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Friday is for Friends

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Today we begin a conversation about Tracy Balzer’s book, Thin Places. It is an invitation to Celtic spirituality. I hope you join us.

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An Apologetic

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Some years ago, when Kris and I were in England and I was working on my Ph.D., we attended St. Peter’s Toton, an Anglican church outside Nottingham. It was our first-ever experience of The Book of Common Prayer. Two things […]

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Prayer for the Week

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Almighty God, who has given your only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin and also an example of his godly life: Give me grace that I may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit and […]

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Grace for the Day

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O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day; defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither […]

Prayer for the Week

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Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our […]

Prayer for the Week

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O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that […]

Soul Care

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Mindy Caliguire, who is known in all spiritual formation circles as a result of her “soul care” ministries, public speaking, and national leadership, has just written two small books designed for concentrated retreats — whether at home over a week […]

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our […]

Prayer for the Week

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O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus […]

Prayer for the Week

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O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one […]

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be […]

Prayer for the Week

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Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and […]

Prayer for the Week

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Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace each of us may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, […]

Father’s Day Prayer

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God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless these men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, […]

A Friday Prayer

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Soul of Christ, sanctify me; Body of Christ, save me; Blood of Christ, refresh me; Water from the side of Christ, wash me; Passion of Christ, strengthen me.

Morning Prayer

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If you use Phyllis Tickle’s The Divine Hours, here is how you begin every day: I’ve done it for years and its recitation has become increasingly important to me.

Prayer Practices

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As you know, Kris and I are practitioners of fixed-hour prayer, what I call “sacred rhythms.” And you may recall that we practice mostly with Phyllis Tickle’s The Divine Hours. Which, owing to the weight and size of the volumes, […]

A Morning Prayer

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God be in my head and in my understanding. God be in mine eyes and in my looking. God be in my mouth and in my speaking. God be in my heart and in my thinking. God be at mine […]

Urgent Prayer

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I’m considering where to go next with our Bible studies … either a short series on Missional Jesus or a longer one on Colossians. But, instead of a Bible study (I’ll get it going next Monday), I’d like to ask […]

Prayer for the Week

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O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and […]

Prayer for the Week

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Pentecost Sunday Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, […]

Praying with the Church

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Almighty and merciful God, in your goodness keep us, we pray, from all things that may hurt us, that we, being ready both in mind and body, may accomplish with a free heart those things which belong to your purpose; […]

Time for a new habit

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We are changing seasons here in Chicago — it suddenly ran up to 87 degrees the other day. High schools are winding down, colleges have sent the residents home, gardens are beginning to bloom, and we’ve got new birds flitting […]

Prayer for the Week

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O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people; Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy […]

Prayer for the Week

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3d Sunday of Easter O God, whose blessed Son did manifest himself to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open, we pray thee, the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; through […]

Praying with the Church

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From Rick and Alicia Lindholtz regarding their son: 10 years old Miles has been living with insulin-dependent diabetes since age 2. In February he was diagnosed with eosinophilic duodenitis and in March with Gastroparesis. Trust me, any one of these […]

Prayer for the Week

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Second Sunday of Easter Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they […]

Prayer for the Week

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O God, who for our redemption didst give thine only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection hast delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that […]

Praying with the Church

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For Tyrese, an 8-year old suffering with a serious fever, for his healing. Lord, hear our prayers.

Holy Saturday

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O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of thy dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, […]

Prayer for the Week

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From our friend at Paraclete Press, Pamela Jordan:

Prayer for the Week

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O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men: Grant unto thy people that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry […]

Unanswered Prayers 3

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Again, Pete Greig’s book God on Mute gives 16 reasons why our prayers are not answered as we’d like them. This completes the list.

Lines from a Compline Prayer

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May the virtue of our daily work hallow our nightly prayers. May our sleep be deep and soft so our work be fresh and hard. Celtic Daily Prayers.

Prayer for the Week

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Fourth Sunday in Lent Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in […]

Unanswered Prayers 2

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Last week we began looking at Pete Greig’s fine book, God on Mute. The book deals with the reality and struggle of the Christian when dealing with “unanswered” prayer — however you might want to define “unanswered.” I think one […]

Prayer for the Week

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Third Sunday in Lent Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may […]

Unanswered Prayers 1

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Most of us, at one time or another, struggle with the reality and prospect of unanswered prayers. We read about promises that if we have enough faith we will be heard or we read that if we ask we will […]

Prayer for the Week

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Second Sunday in Lent O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astry from thy ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast […]

For Ben (and Lisa)

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One of our blogfamily has died. This set of prayers is for Ben Pennington, and we grieve along with his dear wife, Lisa.

