Pray Out Loud

If your prayer life is suffering because of wandering thoughts, why not try speaking your prayers out loud. After all, you are talking to another person — a divine person you can’t see with your eyes but a person nonetheless.

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We Extol You, Our God and King

We extol you, our God and King, and we will bless your name forever and ever. Everyday we will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great are you, O God, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. You are greatly to be praised, and your greatness is unsearchable.

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A Simple Way to Pray

In 1535, Martin Luther’s barber, Peter Beskendorf, asked for guidance on prayer. Luther offered a response in the form of a brief treatise describing his own prayer habits.

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Writing My Own Collects

A collect is a short prayer named for its function:“collecting up” the prayers of the individuals in a congregation into one prayer. Collects have been used for centuries in the liturgies of the Western church. I’ve begun trying to write some collects of my own.

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Over the river in loud flood,
in the wind deep and broad
under the unending sky, pair
by pair, the swallows again,
with tender exactitude,
play out their line
in arcs laid on the air,
as soon as made, not there.
— Wendell Berry

Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land; I am weak, but thou art mighty; hold me with thy pow’rful hand; Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more, feed me till I want no more (Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah, William Williams, 1745).

Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 124:8 ESV).

Alan Jacobs on Thinking During Covidtide: When people let their thinking about the coronavirus, and responses to it, be guided by TV networks desperate for viewers and websites desperate for clicks, they are not choosing their interlocutors wisely.

John Calvin: By nature I love brevity. A man after my own heart.

Edmund Clowney: Prayer leads us to the triune God. It is addressed not simply to a personal, but to a tri-personal God.

Jerry Bridges in I Exalt You, O God: The joy of realizing my sins are forgiven and that I am accepted by the Father through Christ lifts my soul to praise and thanksgiving.