Creating a Life with God is sensitive to the variety of spiritual longings and resistances that arise in the human heart.
The techniques of prayer, as Daniel [Wolpert, the author] states, “are amusingly easy.” And yet we seem to need permission. We need space. We need companions. This book offers all of these. We are all like the students I led into the desert, blind and groping, hands grasping the shoulder in front of us, stumbling out toward God. And yet God has given us guides, teachers who point the way. Daniel is one of these teachers.
—Mark Yaconelli, Codirector of Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project, San Francisco Theological Seminary, in Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices, 20th Anniversary Revised Edition by Daniel Wolpert (Upper Room Books, 2023)
According to Daniel Wolpert, all we need to live a life with God are silence, solitude, and praying with scripture. How often do you do these practices? Join the conversation.
As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city [Jericho], a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
—Mark 10:46-47 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, help me to spend time each day focusing on you. Guide me as I try different ways of praying, and help me to grow ever closer to you. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
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Creating a Life with God is celebrating its 20th anniversary with this revised and updated release. Over the past 20 years, author Daniel Wolpert has inspired many to reflect on a life of prayer and what it means to be intentional about creating daily life with God. In this edition, two new chapters ask how we can use the practice of prayer to engage a world in crisis. Learn more here.
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