Prayer for the Week

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First Sunday in Lent Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan; Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, […]

Prayer for the Week

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Lent begins Wednesday. Here is Ephrem’s Lenten prayer, one we can use throughout this Lenten season: O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather […]

Prayer for the Week

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From the Celtic Book of Prayer:

For Ben and Lisa

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Lord, You have always given bread for the coming day; and though I am poor, today I believe.

To whom do we pray?

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In my Wednesday session at the Covenant Church’s Midwinter meetings, I spoke about Praying with the Church. As I was sketching Jesus’ own prayer life, I mentioned that I thought we should address God as “Father” in prayer because of […]

A Prayer for Ben and Lisa

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Two of our readers and parts of the Jesus Creed blogfamily, Ben and Lisa Pennington, need our urgent prayers. I met Ben in Rochester last fall when I was speaking at Crossroads. He coordinated an event at his bookstore, and […]

Praying like a psalmist

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I’ve spent a fair amount of time in the Psalms, as have many of you. One thing I find so incredibly penetrating for me is the utter honesty and raw emotions in those prayers. My favorite OT theologian these days […]

From Linda Robinson (Bob’s wife)

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Well, I am embarassed to write this but…Feb 2 was the “anniversary” of Bob’s aortic dissection…hard to believe it’s been a year. I spent a long time reflecting and reading my journal of those days and weeks, and then months […]

Happy Birthday Bob

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One year ago, our friend Bob Robinson had a massive heart aneurysm. It was touch and go for a long, long time — and some surgeries. And very tough times on Linda and ambiguity for the kids. We prayed for […]

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you […]

A Blessing

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Let nothing disturb thee, nothing affright thee; all things are passing, God never changeth!

Prayer for the Week

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Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; […]

Struggling with prayer

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Are you struggling with developing a consistent prayer life? I suggest learning to pray with the Church by learning to pray set prayers at set times. And I recommend Phyllis Tickle’s The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime, which begins a […]

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed […]

Prayer for the Week

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Epiphany: Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into His Name may keep the covenant they […]

Praying with the Church

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For Al Mohler, for complications with surgery. Lord, hear our prayers. For Becky, for ongoing wisdom for doctors and healing in her whole body. Lord, hear our prayers. For Lauren, a friend of our son and daughter-in-law, for the sudden […]

Prayer for the New Year

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Christ, as a light illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield overshadow me. Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet […]

Portion sizes

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Many of us are now involved in Christmas parties and even planning our Christmas table. Kris regularly reminds me — not always to my liking and not always with her intended goal! — of this: “portion size.” Restaurants, she tells […]

Prayer for the Week

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Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, […]

Prayer for the Week

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Saturday morning’s psalm in The Divine Hours is my prayer for the week:

Praying with the Church

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For Becky, who has had more than her share of physical problems — we pray for doctors, for her, for her family, and for her thyroid. Lord, hear our prayers. For Kurt’s wife, for Kurt, for their family and friends. […]

Prayer for the Week

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1st Sunday of Advent: Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ […]

Praying with the Church

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When I spoke at John Brown University, I had dinner with a student whose father was seriously injured in a car accident the next day. Here’s a link. Lord, hear our prayers.

Praying with the Church

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For Robert Webber, for healing rain and for effusive grace. Lord, hear our prayers. For a 5-year old, Tanay, who has had brain surgery. Lord, hear our prayers.

Prayer for the Week

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Last Sunday before Advent prayer: Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in thy well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved […]

Prayer for the Week

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Spirit of God, promise of Jesus, Come to our help at the close of this day. Come with forgiveness and healing love. Come with life and hope. Come with all that we need to continue in the way of your […]

Praying with the Church

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For Sarah Madvig, for healing. Lord, hear our prayer. For Janet Glover, for the grace of healing. Lord, hear our prayer. Add your prayers.

Prayer for the Week (for Veterans)

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God of the ages, We thank You for all who have served in the armed forces of this country.

Praying with the Church

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For Shawn, his mother (with breast cancer), and his already ailing father. Lord, hear our prayer. For Grant, a JBU student whose father has been seriously injured in a car accident. Lord, hear our prayer. For John, Jan, and Naomi, […]

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we […]

Praying with the Church

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For Ben and Lisa Pennington, we ask for clear diagnosis and healing. Lord, hear our prayer. For Bob Robinson, we pray for continued healing. Lord, hear our prayers. For Ted Haggard, for his wife, for his children, for his former […]

Praying with the Church

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Please add your prayers. For BeckyR, we pray for continued recovery. Lord, hear our prayer. For Mike, we pray for health and restoration. Lord, hear our prayer. For Joel and Karla, for the “good” news that they will have twins. […]

Prayer for the Week

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The Prayer of St. Francis: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred let me sow peace; where there is injury let me sow forgiveness; where there is doubt let me sow faith; where there is […]

What to do when you can’t sleep

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Added later: I’m at the Chestunut Hill Coffee Company outside Philadelphia; best Latte I’ve ever had in my life. As we age, so I’m told, we don’t need as much sleep — or, with a darker twist, as we age […]

Praying with the Church

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For Bob Robinson — for healing, for renewed strength. Lord, hear our prayers.

