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Rewriting the Lord’s Prayer

by Richard on October 2, 2013

Sojourners: What if the Lord’s Prayer matched our living?


Sighs too deep for words

by Richard on July 19, 2012

Ben Myers: The year without prayer
St Augustine says that wanting to love God is already love for God. It is a beautiful thought, the thought of a saint filled with tenderness for the difficulties of ordinary believers. I have often clung to that thought, and have hoped that it was true. In my year without [...]


Prayer: what’s the point?

by Richard on October 2, 2010

Just as Kim has been sharing some poetic insights here recently, Andrew Brown wrestles with the ‘problem of prayer’. Angela Shier-Jones has very personal reasons for being vexed by the same question.


(a debt to Van Gogh’s “Crooked Church”)
Maybe a mad fit made you set it there
Askew, bent to the wind, the blue-print gone
Awry, or did it? Isn’t every prayer
We say oblique, unsure, seldom a simple one,
Shaken as your stone tightening in the air?
Decorum smiles a little. Columns, domes
Are sights, are aspirations. We can’t [...]


You ask me how to pray to someone who is not.
All I know is that prayer constructs a velvet bridge
And walking it we are aloft, as on a springboard,
Above landscapes the color of ripe gold
Transformed by a magic stopping of the sun.
That bridge leads to the shore of Reversal
Where everything is just the opposite and [...]


Something understood

by Richard on July 7, 2010

Ben Myers on George Herbert’s ‘Prayer’


Getting to grips with prayer

by Richard on January 7, 2010

PamBG shares some Thoughts on Prayer


Tom Wright (bang) on prayer

by Kim on November 19, 2009

“…. We are hamstrung by the long legacy of the Romantic movement on the one hand and Existentialism on the other, producng the idea that things are only authentic if they come spontaneously, unbidden, from the depths of our hearts.
“Frankly, as Jesus pointed out, there’s a lot that comes from the depths of our hearts [...]


Blogging as a spiritual discipline

by Richard on October 12, 2009

In “The God You Already Know’, there is a brief section on blogging. John Davies describes the way in which his blog has become part of his prayer life.
I may not end up posting on the blog my deepest, most poignant or personal thoughts, for reasons of confidentiality … or decency… I may [...]


Have no fear

by Richard on July 22, 2009

Angela Shier-Jones responds to cancer with a powerful and moving prayer
DaveW draws on his experience to take up the theme.
I’ll resist the temptation to do quotes: go read both.


“I just wanna praise you, Lord …”

by Kim on March 27, 2009

From the senior demon Screwtape, to his nephew Wormwood

“My Dear Wormwood,
“… it is high time for me to write to you on the painful subject of prayer…
“The best thing, where it is possible, is to keep the patient from the serious intention of praying altogether. When the patient is an adult recently re-converted to [...]


Churches Urge Prayer For Justice in Zimbabwe

by Richard on January 16, 2009

Another item from the Methodist Church news service…
The people of Zimbabwe will be held in the thoughts of Methodists and United Reformed Church members on an Africa Day of Prayer.
The two denominations have backed the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC’s) call for churches around the world to pray for Zimbabwe on January 25.
The cholera [...]


A Jew’s Prayer for the Children of Gaza

by Richard on January 9, 2009

From Monastic Mumblings
Allah, whose name we call Elohim, who gives life, who knows the value and the fragility of every life, send these children your angels. Save them, the children of this place, Gaza the most beautiful, and Gaza the damned.
In this day, when the trepidation and rage and mourning that is called war, seizes [...]


Kenya Prayer Call

by Richard on January 10, 2008

Octomusings: >> Urgent Prayer Call for Kenya
This morning I received this urgent call for prayer, and once again I urge you to join me in prayer for these desperate children of God.
“We are all in-doors, roads are blocked between Eldoret and Marakwet and between Elodret and Nairobi. Whoever is travelling travels at his/her own risk. [...]