A Guidebook to Prayer: 24 Ways to Walk with God, By MaryKate Morse alt

A Guidebook to Prayer

24 Ways to Walk with God

by MaryKate Morse
Foreword by Joshua Choonmin Kang

A Guidebook to Prayer
  • Length: 251 pages
  • Published: October 04, 2013
  • Imprint: IVP Formatio
  • Item Code: 6464
  • ISBN: 9780830864645

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Why is prayer so hard?

Many of us have asked that question. We want to pray. We intend to pray. But, as spiritual director and professor MaryKate Morse notes, " we don't pray as consistently or as meaningfully as we might like."

And yet prayer offers us such spiritual riches. Prayer

  • draws us to experience love and to be love
  • increases our faith
  • expands our vision of God
  • helps us grow in self-understanding
  • gives us perspective on life and death

Morse continues: "Through prayer, we experience forgiveness, guidance and peace. We are healed physically and emotionally. We experience the mystery of God, see truth and receive spiritual gifts. We receive vision and courage for God's mission. Faith becomes more beautiful, more real."

This guidebook is designed to move you from lamenting over prayerlessness to the joy of praying. Whether you are a beginner or a lifetime person of faith, you will find a treasure trove of riches here to guide you into a deeper experience of prayer.

Each chapter explores a different angle of prayer with sections focusing on each of the persons of the Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And each chapter offers specific ways to pray both on your own, with a partner or in a group. Sprinkled throughout are reflections from the author's former students describing on their own experience with these practices.

A treasure trove of both resources and encouragement, you will find this book to be an indispensable guide to your life of prayer.

"MaryKate Morse's A Guidebook to Prayer illuminates proven pathways for walking intimately with God. It will be a great blessing to all who read and engage the prayer practices she describes."

Ruth Haley Barton, founder, The Transforming Center and author of Pursuing God's Will Together

"I find A Guidebook to Prayer helpful not as a manual of 'how tos' but as a guide into the reality of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to whom and in whom we pray. MaryKate Morse guides us also into the many creative ways in which we can open ourselves (and listen) in prayer. And she guides us into prayer that deeply explores our hearts and brings us into a transforming relationship with our Creator. I found myself pausing to talk to God in ways she suggests. I hope many will read and be so guided!"

Leighton Ford, author of The Attentive Life

"This is the most helpful book on prayer that I have ever read. It is a guidebook on prayer authored by someone whose own life and work are themselves profoundly shaped by the patterns of prayerful communion with God suggested in it. Whether you are looking for a book on prayer to deepen your own walk with God or are leading other people and groups toward a deep and vital spirituality, you will find this book by my friend MaryKate to be one of those rare books that you find off of your shelf more than on it!"

JR Rozko, Missio Alliance

"Certainly everyone who reads this thorough handbook will learn at least one or several new approaches to prayer! . . . This is the most extensive and fruitful compendium I have ever found!"

Marva J. Dawn, author of My Soul Waits, To Walk and Not Faint and Being Well When We're Ill

"I recommend this book for those who want to go deeper into the world of prayer as well as those who want to pray but don't know how to pray. Read this book slowly and prayerfully. As you do, you will find yourself falling in love with God."

Joshua Choonmin Kang, pastor and author of Scripture by Heart

"Noting that faith becomes more beautiful through prayer, Morse offers fresh approaches to talking with God, including a catalog of 24 distinct, field-tested prayer methods."

Kathleen Samuelson, CBA Retailers + Resources, October 2013

"This book is both timely and important because, during this current period of prevalent prayerlessness in the western church, Morse teaches us about prayer in a doctrinally rich way and offers us twenty-four practical methods for engaging with God in prayer. The book is an excellent resource for both personal devotions and for leaders of group prayer."

Jared Longoria, Artistic Theologian, Vol. 3, 2015

"This book's content is deep and rich; for readers willing to pace their reading, giving time and intention to new possibilities in prayer, blessings await. Highly recommended."

Carlyn Egolf, Congregational Libraries Today, Fourth Issue 2014


Foreword by Rev. Joshua Choonmin Kang
Introduction: Prayer as Roadness to God
Part One: God the Father
1. Community Prayer—God as One in Community
2. Creative Prayer—God as Creator
3. Work Prayer—God as Active
4. Contemplative-Rest Prayer—God as Rest
5. Prayer of Confession—God as Holy
6. Blessing Prayer—God as Loving-Kindness
7. Worship Prayer—God as Worthy

Part Two: God the Son
8. Reflection-Examen Prayer—Jesus as Human
9. The Lord?s Prayer—Jesus as Lord
10. Servant Prayer—Jesus as Servant
11. Simplicity Prayer—Jesus as Reconciler
12. Prayer in Play—Jesus as Love
13. Scripture Prayer—Jesus as Teacher
14. Relinquishment Prayer—Jesus as Suffering Son of God
15. Forgiveness Prayer—Jesus as Savior
16. Sacrament Prayer—Jesus as Head of the Body


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MaryKate Morse

MaryKate Morse is the executive dean of Portland Seminary at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon, and a professor of leadership and spiritual formation. She is also the lead mentor in the Doctor of Ministry program in Leadership & Spiritual Formation. The author of Making Room for Leadership, A Guidebook to Prayer, and Lifelong Leadership, she is passionate about companioning and resourcing people on the front lines of ministry. She holds an MA in biblical studies and an MDiv from Western Evangelical Seminary (now Portland Seminary), as well as a PhD in leadership from Gonzaga University. She has planted two churches, is a Quaker minister, and a trained spiritual director. She also does conference and retreat ministries and mentors leaders.