If therefore, we are ever going to pray, we need a way to counter these difficulties, these challenges that face us as we consider bringing ourselves before God. That way is the practice of listening, cultivated in the garden of silence and solitude. This ability to listen for God is the skill at the heart of the practice of prayer.
—Daniel Wolpert, Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices (Upper Room Books, 2003)
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Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
—Psalm 100:3 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Our Father* in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.
*Use whatever name for God you prefer, such as Creator, Sustainer, etc.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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