Prayer and Meditation

Prayer is not merely, as some say, “the breathing of the soul.” It is the imbibing of life itself. If we stop praying, life ebbs away. As long as we pray, our lives remains warm, ardent, and vigorous, for in prayer we meet God himself in Christ. In Christ is life—yes, in him alone (John 1:4). We experience this life only insofar as we search for him and love him, and only to the extent that we come to him and receive him in prayer. “Eating the flesh” and “drinking the blood” of the Son of Man actually takes place every time we meet him personally, so that he is in us and we are in him. Neither my prayer nor my conduct can bring life; what is crucial is that Christ is my life.

— Eberhard Arnold

Books: Prayer and Meditation

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Evening Prayers

Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

We want to turn to God at the end of each day, but often don't find the words to express our deepest feelings and longing. This collection of prayers is one of the few daily devotionals especially intended for use in the evening.

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Wisdom of the Sadhu

Sadhu Sundar Singh

A collection of anecdotes, parables, and meditations from one of the most fascinating spiritual guides of the 20th century. Rooted in a distinctively Indian idiom, his Christian wisdom challenges Western readers to step beyond theological ideas and encounter the essence of the Gospels. русский español

Cries from the Heart

Cries from the Heart

Johann Christoph Arnold

If you've ever felt that praying was like talking to a wall, the last thing you need is another book that holds out religion like a good-luck charm. Where has the real God gone? Arnold tells stories about real men and women with very real problems finding strength to face life's challenges.

Articles: Prayer and Meditation

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A Prayer for the Fourth of July

Milton Zimmerman

I thank Thee this day for the gift of my country, for its beauty, its inner and outer wealth, its strength, its growth, its abundance, its spirit of can do, its uniqueness... But, Father, have mercy on us...

An ink-on-white-paper portrait of Mahatma Gandhi by Xu Beihong.

What Gandhi Taught Me about Jesus

A.C. Oommen

As a young Indian theology student, the author was struck by Gandhi's question, “Where are the Christians that live according to the Bible?” Gandhi felt they could “bring the Christian message of reconciliation” to both Hindus and Muslims...

A church service at Jesus Abbey.

Jesus Abbey: Reconciling a Divided Korea

Ben Torrey

Founded in South Korea at Pentecost in 1965, this community is celebrating its fifty-year jubilee. Ben Torrey, son of Jesus Abbey's founders, talks about their original vision and continued work toward reconciliation between North and South Koreans.

This detail from The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh depicts an elderly couple walking by the water's edge.

Three Poems

Heather Heath Reed

Now, he was asking her to let him go, / and she felt cheated and afraid. / Watching the night sky fill with stars, / he became the consoler, / his work nearly done, hers just beginning. ...