Prayer for the Week

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A blessing from the Celtic Book of Prayer: May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home […]

Praying with the Church

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For the good news that Becky, one of our blog community, received good news that her thyroid cancer is now gone. Thank you, Lord.

Prayer for the Week

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This prayer, a collect from The Book of Common Prayer, is one of my favorites: Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: […]

We are grateful today that

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We are grateful today that Bob Robinson has returned home. Thank you Lord. We rejoice with our friends who discovered this week that they are pregnant. Thank you Lord. Lord, hear our prayers. Please do chime in with requests and […]

Prayer for the Week

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From the Celtic Book of Prayer: Christ, as a light illumine and guide me.

Prayer for the Week

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One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him […]

Praying with the Church

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I want to begin a new tradition for our Saturday blog. I encourage you to post your prayer requests, speak up of your answers to prayers, or simply record some prayers for others. So many have written about such matters […]

Prayer for the Week

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Lord, You have always given bread for the coming day; and though I am poor, today I believe.

Prayer for the Week

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O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the […]

Prayer for the Week

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Many of us — and I wish even more than that — will recite the Lord’s Prayer today as a community of faith. Here’s a liturgical shaping of that prayer so that it reflects the Jesus Creed:

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and […]

Prayer for the Week

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Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all people, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with […]

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty God, who has given your only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin and also an example of his godly life: Give me grace that I may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit and […]

Prayer for the Week

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Grant to me, Lord, I pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that I, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ my […]

Prayer for the Week

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A Blessing, from the Celtic Prayer website: Let nothing disturb thee, nothing affright thee; all things are passing, God never changeth! Patient endurance attaineth to all things; who God possesseth in nothing is wanting; alone God sufficeth. + In the […]

Prayer for the Week

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O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon all your faithful people your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass […]

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know my necessities before I ask and my ignorance in asking: Have compassion on my weakness, and mercifully give me those things which for my unworthiness I dare not, and for my […]

Prayer for the Week

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O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your servants who call upon you, and grant that we may know and understand what things we ought to do, and thatwe also may have the grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; […]

Top Ten Books on Prayer

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I’ve been asked what are my top books on prayer. Since I covered “prayer books” (as a book with prayers rather than teaching about prayer) in Praying with the Church, I’ll focus here on books that teach us about prayer. […]

Prayer for the Week

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O God, you have taught me to keep all your commandments by loving you and my neighbor: Grant me the grace of your Holy Spirit, that I may be devoted to you with my whole heart, and united to others […]

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty God, You have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant that all of us may be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we […]

Midday Prayer

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A prayer to kickstart the rest of our Friday. God of mercy, this midday moment of rest is your welcome gift. Bless the work we have begun, and make good its defects and let us finish it in a way […]

Lord’s Prayer as Pattern Prayer

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Andii Bowsher has recently written a book that might be of some use to you, especially if you’d like to combine structure with spontaneity in your prayer life. His book is called Praying the Pattern, and there is a website […]

Prayer for the Week

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The BCP does not have a Father’s Day Prayer. So, our prayer this week is the Collect for this week. Lord, make me have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern […]

Prayer for the Week

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From the BCP as printed this week in Phyillis Tickle, The Divine Hours. We need to pray more for the Church. Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace each of […]

Prayer for the Week

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Grant, O Lord, that the course of this world may be peaceably governed by your providence; and that your Church may joyfully serve you in confidence and serenity; through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and […]

Sunday Night Prayers

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Here is Compline prayer from the Celtic tradition: Sunday – The Ita Compline: Ita, who died in about 570, was abbess of a women’s community in Killeedy, County Limerick in Ireland. She ran a school for boys where she taught:

Paul’s Prayers for Rome

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Paul yearns to get to Rome — probably because he knew how important Rome was. His yearning manifests itself in his unceasing, constant prayers for the church at Rome.

