What is Prayer?
All true prayer is person-to-Person communion with God. Understanding how we encounter God and God encounters us can open up the fullness of prayer. It involves trustful dependence, gratitude, adoration, confession, petition, openness to God, decision, and love. It includes the sustained desire to understand and do God’s will in spite of counteracting impulses. During certain moments of prayer, the word “communion” is inadequate when God encounters us and we encounter God. Such times are when, like the psalmists and Jeremiah, we pour out our souls, our fears, our despair, our struggles, and, as a result, we are moved into a more vital relationship with God.
In prayer, there is also an awareness of how God is affected by us–God’s displeasure with us, God’s enjoyment of us. For God is hurt by our wrong attitudes and failures, and God is blessed as we are blessed. This mysterious fellowship with God, like all true friendships, is an end in itself. And, it is more than that. Nevertheless, it stands in its own right and is self-authenticating.
|Title:||person to Person|
|Subtitle:||Building a Relationship with God through Prayer|
|Author:||Bishop Mack B. Stokes|
|Number of Pages:||224|
|Bulk pricing available:||Yes|
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