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Prayer and Worship

A Spiritual Formation Guide

by Julia L. Roller, Lynda L. Graybeal

Liv­ing the Psalms

Prayer and wor­ship com­pose the heart of the devo­tion­al life and are essen­tial prac­tices for a close rela­tion­ship with God. But too often our prayer is noth­ing more than a check­list of requests, and our wor­ship hap­pens only in church. What does it mean to com­mu­ni­cate with God? How do we enter his pres­ence in the midst of our dai­ly lives? Uti­liz­ing the beloved book of the Psalms, this guide reveals many dif­fer­ent ways to come before God in prayer and wor­ship, includ­ing wrestling with God, plead­ing with God, lament­ing to God, and long­ing for God.

Prayer and Wor­ship is orga­nized for indi­vid­ual or group study, and includes chap­ters on: Long­ing • Exhort­ing • Repent­ing • Ask­ing • Plead­ing • Curs­ing • Wait­ing • Lament­ing • Trust­ing • Prais­ing • Thank­ing • Cel­e­brat­ing. Each sec­tion of this Guide offers insights and avenues to help us bring every part of our lives before God and tru­ly enter his pres­ence. Harper­One, soft­cov­er, 160 pages.

The Ren­o­varé Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion Guides, cre­at­ed by Richard J. Fos­ter and the team that devel­oped The Ren­o­varé Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion Bible and the long­stand­ing A Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion Work­book, pro­vide tan­gi­ble lessons that help us become spir­i­tu­al­ly formed, con­formed, and trans­formed into the image of Jesus Christ. Geared for either indi­vid­ual study or use in small groups with chap­ter struc­ture sim­i­lar to A Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion Work­book, each Ren­o­varé Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion Guide explores one facet of our life with God, pro­vid­ing read­ings from Scrip­ture as well as clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary works of spir­i­tu­al­i­ty. The com­bi­na­tion of read­ings, reflec­tion ques­tions, exer­cis­es, and activ­i­ties makes these books invalu­able inter­ac­tive guides that prompt true spir­i­tu­al growth. And they are a tremen­dous resource for con­nect­ing Scrip­ture study with larg­er spir­i­tu­al for­ma­tion ideas and themes.

2007

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