Learning to Pray ‘with Rhythm’

January 29, 2012 — Leave a comment

The people of God have always had a balance of praying at set times and places as well as “praying without ceasing.” We all need a Rule of Life (or Game Plan) to be disciplined and intentional in our growth as followers of Jesus.  Prayer is no exception.

I’d like to list some resources from previous Ruminations postings and books that can supplement the teaching and discussions we are having about prayer.

Praying with the Church is Scot McKnight’s excellent survey of the order and set ways believers in biblical and church history prayed.

Martin Luther’s letter to his barber on praying gives practical advice on the use of the Bible and specifically the Lord’s Prayer.

For the Jesus Prayer, I recommend listening to a modern Orthodox teacher, Kallistos Ware, who I had the privilege to meet at a North Park University talk. Available at Ancient Faith Radio here.

The Jesus Prayer is a recent book on the prayer and so much more by Frederica Mathewes-Green that I reviewed previously. There is now a shorter booklet available, in ebook form or packages of 5 from Paraclete Press called Praying the Jesus Prayer.

A Praying Life, by Paul E. Miller is a recent book on prayer that is one of the most honest and practical I know of.

Remember, if we don’t pray somewhere – sometime, we will probably not pray everywhere – all of the time!

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