Meditative Prayer: Entering God's Presence

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OUR PRAYERS SHOULD GO AS DEEP AS OUR SOULS.In today's society we are often handicapped in our spiritual growth by too narrow a horizon when it comes to spiritual practices. Each generation suffers a kind of collective amnesia, forgetting the practices and perspectives that nourished countless followers of Christ in centuries past. Rediscovering these skills is one way to respond to our culture's-and our own-deep spiritual hunger. While it is surely preposterous for us to suppose we can interact with the God of ...
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OUR PRAYERS SHOULD GO AS DEEP AS OUR SOULS.In today's society we are often handicapped in our spiritual growth by too narrow a horizon when it comes to spiritual practices. Each generation suffers a kind of collective amnesia, forgetting the practices and perspectives that nourished countless followers of Christ in centuries past. Rediscovering these skills is one way to respond to our culture's-and our own-deep spiritual hunger. While it is surely preposterous for us to suppose we can interact with the God of this universe, Scripture repeatedly invites us to do that very thing. Prayer is not a minor idea tucked into the cracks of the text, it is central, normative, and expected. Why is it, then, that our prayers are so often dry and difficult? In Meditative Prayer, you'll discover ways of prayer that make use of your mind and imagination, that address your needs as well as strengthen your spirit. By drawing from a number of different sources-Scripture, wise men and women who have gone before, and one another-this study guide will enable your soul to drink deeply from the inexhaustible well of prayer. (Though you can use this guide for a personal journey of prayer, it is ideally suited for exploration with a small group of like-minded friends.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780891099017
  • Publisher: NavPress Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Series: Spiritual Formation Study Guides
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 114
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.24 (d)

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RICHARD PEACE, Ph.D., holds the Robert Boyd Munger Chair as professor of evangelism and church renewal at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books, including the LEARNING TO LOVE series (NavPress).
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Table of Contents

How to Use This Guide

Introduction to Meditative Prayer

Session One: Centering Prayer

Session Two: Prayer of Blessing

Session Three: Prayer of Worship

Session Four: Meditative Prayer

Session Five: Prayer of Examen

Session Six: Written Prayers

Session Seven: Prayer of Distress

Session Eight: Prayer Styles and Personality

Bibliography

Leader's Notes for This Study

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