Category Archives: Let Us Pray

Let Us Pray: Your Best Prayers

Eugene Peterson has called “Help” and “Thanks” the two best prayers anyone can pray.  Anne Lamott added “Wow” to the list. These three words are all words that cultivate a mature spirituality “Help” cultivates reliance on God, defeating the egoic … Continue reading

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Let Us Pray: The Essence of Prayer

Here is my distilled essence of prayer.  First, prayer is attitude.  This means it includes occasional acts, but it is actually an ongoing disposition of the heart, not limited to fixed times of devotion. Second, prayer is abandonment.  It is … Continue reading

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Let Us Pray: Stand Watch

For a long time, I thought of the phrase “pray without ceasing” in purely individualistic ways.  So, I developed techniques to bring me back into a spirit of prayer throughout the day.  I continue to make use of these “calls … Continue reading

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Let Us Pray: Listening

One of the oldest and simplest definitions of prayer is this: prayer is listening.  In a sermon Eugene Peterson amplifies the definition by writing, “People who don’t listen usually do too much, or do the wrong thing, or do the … Continue reading

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Let Us Pray: Prayer Alive

Just a reminder that I have written quite a few posts about prayer on a Facebook page entitled “Prayer Alive.” The page is currently inactive, but you can still access it and make use of the materials there in your … Continue reading

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Let Us Pray: Awakening

The following words from Richard Rohr remind us why prayer is more a life to be lived than a time to be practiced–more an attitude than an action…. “It is usually over time and with patience that we come to … Continue reading

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Let Us Pray: Simple Prayer

St. Therese of Lisieux gave us a great gift in the following words about prayer…. “It’s a mistake to imagine that your prayer won’t be answered unless you’ve prayed something out of a book, some splendid formula of words, specially … Continue reading

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