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JUL 29, 2014 - Visual Epistles
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Prayer as Breathing

Prayer as a Breathing is the second session from The Art and Practice of Prayer , a 7 film series on embracing divine presence. Also the first collection from our new "Poieō Series: Liturgy That Shapes and Transforms." (The word poieō in Greek means “to make” and “to do.” This is where we get the word “poem.” Poetry comes through the creative process that we put into our lives, our relationships, our most intimate connections. This series is a collection to stir our deep longing to set our lives into the rhythm and meter of an eternal song).

We often think of prayer as particular time that we stop to talk to God. These prayers, even though important, do not make up the depth of prayer. To reduce prayer to talking to God is like saying that communication is just about words. But we know that communication is more about a touch, or a smile, or a gesture than the sounds we produce.

Author, Glennon Doyle Melton, offers a reflection on her journey of understanding prayer. In this video, she begins by talking about what prayer meant to her when she “first became a Christian.” This included Bible study each morning and lists of people. This “formula” was a comfort to her, but when she had her children this changed from a regular routine into an urgent plea for help. However, now she thinks of prayer as a “noticing,” a “constant state of awareness.” How has the idea of prayer changed your life? What important life events have shaped your idea of prayer and how you pray? 

Watch the film. Consider the questions. (DOWNLOAD HERE). Comment below.

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This discussion will be facilitated by Phuc Luu, theological and philosophical writer for TWOTP. He is a professor of theology and philosophy in Houston, Texas.

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