The Way of Love – Pray

PRAY: Dwell intentionally with God daily.

He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” – Luke 11:1

“Lord, hear our prayer.” – Book of Common Prayer

Jesus teaches us to come before God with humble hearts, boldly offering our thanksgivings and concerns to God or simply listening for God’s voice in our lives and in the world. Whether in thought, word or deed, individually or corporately, when we pray we invite and dwell in God’s loving presence.


For Reflection and Discernment
  • What intentional prayer practices center you in God’s presence, so you can hear, speak, or simply dwell with God?
  • How will (or do) you incorporate intentional prayer into your daily life?
  • With whom will you share in the commitment to pray?



Additional resources for practicing Pray

Just Begin: A Sourcebook of Spiritual Practices – Dann Wigner
Learn about more than forty different practices from Eastern and Western traditions, encompassing everything from mindfulness to music, yoga to the Lord’s Prayer. In each short description, the focus is to “just begin” to practice and experiment and develop on the way.
Age: Youth / Young Adult / Adult

Pilgrim: The Lord’s Prayer – Stephen Cottrell, Steven Croft, Paula Gooder, Robert Atwell, and Sharon Ely Pearson
How do Christians know and worship God? Explore the Lord’s Prayer in six sessions as a gateway to the Christian gospel, as a guide to prayer, and as a way of deepening relationship with God.
Age: Young Adult / Adult

Call on Me: A Prayer Book for Young People – Jenifer Gamber & Sharon Pearson
Designed for youth, this prayer book has appealed to all ages, drawing on the Book of Common Prayer, the Bible, and events that occur in daily life. 100 original prayers and simple, insightful instruction about prayer.
Age: Youth / Young Adult / Adult

The Book of Common Prayer (English) – English translation
Age: ALL

Le Livre de la Prière Commune – French translation
Age: ALL

El Libro de Oración Común – Spanish translation
Age: ALL

St. Augustine’s Prayer Book – David Cobb and Derek Olsen, eds.
Saint Augustine’s Prayer Book features “Holy Habits of Prayer,” devotions at Holy Eucharist, Stations of the Cross, and of the Resurrection. Also a wide range of litanies, collects, and prayers for all occasions.
Age: Young Adult / Adult

Hour by Hour: The Daily Office
A compact edition of the Daily Office complete with prayers and psalms for one week. Excerpted from The Book of Common Prayer, Hour by Hour contains Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline.
Age: Young Adult / Adult

Daily Prayer for All Seasons – Standing Commission on Liturgy & Music
This prayer book presents a variety of images of God and pairs daily prayer with poetry, meditation, and prayers from the broader community of faith.
Age: Young Adult / Adult

Oración Diaria para Todos los Tiempos – Standing Commission on Liturgy & Music
Age: Young Adult / Adult

Living Well: Praying – John Roberto, editor
This downloadable chapter focuses on Prayer. Written for adults, parents, and families to use in learning about and living Christian practices.
Age: ALL

pray-as-you-go (online resource) – Jesuit Media Initiative
An online portal (or app) to pray the scriptures, accompanied by music and silence for prayer. Ideal for commuters or podcast lovers.
Age: Young Adult / Adult

d365 (online resource)
Age: Youth / Young Adult

O Antiphons Reflections – Episcopal Networks Collaborative (ENEJ, UBE, EEN)
Read and ponder reflections on the O Antiphons – which recall the hope Jesus brings in the midst of struggle, especially for immigrants, low wage workers, targets of hate crimes and those fighting corporate greed.
Age: Young Adult / Adult

Disciples Prayer Book  – Office of Indigenous Ministries
A beloved guide for growing and nurturing disciples who seek to engage God’s word, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Age: Young Adult / Adult

Ignatian Prayer Card – Jim Manney
A simple guide to Ignatian Examen, easy to incorporate into your daily life
Age: Young Adult / Adult

The Rule of the Society of St. John the Evangelist
Note that chapters 21-25 are especially rich for those exploring the life of prayer.
Age: Adult

Forward Day by Day
This site features not only the daily Forward Day by Day meditations, but also the Daily Office and daily prayer supports.
Age: Young Adult / Adult

Oraciòn Matutina Diaria y Oraciòn Vespertina Diaria
Oraciòn Matutina Diaria y Oraciòn Vespertina Diaria – Libro de Oración Común (1979)
Age: Young Adult / Adult

Daily Prayer with the Mission of St. Clare
Daily morning, noonday and evening prayer, in audio, text or app.
Age: Young Adult / Adult





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