great apostle lead the way. Special Features: ·Practical studies facilitate personal encounters with God and other men ·Questions encourage genuine reflection and help build godly convictions ·“Real Life” case studies show how the truths you discover have worked out in other men’s lives ·“Standing Strong” section gives you the opportunity to form and express your action steps with God and your group
There's a lot more to prayer than kneeling. The Wise Earth Speaks to Your Spirit author Janell Moon shows that by using The Prayer Box the deepest, truest prayers are brought to life for those who pray. The Prayer Box contains: * A 96-page book that details prayer practices and shows readers how to create their own forms of prayer. * A 96-page blank journal in which readers can draft their prayers. * 25 prayer papers on which readers can refine and record their most-loved prayers to one or two lines. * A lovely box in which to store prayers and prayer objects. The book guides readers in the art of living prayer, explaining: how to ready themselves for prayer, why prayer is important to daily life, how to experience the power of prayers by writing them down, what to pray for in general, and what to pray for at different stages in life. Moon offers activities and rituals that make prayers come alive using: * Posture, breath, mind, and imagination in prayer. * A "prayer tablet" to explore prayer thoughts and experiences. * Candles as symbolic aids to prayer. * Music and bells to encourage and shape prayer. * Personal symbols that can be collected to strengthen and deepen prayer. * A personal altar that gives life to prayers. * Writing and ritual to enhance the meaning and experience of prayers. Beautifully written and artfully crafted, The Prayer Box is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to see prayer come to life.
Is it possible that the Lord will visit the UK and Southern-Ireland with another heaven-sent Revival? The author believes that this is what the Lord has promised as he prayer-walked the length and breadth of Wales, Northern and Southern- Ireland, Scotland and England, and experienced the Lord guiding and providing each step of the way. The Lord particularly blessed him through the love and kindnesses of the numerous folk he met along the way. Read how from slow stuttering steps on a trial run, when he barely managed to prayer-walk 2 miles, how he was able to complete in total, nearly 2,000 miles. On one particular day (and into the early hours of the next one) he was enabled to prayer-walk 45 miles.
This book, the fourth in The Upper Room’s bestselling “Guide to Prayer” series, offers a simple pattern of daily prayer built around weekly themes and organized by the Christian church year. Each week follows this pattern: Affirmation Psalm Psalm Prayer Daily Scripture Readings Silence Daily Reading Reflection (Silent or Written) Prayers Offering of Self to God Blessing The daily readings are drawn from the history of Christian spirituality and feature such writers as Francis of Assisi, Teresa of Avila, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Henri J. M. Nouwen, Sue Monk Kidd, Douglas Steere, Jan Richardson, Trevor Hudson, Wendy M. Wright, and many others. Beautifully bound in a leather-like cover, A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God makes a perfect gift and a reliable companion for anyone seeking to deepen a steady life of prayer.
Prayer is about having a personal relationship with God, meeting the King on a daily basis. God wants to be a part of your life. He knew about your pain before it occurred, and He knows when it will end. Take God at His word and hold on to His promises. Your life will never be the same. God has provided everything we need to walk through our journey with success. This journey through life is not about having sunshine every day; if we do not experience the difficult things in life, we will not learn how to appreciate the good and bad. When we are in a storm, we must learn how to ask God, “Why am I in this storm, and what is it that You want me to learn from it?” A spiritual storm is a trial, tragedy, or misfortune. The storms have a purpose in our lives, and when you stay on board, God will reveal the purpose at His timing. Storms can either make us or break us, depending on how we respond. Storms are considered a training process for God’s children. He uses the storms to shape us into who He wants us to be. Stay tuned to an amazing journey with God.
Pray. Act. Pray Again. presents personalized versions of familiar prayers from scripture with commentary on how these prayers can motivate action in the life of believer. It contains 40 prayers found in Psalms, the Gospels, and the Epistles, all changed to the first person. They will help the believer respond personally to God's call to prayer. There is a special Sabbath prayer based on the 23rd Psalm to be used every Sunday and a final meditation on the meaning of the Resurrection. Each prayer has a brief commentary to provide context for the prayer, as well as for the actions that might result from the prayer. Pray. Act. Pray Again. is designed to be a personal devotional guide but can also be used by a group wanting to explore the power of prayer together.
Weekly Prayer for Music Ministers provides a short order of prayer, including a psalm response, Gospel reading, silent reflection, intercessions, and a closing prayer for every Sunday and Holyday of Obligation of the liturgical year. Using the prayer for the coming Sunday will help music ministers to center themselves in the message of the Gospel and prepare to worship more fully at Mass.