Prayer for the Week

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Again, from The Book of Common Prayer as found in Phyllis Tickle, Dvine Hours, but adjusted to “we/us”: Almighty and merciful God, in your goodness keep us, we pray, from all things that may hurt us, that we, being ready […]

A Prayer of Dedication

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What a marvelous prayer from The Book of Common Prayer. The sort of prayer I hope Praying with the Church can lead us into. As always, read slowly and aloud and it takes us into God’s presence:

Praying with the Church Arriving

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As some of you may know, my publisher (Paraclete) went over the top by giving away 50 copies of my new book Praying with the Church. We blogged the offer some time back. Kris and I now call this book […]

Praying while Sailing

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About prayer, from The American Scholar: Dressed and came on deck — the morning was brilliant. I amused myself with finding the lessons and collects and psalms for the whole ship’s company. After lunch, they spread our tent, a chair […]

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty Father who gave your only Son to die for our sins and to rise for our justification: Give me grace so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that I may always serve you in pureness of […]

Prayer for the Week

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Praying with the Church is designed to provide a biblical basis for supplementing personal, spontaneous prayers by learning to use set prayers and to use them at set times. I call these prayers “sacred rhythms” of prayer. The book then […]

Candle Book

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If truth be told, many of us are not happy about our prayer life — its intensity, its duration, its stimulation, its discipline, its effectiveness — and the list could go on. There are statistics out there even about how […]

Collegelife

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Sunday night I was invited to North Park’s Sunday evening Collegelife, a worship gathering for our students. It is student led and orchestrated, but mentored and guided by folks like Brian Wu and Rich Johnson — and probably others.

Does persistence pay in prayer?

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The famous “ask-seek-knock” (ASK) passage — is it teaching persistence or not? And is it saying that persistence will pay off with answered prayer? I doubt it and I doubt it. Instead, I think this passage (Matthew 7:7-11) teaches simplicity: […]

Short Prayers

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Contextually, in the Sermon on the Mount the Lord’s Prayer illustrates “short prayer” in contrast to Gentile verbosity. In this sense, Matt 6:7-15 interrupts the flow of the principle established in 6:1: doing things to be seen by others shifts […]

Conspicuous Prayer

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Matt 6:5-6 is the second example of the principle of “no footprints” found in 6:1. It concerns prayer and its central idea is simple and profound: let not our prayer lives be “conspicuous prayer.” We all know what “conspicuous consumerism” […]

Walking the Sacred Way

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I’ve gone on record at not being a big fan of envisioning the Christian life through the spiritual disciplines, though I’m all for them. I just don’t think the way to approach the Christian life is through a means but […]

Translation and Context

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I am baffled by our translations of the Lord’s Prayer passage in Luke, and maybe you join me here. Luke 11:2, in the NIV, RSV, NRSV, and many others: “When you pray, say.” Even the ESV, which prides itself on […]

Daily Prayers

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Some, maybe more, of us wonder about the prayer lives of the Beatles, or have wondered or have not wondered, but at least in this one they are watching me do my morning prayers during Advent in my North Park […]

Prayer Books?

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Back to the post on set prayers at set times — some good experiences there. I’m wondering if you have used The Liturgy of the Hours, any other Roman Catholic prayer book, an Orthodox prayer book, or the Book of […]

Fixed Hour Prayer: Set prayers at set times

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I’m wondering if any would like to “tell their story” of the value they’ve found in learning to pray “with” the Church by using set prayers at set times — that is, the formative influence of fixed hour prayers.

Praying with the Church

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Here’s the cover to a little book I’ve written that will come out early next summer. It is written with the hope that more of us will join the millions who pray at set hours with set prayers — as […]

When the body prays

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Doug Pagitt’s new book, Body Prayer: The Posture of Intimacy with God, just came out, I was sent a copy, and I wish to record some brief thoughts.

The Life of a Prayerful Person: During the Return of Shalom

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This finishes our series on the “life of a prayerful person,” which puts together the season the prayerful goes through in the Book of Psalms. We can begin with Shalom, experience utter confusion, only to turn the corner to watch […]

The Life of a Prayerful Person: During Confusion

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Sometimes life is confusing and we tell God that it is. This can take some practice because we think speaking harshly to God is somehow wrong. But if we are confused, we need to tell God about it. Life, as […]

The Life of a Prayerful Person: During Shalom

posted by xscot mcknight

Sometimes life is wonderful and we tell God that it is. Autumn leaves that turn the countryside into images even Monet couldn’t paint, neighborhood picnics in the summer that create trust not previously known, churches that have good preaching and […]

The Life of a Prayerful Person: Honesty

posted by xscot mcknight

This little series on prayer comes out of Praying with the Church: Developing a Personal Prayer Life, which I am hard at work on my off days now. The section I wrote yesterday, on hope, will be changed, as may […]

The Life of a Prayerful Person: Hope

posted by xscot mcknight

The Psalms provide for us a complete picture of life’s journey before God. Walter Brueggemann sees three “phases” in the journey of life. Brueggemann calls these three phases orientation, disorientation, and new orientation. The important word for Brueggemann was disorientation, […]

Life of a Prayerful Person: Notice

posted by xscot mcknight

I will shortly begin a short series of four posts on the “The (inner journey) of a Prayerful Person,” which will be my take on four kinds of Psalms. This is a modification of Walter Brueggemann’s Spirituality of the Psalms.

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