I realized I had never posted much about the last book I wrote with the Rev’d Melody Shobe, Faithful Questions: Exploring the Way with Jesus. So here is a sample chapter on prayer.
A 2014 survey shows that we Americans are not praying the way Jesus taught us to pray. Instead, we mostly pray for ourselves and our own personal needs. But that’s not how Jesus taught us to pray.
There’s not a wrong way to pray. Have a look in the scriptures, and you’ll see people praying all kinds of ways — and you’ll see folks who fail to pray very well at all. St. Paul exhorts us to pray without ceasing, but that prayer can take many forms. For some people, the daily office works brilliantly. For others, contemplative prayer is where it’s at.