Prayer is much more than repeating familiar phrases and formulas or saying a rhyming verse at bedtime. And though of course I pray for those I love, prayer is much more than asking God to do something that I need or want done. Prayer is more like a continually deepening conversation with God, where listening can be as important as speaking—and this conversation can take many forms.
—Mary Lou Redding, God Was with Me All Along: A Guide for Capturing Your Memories and Telling Your Story (Upper Room Books, 2021)
What form of prayer helps you engage in “continually deepening conversation with God”? Join the conversation.
[Jesus] was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray.”
—Luke 11:1, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
You are invited to replace the prayer below with one you recall from your own childhood.
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
Guide me safely through the night,
And wake me with the morning light.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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