Category: Prayer & Meditation


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Spiritual Refreshment – A Musical Bath for Our Souls

A man saw the whole world as a grinning skull and crossbones. The rose flesh of life shriveled from all faces. Nothing counts. Everything is a fake. Dust to dust and ashes to ashes and then an old darkness and a useless silence....

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The Soul of Prayer – Peter Taylor Forsyth on Spiritual Genuis

“Prayer changes things.” It puts us into direct contact with God, and thus brings God into more active contact with our personal lives and surroundings. That more intimate, active presence of God does indeed tend to...

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Does Prayer “Work”? “Scientific & Pastoral Perspectives…”

Here’s a review of another book on prayer as promised a couple of days ago. [Here’s a more recent review of a book on prayer – P T Forsyth’s Soul of Prayer] My second acquisition at Pastors’ Seminar...

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You Can Pray And Still Be Very Wrong

Here’s William Jennings Bryan, about 100 years ago. He’s rejecting the idea that because a man is rich, powerful, and a faithful churchgoer his behavior should be automatically honored and imitated. It is not...

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As We Think, So We Are

I recommend for your attention this excellent recent comment by bookaholic. Here are some excerpts. This little bit about Jesus: “he was not energized by and focused on his enemies” is some kind of key. I spent...

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A Prayer About Intimacy, Beauty, and Spiritual Reality

Jesus’ prayer in John 17 is unusual – for it’s length and for its “flavor.” It is relatively long. Actually, it’s short by the standards of some preachers, but it’s long by New Testament...

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Prayer: An Excercise in Reality Therapy

It can be difficult to pray when you get into thinking that you have to “perform” prayer at a certain level of quality in order for it to be valid. Prayer is rather the one place where we are least under obligation...

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“Thoroughness and Charm”

Here’s another of my favorite prayers – this one from St. Thomas Aquinas. A great philosopher and university professor of the 13th century, he had an unusual philosophical method – when stumped he would...

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Real Prayer in the Real World

Here are some good thoughts on prayer from a curriculum ad I got from the Baptist Center for Ethics. Many people seem to understand prayer as little more than a visit with a Santa Claus-type figure who can grant our every wish....

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Egotism in Prayer

Does anybody see, in any way, any truth in this?  Any personal experience with this distinction in your own life (or elsewhere)? There is a certain egoist self-confidence which is increased by the more elementary forms of...

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Jesus on “Some Who Were Confident of Their Own Righteousness.” Not pretty.

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. “The Pharisee...

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Daily “Sabbath”: an Ignatian-Style Meditation & Prayer Site

Here’s a valuable site: sacredspace.ie. It provides daily guides for brief meditation and prayer. I’m not Catholic in background, practice, or inclination; but I have gotten major benefit from studying certain...

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Thanksgiving – Think

Here are 4 paragraphs from an article I wrote on Thanksgiving for Southwest Nebraska News a few years ago. Our word “thank” developed from an even more common good old five-letter word – think. Thank comes from...

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Learning Jesus

May 11, 2004 I just finished teaching a community college course on “The Life and Teachings of Jesus.” I was impressed to see that people actually changed during the semester. We just discussed what we read in the...

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